SPF Recommendations

Hi there, I’ve been following your blog for awhile and love the honest reviews. But I need help! I’ve been looking for a good, non-greasy SPF that’s suitable for wearing under liquid foundation. Even so-called light formulas seem to slide off my face halfway through the day. I want to protect my skin but I want to look normal while doing it. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks!

I wish I had the answer but when it comes to sunscreens, I have a bit of a Goldilocks problem. The recommended sunscreen is physical rather than chemical but physical blocks always seem heavier and leave a white cast while the chemical blocks are more fluid and absorbable. With some physical sunscreens, because it’s so heavy or thick, my skin tends to get congested but chemical blocks sometimes irritate my apparently super-sensitive skin so it really depends on specific brands.

As for the ‘slide off’ your face issue, have you tried those waterproof sunscreens? I haven’t really had this issue, but I do remember using my boyfriends Jack Black Water Resistant SPF when I went swimming and that stuff stayed ON. The only reason I don’t use it regularly is because it makes my skin feel dry. 

I’ve used Sunday Riley’s Cashmere SPF 30 to good results and I like the iconicShiseido SPF bottles to layer under makeup because they’re so fluid. For something more natural and clean, I like the 100% Pure Argan Oil Moisturizer and the Coola Sunscreens. I’ve also been dabbing with more multitasking products and I’ve been using the Omorovicza Complexion Enhancer SPF 15 which is kind of like a tinted moisturizer. I know that soon REN is launching a BB Cream with SPF15  as well so I’m excited to try that.



  1. Laura
    April 4, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    I like the omorovicza products too, I use the bb spf 20, which is nice, although a tad too lught/pink. I also like kimberly sayers sunscreens and ren spf 15. I would also like to try marie veronique organics but I cannot get it where I live. Nice post, thank you.

  2. rxmach
    May 21, 2013 / 3:36 am

    i live in the desert so everything will melt a little to a certain degree. what i usually will do to decrease the melting is apply the sunscreen, let it sit for 2 minutes, blot my face with an oil sheet, then apply foundation.

    I rotate between the following sunscreens:
    1) SkinCeutical’s sheer physical uv defense spf 50 matte finish (6% titanium dioxide, 5% zinc oxide)
    2) Shiseido’s ultimate sun protection cream for face spf 55 (7% octinoxate, 2.2% titanium oxide, 16.3% zinc oxide)
    3) obagi nu-derm sun shield spf 50 matte finish (7% Octinoxate, 10.5% zinc oxide

    hope that helps give you a place to start.

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