Summer 2020 SPF Faves

As we’ve discussed many times, SPF is the cornerstone of my skincare routine. There is literally no point spending money on anything (besides something to clean your skin) if you’re not willing to protect your investment.

And that’s to not even mention the literal lifesaving properties of sun protection. Dying of skin cancer is not sexy.

I’m on a continuing mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations, and to find an SPF my partner and teenager will tolerate on their skin.

I don’t try anything rated less than SPF50 in Australia (we have some of the most stringent testing in the world), but you also can’t get a rating higher than 50 here, and that’s why you’ll sometimes see 50+. Those products perform higher than 50 (when applied in the appropriate amounts, obviously), but can’t legally have a rating higher than 50 under Australian testing Standards.

Nerdery aside, here are (some of) my favourites for Summer 2020 and the ways in which they tick my particular boxes.

Aspect Sun Envirostat SPF50

Aspect Sun Envirostat SPF50

Sting my eyes? No.

Healthy glow or glazed doughnut? Healthy glow.

Fragrance? Smells a little like unripe banana when it goes on, quickly dissipates.

Other notes? This is the same formula as the Envirostat I’ve already reviewed, but in easier-to-use packaging.

 

Banana Boat Dry Balance Lotion

Banana Boat Dry Balance Lotion

Sting my eyes? No, although the fragrance (more about which below) irritates at first.

Healthy glow or glazed doughnut? Neither!

Fragrance? Hoo boy. The synthetic fragrance here is to cover the smell of the active ingredients, I assume, but it just makes you smell like you’re wearing supermarket sunscreen. Which you are.

Other notes? Despite the faux fragrance (and I’m not into fragrance in my face products anyway), I absolutely love the protection and finish of the Dry Balance Lotion. The matte finish isn’t so much as to make me look dull and flat. A surprise winner.

 

Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily Moisturiser SPF50+

Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily Moisturiser SPF50+

Sting my eyes? No.

Healthy glow or glazed doughnut? Healthy glow.

Fragrance? Smells like a foundation/base, quickly dissipates.

Other notes? I love/hate this one, and I’ve already done a deeper dive on Protection Plus. The tint, the cooling sensation on my skin, the protection is all great. I can feel it sitting on my skin all day, which might put some off and is not my favourite. My real peeve, however, is that it transfers readily. Don’t wear it with white collars!

 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL

Sting my eyes? No.

Healthy glow or glazed doughnut? Glazed doughnut but not uncomfortably greasy.

Fragrance? None!

Other notes? Although the formula in the spray is the same as (or incredibly similar to!) the Invisible Fluid face sunscreen, this packaging is cheaper and I find it less messy to use. La Roche-Posay deservedly has a name for sensitive skin-friendly products, so if you have issues with other formulas, or fragrance of any kind, I highly recommend the Anthelios range.

 

Bondi Sands SPF50+ Face Sunscreen Lotion and Bondi Sands SPF50+ Coconut Lip Balm

Bondi Sands SPF50+ Face Sunscreen Lotion

Sting my eyes? No.

Healthy glow or glazed doughnut? Glazed doughnut.

Fragrance? Sunscreeny, but doesn’t linger.

Other notes? Usually I find targeted facial SPFs equal to (or less) greasy than body-marketed formulas, but I don’t enjoy this one on my face. If you have dry skin (I have a combination, oily in the t-zone face), you might fare better. I have dry limbs and am loving this sunscreen on my non-face parts.

Bondi Sands SPF50+ Coconut Lip Balm

Bonus reader recommendation (thanks, Annie!)

Sting my eyes? No (lol).

Healthy glow or glazed doughnut? Glazey.

Fragrance? Coconutty (as the name would imply).

Other notes? Although I baulked at the coconut (I’m not a fan), I pressed on with this recommendation. For science. The lip balm is very greasy, which means I’m probably using far less than I need to in order to achieve anything resembling SPF50 protection, but I’m finding it hydrating as well. Mostly I’m using it because the coconut reminds me of the Christmas rumballs my mum provides for the season (with actual rum, there is no other acceptable method), which makes me happy.

This page does not contain affiliate links. All products featured were purchased. Products trialled on my skin and may not be suitable for yours. Have an excellent day!

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