Sunday, 9 August 2015

SPF BODY Recommendations Round-up

I've had some urgent requests on social media and in the comments section from people going away on holiday imminently that want SPF recommendations 'NOW'. LOL

So let's make like speed-dating and run through some of my favourites - I don't want to get shouted at for being too slow! ;)

It is worth remembering that:

  • SPF items are the most widely-varied legislated beauty products on the market. An ingredient that I mention in a product might be completely different in the US or Australia. Do your research in your own country before you buy. The main differences are between Australia, Europe and the US. For the rest of you it will depend where the brands that are sold in your country are made. 
  • Things to look out for: fragrance or alcohol really high on the inci list - probably best avoided if you're sensitive.
  • Try and avoid methylisothiazolinone if you can see an ingredients list and are particularly sensitive - it's one of the biggest allergens around at the moment in leave-on products and although Europe is ahead of the game, it's still readily used in the US in particular. I tried to include Ulta own-brand SPFs in this overview because they look good from the outset but they all contain it so I left them out.
  • Once-a-day formulas. Not a fan of promoting once-a-day SPFs. And frankly, using them on children and actually not reapplying them throughout the day is tantamount to child abuse. What I would do, is use them in the morning and top up with a spray. But only applying SPF once a day and never reapplying is too dangerous, especially on children.
  • Supermarket/chemist (Boots/Superdrug/Sainsbury's etc in the UK) products are incredibly cheap, but can come with more fragrance and higher levels of alcohol - do your research - and by all means if you find a great one, share in the comments! The huge exception is below in the overview as a Star Buy.
  • If in doubt, don't go over a 50. I personally tend to stick to 30 on my body these days as I know I have to reapply it, whereas a 50 makes me think 'It'll be ok'. The difference in strength between a 30 and 50 is between 1% and 4% depending on the product - its not an 'extra 20'.
  • This is an overview and obviously won't be in-depth, but if you are happy to roll with my recommendations (plus boring stock pictures) and check the details out for yourself - I'll provide links - then off we go:


  • What I take on holiday for me:

    Clarins
    I know they've been on the blog already with the face, but this is an evergreen product range for us. We've never burned or had any issues. Broad Spectrum. This SPF30 is the best IMO. It's £19.50 for 125ml.


    There is also an SPF20 that comes in a 200ml size for £21.00. Both great and available here

    Clinique

    Ava has just been dispatched on her hols with this SPF35 stick by Clinique - fragrance-free and perfect for kids as they seem to find it easier to apply that a lotion. She has creams as well of course, but she actually enjoys using this and with children/teens, that's half the battle right there.


    Clinique SPP body products are especially great for those of you with fragrance issues. Being Clinique, all of the sun products are fragrance and oil free (check your region) and Broad Spectrum (across the board). Available here.

    Marks & Spencer - *STAR BUY*


    This is the exception to the own-label warning in the bullet points at the beginning. Good old M&S list their ingredients, have all the appropriate warnings, are Made in England, in an eco-factory, BUAV approved (cruelty-free) at source, vegetarian and HALF PRICE at the moment. 
    UK people: run, do not walk, to your local M&S and clear the shelves. Also available here.

    Decleor


    Decleor have long made great sun products and I know it's not relevant, but their red, soft touch packaging is easily my favourite. The 50 for body is a good place to start. It's £24.00 for 150ml and available here.

    Hawaiian Tropic


    I include this as I've probably used a bottle of some sort of Hawaiian Tropic every year of my life. What we won't do is talk about/recommend the SPF4/6 etc because that's just crazy talk. Stick to the 30s and 50s, enjoy the scent and reminisce and laugh about my generation that would lie on foil and use baby oil. Or you know, don't. *fries* Available here.

    Coola


    Coola has one of the best websites I've seen for descriptions, warnings and clear ingredient listings. It puts everyone else to shame. They're clear about nano, fragrance and give true water-resistant times. The 30 in the picture above is particularly lush. Available here

    Bioderma

    Available everywhere in mainland Europe and not extortionate, stick with the 50s as the 20 and 30 only come in sprays. Available here

    Hampton Sun


    I've worked with Hampton Sun for nearly 5 years. Just putting that out there. I stay with them because I love the products. That's why they are listed here, not the former. This in particular, is wonderful as a baby body SPF OR facial SPF for an adult. I use it on Max, Ava and myself. Available here.


