Pick Your Poison! A Sunscreen Week

Hi friends!

Yes, I‘m still alive! And I‘m back! A long time has passed since I posted my last article. I’ve been very, very busy in the last weeks, and I feel a bit guilty about letting down my readers for such a long time. But now I‘m here – with good news!

It’s that time of year: Everyone of us seems to be looking for that perfect sunscreen that doesn’t give us that typical white goth chick look, is safe to use on our skin and won‘t poison our whole organism or aquatic life. Also, the ideal product has to be easy to spread and shouldn’t make us break out. Nobody of us wants to have a face full of pimples! In addition, the cream, lotion or emulsion has to absorb well without leaving our skin shiny as a bacon rind and, if possible, wear nicely under makeup. That‘s what comes to my mind right now, but I‘m sure you have some more thoughts to add to this wish list!

And here‘s the good news: I wrote a LONG guest article addressing that whole sunscreen issue for Tracy McCullough‘s awesome and informative blog “The Love Vitamin – Holistic Living for Clear Skin and Happiness“. It‘ll hopefully answer a few of your questions and will be divided into three parts that’ll come out today, next Wednesday and Friday! It’ll be a whole sunscreen week! Enjoy it!

Here are the links:

Pick Your Poison! The Ultimate Guide to Sunscreen and Acne – Part 1

Pick Your Poison! The Ultimate Guide to Sunscreen and Acne – Part 2

Pick Your Poison! The Ultimate Guide to Sunscreen and Acne – Part 3

So how about you? Do you wear sunscreen every day? Do you REALLY? How do you feel about the products you’ve tried so far, about their safety and effectiveness? Let me know the truth!

  1. Mila said:

    That’s exactly what I needed to read right now, in this precise moment! Thank you so much for wrinting this!

    I don’t wear sunscreen every day because I simply can’t bear that heavy and sweaty feeling of it on my skin. I only apply it whenever I’m going to stay outside for a longer period of time. I’m trying to avoid nano or chemical sunscreens, and at the moment I’m using Badger Balm. It seems to work (I don’t burn), but it’s quite pasty, so I really haven’t found my holy grail yet! Don’t know if I’ll ever find it…

  2. Svea said:

    Thanks, Mila!

    I’m using Badger Balm as well, but only when I’m at the beach! I find it far too greasy to use as an every day protection. Can’t stand to have that oily layer on my face! Wrrrrrrrrr!

    Just like you, I don’t apply sunscreen every day – only if I’m going to spend more than 15 minutes in the sun! However, I prefer to use Kimberly Sayer or DeVita to protect my face: these creams sink in easily, leave almost no white cast on my skin and are free from nano-technology.

    Or I simply wear an enormous hat and sunglasses!

  3. Gianna said:

    This is sooooooooo helpful!!! Thank you so much!
    I still don’t know what I’m going to use this summer, so I’m anxiously waiting for the other 2 parts of the article!!! 😀 😀

  4. Zee said:

    Oooh yes, I was waiting for something like this 🙂
    I have like the perfect sunscreen item in my wishlist and really can’t make up my mind. It’s a natural one by Naturado, SPF 50+, only physical philters, nice ingredients, I’ve heard people say that it doesn’t even whiten a lot. Pity is, the 50ml size is aroud 15€ (+shipping costs) :((( It would be nice if we could make something equivalent onour own…

    • Svea said:

      Hi Zee!

      I’m not so sure that this sunscreen doesn’t contain any nano-particles: You say it doesn’t seem to be very whitening, but still has a factor of 50+? VERY, VERY strange!

      Such an extremely high protection factor is most probably much more of a sneaky selling trick (to sell higher priced products), but most probably NOT even really necessary. Check out my second sunscreen article (I’ve just linked it above)! I’m explaining why!

      Anyway, a 100% PERFECT sunscreen does not yet exist. It’s sad, I know! But that’s how it is. 😦

      Lots of love!

      • Zee said:

        I’ve just read it now 🙂

        And, I’ve fallen in love with The Kimberly Sayer Moisturiser – please, feel responsible for this 😀 It sounded a bit too pricey, but if it’s about 5 ounces (150ml?), then it’s somewhere close to affordable. Did you buy it online?
        De Vita moisturiser sounds really nice too and I like the fact that it has few ingredients, but it’s quite expensive 😦

        Thanks for sharing all those precise and disambiguating info’s!

        Have a nice weekend!

  5. Svea said:

    Hey Zee,

    the bad news is that the Kimberly Sayer sunscreen is only 120 ml! The product has been reformulated last year. Personally, I find it even better now – the old one made me look a tad shiny! In addition, the sun protection factor has been pimped up (it used to be SPF 25 and is now SPF 30). However, the bottle has shrunk!!! Ahhhhhhrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggg!!!! And the price is still high as always: approx. € 30!!! You see, it’s expensive, but it’s one of the few products that actually WORK for me.

