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Great Facial SPF Options for Every Budget SPF

Great Facial SPF Options for Every Budget SPF

As a youngster I religiously watched E! and I can recall one fresh, faced but in her 40's red headed actress/singer, telling Joan Rivers that her skin care secret was daily SPF. Now the name or occupation of such lady now escapes me nor is it all the important but rather the life lesson I took away is. I can not recall a day in which I haven't applied SPF before make-up application to ensure I don't prematurely age and to prevent skin cancer. If you think I am coming across as a little preachy or holier than thou; keep in mind as a young teen I abused both sun oil and the tanning beds, there is not an ounce of judgement in my body in regards to the sun care.

When you think about it the two areas that are exposed to the elements about 365 days a year are the hands and face, hence why they are the quickest to show signs of ageing and general sun damage. Annoyingly I do find tracking down a good SPF for the face easier said than done. You want a light formulation that is: non-greasy, won't clog the pores, won't irritate sensitised or acne prone skin, doesn't leave you shiny, won't alter any make-up applied on top and offers both UVA and UVB protection. Luckily I have been on the case for over two years and have narrowed down my top 5 choices...

Great Facial SPF Options for Every Budget SPF

Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant & UV Defense SPF 50 (£30.60) - For the last year or so Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant & UV Defense SPF 50 has been my go to product, I rather like that it is a light, easy to apply lotion that quickly sinks into my skin doesn't alter any make-up applied on top nor is it greasy. A generally worry for most is that daily SPF can lead to blocked pores, blackheads and blemishes - I can safely say that I have been using this for over a year, daily and it has not encouraged my skin to behave any differently. A word of warning - you do have to allow this to fully absorb (a good 10 mins or so) before applying make-up, so this may not be ideal for those in a rush. Another heads up would be to warn you that this is fragranced so if you have extra sensitive skin you may want to avoid. Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant & UV Defense SPF 50has a creamy texture that seems to suit normal to dry skin best but like I have said I use this all the time even when my skin is at it's oiliest and have had no problems. As this is a SPF 50 I even pack this when I am in warmer/sunnier climates than merry ol' Glasgow.

Asda's Anti-Age Facial Sun Crème (£4) - Annoyingly this choice tends to be seasonal i.e my local store only stocks this from around May to late August so I do tend to stock up when I notice it on the shelf Asda's Anti-Age Facial Sun Creme is dermalogically tested but does have a slight scent, it reminds me a little of Sudocreme but not quite as strong. It helps to prevent the appearance of sun induced brown spots, wrinkles and due to the vitamin E and green tea elements you also have extra protection from free radicals. Asda's Anti-Age Facial Sun Crème is moisturising without being overly thick nor is it sticky, I apply it first thing in the morning after my usual moisturiser and allow it to soak in - this takes less than a minute and then I apply my primer/foundation on top. Of course all primers and foundations are different but I don't find my foundation etc to slip or slide on top of this, in-fact I don't find it to affect my foundation one way or the other. If you find yourself burning throughout the day you can also apply this on top of your make-up, it may remove some powder based products but does not leave the skin shiny or greasy. Oh and I should mention it only costs £4 a tube.

Great Facial SPF Options for Every Budget SPF

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45 (£23.40) - If you don't wear make-up frequently and/or are looking to brighten as well as protect the skin you could do a lot worse than Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45. Now is different and I mean it. It is so light that once applied to the skin you can not see it or feel it. Yes Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45 does have a slight tint but once on the skin it disappears in colour but helps to brighten the skin. In the past I have experienced break outs which I accredit to SPF usage, large almost cystic under the skin spots which took forever and a day to heal so it is with caution that I approach any new facial product. As this is by Clinique who are renowned for their testing standards and lack of perfume I knew I would be good in hands. Two weeks of continuous use and guess what not a break out in sight! Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 45 is super gentle, quickly absorbed into the skin, is in no way heavy or greasy and best of all it doesn't interfere with the wear of make-up. Regular use can also help fade and prevent future age spots. In a word? Wonderful! 

