The previous post in this series detailed the differences between chemical and physical/mineral sunscreen (linked here) and discussed why choosing a mineral lotion is a cleaner option. This is especially important if you will be applying it to your face every day.
Here are some helpful guidelines when shopping for a daily lotion, BB Cream, or CC cream containing SPF for the face.
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Choosing an SPF Face Lotion
Pick mineral SPF when possible, they tend to be safer and have cleaner formulations |
Should have a minimum of SPF 15 |
Labels should list UVA and UVB protection or broad spectrum protection |
Aloe Leaf Juice is a skin soother and formulas that have it the top of the ingredient list instead of water are usually high quality |
Hyaluronic Acid or Sodium Hyaluronate are excellent ingredients to look for in face SPF face lotion. They are amazing at replenishing and retaining skin moisture, which is helpful while in the sun |
Look for a combination of nourishing ingredients added in, such as plant oils (jojoba oil, almond oil..) | antioxidants (Pomegranate, Broccoli seed..) | and anti-inflammatory herbs (Marshmallow, Calendula, Comfrey…) |
To ensure sure it will sit under your makeup well |
To ensure it provides coverage you are looking for. Tinted lotions usually provide light or medium coverage |
To ensure it leaves type of finish (matte, satin or dewy) that works for your skin type |
To ensure it does not leave a white cast. Zinc oxide can sometimes have this effect |