.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

The Sun Cream Edit

With it supposedly being Summer I thought it was the perfect time to go through the sun creams I use, both in the Summer and all year round.


I normally change my sun creams every year as they can loose their effectiveness when left opened for too long, although I've heard that you can keep them for around 1-2 years if they are stored away from direct sunlight.

First up: the face sun creams.

The first facial sun cream I used was the Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Face and Neck SPF 50 (what a mouthful!). I had heard a lot about the Garnier range, and seen the many adverts, so I thought it has to be decent. I got it for around £9, here at boots. Plus it was one of the highest factors I could find, and I look for atleast over SPF30. I wouldn't really want to risk anything below SPF30.

At first I found it to be very thick but it seemed to do job. However, the more I used it, the more I disliked it. It seemed to just sit on the skin and it felt very sticky, which isn't something I want when it's already quite humid! It also made it harder to smooth concealer over. Due to it being so thick it was also very shiny. However, I wasn't that concerned about the shine as you can use powder to tone it down and it is quite common among sun creams. It then got worse! I started breaking out with those awful whiteheads, and after looking at my skincare it did seem like this was the main culprit. So overall this was quite a disappointment for me.


I then gave one of the Boots brands a go but didn't get on with that either. So I decided to give the Malibu Face Cream SPF50 a go as I have already tried their body SPFs. I originally got this from Home Bargains for around £3 but I have seen them appearing at a lot of discounters recently, but they do come with expiry dates! The Malibu SPF is much lighter and rubs in like a moisturiser, it doesn't really feel heavy as such but I can still tell I have sun cream on. It also isn't greasy/gunky at all! It does give me a little bit of a shine but that fades with powder. It doesn't give off a white cast either, instead it feels like putting another layer of skincare on. I haven't noticed any breakouts with this sun cream, although I still enjoy sun cream free days as it means I don't have to cleanse as much. It is recommended you cleanse your skin even if you're only wearing sun cream as you don't want those ingredients on your skin overnight. So far this is my daily SPF.

Now onto: Body SPFs

I was immediately drawn in when I saw the Malibu Once Daily SPF50 lotion spray and I knew I had to get it, even if it was only for the ease of the spray! I got it from Home Bargains for £4. As the name suggests it's supposed to offer high protection for the whole day. I find it so easy to apply, I simply have to squirt it onto my arms and rub it in. The formula is quite light so it almost absorbs instantly. I can't find a fault with it and it's so easy to take around with you and apply on the go.

As a backup I also got the Malibu SPF30 sun lotion, also from Home Bargains for £4, although it's available from Superdrug for £3.49. This is pretty much similar to the above lotion except it's in more of a cream format so it's not as lightweight, and it offers less protection. However, it's still a great everyday sunscreen.


Lastly, because I always overestimate the British summer I decided to get another sun cream a few months ago. There wasn't a great range so I settled for the Nivea Protect and Moisture SPF50 sun cream. It was for £7.50 at Tesco but it was on buy one get one free so it didn't work out too bad. It's available from Boots/Superdrug for £6.50. Compared to the Malibu creams this is much thicker and it has a sort of yellowish tinge. You have to work it into the skin and it takes a bit longer to absorb. It does feel a bit sticky initially but that fades after 10 minutes or so. Overall, it isn't my most favourite formula but it does offer high protection and it's suitable for everyone.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What are your favourite sun creams?

44 comments:

  1. I will definitely give the malibu range a go as I have seen it shopping quite a lot and never picked it up, glad it's much lighter too xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would really recommend it, I've liked their products so much better than a lot of other brands

      Delete
  2. Really wanted to try some malibu products so I am really happy I have read your mini reviews thank you xx

    http://whattaylorbuys.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aww thanks! I would really recommend them :)

      Delete
  3. I recently did a sunscreen post too! Currently I'm using a bunch by Avene :)

    xo, alison*elle

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great minds think alike! I'll have to check that out :)

      Delete
  4. Great post! My favourite sunscreen is from Hawaiian tropic :) x

    www.anacelinelabod.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I think I've seen that around too but haven't given it a go yet :)

      Delete
  5. such a detailed post!

    http://thatgurlsolomon.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  6. such a detailed post!

    http://thatgurlsolomon.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  7. Looks like some great sun screens! I really should start using one on my hands and feet!

