22 March 2012

Reader Reviews: Roisin’s Hunt For The Perfect SPF Face Cream


As the sun looks like it might finally be ready to make an appearance, here's Fluff and Fripperies' reader Roisin on her quest for the perfect sunscreen...
“When I moved to Australia last July, finding a good facial moisturiser with a high sun protection factor (SPF) was high on my to-do list. I’ve been consciously trying to wear SPF containing moisturisers for a few years now, but the high UV index of Queensland makes it a daily essential to stop my pale skin from burning.

There are many SPF containing products on the shelves to choose from, but the challenge is finding one that is neither greasy nor sticky and that can be worn under make up. My first forays with the promisingly named Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock from Neutrogena resulted in shiny skin and an outbreak of spots, while the Ultrasun Face High SPF 30 left my skin feeling taut and a little tacky. I also later realised that it doesn’t filter UVB rays. Much better was UV Perfect by L’Oreal Paris which I picked up on a whim in a supermarket bargain basket.

More recently I’ve been using two products, (Fluide Extreme and Crème Fondante) from the Anthelios range by La Roche-Posay. Despite their SPF of 50, both are light and easily absorbed with no white residue. They do leave the skin with a slight sheen, but a healthy glow rather than an oily slick, and they lack the sticky finish of many other products. Of the two, the Fluide is as one might expect, thinner and more rapidly absorbed, but both are suitable for use as a make up base. My search for a daily sun protecting moisturiser is over.”

Do you wear SPF daily? What's working for you?

39 comments:

Adele said...

Most of my makeup has at least SPF 15 in so I guess I wear it without trying!!!
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little t said...

This really is the best!

Claire Bradley said...

I use a light moisturiser from the sanctuary that has SPF15. Actually, I think there's remarkably few moisturisers on the market in Ireland with SPF...plenty of foundation has it but I mostly wear that at night when the sun is not an issue!

Jo said...

Accepting that I am a Kiehls bore, I like Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense meself.

Well done Roisin! And well done Mrs Fluff as always!
xx
Jo

fluff and fripperies said...

Isn't her review fab Jo? She should start her own blog! xo

Aimee Victoria Long said...

Following you back now!! Aimee
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xxx

Sarah Lanagan said...

Have to say I"m a convert to Clinique's BB Cream with SPF 30 in it, although MAC Prep and Prime with SPF 50 is pretty impressive too!

fluff and fripperies said...

Personally I've been using Shu Uemura UV under base mousse with SPF30 - but that's a review for another day! xo

Rachel Murphy said...

I love le roche posey products, they are so good for sensitive skin!Great review Roisin! your right Emma, she should definitely start a blog!

When I'm sun bathing I use P20 all over. Although its not suitable for under makeup, it gives a great even colour without burning (my mum used it on me as a baby so its safe for sensitive skin and really high protection) Its my tanning secret and you don't have to reapply!

Rachel x

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Bonnie said...

I really should start wearing SPF everyday since summer is getting closer.

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SAZI'STOPSECRET said...

this is really cool

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I a so with you and already use La Roche Posay moisturized. I've been thinking of switching to something else in their product line so thank you!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

S said...

I never used these products, but seems very good!
I need Spf ever in winter, that could be a good solution for me!
xxx
S
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Francesca R said...

This is such a great review! Very useful!
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Ballet Pumps And Roses said...

I recognise this lady !!!!
Thanks for the very useful tips Roisin - hope Australia is treating you well

Joanne

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Leslie said...

Nicely done :) very nice sunscreen that doesn't leave you greasy or chalky. The best sunscreen is the one that you wear!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Sunblock for your face can be so tricky. I'm currently using one that's in my moisturizer. Very light. It's really important because you can easily burn on your face. Great post!
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kristina said...

thanks for the review! i'm always on the lookout for new products, right now i'm using cetaphil which i really like.
xoxo

Yolandaas said...

I really love this post.. I read it on the train yesterday on my iphone which is why I didnt comment..

I've struggled to find a nice face cream with SPF.. I wonder if theres one with only natural ingredients to .. x

Victoria said...

This wa sa really useful post. I have issues finding facial sunscreens that don't turn me into an oil slick as I have oily / combination skin. I did try Cliniques Cityblock last year SPF30 and quite liked it though as it was tinted and felt much less greasy than normal.
x

Marley said...

thanks for the tip! I was trying to find products/moisturizer with SPF !

fluff and fripperies said...

I got lucky with the timing of this post as it seems the Irish summer has finally arrived! xo

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