Three of my favourite facial SPF….

Now we’re officially in British summer time, we are quite within our rights to expect some sun – if you like that kind of thing 😉 I actually prefer it a little cooler and I’m not afraid to say it!

Whatever your stance on how much sun is best, we all know we need to protect our skin from its powerful rays. Yes we need some Vitamin D for sure, but we definitely need to invest in some good protection. Sunscreen for our face comes in many different guises; straight sunscreen, BB creams, CC creams and foundation being the main contenders. These kind of products are often worn all year round in an attempt to stave of those finelines and wrinkles, but they are needed now during the summer months more than ever.

Here are three of my current favourite facial products with SPF..

Balance Me BB Natural Perfection with SPF25 is a long time inhabitant of my personal make-up bag. I’m a few tubes in now and a little goes a long way. The texture is very lightweight and settles into the skin really quickly, it leaves no residue or stickiness so is great in the heat. It brightens my complexion with a sheen, giving it a natural glow with no sparkle, just a lovely luminosity. This is created by mica but also Bismoclite which is another name for Bismuth Oxychloride. This is something which is included in a lot of mineral products, but does actually have a bad reputation of causing irritations; I have myself told people to avoid it. This BB cream has never caused me to react, if I’m honest I didn’t actually know it was in there until looking at the ingredients again for writing this. So, I thought I would ask Balance Me about it to clarify things..

“As with most ingredients there are different grades and sources and the ingredient that we use is 100% natural, certified by NaTrue and is created from a naturally formed salt and very simple hydrolysis.  It is very pure with no heavy metal impurities.  It has been tested as to whether it is an irritant and has been confirmed that it was not, even for the eye area and even for ingestion. Once our products are formulated we test on our testing panel (of customers, fans and industry experts) for further feedback on the results and also to finesse the products, even after this we saw no adverse issues or anything that would lead us to worry.”

So there you go 🙂 It has never irritated my skin so I’m happy to recommend it still – obviously there is always someone who will react to something though!

The coverage is minimal, I will use it on its own if I’m literally popping to the shops, otherwise I’ll team it with a good concealer to cover problem areas. If I want more coverage then it is also great as a primer underneath a foundation. It comes in one tone that has a slight pinkness – this usually puts me off but I’m quite yellow and it still works for me. It is also an extension of your skincare as good BB creams are, so it will nourish, hydrate and calm skin too.

The spf25 comes from titanium dioxide and is none nano – Balance Me chose to use titanium dioxide instead of zinc oxide because they feel it blends better into the skin; there is no white cast that some mineral sunscreens can leave. It blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Like any sun protection, it would need to be reapplied throughout the day if you were in the sun all day.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco Caprylate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-2-dipolyhydroxystearate, Alumina,Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica (Abyssinian) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract***, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, SodiumHyaluronate, Maltodextrin, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Leaf Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Petigrain) Leaf Oil*, Styrax Tonkinensis (Benzoin) Resin, Michelia Alba (Magnolia) Flower Oil*, Mica, CI77163 (Bismoclite), CI77492 (Yellow Iron Oxide), CI77491 (Red Iron Oxide), CI77499 (Black Iron Oxide), Limonene**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citral**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Benzyl Alcohol** *natural pure essential oil **naturally occurring in essential oils ***certified organic ingredient

Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular CC Cream is the newest addition to my make-up bag. CC stands for colour correcting which is just one of the many benefits cited from using this product. Other benefits include moisturising, skin smoothing, fine line disguising 🙂 high in antioxidants and broad spectrum sun protection (i.e UVA and UVB rays) from a mineral sunscreen. That’s a lot to live up to…

I like it a lot – it feels more emollient on the skin than the BB cream. I like to use an oil sometimes in the morning but this felt better without the oil – otherwise it felt too dewy and almost waxy. Just over a moisturiser it is still very dewy and I feel more aware of it, but it does settle in to the skin; I guess on really hot days you could use it on its own as it does contain a lot of organic plant oils to nourish. It is an extension of your skincare for sure, my skin looks and feels more hydrated when I use it.

