THE SUN PROTECTION EDIT
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– 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 Fluid 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– 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.