SkinCeuticals Brightening UV Defence (£27) - This is a light cream based product that not only offers protection against UV (UVA/UVB) rays but also a high SPF factor of 30; it lightly moisturises but not so much that those like myself with oily skin need to worry. Over time this helps to even out the skin tone while adding a slight brightening effect with each application. It sinks instantly into the skin and settles to a matte finish which makes it a great starting point in any facial routine including us that wear foundation - oddly I find it helps to prolong any make-up applied on top which was quite the surprise. Out of all the SPF options I have listed today I would deem this to be the heaviest on the skin and the one I tend to use in the Winter months as I find my skin appreciates the texture more. If you have dry skin I would say this is one you would more than appreciate. A little goes a long way and as it has an SPF30 it is also suitable for those sunny days meaning one bottle will suit all weather which is not only a time saver but in the long run money saved too! I know this isn't exactly economically sound of me but I swear by this as a hand cream.

Great Facial SPF Options for Every Budget SPF

Clarins UV Plus Day Screen Multi-Protection SPF50 (launches on the 8th of March) - I've saved this until last as it has yet to launch but trust me it is worth the wait! This is a light, non-tinted liquid lotion - that is a breeze to apply, quickly absorbed, not at all greasy nor tacky in texture and won't clog the pores. Not to mention it is oil free and will protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays as well as general environmental damage such as pollution and city living. Make-up glides on top of it and does not change in texture or tone should that be a worry. It is also kind to sensitised and blemished complexions - it is neither hydrating nor drying making it suitable for all. As sunscreen does have a tendency to leave us all a little greasy shall we say, this contains anti-shine technology which helps to reduce shine throughout the day and is compatible with all day creams. I like that the packaging is almost basic meaning men will be less than self concious purchasing/using this product. You really can't ask for more. Yes it is pricey but the little 30ml tube will last you a good few months and is worth every penny.

Annoyingly it does seem that most facial SPF options come with a £20+ price tag if you have any other recommendations please do share as this has become a pricey staple product. One that I did not get on with at all is Soap and Glory Sunshield - initially it was great but eventually it became to heavy/oily for my complexion. Such a shame as it is so affordable and accessible too!


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34 comments:

  1. I have some of the Ultra Sun SPF for your face which I always forget to use, which is bad! But I do have SPF in my foundation.

    alice x | beautybyalicee

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  2. Very good post!
    http://judymuhely.blogspot.hu/

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  3. I can not thank you enough for putting all of this information in one place! I've been trying to find a good facial SPF for a while but had no idea where to start, and it's especially important because I often use AHAs on my face. I do have moisturisers with SPF but I'd rather use a specific product- thank you! :)

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  4. Can you apply these on top of/ underneath regular moisturiser? x

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    1. I personally apply before moisturiser so it doesn't have to break through an additional barrier of product, hope that helps :) x

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  5. Great post! I've been looking for a good face moisturiser with SPF in it so I will definitely check these ones out! xx

    www.secretsofarose.com

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  6. If you can get hold of it, I find Mecca To Save Face SPF 30, is great for under make up and sinks is so quickly. It keeps my skin matte and smells beautiful (not so great for sensitive skins though.) it's not my holy grail but one you might like :) xHey still on for tonight? When do you want us to pick you up? :) x

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  7. Sad to hear you didn't get on with the Soap & Glory sun cream, I really want to try that one as I am on a budget but want to wear daily SPF! The Clarins one sounds amazing, can't wait to hear more about it once it's out

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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  8. Yesterday I picked up a Eucerin and a Vichy SPF 30 face cream. They both claim to be non greasy and mattifying which I thought sounded great for the upcoming summer months! (:
    ABlogByPhilippa

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    1. Oh please keep me updated :) I love Vichy!

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  9. The new Clarins spf sounds wonderful, something I will get soon as the sunny weather is right around the corner. For now I've just been using an spf30 but when my freckles start to come out I know it's time to switch ;) Thank you for the suggestions!

