I could pretend that I’m writing this post because I’m going away to somewhere hot and sunny, but in reality I’m staying in the UK praying for a few more summer days. I see you autumn trying to roll on in.
But even so, suncream is important wherever you are and I have two that I need to share with my fellow oily / combination skinned pals.
My love for La Roche-Posey products is no secret, as you may have seen with my recent skincare posts here and here, so naturally I wanted to try something from them. The La Roche-Posey Anthelios Anti-shine Sun Cream Gel SPF 50+ (currently on promotion in Boots!) claims to be a dry touch gel-cream that does not give you that classic sun cream shine, doesn’t clog pores and prevents breakouts. Too good to be true? Well, first of all it is the weirdest sun cream I have ever tried. As it says on the tube, it is a “dry touch gel-cream” – and this is exactly what it is. It feels thinner than a cream when you initially pump some out, but as you start to rub it in it feels as though it stiffens. Due to this you shouldn’t overly work it in as you’ll end up trying to drag it across your skin. Instead I put multiple dots of it all over my face and gentle massage it in, then I press the product into my skin. For me this works best, and doesn’t give me those annoying bunched up product balls that you sometimes get with silicone primers – does anyone else get those?
However the most surprising thing of all was the fact it left my skin feeling and looking matte instantly. No more greasy ball face when you hit the beach whoop!
My other favourite suncream that you may have seen from my summer essentials post is the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF 50. Sadly I recently discovered that this now breaks me out on my face, even though it was fine for my holiday last August. I’m not sure if it is the product, or perhaps my skin just likes to throw tantrums. Who knows. But I still stand by this product, and although I can’t use it for my face it’s great for the high points of my body (collar bone, back of neck, chest, shoulders, etc). When I did use it for my face I noticed that it was fast absorbing, a lot easier to massage into the skin compared to the La Roche-Posey one due to its cream-liquid texture, and didn’t make my skin look oily throughout the day – even with the occasional touch up.
Both of these products are great for on the go as the packaging is slim and compact, so they won’t take up too much room in your bag.
Let me know your thoughts if you’ve tried either of these, or if you have any other recommendations make sure you leave a comment below 🙂