I am that girl. The ones who obsesses over wearing sunscreen all year round. As long as their is daylight, there is sunscreen. I am convinced it’s not an obsession per say, it’s a label I got from others. Which is why, I will often reapply secretly. Please tell me I’m not the only one. Anywhoo… Here’s five sunscreens that I have used religiously past seven (atleast) years or longer.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer is the one that converted me to a sunscreen worshiper. At around 16-19, I had oily skin. Absolutely everything slipped off within maybe an hour. Btw, I lived in India. The temperatures are well above 26 Degree Celsius on most days. Ultra sheer was the only one that stuck and stayed. This one will give you a SPF of 50+ (PA+++). The texture is not the nicest. It doesn’t give the worst white cast either, I will say that there is a very sheer film definitely. It was INR 400, which is about £4…happy student budget!
Best for: Oily skin, Humid weathers
La Roche-Posay SPF 50+. La Roche-Posay can do no wrong, or atleast till I tried this disaster sunscreen. With a SPF of 50, it is thick gloopy and makes me look like Morticia Addams. So why is it in the list? It protects, non-sticky, it is smudge and water resistant. So at a time when I did some outdoor sports, this was the one. At around £15, this does seem bit much. I won’t be re-purchasing this but I haven’t quite found a body sunscreen that is not sticky and has high SPF.
Best for: Sun Intolerant skin, Sensitive skin, Outdoor sports like running, bootcamp etc.
Boots Vitamin E Eye Cream. SPF 15. It’s a basic sunscreen that is safe to use around eyes. I have very sensitive eyes and this one works. It’s easily available and under £3! It is often on offer at Boots too. The texture is light and tinted. The tint is a very sheer, as good as nothing. This will suit any skin type, any skin tone.
Best for: Under the eye
Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ is my favorite amongst the bunch. With SPF 50, it is incredibly light and easy to wear. No weird white cast on face, no perfume. The texture is almost like a cream serum. There is no greasiness but is still moisturising enough on parched skin. The only con, it is £29 for 30ml and right now is only available online. And boy, does this run out fast!
Best for: Pretty much an all-rounder, Dry Skin
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Light SPF 20. Much lower than my usual SPF, but is perfect for winters. I wrote about it back in November. This does have perfume in it, so it might not be ideal for everyone. I don’t mind it. This one I think is nice on dry skin too. There is another moisturising version of this -La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche, which I might switch to next. Priced at £16.50, I think is worth it.
Best for: Combination Skin