I hate myself for writing this post just a few days after the start of spring as it looks like a ‘the sun is out and so are my sunscreens’ post when it truly isn’t. I wear sunscreens almost every day, yet, besides the sun, the rising of temperatures which comes with spring tends to reveal the uncomfortable, perhaps too thick and sticky sun protections. And it also reveals my favourites, the ones I will happily repurchase and the ones I will forever need in my bathroom in case of strong exposure.


The Chanel UV Essentiel -Multi-Protection Daily Defender UV Pollution SPF 50 UVA- –review–Β is almost a primer which doubles as a city sunscreen, or vice versa. It never fails to improve both the application and longevity of my foundation, but I also like to wear it on its own: it is thick enough for me to feel protected yet it doesn’t have the shiny, sometimes greasy finish of most sunscreens. On the contrary, it almost smoothes the skin. Finally, having the very fresh and unique Chanel skincare scent on my skin all day long is something I particularly like -I really wish there was a fragrance for such a sophisticated scent-!


Although in many ways chemical, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ UVB / UVA Ultra-Light FluidΒ is the sunscreen I reach for when my skin is particularly sensitive. Without fragrance -and paraben-, it is suited for sun intolerant skin while its light and liquidey consistency does not clog pores. I love its consistency underneath makeup but when worn on its own, I sometimes fear it isn’t thick enough to truly protect my skin. When it comes to sun protection, I believe in thickness as much as I believe in SPF…


… and this is why I sometimes choose something a little bit more traditional, nothing thick and sticky to the point where I cannot touch or see my skin through it, but still, I appreciate the classic scent and thick, slightly white/yellow texture of the SkinCeuticals Essential Sun Defense SPF 20 -UVA / UVB Broad-Spectrum Moisturizing Sunscreen with Mexoryl SX / XL-. This is the one which doesn’t work particularly well underneath makeup but layers well throughout the day: I can reapply again and again, making up for the low SPF but also making sure I’m as protected as 16pm than I was at 9am.


Underneath all these sunscreens; I also believe that giving strength to the bare skin is really important. Without filters, I like to use the Institut Esthederm Sun Intolerance Protective Face Care –review–Β in the evening to prep my skin before a strong exposure or to tone down its sensitivity after it. Despite most of the websites’s recommendations, I don’t use it as a sunscreen -there is a reason why all the other ones have filters in them-, but incorporating it in a skincare routine will make the day when sunscreens has been skipped a little less stressful. And it is definitely something I would advise to pack for a sunny trip, skiing or swimming.


  • Have you ever considered a spray for touch ups? I wear SPF every day as well, but when it gets way sunnier and I know I will be out and about all day, I need something to reapply on top of makeup. Pixi just released a spray in the UK that I am meaning to try.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Yes, I’ve tried the Bioderma one, but I wasn’t really convinced, I really want to try the Pixi one though!

      • What did you dislike about the Bioderma one?

        • It just didn’t do a great job at protecting my skin (even though it is true that I was outside all day that day)

          • I see. For me it worked great as a top up, but I would probably not rely on it solely for the beach or for hiking.

          • Even as a top up, I just feel like it didn’t do anything, except refreshing me!

  • I’m also very diligent with my sunscreen too! I hate the sticky, heavy feeling of sunscreen. I’ve found that asian sunscreens are much more comfortable to wear. I tried a la roche posay sunscreen a few years ago but I’ll have to give this one a try! I’ve never heard anyone talk of the Chanel sunscreen before, but it sounds like a lovely one!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • The Chanel one is very lovely and this is generally the one I advise to people who hate sunscreens, it just feels a little bit fancier than the classic ones πŸ™‚

  • I love Asian sunscreens because they are very light weight and don’t leave any stickiness and heaviness. And yes, I too love that LRP sunscreen, it’s currently sold out where I work so I’m waiting for it to be back in stock to repurchase.

    • The LRP one is really hard to get, I always struggle as well! I haven’t tried any Asian sunscreens, but I’m really intrigued now πŸ™‚

  • I love the La Roche Posay one and am almost out so need to repurchase! xx

  • Bernadette

    I’ve recently finally gotten into spf. Finding a good one to apply on my face even if i am planning to wear makeup over the top was tricky but I finally found a good one. Finding a light weight one does sound interesting, the chanel UV essential does sound like an awesome option. Great post! x

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ I agree: it is very tricky to find a sunscreen which works underneath makeup, but I’m glad you’ve found one which works for you!

  • clare⭐

    I know a lot of people love the la roche posay SPF, thanks for sharing your other picks πŸ™‚

    • Yes, everyone loves it! You’re welcome, thanks you for commenting πŸ™‚

  • Violette

    I never tried any of them but they all look great!

  • Yiotou_La

    It’s funny because I also use a sunscreen all year but I am preparing a post on that now, I think we all start posting what sunscreens we use in spring since most people start using one when the sun is out. I leaned the hard way that I must protect my skin and I live in a country with 8-9 months of sunny weather so I must use one every day. I am currently using one from La Roche Posay and another one from Missha, love them both!!


    • I’m looking forward to reading your post then! You’re definitely right, while most of us beauty bloggers use sunscreens all year round, people who aren’t that interested in skincare only wear some when the sun is out!

  • I love La Roche Posay sunscreens, and I saw they have a mist form as well which sounds perfect for travel. Great post! Xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ Oh, I didn’t know about the mist, I need to check it out!

  • I want to get La Roche Posay! I’ve heard really good things about it and have been impressed with the different reviews. Thanks for sharing these.

    • Yes, everyone loves it because it feels very light on the skin and it is definitely one of those products which live up to the hype! You’re welcome πŸ™‚

  • Ah don’t worry, now seems like the perfect time to be blogging about sunscreens – better to be prepared, right?! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the sunscreen suggestions! I’ve been using Clarins on my face and Nivea on my body for years in hot weather, though definitely ready to start looking at other options. Have a great week!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • You’re welcome, I need to check out the Clarins sun protection range as I’ve heard great things about it! Have a lovely week as well!

  • i never really wear proper sun protection on my face which is bad. the kiehls one is supposed to be amazing.

  • SamanthaSeries

    I tried having a SPF to wear under makeup but I never really liked any of them except for a Korean one which I sadly cant get my hands on anymore. For every day SPF protection I just wear makeup that also has SPF. Maybe that is not enough :/ I don’t know.

    Samantha Series

    • Well, if I’m wearing makeup with SPF in it and I already know I won’t be outside too long that day, I tend to skip the SPF (SPF can also be very irritating on the skin, especially the chemical ones, which tend to be my favourites). If it is particularly sunny outside or I just know I will be out all day, I will wear some on its own or underneath my makeup, but you do you and I would say it definitely depends on your lifestyle…

  • La Roche Posay skincare and sunscreen range are so good!! And so affordable as well. Never tried the others, but you are making me excited for summer. :))

    Caterina |

  • Julia Lundin

    Thank you for writing about all of these! I should definitely commit to using them everyday!

    • You’re welcome πŸ™‚ It’s definitely easier to use them on a daily basis when you’ve found the ones which work for you!

  • Amy Bui

    Love these picks! I need to start wearing SPF everyday. I’m actually using the Chanel one since it’s a higher SPF but it’s not going to do me much good if I don’t use it regularly. lol

    ❀ The Blushing Pink