What is it? SPF.
What does/should it do? Protect your skin from the sun.
Repurchase? No, I’d buy the Body version instead.
It’s SPF month here on the #TLDRblog, as the weather gradually warms up to what I consider bare minimum acceptability. That means, if you’re not already wearing SPF every day (why not?), you really should be. Don’t make me get out my Mum voice.
Forever one to be influenced, I was intrigued by Australian brand Bondi Sands when they launched the Daily Moisturising range in the UK a few months ago and suddenly a vast majority of the content creators I watch were promoting it. It’s so reasonably priced, I would have picked it up on sale back in the days when I was not an SPF nerd – by which I mean, you can grab it for under $15 at Priceline or your supermarket, and it’ll be discounted more often than not.
I don’t love it, but hear me out. You’d think I’d have learned that ‘moisturising’ is not a term I want on my SPF packaging. I don’t like my face feeling like a glazed doughnut with my SPF on, but I recognise there’s also the trade-off of wanting a sun protection factor of at least 50.
This Bondi Sands SPF is actually very nice, but my face is already tending to oily in the warm weather, which is the sole basis of my complaint. Clearly this isn’t a product designed for my face, so don’t let my whinging put you off. If you do need hydration this will be a great combination moisturiser/sunscreen. There’s no eye-stinging business, and it sits nicely over my skincare and under my makeup.
As with all SPFs that don’t get on with my face parts, I’m using the Bondi Sands on my limbs and loving it. The formula has aloe vera and vitamin E, both of which provide moisturise and hydration. They are both ingredients used for damage control and repair when you’ve had too much sun, so I enjoy that they’re right in the sunscreen formula.
Bondi Sands also claim 72 hours of hydration; again, too much for my self-hydrating face, but absolutely lovely on my body. My legs are always too dry. On my limbs the sunscreen absorbs quickly and feels moisturised all day. The part where I need to reapply every four hours means my limbs are getting the ingredients they need on a more regular basis. I would never normally reapply moisturiser throughout the day; I don’t remember to.
There’s no fragrance in this sunscreen, which is my preference, although it does smell ‘sunscreeny’ until your skin has absorbed it. Because it’s for your face, there’s none of that reflective particle (to give your skin a ‘glow’) nonsense.
Would I buy it again? I’d buy the body version and see how similar it is, because I’m enjoying the hydration on my neglected body parts.
Bondi Sands also have an SPF50+ lip balm in their moisturising range, which came onto my radar via reader Annie sliding into my DMs (thanks, Annie!). Although coconut is low on my flavour preferences, how could I resist such enabling?
Excellent lip-balm ingredients shea butter and jojoba oil help with the moisturising, along with more vitamin E for antioxidant goodness. The coconut flavouring is definitely there, but I don’t hate it. It reminds me of Christmas and my mum’s coconut-covered rum balls (made with actual rum, obviously). It’s decidedly balmy, bordering on greasy, but in small amounts I don’t mind that – although I realise that using an SPF in small amounts means I’m not getting the full SPF50 protection. It’s currently my handbag lip balm because I like the packaging. I wouldn’t buy it again, but only because I don’t enjoy coconut.