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  10. I think I'm waiting to get the Clarins Sunscreen to be launched!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  11. I've heard such great things about Estee Lauder products with SPF in that I might try out a tinted foundation for the summer :) x

    Everything But The Kitchen Sink

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  12. I agree, SPF is so important. Thank you for the recommendations, I've been using to change to something a bit better quality that doesn't break me out and one of these should do the trick. :) x

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  13. This was such a helpful roundup - the SPF I've been using is causing me to break out really badly, so I'm desperately searching for a new one! The Clinique one sounds perfect, especially because I'm very prone to dark spots from old breakouts, but the Clarins one sounds great too!

    Kelsey | Beauty by Kelsey

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  14. I have not tried too many SPFs but the one I use and love is the Kiehls one. It sinks in even after facial oil and moisturiser and looks great even under makeup !

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  15. That Clarins one sounds so good, and I love them as a brand so will have to check it out - how much does it cost?

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm sure it is around £30, my laptop is being funny and won't let me see old posts but I'm sure it is around that mark. x

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  16. Neutrogena Dry Touch works marvelously for me! It SUCKS that they are not cruelty free but I don't think I will find a SPF that good.

    Anceeta.com

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  17. Great post-very informative! I love Avon's Fresh Protection SPF 30 facial sun cream- it's got a gel like texture and is so light. Will definitely be stocking up for the summer. I did a post on it last year if you fancy a peek :) http://lardygrub.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/avon-sun-fresh-protection-spf30-face.html

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  18. Great post! I was just thinking of treating myself to some new skin product.

    www.thesmellofroses.com

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  20. La Roche Posay do a lovely range and there is a fluid with SPF50 that is great and keeps oil at bay.
    Do you use a moisturiser under SPF or use the SPF instead of it? I like to keep my skincare to a minimum and out of the ones you mentioned, the one by Estee Lauder looks like it could do both jobs, so I'm keen to hear what you think!
    Such a useful post, thank you!

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi! It all boils down to preference, I typically have oily skin so some days I skip moisturiser as like you I don't like a lot on my skin. In the winter or when my skin is dry I tend to use Clinique's Superdefence Moisturiser as it is both an SPF and Moisturiser (I have a post in the wings) so I don't feel laden with product :) I hope this helps x

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  21. I'm in serious need of some face SPF, I'll have to check out these, great post!

    Celine // http://mybloggreeneyedgirl.blogspot.be/

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  22. You absolute star! I've only recently started (past 4 months or so) using a moisturiser with an SPF in it but I really wanted to get a good stand alone SPF. I know we have the same skin type, so it's actually really helpful coming from you! x

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  23. I use the La Roche Posay SPF 50 - it's really lightweight and a good price. I'll be looking forward to giving the Clarins a whirl tho when it comes out! :)

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  24. Want to try clarins one but just diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency (have been using high spf for years): GP thinks I live underground! So a balance at the mo for me. Will try it in the warmer months after I get my levels up!!

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  25. I've heard that Kiehl's UV defense is also very good, but right now I'm using La Roche-Posay's Anthelios SPF 50 which is super lightweight and doesn't break the bank. I've also just picked up the Nutrogena Clear-Face SPF for blemish-prone skin to give it a test drive because I love their Dry Touch sunscreen so much. x

    http://thewhimsicalfox.blogspot.com.au

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  26. I've been using La Roche-Posay's Uvidea SPF30 and it's been working well for me. It's liquid in consistency and absorbs relatively quickly (~5 minutes). It's light and hasn't broken me out!

    Tweezers and Tongs

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  27. I like the sound of both the Clinique and Clarins SPF's, which of the two do you prefer most? thanks x

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  28. I really love the Simple Spf 30 cream, comes in a pump and is as cheap as chips.

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  29. I am currently using the kiehl's spf 50 and I find it very good. It's lightweight and doesn't feel greasy on the skin! Have you tried it? The only thing I don't love about it is that it's quite silicon-i, but it's oil-free so it suits combination skin very well. :)

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  30. I Love Clarins UV Plus HP, especially the tinted one. Do you know if the new UV Plus will have tinted variant? If not, I think I'd need to stock up ^^

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