15 April 2015

Beginner's Guide | Facial SPF

Facial SPF ft. Clarins UV Plus SPF50 & La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Fluid - Aspiring Londoner

As we head into the warmer months, I thought it was time for my annual SPF reminder.  I’m quite good with this step of my skincare routine as I use acid toners and it’s crucial to protect your skin with acid products. 

I’ve only recently found out that there are two different types of SPF – physical and chemical.  Physical SPFs deflect the UVA/UVB rays whereas chemical SPFs apply chemical filters and absorb sun's rays.  From my understanding, physical SPFs work better with most skin types as chemicals in chemical SPFs can irritate some skin types.  However physical SPFs can offer less protection against UVA – the rays that tans and ages your skin.  You can find better information and comparison between the two types here.  Also, check out this amazing website that has an extensive database of skincare/makeup products and shows you any concerns related to the ingredients in the product – I’m not ashamed to say, I’m slightly obsessed!

Back to the products in hand, if you remember from my previous La Roche-Posay SPF post, I’m a LRP facial SPF kinda gal.  They’re the first facial SPF I found that didn’t leave a greasy film on my face or make me look like an oil slick.  They have since updated their Anthelios; meet La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Ultra-Light Fluid SPF50+ (£16.50).  This is a chemical SPF containing Octycrylene. The packaging is slightly different and the formula is slightly thicker, almost gel like.  It feels a little more hydrating, and glides on the skin better.  LRP has various versions of skincare if this doesn’t meet your criteria, they have a tinted compact, a stick version and a gel version too.  I just personally like this for my skin.  If you’re looking for something from the high street that’ll be better for your purse strings and without compromising quality, I highly recommend this.              

 A new discovery for me this year has been the Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF50 Day Screen (£32).  Long story short, I adore it.  It’s very light on the skin, feels moisturising but doesn’t leave a greasy film on my skin.  It’s lighter than the LRP and absolutely undetectable.  It hardly feels like I have anything extra on my face.  It doesn’t interfere with my makeup and I feel like I can reapply this if I need to without leaving any residue behind.  It has Titanium Dioxide as a sunscreen i.e. it’s a physical SPF.  However be assured that it does protect against both UVA and UVB rays.  Love the packaging as it’s handy to keep in my bag. 

Make sure whatever SPF you use, it offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays and you reapply regularly.

Are you regimental with your sun protection?  What is your facial SPF of choice?  Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!

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Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes.

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