I’ve received a few questions lately about sunscreens, so thought I’d update you on what I’ve been using and why. I’ve also had the opportunity to try some new ones, so will share my thoughts on those as well.
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High protection sunscreen
I’ve come back to CHANEL UV Essentiel as my daily facial sunscreen. It’s pricey, but is just the best I’ve found and a little goes a long way.
- It’s mineral-based, with good percentages of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide (the ingredients my dermatologist likes)
- Doesn’t look ashy
- Best sunscreen under makeup (mineral, high SPF)
- Doesn’t pill or flake, or settle into lines
- Looks good on its own, has a nice dewy finish
Elta MD UV Clear (SPF 46) is one of the sunscreens my dermatologist has recommended for years. It’s a good product that also goes on mostly clear. I find that it sometimes pills under makeup or gets a little cakey when the air is dry. But I do use on my neck and décoletté most days (as I don’t wear makeup there), so it isn’t an issue.
Brian + MW Super Radiance Skin Protection SPF 50. If you prefer a non-mineral sunscreen, you should give this one a try.
- Goes on completely clear
- Soothing and moisturizing.
- Great under makeup or on its own
- Absorbs quickly
For lower UV index days you may find that SPF 30 is as much as you need.
- Zinc oxide is the only active ingredient, so it’s a good option for sensitive skin.
- It’s very moisturizing and doesn’t pill.
- There’s a slight whitish cast when first applied, but it seems to fade/absorb quickly.
- Works beautifully under makeup
- A budget-friendly option, less than $20 per 2 oz. tube
- 30 SPF
- No dyes or fragrance
Versed Guards Up. This all-mineral sunscreen utilizes non-nano Zinc Oxide for sun protection.
- Non-chalky finish, though slightly more matte IMO
- Lightly tinted
- Non-greasy formula
- Recycled packaging
- Also a more budget-friendly option
I just finished Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler by Lynne Olson. I give it my highest recommendation! It’s an engrossing and gripping history of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade and the Alliance spy network, which was responsible for some of the most valuable intelligence against the Germans in France.
Due to post-war politics (and some bad old-fashioned sexism), for many years after the WWII, her contributions were overlooked. But she (and many women) were crucial to the Resistance and intelligence gathering effort.
Next up on my reading list is a novel, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This one was highly recommended by my BIL and SIL.
And I’m still slogging my way through The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel. I’m finding this one a tougher go than the first two books. It’s a bit more ponderous, padded with a lot of rumination and flashbacks. It’s such an interesting period in history though, so I’m inclined to keep at it and finish.
What are you reading these days?