As I get older, I’m more and more conscious of taking care of my skin. Gone are the
glory days when you really could eat rubbish, sleep in a cake face of makeup and still wake up to a glowing face. So, in a bid to rescue what I have left and to secure my #blackdontcrack status I’ve incorporated wearing sunscreen into my daily skincare routine. Neither my face moisturiser or foundations (bar one) have SPF in them, so I started doing some research on facial sunscreens that I could incorporate into my skincare routine. If you aren’t familiar with sunscreen and why it’s important for you and you want a recommendation on a good facial sunscreen – keep reading!
I love the sun. If I wake up and it’s a sunny morning, my day is already made. If we could get European twilight hours here in the tropics, my life would be made. However, hanging around in the sun exposes us to a ton of harmful UVA and UVB leading to a number of risks, including premature aging, wrinkling and even skin cancer (read more about the difference between these rays and the damage they can do to your skin here). There’s a commonly perpetuated myth among darker skinned people that we don’t need to wear sun protection. After all this melanin-richness gives us protection from the sun, right? WRONG. While people with dark skin have more pigment melanin and may not burn as easily as those with fairer skin, we are still very at risk from skin damage from excessive sun exposure. It is possible for everyone, no matter how dark, to get both sunburn and skin cancer. In order to remain protected from these harmful rays, it’s important that we wear a broad-spectrum, UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 whenever we go outside.
And more importantly, if you want your makeup to pop you have to take care of your skin first. If you wear sun protection diligently, your skin will be safe from premature fine lines, wrinkles, and excessive hyperpigmentation.
Now, I have to admit I’m only a very recent convert to the idea of facial sunscreen. Sure I’d apply sunscreen when I was on holiday and at the beach, but back in the city I would never have even batted an eyelid. And I get it – it’s an extra step to your morning routine, it might leave you looking greasy, and God forbid you come out with the dreaded white/blue cast on your face!
But after a little bit of reading online and lots of YouTube videos putting to test the non-ashy claims (yes, this was my number one criteria) of sunscreens I settled on the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen. It comes in a variety of SPF factors, and I chose SPF 45, which according to sun experts out there gives you about 98% coverage from the sun (if you apply and reapply regularly).
Our best-selling Ultra Sheer® line provides powerful sun protection you will love to wear. It goes on easily and absorbs quickly for an invisible, light-weight feel on your skin. Formulated with Helioplex® Technology, it offers superior broad spectrum protection from aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays.
- Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
- Lightweight, non-greasy feel
- Fast absorbing
My verdict? I really like this sunscreen! I was definitely a bit skeptical at first cause it comes out in a white blob, looking quite thick. But not to worry, it’s actually quite lightweight. When you first apply it, you can definitely feel it on your skin, but it dissolves into the skin really quickly. And, no white-cast! YAY! It hasn’t broken me out at all, which also makes me believe it’s non-comedogenic claims. Although it is an extra step to my skincare in the morning, it really doesn’t feel so burdensome. I just make sure to let my miosturiser sink into my skin before applying the sunscreen on top.
You get 88ml of product in the tube, which is a ton if you’re only going to be using this on your face – a little goes a long way. If you also plan on using this on your body, it comes in a squeezy bottle with a screw cap, which is definitely a plus if you ever plan to travel with it. I picked up mine at Carrefour supermarket for KES 1,485. It is definitely on the pricier side – but then again so are all sunscreens. But I think it’s very fair for the amount of product you get and how much use you’ll get out of it.
Have you thought about incorporating sunscreen in your daily routine? Will you be trying this out? Let me know in the comments below!