We’re halfway through May, which means that in about a month summer will be here! Like most of us in the northern hemisphere, I’m busting out all of my summer clothing and preparing for days at the Jersey Shore. However, preparing for days of fun in the sun also means protecting myself. I’m the kind of person who uses sunscreen all year, rain or shine, so this is no special occasion but I felt that now would be an appropriate time to share with you the products I have been using lately and will be using going into summer.
I feel like sunscreens are pretty self explanatory in terms of the purpose they serve; to protect our skin from the sun’s rays. It keeps us from burning, as well as protects us from damaging UV rays which can cause a wide array of issues from minor cases of hyperpigmentation, to premature wrinkles and even cancer. I consider sunscreen to be something that should be part of everyone’s skincare regimen and, as I mentioned before, I do use a sunscreen everyday. I grew up with a mother who would always tell me to use sunscreen, I was a swimmer in high school and I feel that at this point the smell of sunscreen is nostalgic for me because of that, and as I move through my 20’s I am now starting to care about my skins aging process and doing what I can to not accelerate that. I could talk for ages about the benefits and different types of sunscreens, but I will save that for a later post if you guys are interested! For now, I’ll jump right into the reviews.
Full ingredients:Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Zinc Oxide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hexanediol, Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus(Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Carbomer, Lippia Citriodora Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Beta-Glucan, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Alumina, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lomon) Fruit Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil, Disodium Edta, Potassium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis(Orange) Oil, Aluminum Stearate
This is both a chemical and physical sunscreen. What this means is that there are filters that will soak into the skin, and others that will sit on top of the skin. I’m someone who has always used physical sunscreens as the white cast is not something that has ever bothered me, so this is my first encounter with any type of chemical sunscreen. I was a little scared of the idea of chemical sunscreens at first, but not much anymore!
My experience with this sunscreen has been nothing but pleasant (when used correctly, and I will elaborate on this in a later post). It doesn’t break me out, doesn’t leave an unpleasant white cast, wears well under make-up, and doesn’t have that classic sunscreen smell to it. The consistency is medium. It holds its shape when you dispense it onto your hands or fingers, but it applies like a dream. It’s not sticky or extremely tough to blend out, which is one of the main things I look for when buying a facial sunscreen. Though this does have physical sunscreen ingredients, it doesn’t leave too bad of a white cast. In fact, I’d say the white cast is not noticeable at all. It takes a second or two to blend into the skin but, once you do, it’s seamless. This does have a scent to it, but not the classic sunscreen scent you’d expect. It smells a lot like lemon cleaning products, which seems off putting, but I quite enjoy it and it doesn’t irritate my skin despite having a fragrance. This has an SPF of 50 with a PA rating of +++, which is more than enough for me. I usually only apply this once per day since it has both chemical and physical filters, so the physical filters will continue to protect after the chemical filters have broken down, but if I do find myself in direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time (at the beach, having a day out, etc), I will reapply this after 4 or 5 hours. But, for someone who spends most of their days indoors and my only worry is the fact that I work right in front of a large window, this has me covered.
Full Ingredients:Water, Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Glycerin, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Niacinamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Pan-Thenol, Diglycerin, Iron Oxides, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethi- Cone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Ethylene/Methacrylate Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Chromium Oxide Greens, Triethyl Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Alcohol, Asiaticoside, Aden- Osine, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Boron Nitride, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, 1,2- Hexanediol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Propanediol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Polysorbate 20, Aniba Rosodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Sodium Glycerophosphate, Selaginella Lepidophylla Extract, Potassium Magnesium Aspartate, Citric Acid, Calcium Gluconate, Madecassoside, Magnesium Gluconate, Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide
I first found Dr. Jart through their Ceramidin Cream (which I will have a review for very soon). I took notice to their Ciciapair line as I am a huge fan of centella and its derivatives for their healing properties. When I saw the words “correcting treatment,” I immediately had to try it (and by try it, I mean buy it). You see a lot of “correcting” products on the market, but nothing that actually claims to treat the issue that you are correcting (which I find nonsensical but also not far from the norm). I was a little apprehensive about purchasing this, as many of the reviews I saw stated that this product was hard to blend out and stuck to dry patches, but I decided to give it a go anyway since I’m a dare devil.
This product is really cool. As nerdy as it is to say that, I don’t know of any other way to express how I feel; this stuff is just really cool. It reminds me of a CC cream, rather than just a green toned concealer. It’s a thick green cream in the pot and it applies green to cancel out the redness, but then oxidizes to match your skin tone. I don’t apply this all over my face, only to the parts that I have trouble with. Despite the application being in patches (meaning I only apply it to certain areas), the finish is seamless. Most of the time I don’t even use another base on top of it (foundation, BB/CC cream) to “even it out,” and it still looks very natural. It wasn’t tough to blend out nor does it tag onto any dry areas of my face, which is a big thing for me. Where I am the most red, I am also dry, and most concealers or foundations just accentuate those areas, but not this. It’s truly amazing.
