Today’s post comes from Anuja (@anujaaggarwal) who will introduce you to an acne-safe, alcohol-free, paraben-free, high protection, mild sunscreen that has the potential to become an acne prone person’s Holy Grail product. It can be a budget sunscreen or premium depending on whether you look at the quantity or the price. * applause *
Some background about my skin and sunscreens I have used: I have APST 2-3 type of skin which is normal-oily most of the time.
I used to apply Lotus 3-in-1 matte SPF 40 for a long time and loved it as it kept my skin matte for a longer time and blurred the spots. I stopped using it as it has some highly comedogenic ingredients and I did not want to take any risk.
Then I moved to Suncote and felt odd every day that I applied it. It made my skin glossy, shiny, and sticky. When I pulled down my lower lids to apply Kajal, the skin would stick at the same place. I did not want to apply powder daily, so I stopped using it. I hated the sticky feeling that it gave.
I already had a bottle of Sebamed 30 SPF (which I had purchased for a vacation) so I thought of giving it a proper trial.
When I had used Sebamed during my vacation, I had taken it for the single trait of it being waterproof. When I used it during my vacation and stepped out while it was raining, it began to form white streaks wherever water fell and ran down the skin. It was horrible.
Maybe I should have stayed indoors for a bit longer and had let it get absorbed completely. This is what tipped me off this sunscreen and it was lying around for a while. But then I decided to give it a try once again and here is what I found:
The number one question: did it break me out? NO, it did not. So I am happy about that.
I even had a session of chemical peel while I was using this sunscreen and it did not cause any problem. In fact, I felt a soothing feeling while I applied it on the next day after the peel.
Price: 1300 for 150ml
· Counteracts sun-induced pigmentation marks and signs of premature ageing
· Available in SPF 20 and 30
· SPF tested and based on the COLIPA sunscreen products recommendation
· UVA protection: 98 % UVA absorption (higher than Australian Standard)
· Perfumed or non-perfumed
· Alcohol-free, Oil-free
· Free from paraffin, parabens, PEG bonds and PABA esters, acrylamide
· Shields against sunburn
· Dermatologically tested
· For very sensitive skin
· For sun-intolerant skin
· Suitable for children
· For beach, sport and city
· With pH value 5.5
· Reliable UVA + UVB protection
· Highly effective UVA/UVB filter system combined with micro-pigments prevent sunlight induced damage and irritations to the skin
· Anti-Ageing skin protection with vitamin E and regenerating provitamin B5
· Natural Hydro-Fructol Formula keeps the sun-exposed skin smooth and supple to protect the elasticity of the skin
· Water sweat resistant up to 6 hours, sand resistant
· Easily applied, non-greasy, does not leave white residues
Aqua, Dibutyl Adipate, Octocrylene, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Titanium Dioxide, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Lauryl Glucoside, Panthenol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Benzyl Alcohol, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Cellulose Gum, Silica, Parfum, Sorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Inulin, Lecithin
No comedogenic ingredient except Dimethicone as per Skingredients analysis.
Packaging and texture
The spray bottle is quite lame as it spurts the liquid out (as you can see in the image below), so the only way to apply it anywhere is to spray it very close to your hand and then apply anywhere you wish.
If you spray from far, it will most likely get sprayed on the stuff next to your skin and leave white marks. But I guess, since the sunscreen is very watery (which is what I like about it), it cannot be delivered in any other packaging.
The spray bottle
The watery texture makes it very easy to spread and the white cast is gone in a minute or so. You would need about three-four spurts for the face and neck. But remember it takes about 15 minutes to get absorbed, so if you happen to drink water right after applying and spill a drop or two on your face, then it will become white and come-off immediately.
One squirt of spray: (notice the runny nature of the sunscreen)
After blending: very smooth
About 3 sprays of sunscreen that I use for my face
I apply the sunscreen twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon after washing my face.
What I like about the sunscreen
· Easy-to-apply and spread
· Protects from the sun – I have not noticed any tanning after using it
· Gives a dewy/glow finish
· It is moisturizing and soothing in nature – the skin feels comfortable after applying – that dry stretchy feeling after face wash is taken care of instantly
· The bottle would last long – I think at the rate that I am using, it would last me three months easily
· I have applied make-up on top of it without any issues
· Does not leave a white cast
What I dislike
· It becomes a bit shiny after a while but not Suncote level of shine (I really cannot find a true replacement for Lotus 3-in-1 matte!!)
· You have to stay away from water for about 20 minutes after application
Final verdict: I am going to use this sunscreen till the bottle lasts. It’s a good sunscreen and can be used by sensitive skinned people too. Though it seems a bit expensive, but the quantity is great. It’s definitely worth a try for acne-prone skin.
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