Sun protection & sultry looks: Mercadona SPF 50 sun lotion for sensitive skin + summer essentials

Curiously enough, even though I await summer eagerly all year, I’m also all for being exposed to bosses, relatives and sunshine as little as possible… other than that, I enjoy sultry weather and the state of mind that comes with it, hanging out outdoors with a few chosen… and since my tolerance to heat is high 😈 I enjoy the Schadenfreude I get from seeing others suffer as I suffer in wintertime, while I’m all:

But anyway, onto the review: not long ago I was using this sun lotion SPF 50 from supermarket Mercadona that, while okay in a pinch, isn’t something I can see myself using forever and ever. Besides, although i normally tolerate alcohol in body care formulations, it isn’t something I’m ever really satisfied with, especially so high up in the ingredient list.

Still, when I saw it in the supermarket I was going to throw it into the basket again, because it’s cheap and I go through sunscreen so quickly… but then I saw they had this one from the same suncare line, and I changed my mind.

sun lotion for sensitive skin

Mercadona sun lotion for sensitive skin

Sun lotion for sensitive skin SPF 50 from Dulgon – Mercadona

I have the opposite of a sensitive skin, so I have no way to say if this is really suitable for that purpose or not. At first look, it is true that this sun lotion does not include alcohol, parabens or fragrance in its formula, however it seems to me (not being well versed in the subject) that the chemical filters it does include wouldn’t be the best for many cases of sensitive skin.

In the bottle, this sunscreen smells faintly plasticky, but once applied it smells of nothing at all… and I hadn’t realized before, but the other version has a whiff of alcohol beneath the fragrance, which became apparent to me when someone told me that it smelled a little like rubbing alcohol.

Just like with the regular version, this sun lotion is made by a German manufacturer for the supermarket’s brand, in this case Mann & Schröder under their brand Dulgon; hence, it’s EU-made and not tested in animals. It’s quite inexpensive too, if I recall correctly it cost the same 6 or 7€ than the normal version, though this one is a little smaller at 250ml rather than the other’s 300ml bottle. Fine by me, since this claims to be made with no preservatives (not really, it does include caprylyl glycol and caprylhydroxamic acid, which apparently are used as a lower-risk alternative to parabens as preservatives. I would never use anything water-based that truly had no preservatives, that’s just insane). At any rate, I intend to use this up fairly fast.

sensitive skin sun lotion

Aqua, Octocrylene, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Silica, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA. See analysis in CosDNA.

For me, the main advantage this lotion has over the regular version is its consistency: it feels less sticky, more fluid and easier to spread than the regular version of this sunscreen, which considering its consistency, seems perhaps more appropriate for swimming or outdoor activities; this one claims to be extra water-resistant, but to me this seems much easier to remove in the shower (and presumably in the pool, sea, etc.); meaning that this sunscreen seems better suited for urban daily use, which is what I want. In any case, you know that for this or any sunscreen to be truly effective, what works is applying without skimping, on all exposed surfaces, and reapplying the protection often.

Would I buy this sun lotion again?

I’m more certain that I’d buy this product than the regular version from this line, and it’s likely I would, since it’s cheap, easy to find, and nice to use. My rating: 4 points.

1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container 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 don’t think 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.

My favorite antiwrinkle eye product

The other day someone commented that my eyes didn’t show my age, and I immediately could pinpoint the reason why: my favorite antiaging eye product ever, that I use religiously since I was a kid – behold:

Hawkers sunglasses

My favorite daytime antiaging eye product… I’ve had this particular one for a couple of years now.

Okay, okay, it isn’t really a cosmetic, nor this is a fashion blog, but I thought it was important to note this, since I do consider this element a good skincare tool for something as delicate, and prone to showing age and sun damage as the eye area.

I’ve lived in warm, sunny climates almost my entire life, and I’ve also been a contact lens wearer from a young age, so for me this isn’t a fashion accessory but something I need and use daily. Some days it simply would be torture to be out and about without eyewear to shield my eyes from the glare (which is why I usually have these + an extra pair in my bag).

I’m showing these, which have been all over Spanish social media for what feels like ages, to the point of saturation, but really, just any good honest pair of sunglasses that guarantees high UV protection will do (meaning: don’t rely on anything dirt-cheap, or sunglasses given away as gifts-with-purchase/promos).

My point is, this is just to remind all of the importance of using each and every method available to shield yourself from radiation, besides cosmetic solutions, since no sunscreen is able to provide 100% protection against UV damage: that means good sunglasses, long sleeves (when possible and bearable, of course), and staying on the dark side, where it’s cooler 😎🍹.

Kaolin white clay

Kaolin clay

Kaolin clay, aka summer-saving magic powder

For weeks I’ve been thinking that among so many ready-made cosmetics and commercial brands, there’s in my stash a rather humble element that for some reason I haven’t mentioned yet in the blog, but without which summer would be much more annoying: cosmetic-grade kaolin clay.

I bought my kaolin in a shop specialized in supplies for DIY cosmetics and soaps, but it may be found in health-food shops and probably most places that sell natural cosmetics; last time I bought a half-kilo bag and it’s neverending, even after giving small jars to friends and family for their use, and using it myself for a variety of things, since very little is needed:

  • for face masques: a little water (just purified, clean water; don’t do as I did one day, and mix it with a little face tonic left over to use it up 🔥). There are some that recommend adding a drop or two of essential oil, but I’m growing more and more distrustful of these DIY tips and hacks… I think that, if you don’t really have a proper experience or training in use of essential oils, it’s just best to leave them to the pros. However, a simple kaolin mask, with no bells and whistles and fancy pretensions, is just the thing to clean out my pores and leave my oily/combo skin feeling fresh for a few days.
  • to dust down shine on my face. No, I don’t end up looking like a kabuki mask, since a very slight dusting doesn’t really show on my skin, and it’s enough to keep pesky shine in check in days when I don’t feel like doing makeup… naturally, observe this advice in correlation to your skin tone.
  • as dry-shampoo. I’ve used a couple of those in the past, and they never really convinced me enough to buy again. So if I forget to wash my hair, I can manage to look presentable for the day dusting a tiny bit of this on my hair (here I do need to be very careful and light-handed, since my hair is almost black at the roots) + a good brushing.
  • to coat the bridge and frame of my glasses: again, a very light coating of kaolin, so it doesn’t leave marks on my face, and my glasses don’t go sliding down my nose, even in 40º C/104º F heat.

On the whole, I’ve lost faith in almost every “hack”, DIY cosmetics and super-duper-natural beauty solutions pulled out of the pantry (and if you’re curious why, the link that I show below illustrates some of the reasons well); this is one of the very few tried-and-trues for me.

And what’s in your bag of tricks for making the most of summer? Tell, tell!




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No conocía este protector solar. La verdad es que no conozco muy bien la cosmética de Mercadona.