This is very very lightweight coverage but I find it does even my skin out a bit – my skin definitely looks better with it on. The Juice Beauty concealer works really well over the top of it and then a translucent powder to set. I haven’t tried it yet but apparently it mixes well with foundations for a different texture; I’m guessing this would reduce the SPF a bit? The SPF is 30 which comes from Zinc Oxide which again is non nano, however it doesn’t feel thick at all or leave any kind of chalkiness. The cream is available in 5 shades and even the darker ones seem fine. I think it is really great as a summer product, perfect for the beach and lazy days – remember to reapply if in the sun for long lengths of time.

INGREDIENTS – aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, cocos nucifera oil*, zinc oxide, pyrus malus juice*, vitis vinifera juice*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbitan stearate, ricinus communis seed oil, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, magnesium sulfate, helianthus annuus seed oil*, simmondsia chinensis seed oil*, tocopherol, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium hyaluronate, malus domestica fruit cell culture extract, vitis vinifera fruit cell culture extract, citrus limonum bark, phenthyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus reticulata oil, citrus aurantium oil, isomalt, lecithin, phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, phospholipids, limonene. May Contain: iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

*certified organic ingredient

Going in alphabetical order (actually unintentional!), my third favourite is Green People’s DD Tinted Moisturiser. I have written about this before but couldn’t not include as I really like it. I get the most comments about nice skin when wearing this so it has to be doing something. It has more coverage than the other two so maybe that is why… It does give my skin a lovely finish – a bit more like the BB cream in terms of a glow rather than a shiny dew. It lasts all day as well. It comes in three colours which can be mixed custom blend. I’ve been using it more like a foundation but it does have lots of skincare properties too such as sea fennel stem cells to brighten, firm and renew skin 🙂

It has an SPF15 so is quite a bit lower than the other two, so maybe not enough for the ridiculously hot days at the moment, but enough for our not so summery summer days! I’ve layered it over the Balance Me BB Cream and it’s been very nice.. The SPF comes from titanium dioxide and is again non-nano. The titanium dioxide used for the UV filters in the sun range is different and Green People do use nano and here is their reasoning (easier just to do a link). Like always everything is about transparency – if a brand is open and honest then it is up to the consumer to decide for themselves. I must admit I don’t like the idea of nano at all, however the Green People suncare is some of the best I’ve tried. Digressing here but important – SO many elements to suncare these days….

INGREDIENTS – aqua, titanium dioxide, isoamyl laurate, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, cetearyl olivate, glycerin, sorbitan olivate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dicaprylyl carbonate, lauryl olivate, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, polyglyceryl-2 caprate, benzyl alcohol, sodium stearoyl glutamate, magnesium aluminum silicate, cetyl palmitate, sorbitan palmitate, zea mays (corn) starch*, sucrose stearate, stearic acid, alumina, sodium dehydroacetate, aroma [natural], xanthan gum, tocopherol, glyceryl caprylate, squalane, crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) callus culture filtrate, dehydroacetic acid, galactoarabinan, sodium phytate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, sodium hyaluronate, elaeis guineensis (palm) oil, gossypium herbaceum (cotton) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, bidens pilosa extract, linum usitatissimum (linseed) seed oil, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, gardenia tahitensis flower extract, lactic acid, citronellol, geraniol, limonene, linalool.  may contain +/-: ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77492 (iron oxides), ci 77491 (iron oxides), ci 77499 (iron oxides). 

ecocert 98.4% natural ingredients, 13.0% organic ingredients

Here is a little swatch to try and show you..

Starting from the left is Balance Me which comes in just one shade – it is very sheer so can suit quite a few people.

Next is the Juice Beauty CC cream – this is a mix of natural glow and desert glow which I’ve been using, you can see it is more yellow than Balance Me.

Next is Green People creme ivory and creme light mixed together – I think you can tell that the texture feels a bit thicker and it has more coverage. They too are a little pink compared to Juice but I really like them.

Have you tried any of these? What do you use in the sun?