I want to talk more about the application, as one of the big things that had me worried about this product is how it would apply. Many reviews out there claimed it was too thick to blend out evenly, it tagged to areas, and looked cakey. I did not experience that and I think it might be how I’m using it. For one, I only use a dime sized amount at the most, since I use this to spot conceal and do not use it all over my face (there’s no need to, even if it does oxidize like a CC cream). This product does not come with a plastic spatula (unless mine was just missing it), but I did have some laying around so I didn’t deduct points for that. I’ve tried various methods for applying this (beauty blender, brush, and hands) and I feel using my hands is the best option, with a brush being the second best option. However, I feel I may be biased as I’m not a fan of sponges because feel items like the beauty blender sheer product out and most of my face products are light to medium coverage so I have no desire to sheer them out any further. Applying it with the beauty blender was seamless, but it sheered out the product and let some of my redness peek through. I feel a second layer would have built up the coverage, but I don’t like to use extra product when I don’t need to. Using a brush (I used the Real Techniques Expect Face brush as well as their Essential Foundation brush) was good at keeping the layer thick, but I felt it didn’t properly melt into my skin so I had to take the extra step of patting it in. When using my hands, it applied easily and soaked in during the process of application. Here are some before and afters, focusing on coverage:
I wish I had taken before and after photos from when I started using this product because my cheeks are far less red and blotchy now than they were when I started using this stuff.
I absolutely love this stuff and I almost want to call it a holy grail item for me. Not only does it correct my red areas (rosacea that affects my cheek area, as well as some redness around my nose/chin/between my brows), but I’ve also seen a significant improvement in my skin and a lot of that is due to this product containing centella and centella derivatives (madecassoside, madecassic acid, etc). This also contains niacinamide (evens out skin tone) and lavender oil (to calm). Usually when you find amazing correcting products, you have some sort of anxiety centered around being without it, but this stuff has reduced the redness on my face so much that I honestly could go without it if I had to (if it were ripped from my lifeless body, that is, since this stuff is something I will be keeping in my routine for a long time). In other words, I’m confident with and without it since it has actually cared for my skin rather than just covered up the problem. Everything about this product is perfect; the consistency is nice to work with (just thick enough to provide coverage, but not too thick to where it’s unmanageable), it has a nice medicinal scent to it that isn’t overbearing in the slightest, the ingredients are everything and more that I look for in a product, and this stuff actually works. If I had a rating system, this would be the first 10/10.
Active Ingredients:Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10.72%, Octisalate 3.21%, Octocrylene 6%, Oxybenzone 3.86%
Inactive Ingreidents:Water, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Styrene/acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/dimethicone Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Silica, PEG-8 Laurate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Menthyl Lactate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Maltodextrin
I’ve used this stuff of about two weeks now. I bought it mostly to have something to use on my body since my Neogen sunscreen is a fairly small bottle. I don’t have too much to say about this yet since I haven’t used it too much to really have an opinion on whether or not I like it. I can talk about things like consistency, smell, etc.
This is a 100% chemical sunscreen, having no physical filters, which means the filters will break down in the sun, so you’ll need to reapply this more often. When wearing this, I always reapply halfway through the day and more often if I am in direct sunlight or am exposed to water (at the beach, for example). With that said, this stuff has 0 white cast and absorbs instantly into my skin (both face and body). It does have that sunscreen scent that you can smell on yourself (so chances are, others can smell it to), but it doesn’t bother me. In terms of consistency, it’s pretty runny but that only makes the application easy so I’m not too picky on that. It hasn’t broken me out, nor has it irritated the eczema I have on my hands. One thing I will say is that this stuff stung the heck out of my eyes (not the skin, my actual eyes). I’ve never had an issue with the Neogen sunscreen slipping into my eyes (and I’ve even been as bold as to attempt to get the Neogen sunscreen as close to my eyes as I can get), but this stuff does if I’ve teared up a little too much. I’m going to guess that since the consistency is thinner, when compared to the Neogen sunscreen, that the likeliness of this running into your eyes is much higher. I haven’t worn this on my face too much but when I do I am careful to avoid my eye area entirely. Aside from that, I do really like using this on my neck, hands, and other exposed areas.
If you’ve made it this far then you may be asking “why do you use three different sunscreens?” Well, if you haven’t gotten it by now, then I shall explain. One is for all over my face, another is something I’d consider a makeup item, and the last is what I use for all over. Could I very well use the Neogen sunscreen all over my body? Yes, but the bottle is fairly small and, for the price tag, I do not feel it is smart to use it all over my body, which is where La Roche-Posay comes into play. Would I use the La Roche-Posay as an all over sunscreen in the future? Due to the fact that it does sting my eyes, probably not. I will be looking into other sunscreens in the future, just to test what’s out there, but I am still very happy with what it is that I use now. All of these products are something I would recommend to anyone looking to put up their defenses this summer.