I think I need to tell you how diligent I am with sunscreen. I’ve apply it every single day, without fail for over 10 years now, and my skin is vastly better for it. It just makes complete sense to look after your skin, which you will wear for your whole life.
Ask any dermatologist or aesthetic doctor and they will tell you that if you don’t wear sunscreen, you shouldn’t bother using nay anti-aging skincare. So if you don’t use it, I urge you to start today. The sun ages us, damages our skin, and this damage can cause cancer.
Besides hydrating serums, sunscreen is the product I get most excited about when a new one lands on my desk. The latest of which is the Neostrata Targeted Sheer Physical Protection SPF50 PA++++ (R523), and my word, it’s fabulous!
I prefer physical protection over chemical, as the physical particles sit on the skin and reflect the sun’s rays, while chemical sunscreen absorb into the skin, absorb the UV rays, converts them into heat and them the body expels the heat. I would rather the rays don’t enter my skin at all, but this is my preference. The Neostrata formula contains 7% titanium dioxide and 6% zinc oxide to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. It also contains strong antioxidants to further protect the skin from any damage.
It has slight tint that adjusts to your skin tone on application, and while it feels quite oily when applied, it soon dries down to deliver a satin, matte finish. It doesn’t clog the pores and serves as an excellent base for makeup, without pilling or leaving and ashy residue.
If you’re a serious sunscreen user and want a comparison to similar products, it reminds me of the SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50, but is R150 cheaper and I prefer the Neostrata formula, as it’s less runny.