    If you have any other quick yes or no questions do please leave me a comment below and I'll do my best to answer them in a timely fashion! :)

    41 comments:

    1. I'm enjoying Vichy Ideal Soleil hydrating milk at the moment. I'm no pro on ingredient lists etc but it's doing the job brilliantly and smells/feels really lovely

      Thanks for all the top tips Mrs Hirons

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    2. Thank you Caroline, I've been waiting on this post. Very informative and clear as usual.

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    3. Hi Caroline!!! I love your blog so much, have been reading for a couple of months now. Was wondering if you could answer a few queries, no worries if your too busy! I'm 25 and have combination skin, breakouts and pigmentation (lucky me :)). Have used soltan from boots as high factor and highest UVA rating and good price but also have rodial Xtreme 30 for face for everyday (very expensive but due to pigmentation thought this was worth the investment). Just wanted to check what you thought of these products? And also when you say broad spectrum do you mean high UVB and UVA Protection as I want both if possible! Also what is your view on vichy suncare as looking to get this or clarins when the rodial runs out! Thoughts much appreciated :) xx

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      1. I know it's pricy but good genes by Sunday Riley. Saved my life. X

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      2. Is good genes good for pigmentation then? I have relatively sensitive skin so would this work with that as well? Xx

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    4. Hello ☺ Do you use a different product for your face, or would you use these all over? Thanks love!

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      1. Face for face, body for body.

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    5. Hi Caroline, do you have any products that you recommend that work with zinc or titanium oxide but with out the nano particles, Many Thanks k x

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    6. Hi Caroline, what about Adaptasun? Aware this has appeared on your list of holiday empties before and whilst not an SPF as such still a suncream?

      Thanks for all your advice

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    7. Thanks Caroline. You can't beat the smell of clarins and Hawaiian tropic for a bit of late 80s reminiscing . *sighs*

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    8. I love Lancaster's Oil Free Waterproof Spray in SPF 30- so light you barely know you're wearing it! And for my chloasma-prone face, Institut Esthederm's Photo Reverse. I still have to wear a hat though! :0)

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    9. I love Lancaster's Oil Free Waterproof Spray in SPF 30- it's so light you barely know you're wearing it! And for my chloasma-prone face, Institut Esthederm's Photo Reverse. I still have to wear a hat though! :0)

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    10. I really like the Sainsbury's own brand - I tend to buy the kids' formula. It's probably not as good as the expensive ones but I'm more likely to use it in the necessary quantities (and I'm tall so I need to use quite a lot)

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    11. This is lovely thank you My husband thinks he's allergic to zinc. I guess it's possible right? Sunscreen seems to really break him out. But then so does sun exposure. What's your best recommendation for super sensitive skin (face) ?

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      1. I have the same problem. ..would love to know if it is one particular ingredient that triggers it and recommendations to prevent would be amazing. X

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    12. Please please please do a post of a sunscreen spray/mist or something that can go over makeup in the day! Even the stick ones smudge the face up, esp when going at it too hard.
      Thanks!

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      1. Try supergoop setting spray with SPF 50! It's oxibenzone, fragrance, and paraben free!! You can get the big one for home ($28) and a travel size one($12) for your purse
        So you can reapply throughout the day! It goes over makeup really well!! It's also exclusive to sephora, hope this helps :)

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      2. Try supergoop setting spray with SPF 50! It's oxibenzone, fragrance, and paraben free!! You can get the big one for home ($28) and a travel size one($12) for your purse
        So you can reapply throughout the day! It goes over makeup really well!! It's also exclusive to sephora, hope this helps :)

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      3. I've seen that online BUT it's not available ANYWHERE in the UK!!! :(
        I don't understand why on earth there's no bloody Sephora in the UK. Seriously. It's atrocious.
        Thanks anyway!

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    13. Good morning Caroline! Quick yes or no question :)........La Roche Posay Anthelios 40?

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      1. Yes, seconding. Shiseido is bril for face, but the price is rather atrocious for body ;P I wish they would go for bigger bottle...

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    15. Have you tried the Obagi Matte spf face?

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    16. Which magazine has tested the Hawaiian Tropic SPF30 twice now and each time it's failed their tests. The SPF stated on the bottle isn't the protection it gives.

