My favourite sunscreens and how I get multiple uses from them

My favourite sunscreens and how I get multiple uses from them

If there is one beauty product I absolutely cannot live without, it’s definitely sunscreen. I’ve been vigilantly using it every single day since 2014 (rain or shine) and my late-twenties skin is absolutely thanking me for it.

I am so extra when it comes to my skin care routine and I use several sunscreens for different skin care purposes. Sunscreen is the key skincare item for slowing skin ageing, but really I wear it ‘cos I take skin cancer very seriously. Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians, contributing to 20% of all cancer in young people. Although I’ve got Filipino heritage, I’m still at risk, so I get a skin check every year and protect myself with sunscreen everyday.

With a plethora of brands, textures and chemical or physical sunscreen options, we’ve got no excuse not to wear sunscreen. Here are my favourite drug-store and mid-range sunscreens which I give multipurpose use for everyday.

 

Best sunscreen as primer for foundation

Mecca Cosmetica ‘To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen’ 75 ml

This is my favourite sunscreen product for the face. It’s hydrating but not greasy and I use it as a moisturiser sometimes. It has a lovely scent and doesn’t irritate the skin or eyes. And it glides on like a makeup primer! Although it’s sunscreen, I use it as a primer right underneath my foundation (and it actually keeps my foundation in place like a primer would!). It’s a bit pricey ($40 AUD for 75 ml at Mecca Maxima) but my face is an investment so….

Also comes in a 30 ml bottle for $18 if you want to try it but don’t want to commit to spending $40 for sunscreen

Also comes in a 30 ml bottle for $18 if you want to try it but don’t want to commit to spending $40 for sunscreen

 

Best face & body sunscreen

Neutrogena ‘Ultra Sheer face & body dry-touch sunscreen lotion SPF 50+’ 88 ml

I have oily (but dehydrated) skin and this is probably the only “body sunscreen” product that I’m comfortable with putting on my face on a daily basis. I can layer makeup products over it easily and it photographs beautifully as well - it remains matte and looks/feels undetectable on the skin. If it’s not on my face, it’s definitely on my entire upper body and arms ‘cos it literally feels like nothing once it absorbs into the skin. I keep a bottle of this in my bag at all times because it’s so versatile! It’s cheap as well, and often goes on sale for about $7-10 AUD at Chemist Warehouse and major supermarkets.

I repurchase this several times a year, I love it that much.

I repurchase this several times a year, I love it that much.

 

Best 2-in-1 sunscreen and facial moisturizers

Nutrimetics ‘Ultra Care+ Smart Shield Protection Creme SPF 50' 50 ml

My favourite mid to high-end sunscreen-moisturiser comes from Nutrimetics. Yeah yeah, multi-level marketing (MLM) businesses have a bad rep, but I put a lot of trust in Nutrimetics’ skincare range (my mum’s like 60 and she still has beautiful skin thanks to 30 years of Nutrimetics). Anyway this SPF 50 moisturiser is hydrating, matte and photographs well. If you hate the idea of wearing many layers of creams on your face, try a two-in-one product like the Nutrimetics Smart Shield Protection Creme ($70 AUD).

It’s also perfect for travel and is small enough to fit in a makeup bag

It’s also perfect for travel and is small enough to fit in a makeup bag

Neutrogena ‘Hydro Boost water gel lotion sunscreen SPF 50’ 88 ml

This is probably my favourite drug-store sunscreen product on the market. Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost contains hyaluronic acid (the key ingredient for providing maximum hydration to the skin), it has a light gel-like texture and has a luminous (but not greasy) finish. I use this as a facial moisturiser on days when my skin is feeling oily and I don’t want to wear too many layers on my face. Otherwise, I put this on my neck and decolletage everyday because it’s moisturising and these places are one of the first parts of the body that shows ageing!! It often goes on sale for ~$7-10 AUD at Chemist Warehouse or major supermarkets.

I use this as a two-in-one face & body moisturiser and sunscreen.

I use this as a two-in-one face & body moisturiser and sunscreen.

Mecca Cosmetica ‘To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen’
75 ml

Ah far out, this one’s fab too. Get it here.

Don’t buy me anything except this for my birthday pls.

