I've only recently been strict with mydaily sunscreen protection. It came about after a sales assistant from Mecca (City Cross in Rundle Mall) found it difficult to colour match me for some Nars foundation.
My casual sun protection = different skin shades on neck, forhead (with new freckles), arms, chin, chest and checks.
So yes, here I am talking about sunscreen because since then (and my first laser hair removal treatment, which I'll talk about later), I've been researching anything hyperpigmentation related. For the past 4 months (when I've been bothered) I've been using the QV Moisteriser Day Cream spf30. Since both Christian and I have been using Tretinoin for this period (and continuing it) I wanted a gentle sunscreen that wouldn't break me out again. A lovely sales assistant from Priceline Gawler Place told me she swears by the QV, and she was right.
It's not until yesterday, I went back to Priceline in Gawler Place to purchase a Natural Instinct branded one but randomly found the Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen. It was on sale for $11.99, so I thought why not! It's funny, I was actually after a "chemical" free, mineral based sunscreen, thus the Natural Instinct, but I was curious.
On a side note, before yesterday's purchase and after a load of research, I purchased Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 online. Apparently it does leave a white cast but considering the high amount of zinc oxide it's not so bad, and at $40, it's quite pricey. Unfortunately I can't review it since I'm still eagerly waiting for it to arrive.
Below I will compare my new purchase with the QV Face Moisterising Day Cream.
QV Face Moisturising Day Cream spf30 75ml : rrp $14.99, purchase here, https://www.priceline.com.au/health/medicines/medicated-skin/moisturising-cream-75.0-g
- a favourite for the last 4 months (between C and I, we have 3 of bottles - all are half empty)
- thicker than CC, and it heavier, so it feels like you're wearing sunscreen but this never bothered me
- didn't break me out
- no white cast
- dries to a natural matte finish
- 4% zinc oxide
Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen spf50 150ml: rrp $14.99, purchase here, https://www.priceline.com.au/index.php/skincare/sun-and-tanning/sun-protection/sensitive-sunscreen-spf50-110.0-ml
*note, I've only used this for a day and I love it already! Fingers crossed it won't break me out. I'll keep you updated.
- more fluid like. I feel like I need to shake it before use.
- for the same price as the QV, you get double the amount
- dries matte, feels lighter to wear and isn't as sticky.
- supports the Cancer Council.
- for body and face - though I was using the QV on my body anyway. I don't have to be stingy with this as there's more
- both a physical and chemical sunscreen like the QV but with 5% zinc oxide.
So.. as you can see, I'm already leaving the new Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen. It's apparently a new formula. I've never used the old one so I can't compare the improvement.
What sunscreen do you use?
What can you recommend for someone with breakout prone skin and after a physical based formula?
<3 Anne x
*Please note, I'm no expert. This is only based on my personal opinion based on my skin.