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    17. Thoughts on Institut Esthederm, yeah or nay? I am fair skinned and often react with suncream....all Space NK staff tell me I will be fine with IE and I know loads of people rave about it but I'm not sure. ...

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    18. Ditto yes/no - le roche posay anthelios for 45 year old, fragrance sensitive, pigmented, break out (from sunblock especially) prone skin? THANK YOU Caroline.

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    19. Ah the days where we baked with plenty of baby oil or Hawaiin Tropic factor 2 if you were feeling "burny" on...I remember those days well, and have the sun spots to prove it as well :) My nan used to never tan but always put a bit of gravy browning on her legs to make them looked tanned - that was fun when we were out when it was raining!!!

      Thanks for the informative post - will have a look at the M&S one as I am liking some of their range at the moment and it'll work out cheaper than my La Roche Posay one.

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    20. What about Lancaster? I have sun allergies and up to now, besides a Paula`s Choice discontinued product, no other product managed to keep the rash away. I believe it is the infrared protection that they are claiming to have is doing the trick for me :).

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    21. Nivea Pure and Sensitive is my go-to for body sunscreen. Fragrance free lotion, comes in a 30 and a 50. There's a kids' version and an adult version with added aloe vera; both work. Available at Boots and probably many, many other places, so can be bought on sale fairly regularly.
      ~El

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    22. Thank you, thank you, thank you Caroline as always :) Just one quick question - it is not urgent though, but I will be really glad you can mention it at some stage in your SPF series :) What is your view on using the same cream/lotion next year? Or what is your view on the life of the SPFs? Every year I go through the same dilemma to be honest. Thank you!

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    23. I have terrible sun intolerance/sun allergies and rely on the La Roche Posay Anthelios range - the cream, not the oil or spray. Only comes in 50 here (UK) and tiny bottles but I managed to get a jumbo 30 (for a lot less money) in Spain.

      Does you rate this range? I still seem to tan with it, though don't come out in violent gives so long as I take antihistamines too. Is the tanning a concern?

      Don't think I've heard it mention sun allergies before so I'd be curious to hear what you think. Thank you Lady Hirons!
      Ella x

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    24. My current (body) sunscreen squeeze is the Coola sport spf 50 fresh mango moisturizer. It absorbs well on un-lotioned skin, and lotioned skin, although I frequently skip moisturizer. My skin has been loving it!

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    25. Hi Caroline, I often have really bad reactions on holiday. ...I used to think I was just weird but reading other comments on here has made me realise it's not just me and a post on sunsensitivity would be amazing. ..perhaps it's time to get the lovely Dr Marko Lens to feature again?!
      I often come out in an angry red rash or loads of little yellow/white head spots and when I'm really unlucky both at the same time. It can make holidays miserable and I just want to cover up. I've never worked out if it's the sun or the sun cream or a combination of both. Any information on this topic would be amazing.
      A x

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    26. Hi Caroline, I would love to know your thoughts on SPF in the form of sprays and powders? For face/city, I usually just rely on my primer or BB cream, and I use SPF spray/powder to touch up. Now am wondering if that's ok.

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    27. Hi Caroline, Have you tried/ know about Hawaiian face SPF? If yes what you think of it? Thanks.

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    28. Great post with good SPF tips :)

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    29. Thank you Caroline, I ordered Hampton Sun SPF 45 mineral sun cream and I love it! It worried me at first as it is very thick and difficult to get out of the tube but the texture changed on application. It isn't sticky or shiny and it doesn't sting. It will replace the one I am currently using and would be one I could wear everyday without worry although I also purchased one of your other recommendations from Skinscentuals. I haven't opened it yet but I am super pleased with Hampton and wouldn't have needed another one as I find this one very comfortable comlpared to some of the mineral ones I have used. even ones which are a lot more liquid don't feel as good as Hampton. Thank you very much

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    30. I learnt recently that fragrance is apparently very bad for the skin. Apparently it damages collagen and quickens aging and whatnot. Hawaiian Tropic which I bought last night (the baby lotion sunscreen) is of course very scented. Should I chuck it in the bin now?
      PS In case you're wondering if I'm a moron- I should clarify, I found out about the whole fragrance-is-problematic thing after I bought the sunscreen last night.

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