The Inexpensive SPFs I Use To Protect My Skin.

We all know the importance of SPF (suncream) by now. You should be wearing it every day. Even if you’re not ‘interested’ in skincare, you should still be wearing SPF. Every. Single. Day.

It’s the one skincare item that I don’t think gets enough exposure, everyone talks about their favourite cleansers or moisturisers but SPF is probably one of the most important skincare items you could own. Not only does it protect your skin from harmful UV rays, but wearing SPF every day will reduce your chance of skin cancer and also limit the sun from ageing your skin.

I’ve written a few posts up over the years, including How To Stay Safe In The Sun and also Why You Should Be Wearing SPF Every Day. Both of these posts go into the why a little more if you want to learn more about the importance of SPF. I like to stress how important it is to wear it and I am also aware that I’ve been lucky to try a good few different brands over the years, including a variety of price points.

I think the most important thing about skincare is that it should be accessible, a more expensive SPF doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better for you or your skin, this has been proven a good few times in the past (read this post by Huff Post). With this in mind, I wanted to share a few of the SPFs that I have personally used (and that I would recommend) and a few that I know people have had positive reviews of and I’ll hopefully be trying in the future.

BONDI SANDS – My current facial SPF of choice is the Bondi Sands Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ (For face) – £6.99. This isn’t the first product I’ve tried from Bondi Sands before as I used to love their tanning products but this is, however, the first sunscreen I have tried from the brand. Bondi Sands are an Australian company so I like to think they know a thing or two about tanning products/suncream! This SPF provides UVA and UVB protection, is water-resistant and also fragrance-free (which is good if you have sensitive skin).

I’ve been using this SPF for a good month or two now and it’s never let me down so far. It’s easy to apply as it’s light, not sticky, doesn’t feel greasy and also doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin. I find it’s also really fast absorbing and most of the time, even if it’s the last product I’ve put on my skin, I can’t tell that I’m wearing it!

The nice thing about this SPF, in particular, is that it states it can be worn alone or under make up and it also contains Aloe Vera and also Vitamin E. I like products that are multitaskers and these ingredients add so much hydration to the skin.

Another point that I’d like to make here is that this product, in particular, is Reef Friendly. What a lot of people don’t know (myself included until a few months ago) is that a lot of sunscreens contain common UV-filtering ingredients, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been linked to Coral Bleaching.

I’ve linked an article that explains more in-depth but briefly, as we all know, the coral reefs are suffering because of climate change. This is causing rising ocean temperatures and the stress of the warm water causes corals to bleach. In addition, scientists now say that chemical-based sunscreen can induce the same bleaching response in coral. Studies have shown that oxybenzone and octinoxate are found in over 3,500 sunscreen products. When corals absorb these chemicals, they have a similar reaction as they would if surrounding water temperatures were to get too warm.

PIZ BUIN – Another facial suncream that I’ve used recently is the PIZ BUIN Allergy Sun Sensitive Face Cream SPF 50+ – £7. This is one of the more recent SPF that I’ve used and again, I do rate it. Although my preference now would be something light and non-greasy, if the only available product is something a little heavier, I’m still going to use it. I do find that there are other, better facial SPFs out there, but this product is still good. It isn’t the lightest of formulas, I do find it is a fairly heavy product that you do have to massage into your skin a little bit more than other products out there. I do find it gives me a really good level of protection and I don’t find that it disrupts make up. It’s a really good inexpensive facial suncream that does its job and is the perfect product if you have super sensitive skin.

NIVEA – I’m not even sure I have to include this on my list as they’re a household name but an SPF that I do always get on well with is NIVEA SUN Protect & Moisture Suncream Spray SPF 50 – £6. This is actually a suncream that you can use all over your body but I have popped this on my face before – even if it’s a bit heavy for your face to constantly use, I would prefer not to burn or allow UV damage. Even if you break out because of using this product if it’s the only SPF you have on you, it’s still preferable!

I find Nivea Suncreams to be light, fast-absorbing and non-greasy. I don’t burn with this on either and I always go for the stronger SPF levels, such as 40, 50+ etc. This is just a personal preference but I hate naturally tanning from the sun/burning so I always prefer to use a strong SPF.

GARNIER – An SPF that is becoming very popular at the moment (thanks to good old Tik Tok) is the Ambre Solaire Super UV Anti Dark Spots & Anti Pollution Face Fluid SPF50+ (£7). This is because it allegedly contains most of the same ingredients as a more expensive product, La Roche-Posay.

I have not used this product yet, however, I do think I will be purchasing it soon as I like trying different SPFs to see what’s right/works with my skin. This SPF offers very high SPF protection to help prevent sun-induced dark spots while protecting skin from pollution-induced stress. Its ultra-light texture is absorbed instantly and offers daily hydration without leaving a greasy finish on the skin. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid and vitamin E.

If you have used the product above, I’d love to know your thoughts on it.

Just a note – although none of the above SPFs says that they are Reef Friendly, I have checked the ingredients and they don’t include oxybenzone and octinoxate. If anyone has more information or research into Reef Friendly SPFs, I’d love to know more as this is a really important environmental issue.

What do you think of the products mentioned above? What is your SPF of choice?