    Jenan
    http://lavieenmauve-jj.blogspot.ca/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Those are the exact areas I miss too! My hands are just the first to tan :)

      Delete
  8. Love the Garnier range, especially the dry spray line. Have you tried it? Smells amazing and dries really fast. It's the only one my husband doesn't make a fuss for me to apply. He always complains SPF feels too greasy so it gets a big thumbs up. lol x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I sort of gave up on Garnier suncreams after that but you make it sound so good that I might need to give it a try!

      Delete
  9. I haven't tried these in a long time but when I was younger going on hols with my family it was either Nivea or Garnier. This summer I discovered the La Roche Posay Anthelios range for my face & it's amazing x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've been hearing a lot of good thinks about the La Roche Posay range too lately :)

      Delete
  10. Replies
    1. I found it quite good too, the Malibu just come out tops for me :)

      Delete
  11. I never really bother with sun protection at all, but the Malibu Lotion Spray sounds so easy and quick to use, I need it! x

    TR's Thoughts

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was exactly the same but then I started hearing about how sun damage builds up over time, and now I've started to get into a routine of applying it :)

      Delete
  12. i always find sunscreen to be such a nuisance, and always kinda sticky? but the malibu lotion sounds like a good product! x

    illustratedwardrobe.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That was my main concern too when I started getting into them but the Malibu SPF 50 is very lightweight!

      Delete
  13. Ohh the Malibu range sounds amazing, will definitely have to give them a go <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You won't regret it, definitely my favourites so far :)

      Delete
  14. Ohh the Malibu range sounds amazing, will definitely have to give them a go <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    ReplyDelete
  15. I’ve been on holiday for the past month and have really been
    looking forward to reading your blog when I got back- it definitely didn’t
    disappoint! xx



    MAYBELLINE CLASSIC VOLUME EXPRESS WATERPROOF
    MASCARA SWATCHES

    ReplyDelete
  16. Such a handy article at this time of the year. Would love it if you could check out my newly launched Holiday Style Diary!
    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love 

    ReplyDelete
  17. Don't love these kind of sunscreen creams, i prefer more natural natural things, like coconut oil, or as i watched that need more to eat tomatoes every day, maybe you have tips for that too?! :)

    www.morefashion4u.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oils tend to make you tan faster or even burn so I wouldn't really recommend them in the place of suncream :)

      Delete
  18. I normally use p20 sun lotion but last year I burnt really bad whilst using it! Probably didn't use enough, im going to try the Malibu lotion spray sounds good and SPF50 ☺️
    www.lucyabbaszadeh.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no! If you do have a tendency to burn then I would really recommend a higher SPF :)

      Delete
  19. These is a great post, as sun cream really is important even when it's cloudy! :) I always use the Nivea one, but may branch out! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

    :)
    x

    ReplyDelete
  20. Lovely post, very apt for me as I am heading off on holiday in four weeks time! So excited! I am so pale, I have to wear SPF 30 the entire time I am on holiday, and never catch a tan :( My boyfriend, however, wears SPF 20 for a few days and then stops wearing so much, and comes back looking an entirely different nationality ha!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Hope you have a great time on holiday! Hahaha I tan way too easily too :)

      Delete
  21. I am such a suncream obsessive, I hate being burnt and am always nagging people to wear suncream on holiday haha. How annoying that the Garnier one broke you out, especially when it’s for sensitive skin! For every day, I tend to just go with the SPF in my foundation (terrible, I know) as I hate the way makeup sits on my skin but I really don’t want horrible wrinkly leather skin when I’m older so I might try out the Malibu SPF 50 one.

    India | www.touchscreensandbeautyqueens.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm exactly the same with my family, I even buy it for them! I found it very strange too as I never normally have reactions to much :)

      Delete
  22. I love that Nivea sunscreen though I use the kids version, absolutely love the smell of it ..
    Sam || Beautydetour

    ReplyDelete
  23. My favourite sun products are from Avene, Coola and Korres! :) Xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock - Realash international GIVEAWAY

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think a lot of people have been recommending Avene so I might have to check it out :)

      Delete