    You can buy it from an online-shop in Berlin, Germany:
    European shipping costs: under € 50: € 7,50 / above € 50: € 5,95 / free for orders over € 75.
    If you sign up for the monthly newsletter, you’ll recieve a 10% discount coupon.

    Or from LoveLula in England (although it’s a little more expensive):
    The shipping costs will be calculated by weight: £2.50 + £7.50/kg (quite pricey!!!)
    Be sure to add the Beauty Bible discount code bb12 at checkout to receive at least 5% discount and a free gift (and to choose a few free samples).

    But please don’t beat me up, if you really decide to buy it and it doesn’t turn out to be your holy grail!!!

    You can also order the Antipodes sunscreen I reviewed from ECCOVerde:
    Personally, I find it a little too greasy and too emulsifier-laden, but maybe you don‘t have that problem? It‘s only SPF 15 though.
    They have Badger sunscreens as well, which are really protective and don‘t contain any chemical emulsifiers, but are quite on the thick side. I use them on the beach!!!

    Be sure to check back on Friday (in the late evening) to read the third sunscreen article!!!

    • Zee said:

      Thanks! Hahaha, of course I won’t pin the blame on you 🙂 Everyone has their own particular skin conditions, so it can be great for you and not for me 🙂
      My skin is combination/slightly oily, so definitely no, I don’t think that something thick and greasy can be great for me 🙂
      Yay!, I’ll be waiting for next article then 🙂 In the meantime, trying to stay in the shadow as frequently as possible is turning out to be a decent solution 😀 When the going gets tough, a large summer straw hat will be helping a lot, too!

  6. Melanie said:

    I miss your posts!

  7. Leila said:

    I so miss your blog posts! You should keep blogging, I love the idea behind this blog.

  8. Svea said:

    @ Melanie + Leila

    I know, I know! Actually, I simply don’t know how to steal a little more time for myself and for writing.
    I’m extremely busy at the moment, and it turns out that my job doesn’t really get along very well with blogging.

    If only blogging were my job … but on the other hand I love my real-life-job as well!

    Of course, I’m so glad that you like what you’re reading over here, and I’m definitely planning to do some more posts in the near future! Not before next month though: there’s another deadline pending!!!

  9. johen said:

    Hi Svea, how you doing?

    I know you said sunscreen should be the last thing you put on your face, but what if I need to apply makeup? Or, if I have a SPF 15 moisture tint, and a SPF30 sunscreen, which one should I apply first?

    • Svea said:

      Hi Johen!

      The basic rule is the following:
      physical (mineral) sunscreen = last product to apply
      chemical sunscreen = first product to apply

      For everyday use, it’s definitely okay to apply your makeup on top of your sunscreen to cover up spots or impurities and to even out skin tone. Also, it’s impossible to do it the other way around. 😉
      Or: Make your own SPF 30+ makeup. Just blend some mineral foundation powder into your sunscreen before applying it to your face and use it as if it was makeup. To do so, you should choose a little darker tint than the one you are using normally (as you know, mineral sunscreen has a whitening effect). Mix very small amounts (it‘s not easy to mix!) and store in the fridge!

      However: please avoid makeup, if you want to spend some more time in the sun, maybe on the beach. In this case, apply sunscreen only.


      • johen said:

        How do you apply sunscreen after makeup? You can’t! 😮
        It’s such a no-brainer. But then, I’ve always been a member of NBA (No Brain Association).

        Thanks Svea! By the by, I’m using Devita sunscreen. It DOES burn. It also hurts if you apply it to the part of your face where you have small wounds.


        • Svea said:

          IIIIIIiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s not supposed to be like that!!!!!!!!!!!! Even sunscreen should never burn. NEVER EVER!!!! It seems like you’re reacting to something in it. Aloe vera maybe?

          I know, pasty textures are not very appealing, but have you ever tried Badger sunscreens? Yes, the pasty ones. I know, it sounds strange, but I’m really starting to love them.

          And what about mineral foundation as an every day solution? At least that would limit the number of substances you’re putting on your face. It’s a simple equation: mineral makeup = sunscreen.

          Hugs and kisses!!!

          • johen said:

            I mean it burn the eyes if applied too close to them. I avoid doing that and I don’t feel anything if I don’t have small wounds on my face. So it’s not ok? *scratch head* I was thinking of buying the body block after I finished my current tube cuz I think the product is quite good overall. I’ll check out Badger.

            Does mineral foundation provide enough solar protection?

  10. Svea said:

    @ Johen!
    It seems that the Devita body block doesn’t cause any stinging sensation at all if applied around the eye area. I just read some reviews. Many people seem to prefer it. Also, it’s a little less expensive. 😉

    Regular mineral foundation has an SPF of 15 circa. There are also some powders that claim to provide an SPF of 30, although the SPF-factor depends highly on the quantity of product you are willing to apply to your face. I think it’s okay for everyday use, but I wouldn’t choose it for staying in the sun for hours.

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