Which Sun Care Products Am I Using Now? 🤔
I tried using mineral sunscreens, but it just didn’t work. So I’m still using Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 (mainly around my eye area) because it doesn’t sting my eyes compared to a chemical-based sunscreen. I might even purchase it again since it’s pretty affordable for a mineral sunscreen/skin care product. It seems to work on my skin. I haven’t had any allergic reactions to it. As for Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50, I stopped using it. Maybe I’ll use it as a makeup primer or something like it. It seems to work well for that purpose.
So what sunscreen am I using now? I went back to using a chemical-based sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens were so drying that it made my skin look parched and crusty. It made my makeup application look terrible. It accentuated every single dry skin and pore on my face too. Ugh! And fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical-based sunscreens are more moisturizing. SO! I started using La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100 again. It’s the most moisturizing without making my face appear too greasy. I tried using Altruist SPF 50 again, but that sunscreen made my skin look even more greasy. I prefer La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100 instead. My skin always looks good with this sunscreen. It’s a moisturizer + sunscreen in one. But, once again, I don’t use sunscreen every single day. I only use it when I’m outdoors exposed to UV rays.
All in all, it wouldn’t hurt to use up all of the sunscreens I have right now. I haven’t spent any money on sunscreens ever since I decreased my sunscreen use. Not that I’m not using it. I am. As I mentioned, I only use it when I’m exposed to UV rays…but also when my skin feels a bit dry from my acne cream. I really wish LRP would come out with a moisturizer like this (the SPF 100 sunscreen product) but without the SPF. I can only hope. Oh well. I’ll use whatever I have in the meantime.
Update: Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50 + Switching to Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
Here’s my update on Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50!
I’ve been using Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50 as my main sunscreen. Sometimes I used La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100. Just to finish it up. I have a few bottles that I need to knock out. But I’m going to focus on Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50 in this post. 🙂
The texture of the sunscreen is very nice. It’s very silicone-like, which I love. I love the smooth, soft, silky texture of this sunscreen. It glides and melts over my skin like no other sunscreen I’ve used before. Well, besides Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40. I miss that sunscreen. I never went back to purchase another one, ha! Maybe next time. So Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50 didn’t clog my pores (yay!) and worked well underneath makeup. Also, it’s a hybrid sunscreen. Yes, it left somewhat of a white cast on my skin. That didn’t bother me much. All I did was use a bb cream to blend the white cast away. It helped a little bit. The sunscreen + bb cream leaves my skin looking more even-toned and more awake. Less dull. Not too bad.
Since it’s not entirely a mineral-based sunscreen, my skin burns a little bit after I use a chemical exfoliant. I would also have to opt for a sunscreen that was more moisturizing when Cetaphil dries my skin out. It makes the appearance of my skin look even drier. Ugh, I can see dry patches of dead skin hanging on my face. I tried using a physical exfoliant to remove the dead skin, but that didn’t work. The sunscreen just clings onto dry patches and makes my skin look DRY. Not a good look. So, I’m thinking about switching out for another mineral sunscreen since this one just isn’t working. I’m thinking about trying Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 again. I know I’ve tried this sunscreen out plenty of times. I still have some product left of this sunscreen. Since I don’t use sunscreen every day anymore, we’ll see if it works when I use it only when I’m outdoors or exposed to UV. That may make a difference.
3 Sunscreens I Used This Week: La Roche-Posay SPF 100, Altruist SPF 50, Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50
Here are my thoughts on 3 sunscreens I’ve been using. They are La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100, Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50, and Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100:
I used La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100 twice this week. With this sunscreen, I love the texture of this sunscreen. It’s soft, melts into the skin, absorbs nicely, moisturizes, and leaves my skin feeling so supple afterward. If LRP made a moisturizer like this (without the SPF), I would buy it. Moisturizers never work on my skin, but this product works when I experience dry skin from my acne products. I always enjoy applying this product to my skin. As for the SPF, I still wish it wasn’t a chemical sunscreen. It stung my eyes. I wish it was mineral-based instead. But it would have a white cast. Oh well, I wouldn’t mind. I didn’t have any issues besides stinging of the eyes. I still won’t purchase it again after I finish it because I’m trying to move away from chemical-based sunscreens. I can’t use it daily. I develop headaches and other health issues because of it. I can’t wait to be done with it. At the rate I’m going, it’s going to take a while.
Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50:
I was going to stick to the Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50 at first, but it started to feel very sticky and greasy on my skin. It also didn’t leave my skin feeling moisturized either. So do I have to put up with the stickiness and greasiness of this sunscreen? Also, it doesn’t provide any moisture when it’s sitting on my skin, and when I remove it? Nah. I love the high SPF (UVB and UVA), but it’s not working for me. It burns my eyes as well. It makes my skin appear extremely shiny and awful. I’m going to use the rest of this sunscreen on my body. Just not my face. I developed a few pimples from it too. Pus-filled ones. sigh I tried to make it work. Maybe I’ll bring it back when I think it could work for me again, lol.
Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50:
I currently don’t have a to-go-to mineral sunscreen. I thought I would give Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50 a try. Yes, again. It’s not a 100% mineral sunscreen but a hybrid. But whatever. It could work, haha. I really don’t know what to use anymore. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. The sunscreen feels silky and smooth. Hmmm, silicones! My skin loved it! It made the texture of my skin appear smoother and so glassy. My skin was glowing! Ha! I really liked the final result of it besides the white cast. I was able to put up with the white cast since I’m pretty pale anyway. That didn’t bother me much. I used this sunscreen 3 days in a row due to being outdoors for a bit. It seems like I can’t use it that often. I noticed some tiny blemishes. Ugh! Yeah, if you are acne-prone, this might cause some clogged pores. At least they weren’t cystic acne or a cluster of pimples. The pimples vanished the next day. I guess I can use this sunscreen on and off like my other sunscreens. My skin doesn’t like any sunscreens. I’ll use whatever I have for the time being.
And I’m still in search of the perfect sunscreen (which doesn’t exist), haha.
My Updated Experience with Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50 & How I’m Using Sunscreen
I’ve been using Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50 for 1 week. I didn’t use it every day. I stopped using sunscreen every day. I only use it when my skin is directly exposed to the sun, which is when I’m outdoors. When I’m indoors, I don’t even bother. I’m pretty good at remembering when to wear sunscreen. I don’t need to make it a habit. I’ve been wearing sunscreen for so many years already. I decided to just leave my skin alone and not waste money on excessive use of sunscreen products. Also, I haven’t noticed much difference in my skin when doing this. My skin looks fine without using sunscreen every day when I’m indoors. I have curtains that block out the sun anyway. All I noticed when applying sunscreen every day even when indoors was a decrease in my bank account. That sucked. I’m glad I made this change.
From how things are going using sunscreen like this, my skin looks so much better. I haven’t experienced major breakouts. I was dealing with breakouts from mineral sunscreens and wondered if they caused clogged pores. Now I know that they do. I had to stop using mineral sunscreens until I find one that’s suitable for my skin type. If that ever happens, lol. In the meantime, I guess I’ll use what I have — Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50. I’m thinking about re-adding La Roche Posay SPF 100 back in my routine too since I don’t use SPF every day. I also quit re-applying unless I’m outdoors for long periods of time, which is very few days in a month. Yes, in a single month. Not a week. I’m rarely outdoors that much.
Here are my thoughts on Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50…
As mentioned earlier, I’ve been using Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50 for 1 week. This sunscreen feels just like how I remembered it. It feels like a lightweight lotion when applied to the skin. It absorbs pretty well into the skin. I didn’t have any issues rubbing the product into my skin. I still have to watch the eye area because the sunscreen burns the eyes if it gets in it. It also burns the eyes if it gets near it. So! I used a mineral-based sunscreen for the eye area instead. At least I’m using up my mineral sunscreens!
Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50 feels greasy on the skin with the proper amount of product. I wish that it wasn’t that greasy. It left my skin looking shiny all day. I love the UVA and UVB protection, but it feels heavy on the skin. My hair would stick to my face. Unfortunately, if it’s really hot, humid, my skin starts to over-react to the humidity. On top of that, I do have oily skin, which makes heavy products look extremely shiny on my skin. It’s going to get cooler sooner so that shouldn’t be a problem. Another issue I had with this sunscreen that I haven’t experience in a while is pilling. I was applying the sunscreen this morning (after having no issues), and it rolled off my face! I don’t even use that many products in the morning. Only a salicylic acid toner and benzoyl peroxide for acne. I don’t know what happened. I gave up using it for today and used La Roche-Posay SPF 100 instead. I’ll make an update on La Roche-Posay SPF 100 next time again.
See everyone there! 🙂
Another Update on Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30!
I’ve been using Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 consistently. I used it every morning. I didn’t reapply throughout the day. I didn’t think I needed to. I’m rarely outdoors during this time in my life, haha. I’ve been trying to make a mineral-based sunscreen work. But after weeks of using Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, my skin became very dry. The sunscreen does give off a sense of moisturization when applied to the skin, but it has left my skin feeling extremely dry and tight after it settles into the skin. I can’t even move my face without feeling uncomfortable. It accentuates every fine line and pore. It makes my skin look awful. I’m not a fan at this point. I wish it were more moisturizing.
Another thing with the Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is that I get a few clogged pores from using it. I’m able to take care of the clogged pores. I just wished that it didn’t clog my pores. A product should not be clogging any pores. So I’ve stopped using Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for the time being and see what happens. I don’t want to continue to experience clogged pores.
Since my skin became so dry, I started using Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50. It’s a hybrid sunscreen (mineral + chemical). I wasn’t able to use any mineral-based sunscreens due to the dryness. My skin couldn’t endure it any longer. So! Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50 is moisturizing, but it’s a bit on the greasy side. Be careful when using it near the eyes. My eyes burned a bit. I accidentally got a little bit of the product in my eyes. It somehow leaked into it. My skin looked shiny throughout the day, but it felt moisturized. It wasn’t dry and tight. I liked the way it felt on my skin for a change. By the end of the day, my skin looked so much better. Zinc oxide did a number on my skin. My skin looked terrible using it every single day. I know that zinc oxide has astringent properties, but the sunscreen was supposed to be moisturizing. It’s just not. I’ll use Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50 for UV protection (for now) while I search for another mineral-based sunscreen.
Those are my thoughts on Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Hey, I gave it a shot. I’ll use the rest on my body or something. Gotta use the rest up!