If you are as keen on following the rules of SPF as I am, you’ll know that it’s recommended that you top up at least every two hours when you’re in direct sunlight. This brings no qualms to those who go makeup-free but if, like me, you are fond of a soft glam eye and face look most of the time, this doesn’t feel practical.
There are out there where you may be happy to go in and pat your SPF over your foundation. I find that this works with quite liquidous formulations such Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50 (€37.50), theskinnerd.com or Skingredients Skin Shield SPF 50 (€42), theskinnerd.com, but many are opposed to possibly shifting their blush a few inches down or having to reapply concealer.
The best option for reapplying SPF isn’t the usual SPF you use at all, but products that work best for topping up specifically. That means powders and mists, and yes, they do exist and are here to change your top up game.
The SPF powder allows you to top up easily, quickly and relatively mess-free, and also means there will be no further need to mattify after you apply.
The one you’ll find in my handbag is Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF 30 (€49), theskinnerd.com, which contains 17% titanium dioxide, a mineral filter that provides protection from both UVA and UVB.
It comes in 4 shades and you can apply easily without other tools using the powder puff applicator that is attached to the product.
It’s compact enough that I can bring it wherever I’m off to.
Jane Iredale’s mineral makeup powders also provide SPF protection, with the PurePressed Mineral Foundation (€35 for refill, theskinnerd.com) providing SPF 20 or SPF 15 depending on the shade.
Other options are BrushOnBlock Mineral Sunscreen (€28, mediskin.ie) which provides broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, or La Roche-Posay Toleriane Mineral Compact Powder, a high coverage mineral powder foundation with SPF 25 (€22.50, selected pharmacies).
Powder SPFs are also the way forward when it comes to protecting your scalp, which is, surprise, also skin and is often neglected.
Kim Kardashian herself uses the Lumasol SPF 50 Mist ($49
It is broad spectrum SPF 50 protection with a light diffusing effect and hyaluronic acid, but I’d advise on steering clear if you’re sensitive to essential oils, as it includes lavender essential oil.
For a more budget-friendly option, there’s the Lancaster Sun Sport Invisible Face Mist SPF 30 (€24.45, lookfantastic.com), which protects from UVA, UVB, visible light and infrared. It’s non-greasy and fragrance-free, so it’s ideal for those who are sensitive to scents in skincare.
One thing to note on SPF powders and mists is that I don’t feel that they are the best option as standalone light protection, as they both allow for gaps in application.
Start your day with an SPF that you are certain you can apply to every square centimetre of exposed flesh, and then top yourself up with a mist or a powder to keep yourself protected.