Don’t buy me anything except this for my birthday pls.

 

Best matte facial sunscreens

La Roche-Posay ‘Anthelios XL Anti-shine Non-perfumed dry touch gel-cream SPF 50+’ 50 ml

This dries down matte immediately and doesn’t irritate the skin. But I do find that when I wear serums and moisturizer on my face with this sunscreen, it ends up pilling as I rub the sunscreen in. It’s a little bit annoying at first but once I put primer and foundation on, the pilling is gone and my skin looks matte and smooth again. It’s ~$22-30 AUD at Chemist Warehouse.

It also comes in a tinted version for some light coverage.

It also comes in a tinted version for some light coverage.

Neutrogena ‘Ultra Sheer face & body dry-touch sunscreen lotion SPF 50+’ 88 ml

Okay wait, this one is actually my favourite drugstore sunscreen. So gooood.

Holy grail.

Holy grail.

 

Best body sunscreens

Nivea Sun ‘protect & moisture SPF 50+ moisturising sunscreen lotion’ 400 ml

I quite like this sunscreen because it’s also a body moisturiser. I put this on my legs and lower body everyday where it tends to get dry and needs moisturising. Nivea Sun does have a distinct, but pleasant scent. It often goes on sale at the supermarket and pharmacies for about $12.

This product is also great for swimming at the beach because it contains reef-safe SPF that won’t harm marine life. Read more about it  here .

This product is also great for swimming at the beach because it contains reef-safe SPF that won’t harm marine life. Read more about it here.

Cancer Council ‘SPF 50+ Ultra Sunscreen’ range

I love Cancer Council products. A portion of the sales of Cancer Council products goes to funding cancer research and the sunscreen range is just fantastic! The Ultra SPF 50+ sunscreen is my gold standard sunscreen and I’ll use this all over my face & body if I’m going to the beach, or doing any outdoor exercise or activity. If you have private health insurance with AHM, they actually reimburse you for buying Cancer Council products. Win!

The SPF 50 lip balm is another staple in my beach bag

The SPF 50 lip balm is another staple in my beach bag

 

Sunscreens I’d like to try next

The ‘Ultra Violette’ sunscreen range

This is a new online Australian sun-care brand called “Ultra Violette” (ahaha geddit…). I’d really like to try the moisturiser-primer-SPF 50 cream (Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen $45) and the SPF 50 serum (Queen Screen SPF 50+ Lightweight Sun Serum $47)

Left to Right: Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen and the Queen Screen SPF 50+ Lightweight Sun Serum

Left to Right: Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen and the Queen Screen SPF 50+ Lightweight Sun Serum

Shiseido ‘Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Wet Force SPF 50+ ‘

A face & body sunscreen for all skin-types that claims to be invisible and apparently becomes more effective as your skin gets wet. Is it worth the $40 USD splurge?

It’s $40 USD for 100 ml. I’m pretty sure I use ~20 ml all over my body, so I can use this a total of 5 times. Cool cool cool cool.

It’s $40 USD for 100 ml. I’m pretty sure I use ~20 ml all over my body, so I can use this a total of 5 times. Cool cool cool cool.

Go-To Skin Care by Zoe Foster Blake ….if her sunscreen products were SPF50 instead of SPF15

One of the most hyped-up skincare products of 2018 was the Go-To Skin Care Zincredible sunscreen moisturiser (at a hefty $45) but it turned out to be only SPF 15. Catch up boo.

Pass. (ooh but if ZFB drops an SPF 50 version this year…)

Pass. (ooh but if ZFB drops an SPF 50 version this year…)

 

“Putting on sunscreen in the morning should be as regular as brushing your teeth." - A scientist said this on the radio, so yeah.

It doesn’t matter where in the world we live, we NEED to wear sunscreen. I once heard someone on holiday say, “Oh I didn’t bring sunscreen with me because we’re not in Australia. You can only get sunburn in Australia.” Nah bby girl. Where there’s the sky, there’s UV rays. So slip, slop, slap, sleek and slide that PPE on.

Love sunscreen as much as I do? Drop a comment about your favourites. Maybe we could start a sunscreen appreciation club and like, test sunscreen together.

xx Dr P.

 

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