With summer right around the corner, it is high time to talk about one of the most important steps in my (and your) skincare routine. The magical stuff that prevents ageing and wrinkles: sunscreen!
With Glossier having launched their very own sunscreen (no I do not own it, and frankly, that much money for so little product is not how I roll), and so I thought I’d add in my two cents with a short overview of why sunscreen is so important and of course my favorite ones.
There are two different kinds of sunscreen: chemical and physical. Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. They are often referred to as physical blockers. Chemical sunscreens contain organic (carbon-based) compounds, which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. They are often referred to as chemical or organic absorbers. (Source)
Personally, I prefer physical sunscreens. I do have quite sensitive skin when it comes to the sun, and any extra irritants are just not going to do it for me. That said, I have very pale skin, so I never have to worry about the potential white cast from my sunscreen. (Physical sunscreens are much more likely to leave you looking ashy.)
MY TWO CHOICES FOR SUNSCREEN
Both of my current sunscreens on rotation are by La Roche Posay. One, because they are (relatively) cheap. Two, they perform immensely well under my makeup and keep my T-zone relatively oil-free, even on boiling summer days. And finally, they smell amazing and don’t leave that typical sunscreen residue.
The first, everyday one, is La Roche Posay Anthelios AC with SPF 30. This sunscreen has a beautiful liquid texture, that applies really well. The other one is La Roche Posay Anthelios XL with an SPF of 50. With a less fluid consistency, this is my choice for lengthy outdoor activities. Both sunscreens have a mattifying, non-sticky finish and work well as a primer.