Part two of the summer sunscreen reviews focuses on facial sunscreen which to be honest, has taken a lot more time to research than the body ones. I am more particular about facial sunscreens and I need it to meet certain criteria. It has to have SPF 30+ as a minimum, a non greasy formula and sit well under makeup. I have narrowed it down to three products which I think work well and offer different features. By the way, if you missed out on the body edition you can read up on that here. In that blog post I also talk about the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens.
Let’s get straight into the reviews!
Wotnot SPF30+ Anti-Ageing Facial Sunscreen & Primer
Australian brand Wotnot has been around for quite a while now and although I am not a fan of their body sunscreen I thought I would give this one a go, because brands evolve and improve their formulations all the time. So far I have been really happy with the Anti-Ageing Facial Sunscreen & Primer. It’s a physical sunscreen containing mostly natural ingredients, the active ingredient being zinc oxide. It also contains aloe vera, jojoba oil, green tea and plant collagen to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Before applying it you are instructed to give it a good shake in order to disperse the ingredients equally. The cream is a slightly off white colour and has a nice consistency, not too thin and not too thick. It applies easily, it’s non greasy and if left for 5 minutes to set it imparts a satin matte finish on the skin without making you look ghostly. It has a classic sunscreen scent which I’m guessing comes from something they have labeled as “natural fragrance”. I like this sunscreen enough to overlook this mystery ingredient.
This product is vegan, cruelty free and gluten free.
Cost: AUD$26.95 for 75g from Conscious Kin.
Suntegrity SPF30+ Natural Moisturising Face Sunscreen & Primer
Through research I have found that the facial sunscreen offering from Australian brands is limited, so I had to look offshore to find products to recommend. Suntegrity is a brand out of America and the founder Tricia was inspired to create this natural line of sun protection products in memory of her mother who passed away from skin cancer. All of her products look really good but I thought I would try the award winning Natural Moisturising Face Sunscreen & Primer, which is a 3 in 1 physical sunscreen.
Out of the three sunscreens that I’m reviewing today, this is the most high performing one and whilst the price certainly reflects that I feel that it’s justified as this is so much more than a sunscreen. It is a rich moisturiser which keeps my face glowing throughout the day and allows makeup to apply like a dream. It is thicker than the other sunscreens but leaves no white cast and I just love how it gives my skin a drink of moisture whilst providing sun protection. I’m a big fan, and will continue to use it!
This product is vegan and cruelty free.
Cost: AUD$58.95 for 50g from Free People.
COOLA SPF 30+ Classic Face Cucumber Sunscreen
I had heard about US brand Coola from my sister a while ago but never tried anything from them at the time. One day I was browsing Revolve and saw that they had a big range of Coola products, so many in fact that I had trouble deciding which ones to try. I picked the Classic Face Cucumber Sunscreen which is a chemical sunscreen that contains 70% certified organic ingredients. I was a bit disappointed that the product had fragrance on the list of ingredients and now I wish I had bought the unscented version.
Fragrance aside, the consistency of this sunscreen is perfect for those searching for something truly lightweight and invisible. It’s runnier than the other two and it applies and sets quickly. I think it would be great for those really hot days when you want to wear makeup but don’t want to feel like you have a thick layer of sunscreen on underneath. The tube is also really portable and perfect to pop inside a beach bag.
Cost: AUD$41.77 50g from Revolve.
I hope that you enjoyed my reviews and that there’s a product amongst this line up that might suit your preferences. Let me know which one you would choose by leaving a comment below, or you can email me and connect with me on Instagram and Facebook.
Next week: A review of Andalou Naturals BB + CC Creams