We received a lot of requests for skincare and related products reviews from our readers.
I personally don’t mind writing them (I do it all the time anyway), but I’m not really sure you’re going to like them.
Why? I focus on the ingredients and not the feel/smell/pretty packaging … Second – I have over sensitive and oily skin, so lots of products I do not like, would work just fine on you. That is why I decided to do couple of “skincare” posts and see how it goes.
For this series I enlisted a help from our friend Nina – owner of Slovenian beauty site called Ars Cosmetica. She’s finishing her studies in pharmacy, specializes in cosmetics and is my “to go to” person for skincare topics. I’ll be adding snippets of her input/thoughts about each topic.
As we’re having another heatwave this week, I decided to start with sunscreens. I don’t get along well with mineral filters (titanium dioxide, zinc oxide) as they cause heavy impurity outbreaks on my skin when applied in larger concentrations. So I rely upon chemical filters, which I find less stable and more prone to causing irritations on sensitive skin.
Nina prepared for you short cheat sheet of “good” and “bad” chemical filters:
Good (studies show that they are very stable and safe):
- Tinosorb S (Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine),
- Tinosorb M (Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol),
- Mexoryl SX (Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid),
- Mexoryl XL (Drometrizole Trisiloxane).
Bad (not so stable or can cause allergic reactions):
- Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane.
But beggars can’t be choosers, so I’m stuck with chemical filter sunscreens with at least passable ingredients that work for oily skin.
For a long time now, I’ve been using Avene Very High Protection Emulsion 50+.
I think it was least year that they improved their packaging (added a pump) and consequently needed less preservatives so they removed parabens from the formula. Emulsion is not as runny as most of them usually are. It takes a while for whitish film to disappear and is harder to reapply because of it – you get white streaks. This is one of the most “blemish unproblematic” SPF creams I encountered. It does generate blackheads but pimples are fortunately nowhere to be seen. I can not wear Avene Emulsion 50+ emulsion for a long time though – it starts to irritate my eyes.
This year Maestra was searching for new face sunscreen and we checked a lot of them to find one we thought would be good. She was happy with Eucerin Sun Fluid 50+so I got one for myself.
Eucerin Sun Fluid 50+ is suppose to be mattifying fluid, but it is far from it. It’s even “greasier” than Avene emulsion. I say “greasier” because it doesn’t have that heavy feel, but more velvety like.
It doesn’t leave white cast which is a plus. It’s a lot more liquid formula than Avene one, so I have trouble layering this fluid to achieve the needed coverage. But it has one mayor benefit – no impurities or irritations what so ever.
I use sunscreens all year round to avoid hypo/hyper pigmentations and wrinkles + other sun damage. In summer time I reach for 50+ factor because I find I need less of product to achieve the same effect as with heavy coating of SPF 30. Both sunscreens protect skin against UVA and UVB sun rays. Both of them serve as my foundation primers. I apply sunscreen, wait for 20 min, blot out the excesses oil and then apply foundation. In the end I mattify everything.
Each sunscreen contains 50ml and has 12 month expiration date (after you open it).
Price: Avene 18 EUR (26 USD), Eucerin 16 EUR (23 USD).
Which sunscreen are you using right know? Anything that would be appropriate for my crazy skin?