Expensive sunscreen, is it worth it?

This post is not sponsored by any of these products/companies.

It’s that time of the year where skincare companies are advertising their expensive “revolutionary” sunscreen products that may or may not be rather basic (I’m looking at you Kylieskin) and as summer progresses the more agressive this will get. As a skincare enthusiast I’ve had my fair share of hits and misses, so why not compile a small list of sunscreen products from some influential brands and share my thoughts?

Mineral/physical vs Chemical sunscreens. Personally I always pick mineral sunscreen as it is far better for the environment, on top of being better for our skin. While mineral sunscreens work by deflecting the UV rays, the chemical ones absorb them. Chemical sunscreens also often include ingredients that are harmful for our environment like oxybenzone, octocrylene, and so many more. (Here’s a helpful list of ingredients to avoid). When I started collecting data for this review I was going to buy the new Kylie Skin Sunscreen oil but as it’s a chemical sunscreen that includes Octocrylene in it’s ingredient list I opted out.

Ilia beauty-Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation. I am one of those people who don’t think mixing makeup and skincare in one product is a good idea… unless it’s this bad boy. The ingredient list is very impressive that includes squalane, hyaluronic acids, and my absolute favourite ingredient in the world niacinamide. in terms of protection this one protects against UVA, UVB, UVC, blue light, and infrared light.

As it’s advertised as a light foundation, I can’t skip over how it performs as makeup. I was pleasantly surprised over the coverage of this product and how easy it is to use with other makeup products. The foundation doesn’t crease, separate or collect in my pores. The longevity of the product is very decent and stays put throughout the day. Another plus is it’s sold in Iceland at Nola.is.

Drunk elephant- Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30. If I had to explain this product in one word it’ll be “Yikes”. Drunk elephant is an expensive brand with a huge cult following, so you’d think they’d have the formula down… but no. What drives me away from this product is mostly the texture. When you apply the product you will notice that it’s a bit grainy, then when you’re done applying it you’ll notice that the product separates on your skin and starts falling out in chunks (resembling dead skin) all that precious skincare you just put on underneath goooone! on top of having a bad texture and not wanting to stay on your face, the white cast is also very off putting.

Body Shop- Skin defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50. This product preforms very well, it doesn’t leave a white cast, works well with other products, and includes nice skincare ingredients like vitamin C. The downside however is that it has Alcohol Denat which is an ingredient that helps with absorption, texture, and preserves the product. However, it can be irritating and drying for the skin. If you have no issues with sensitivity I’d give this product a try.

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