About that whole daily sunscreen thing

A couple of weeks ago, more or less at the same time that Glossier launched its “daily sunscreen”, there was this whole sunscreen movement. Sunscreen all day, every day. How much? How often? In a can, tube or spray? It was a thing. It feels like the storm has passed but nevertheless, I want to know from you and I want to share my two cents on the matter.

I never had a beach holiday without liters of sunscreen. When I’m planning to be in the sun, I try to protect my skin. Mainly because I don’t want to look like a lobster by the end of the day, but I’m also aware of the damage the sun can do. I have to thank all the brands that do an effort to educate us all on the matter. My skin has been analyzed, scanned and poked at to determine sun damage that isn’t visible yet, but will show when I’m aging. With horrifying pictures as a result. But, they do the trick.

A month ago, I didn’t use sunscreen daily. The “daily sunscreens” I know are thick and leave white traces. It’s an extra layer and my oily, acne prone skin doesn’t approve. The last one I tested was by Alpha-H, their Essential Moisturizer with SPF50. Thick, white. Didn’t like it. After that, the Origins A Perfect World moisturizer with SPF40 (article here) came along. My skin could get along with the texture but it was still a rather thick formula.

In the midst of all this sunscreen awareness, Glossier was launching a sunscreen they called revolutionary. One that was intended for daily use, non-white and good smelling. As a fan of the brand, I could not not try it. I’ve ordered the Glossier Invisible Shield SPF35 daily sunscreen+ and because I wanted to encourage myself to use it daily, I even ordered two.

I’m happy I did because their claims are true. The sunscreen has a serum-like texture, is transparant and smells – heavenly. Seriously, heavenly. Like a floral beach holiday. Also double thumbs up for the cute (!) pump (!) packaging. Because this texture melts away and leaves my skin feeling soft and matte, I do use it daily. And to be honest, it feels good to know that there is sunscreen in there.

I am not going to get in the whole discussion about how long it protects, how often you should re-apply, if SPF35 is enough and so on. When I know I’m going to be in the sun the whole day, I use higher SPF and I reapply during the day. I did some great discoveries for that, so let’s discuss these next week? But talking about daily, as in every. single. day, I am better protected than before and that’s progress. Where do you stand on the sunscreen fence?

  • Interesting discussion. I used to spf (50) every day and it helped my skin looking less messy, as my melatonine gets a little crazy easily, with faint freckles and discolorations… might sound okay but it’s not.
    Lately I’ve been skipping my spf creams because Garnier released a dry facial spray, the type you can find EVERYWHERE in Tokyo. That’s the spf I need. Factor 50, reapplyable af, yes, just yes.

    The thing with creams is that, like you suggest, they are a pain to reapply. They mess up your make-up and that’s fine when you’re on a holiday, but at work or in the city, I prefer to look as neat as possible. (Albeit an ambitious endeavour, but hey… :p)

    • Lisha! I’m so happy that you opened the discussion here. I have tried that Garnier spray and I’m also using one by La Roche-Posay, they are the ones I wanted to talk about next week because I find them being a category on their own.. 🤔 I don’t know if I would use them daily but they’ve been my lifesavers in this crazy heat wave! 😅 As skincare-guru/guineapig, did you ever try sunscreen creams that you liked?

  • Eva

    I also don’t use spf everyday 🙊 If I know I’m spending the day outside I will apply that Alpha H you don’t like and I take my Bioderma spray to use during the day. If I go on a beach holiday I will bring out the big guns but all day everyday.. A different story! I would love to start using sth like this and it’s on my list for the day Glossier announces UK shopping, or a trip to NYC 😏, but yes, it’s the re-application that remains an issue. So Emily and Glossier pals, I hope a spray is next. But first, UK shipping 😇

  • Sophie ♥

    I made a Glossier order recently and for some insane reason neglected to get this! Next time I restock I will have to grab one. x

  • Sandrine Christiaens

    During the day at work, I do not apply sun cream because I am working inside. If I go outside during lunch break, I put on a dry cream of La Roche Posay but it messes the make-up. If it is really hot I do not put on foundation so the cream for my face does not mess up the make-up. A spray for the face would be more comfortable. I heard some really goods things about the Lancaster sport spray. For my body, I like to use also La Roche Posay. The filters are very good and price-quality is excellent. Right now I am using a bottle of 2016 (dermatologists confirm that you can still use an old bottle) of Louis Widmer: an oil spray but this is so greasy. I hate it but I will now use it but never buy it again. My daughter whose skin is oily and acne prone also uses La Roche Posay.