Sunscreen is probably the most important skincare product to use in the warmer months. Not only does it prevent sunburn, premature wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, it also helps reduce the risk of skin cancer. I've been loyal to my Dior Diorsnow White Reveal UV Protection for the longest time but this Summer I thought I'd try something different (you can't blame the curiosity/grass-is-greener attitude of a beauty blogger!). The La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid is a brand new product from the brand that has just been released and today I am here to share with you my thoughts on it! :)
When it comes to sunscreen, I have my criteria:
- Broad spectrum (protecting the skin against both UVA and UVB rays)
- SPF 50 minimum
- Non-sticky texture, leaves no white cast
- Spreads easily and absorbs quickly
- Preferably non-scented
I'll go through each point during my review!
First thing I'd like to mention is it really depends on one's preference whether physical or chemical sunscreen works best for them. Personally for me I can use either one but I prefer hybrid sunscreens containing both physical and chemical filters. Physical filters protect the skin by deflecting/blocking the sun's rays whereas chemical filters absorb them. In my experience, physical filters tend to leave a white cast and are thicker in formula while chemical filters are not. However, chemical filters are more likely to irritate the skin so they may not be for everyone. They both have pros and cons so you just have to figure it out for yourself which is better for you.
Criteria #1 and 2: Broad spectrum and SPF
The La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid is a chemical sunscreen. It has the following organic UV Filters:
- Avobenzone 3.00% – protects against UVA1
- Homosalate 5.00% – protects against UVB
- Octisalate 5.00% – protects against UVB
- Octocrylene 2.70% – protects against UVB
- Oxybenzone 3.00% – protects against UVB, UVA2
Now we know that it is a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50! Additionally, I've been using it with great success and have not had any negative reactions to my skin so far (2+ weeks)! :)
Criteria #3 – 5: Formula
The texture is a little thicker than most sunscreens I have used but it is still relatively lightweight and comfortable to wear. It is also very creamy smooth and spreads exceptionally well without any resistance on the skin. It sinks in really fast, does not leave any sticky residue or white cast, and gives a slightly dewy finish with a subtle healthy glow. I have combination to oily skin and did not find it to be too greasy or make my face oily during the day at all.
I apply a generous amount using my fingertips all over my face and neck every morning as the last step of my skincare routine. It does just about alright in terms of hydration (I mostly rely on my moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated anyway) but it surprisingly does well as a makeup base! I find that my foundation goes on smoother and more even, so the added bonus of this sunscreen is it serves as a good primer, too!
If there is one thing I'm not too crazy about, it's the scent. It has a pretty strong old-fashioned sunscreen scent that does linger for a good 10-15 minutes. Definitely something I can live without considering that it is such a luxurious product. :)
Applying sunscreen is such a crucial and mandatory step in a morning routine. I wish I had known the importance of it early on in my younger years. I didn't apply sunscreen on a daily basis until I was in my 20's! Horror I know! And now I'm still paying for it. So my advice is, apply sunscreen, deliberately, every day even if you are indoors, especially if you work near windows where UVA can still pass through. Protection is absolutely key.
Overall, I'm satisfied with the La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid, although there's still room for improvement in the scent department. It costs a pretty penny but it is to be expected from the brand. These days you can find a lot of sunscreens that can protect your skin just as effectively for a fraction of the cost, but if there was ever a time to indulge, you can't go wrong with La Mer.
Now I'd like to know what sunscreen is on your rotation right now. Please do share your favorite and why you like it! :)