Spring is here and the way that time flies summer will be here in the blink of an eye as well. We all know we should be wearing sunscreen everyday, no matter the season, but the sun is getting stronger so I decided to write about some new sunscreen products. I’ve written plenty of reviews before, so feel free to read through my Sunscreen 101 post where you can find all the detailed information regarding sunscreen use. But let’s start this post by recapping the importance and use of sunscreen.
Global warming and other environmental changes made our planet hotter and the sun rays stronger and more damaging, so it’s important to adjust your skincare routine accordingly. UVA rays have the same intensity during summer and winter, while UVB rays are the one that cause sunburn. 80% of the UV rays can penetrate through the clouds, so only wearing sunscreen on sunny days is not enough. I suggest adding sunscreen as the last step in your morning skincare routine, as it’s the easiest way to make sure you put it on everyday.
Applying sunscreen only in the morning will unfortunately not last you through the entire day. Clinical studies and research shows that most sunscreens ensure sufficient protection only up to 2 or 3 hours, so if you’re outside all day or working in the office in front of a big window (yes, UVA rays can penetrate windows as well) make sure to reapply it often. The general rule for application is 1/2 of a teaspoon for your face. You can measure it easier by using your hands – for your whole face you need 2 fingers of it.
Chemical sunscreens contain chemicals that absorb the UV rays. They normally include formulas like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone. These formulas work by absorbing themselves into skin and then absorbing the UV rays, turning them into heat and releasing them from the body with heat. These are the most common sunscreens that you can find everywhere. They layer nicely on the skin and don’t leave a white cast, but are normally more oily and toxic to the environment.
Mineral or also known as physical sunscreens contain mineral based ingredients, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, to block UV rays. Physical sunscreens work by staying on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin like tiny mirrors. Some tend to have a white-ish cast which can be visible on the skin and can be hard to layer under makeup or over some skincare.
Each type has their own PROs and CONs. I like to use both – mineral for when I know I’ll be outside for longer, and chemical for everyday and reapplication because of no-mess and no white cast.
The most exciting news hit the skincare community as La Roche-Posay released a brand new product with a 100% newly formulated filter – Mexoryl 400. LRP dedicated itself to finding a perfect filter to efficiently block the harmful UVA rays. It took 10 years of research and numerous patents to get this formula to work so well. With peak absorbance at 385 nm, it is the best-performing filter ever at the longer end of the UV spectrum.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios is the new, updated version of a cult favorite. It’s a fluid chemical sunscreen with SPF 50 and the new Mexoryl filter. But not only that, since March 2022 all products in the UVMune 400 line contain not only one but eight sun filters! That ensures maximum protection that’s long lasting and incredibly efficient agains the harmful sun damage. Having said all that, it’s still a lightweight sunscreen that applies easily and dries down without leaving a white or oily cast on your skin. It’s my recent go-to and I use it on daily basis. Perfect for application as well as it’s not messy or too greasy.
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative for the La Roche Posay Shaka, Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced is it. The ingredients are almost identical as well. Such a good mineral sunscreen! The only difference is the distinct smell, which doesn’t bother me personally but it might not be for everyone.
That’s all for this post! Don’t forget to check out my other sunscreen reviews and come back soon for new content x