Winter suncare: my body and lip care during these holidays

cuidado solarAt this point, it’s no longer necessary to tell you that UVA rays (the bad guys, the melanoma and aging ones) are at it all year long so long as there’s daylight, right? No matter if it’s winter, if it’s overcast, cold, dreary, miserable, etc.

So I wear sunscreen year-round, a habit I’m glad I got into from a very young age. Besides, I’ve never been much of a sun bunny anyway. For some reason that’s still a mystery to me, this summer I broke a personal run, and accepted not one, but two invitations to go to the pool; that is, going to the pool to swim, not lounge in the shade by the poolside with a drink, which is my usual sunshine-weather SOP when I decide to leave my lair and do normal people things like these.

To give you an idea of my commitment to the dark side, this adds to a total of four times in a decade that I’ve donned a bikini and willingly exposed myself to the sun, duly slathered from top to toe in sunscreen every time.

Anyhow, when I packed up to go home I saw that I’d gone through most of my sunscreen, so of course on the way home I ran into the first supermarket I found to get a replacement. Problem was, there weren’t all that many choices available, so I had to settle for this Garnier sunscreen.

24 de diciembre

December 24, 2016 – Dear diary: not a cloud in the sky today…

 

Garnier Delial Ambre Solaire

Garnier Delial Ambre Solaire SPF 20

Garnier Delial SPF 20 moisturizing sun milk

Usually I consider an SPF +20 little better than running around naked, but I found the other options stocked even less convincing. Given the choice, I’d gone for the supermarket’s own brand (Mercadona’s Solcare Kids 50+ SPF) but they were out… why, Mercadona, if this is Dorne, and winter is just not going to come to this part of the world?

Long story short, I’m not really satisfied with my purchase. I still apply it prior to going out of the house during the day, mainly to use it up before short-sleeve weather is back again, which in my part of the world is going to be fairly soon.

Otherwise, this sunscreen it’s fairly nice to use. It’s a milk, and as such rather moisturizing and fluid. In fact, this product is so runny I have to be careful not to let it drip onto the floor, which has happened a few times already; in any case it spreads quite well and absorbs quickly, without leaving much of a noticeable white cast on the skin. Nevertheless, it’s probably best to be cautious if flash photos after dusk are in the cards.

The orangey scent (or rather, the manufacturer’s synth-y idea of orange scent) is nice, although normally with this type of products I’d rather they had little or no fragrance; coincidentially, in September I was still using my citrusy summer cologne, CK One, and the combination of both was fantastic, in my opinion and that of others that told me the same.

Garnier Delial Ambre Solaire

Aqua, glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl benzoate, Isopropyl palmitate, Ethylhexyl salicylate, octocrylene, Alcohol denat., Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Talc, Titanium dioxide (nano), Potassium cetyl phosphate, Synthetic wax, Ascorbyl glucoside, Tocopherol, Stearic acid, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-100 stearate, Triethanolamine, Palmitic acid, Dimethicone, Limonene, Benzyl salicylate, Benzyl alcohol, Linalool, Caprylyl glycol, Terephtalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acid, Acrylates C10-30 alkyl acrilate crosspolymer, Geraniol, Disodium EDTA, Citral, Citronellol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Coumarin, Glyceryl stearate, Parfum. See CosDNA analysis.

Besides, the large bottle lasts a reasonably long time even with generous applications, so it’s still going on, although as I mentioned before, I just don’t fully trust this product. I’ll keep applying it for going out during the day for the rest of this winter, but as far as I’m concerned it’s just not an option for sunnier days.

My score for Garnier Delial Ambre Solaire SPF 20: 3 points.

1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me. Not even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the trial period and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I doubt I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.

Solcare Sport Protector Labial SPF 15

I normally use SPF lipsticks, but since I prefer to apply just a light layer, I’m not too convinced about this protection, so when I saw this lip sunscreen by Solcare in the supermarket some weeks ago, into my basket it went.

In all, I think it’s a nice product for me, despite several quibbles. The main one is the way it looks on… maybe it’s too much to ask that a lip sunscreen doesn’t look ghostly, I suppose, but it can be done: I like Kiko’s Lip Balm SPF 15, for example; too bad they didn’t have it the last couple of times I’ve been to the store.

I thought I’d save you the horrid sight of this product when applied, but it’s just too awful not to warn my dear readers, so…

Sport Protector Labial FPS15 Solcare

Yuck. The importance of exfoliating and hydration, illustrated.

The good thing about this is that is great to use under lipsticks that are a bit too intense for usual wear. This white plaster (which, by the way, smells a bit too much like wall spackle, too) will tone down even the fiercest lipcolor, as shown below.

Sport Protector Labial FPS15 Solcare

Ricinus communis seed oil, octyldodecanol, candelilla cera, isopropyl palmitate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, ozokerite, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, isostearyl alcohol, butyrospermum parkii butter, titanium dioxide, cera carnauba, copernicia cerifera cera, myristyl lactate, synthetic beeswax, mica, persea gratissima oil, paraffinum liquidum, petrolatum, C30-45 alkyl methicone, BHT, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, CI 77891, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, C30-45 olefin, glyceryl oleate, lanolin alcohol, aroma, PEG-8, ascorbic acid, citric acid (PI00668). See CosDNA analysis.

Aesthetics aside, this sunscreen has a creamy, pleasant texture, spreads quite well and does not dry out my lips, as is to be expected of a product with so many emollient ingredients high up on the INCI list.

On the other hand, I personally don’t much like using lip products with paraffin and other petroleum-derived ingredients; regardless of how safe these ingredients are in cosmetics, I just don’t like them for use on the lips… but since these are in the second half of the list, and being this a product I plan to use only occasionally, I’m not too worried either.

Conclusions: I’ll certainly use this on longer days when I know I will be in the sun for some time, but for daily use, I prefer to keep searching for other options… suggestions are welcome 🙂

My score for this product: 3.75 points.

1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me. Not even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the trial period and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I doubt I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.

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