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I don't wear a great deal of make up but there are times when I want to, or when I think that a little bit of neutral make up gives a more polished appearance. Generally I use a daily moisturiser containing a sun protection element which is fine on its own but can cause make up to 'slip' if the weather is warm or I have been hurrying along on foot, or cycling. In these conditions I find a tinted moisturiser helpful but when I'm away in Slovenia and attending professional meetings, I use SunSense Daily Face because it has the added advantage of a sun protection factor of 50+.
Described on the packaging as giving an 'invisible tint finish' this light lotion is not cheap but it with several functions it is an economic option if you are traveling light and you are the sort of person who prefers not to go out on the beach, or on the ski slopes for that matter, without a bit of slap on.
It's made and, was developed in Australia, where a lot of emphasis is place on sun protection and it's the biggest selling sun protection brand there. SPF50+ may sound extreme but this is not a heavy zinc block, you can still develop a golden colour when wearing this and even if you are wearing it, you should still try to be in direct sunlight as little as possible during the hottest part of the day. Furthermore, as the intensity of the sun's rays is not wholly related to temperature, you should be suitably protected at all times during the hours of sunlight, not just when it's really hot. Wearing sunglasses can intensify the risk of sun damage to the skin because the glare bounces off the lenses onto the face, and this is also the case when in water or on the ski slopes. The sunscreen is 'broad spectrum' which means it gives protection against both UVA and UVB rays. It is rated UVA Superior with 4 stars making it one of the best products of its kind on the market as far as the element of protection is concerned.
This comes only in only one colour which is fine because it is not intended to be a foundation, it is a lightly tinted sunscreen that improves skin tone and provides an more balanced look to the face. It is also recommended that you apply it to the neck area, particularly important because the skin is very delicate there.
The cream is easily applied and rubs in effortlessly. The colour is so fine that an even application is easy and there's not going to be a 'tide mark'. There is, however, enough colour for it to show up if spilled on clothing so you do need to take care when applying it. Once on and sufficiently rubbed in, it doesn't come off on collars. The formulation is oil free so it is good for oily or combination skin. I find that my face can look quite oily in hot weather, but SunSense Daily Face makes it look less shiny without endless application of pore clogging powder. The cream has no fragrance.
The only negative about this product is that it is contraindicated for sore or irritated skin so you can't really use it as an way of hiding already sunburned skin. For this reason it's advisable you start as you mean to go on and use this sunscreen as a matter of course, rather than reach for it when things go wrong. I did a skin test on the back of my hand before use too, something I would strongly advise.
SunSense Daily Face comes in a 75 g flip cap tube which lasts a reasonable amount of time but doesn't take up too much room in a handbag and is fine for taking in your carry on liquids when flying. It is priced at £15.75 from John Lewis and can also be bought from branches of Rowlands Pharmacy and direct from the UK distributor Crawford Healthcare (from whence it is much more expensive at £18.50). In summer you should reapply this as frequently as you should a conventional sunscreen but I usually apply this when going somewhere I'd want to look a bit more polished, then switch to an ordinary high factor sunscreen later on in order to eke out my supply of Daily Face.
I am still using a bag of 10 g sample tubes I was given by a pharmaceutical representative. These are not available for sale which is a shame as they are great for traveling with. I have been really impressed with SunSense Daily Face and will be buying a tube when my supplies run out.