My Favourite Mineral Sunscreens for Combination/Oily Skin

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I’ve been searching high and low for a daytime moisturiser with SPF for the past year and have tried at least four different ones that haven’t worked for me. As many of you might know, sunscreens are notoriously thick and occlusive on the skin making it feel greasy and diminishing the appearance of make-up. Furthermore it is difficult to find formulas that contain only mineral sunscreen (Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide) that are suitable for oilier skin. I also prefer formulas to be without added fragrance.

I have combination-oily skin and find that when wearing sunscreen my make-up will last around 2 hours before I’m oily in the T-zone and by lunchtime I can’t wait to get home and remove my make-up. Recently I bought some sunscreen samples from one of my favourite skincare brands Paula’s Choice which are formulated for oilier skin and I wanted to give my quick opinion on these products.

The first is Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30 (60ml £25.50) which contains Zinc Oxide 6% and Titanium Dioxide 2.32% as the active ingredients.

This is a white lotion that is lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly. It doesn’t leave a white cast and feels moisturising on the skin with no tightness. However, even after the product has absorbed the finish is not 100% shine free, although it doesn’t leave any greasiness. It leaves my skin baby soft and is a great base for liquid and powder make-up. I find that the oiliess in my T-zone is kept at bay for at least 4 hours when using this moisturiser and I didn’t experience any breakouts after 7 days of using this product.

The second product I tested was Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 (60ml £29.00) which contains Zinc Oxide (12%) as the active sunscreen ingredient.

This product is lightly tinted so if you have very fair skin then it may actually be too dark for you. On me, this product still leaves a white cast because it is tinted lighter than my skin tone and I find that it has a chemical smell when first applied. I actually think this may be a good product for any men who suffer from redness because of the light tint. The texture of this moisturiser is probably the BEST I’ve tried for oil control, it actually leaves the skin on my cheeks feeling a bit tight/ dry and keeps oiliness at bay on my T-Zone for at least 6 hours. I found that my liquid make-up didn’t go on as well with this moisturiser because it causes the product to catch onto the skin. I didn’t experience any breakouts after 7 days of wearing this product and noticed that my pores looked smaller when using this.

All in all these are both great moisturisers with SPF for combination or oily skin. If your skin is normal-combination or combination then Hydralight is the way to go. If you have oily skin all over then go for the Super-light. Personally I like both of these equally for different weather conditions as they provide broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays whilst not exacerbating oiliness and are fragrance/colourant free.

Jay x

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 (Medium to Dark) – Review

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Taken from the Bobbi Brown website:

“Moisturise, perfect and protect-instantly and over time. Now it’s easier than ever to get great skin with Bobbi Brown’s new BB Cream SPF 35. Inspired by a skincare/makeup hybrid that’s a cult favorite in Asia, this formula combines moisturiser, treatment, SPF and a lightweight foundation in one. Plus, it’s available in nine skin tone correct shades carefully formulated by Bobbi herself. Consider it your skin’s new best friend.

The secret to its multitasking magic: Water-attracting molecules boost hydration; light reflective pearls brighten dull skin; botanical extracts and caffeine reduce discolouration and redness; pore-reducing peptides minimise fine lines; and finally, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and antioxidants fend off future damage.”

I purchased this BB Cream at my local department store for £29.00. BB Creams are great because they moisturise the skin, contain anti-oxidants and also SPF. I’ve been using this same tube since April 2014 and nearly a year on I still have a quarter of the tube to go which makes this great value for money. There are nine shades to choose from and the shade range is quite forgiving. I was matched to Medium-Dark. This shade matches best to those who wear between Honey and Golden in Bobbi Brown foundation.

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Packaging: The packaging of this BB Cream means that there is minimal light and air exposure, therefore the anti-oxidant and SPF ingredients stay stable. I like products that come in tubes as they are more much hygienic too.

Formula: The active sunscreen ingredients in this product are : Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 4%, Oxybenzone 2.5%, Titanium Dioxide 1.1%. I’m not a huge fan of chemical sunscreens and would prefer to see more Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in the formula, nonetheless this has decent UVB and UVA protection. The dimethicone present in the formula gives the cream a nice slip. Also the added anti-oxidants are a great to prevent premature ageing.

Fragrance: This product has no fragrance making it non-irritant and suitable for sensitive skin. This is a big pro for me when choosing skincare/make-up.

Feel/Texture:  This BB cream is very thick and moisturising. For my skin I need less than a pea size amount. I find that it is quite difficult to blend without streaks, it is best blended with a buffing face brush or fingers. The finish is dewy and looks skin-like.

I use this BB Cream sort of like a foundation for everyday use, meaning I wear it on top of my anti-oxidant serum and sunblock moisturiser. The reason being that in order to get all of the sun protection from a BB cream alone you would have to use a LOT of product and this cream is way too heavy for that.  The coverage is light, it won’t cover hyper-pigmentation or spots (I rarely get them), but it does even out my skin tone. I really like how this looks on my skin immediately after I  powder down the T-Zone, after first application.

I have combination skin and I find my T-Zone gets very oily within 4 hours  of using this. By the end of the day my skin is shiny and dewy, I don’t particularly mind myself but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re not a fan of the dew. Also this cream oxidises and separates a bit after 8 hours, less so if you don’t wear sunblock underneath.

I would recommend this BB Cream for daily use as it has some good moisturising and protective ingredients, it is catered to those with dry/mature, sensitive skin. If you’re oily you’re better off avoiding this one. Due to the low amount of coverage it should only be used by those who have good skin but just wants some extra protection and light coverage. I would recommend wearing an SPF underneath the cream for some extra protection.

http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/2573/21694/Skincare/Moisturisers/Face/BB-Cream-SPF-35/New-Shades/index.tmpl 

What is your favourite BB cream? Comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

Nature Republic California Aloe Sunblock SPF 50 PA+++

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I last posted on here. The last two months have been rather hectic, I actually started a new job which is a bit more demanding than the last one so I don’t have as much time or energy to post, but now that I’ve settled in I hope to be writing a lot more.

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Being an oily/combination skinned girl I find it very difficult to find sunblocks that don’t leave my skin greasy, uncomfortable and with a white cast. I recently received this sunblock as a sample and after trying it I had to buy the full size. The full size cost £22 from Amazon for a 100ml bottle.

This sunblock contains ingredients that physically block the sun (UVA and UVB), its active ingredients are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. I always opt for these ingredients as opposed to chemical sunscreens. The sunblock factor is SPF 50 which means it is intended for use during periods of long exposure to the sun. It is also PA+++ meaning it has the highest protection against harmful UVA rays. The only ingredient which may raise concern is Aluminium Hydroxide, whilst there is no evidence to show it is toxic, some may prefer not to use this on their skin.

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The first thing I noticed about this cream upon opening the seal was the smell, it has a fresh aloe fragrance which fades after about 10 minutes on the skin. The cream itself has a thick consistency which spreads easily. Once massaged into the skin the initial white cast disappears completely even on my deep tanned skin. The cream feels moisturising but has a semi-matte finish once it dries, which is perfect for those really hot and sweaty summer days.

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Overall I am very impressed with this cream, it has a high SPF and PA rating, ideal for summer use. It doesn’t leave any white cast and it leaves the drier than any other SPF creams I have used before which makes it a perfect make-up base. I would recommend this for anyone with non-sensitive, non-acne prone, oily skin.