Best of the Best: Sun cream!

city beach
Beautiful City Beach in Western Australia on a hot day

As cliche as it sounds, January begs the mention of something “sun” related. Therefore, I bring you my highest rating sun care products ranging from creams to tints.

I’m sure by now most of you realise I am quite the sun care advocate. Tans are overrated, and by the time you’re 25 you can spot a sun-worshipper a mile away (no not from their tan but from their skin tone and texture).

Sure, I’ve had plenty of “tans” in my life, I do live in Australia after all. Last year when I came back from Thailand, everyone thought I’d been rolling in mud.

Thankfully my mum was always a Nazi with the sun cream application in my younger days as she grew up without any SPF and loathes her sun spots now (cheers Mum!). “I love your beautiful skin” she would say to me. “Please don’t ruin it by lying in the sun!” How cute!

During my teens I had very little interest in lying in the sun. I always got bored, and usually ended up acquiring a tan from some other outdoor activity instead, as most kids do.

It does still shock me to see how many people think tanning is completely harmless, “as long as you don’t get burnt,” or worse, “I want to get burnt so that it goes brown afterwards.”

Argh! *Face palm*

Particularly for Australians, if you are somehow still clueless as to how UV rays harms not only your skin, but your health too, then you are either mentally challenged or have been living under a rock your whole life.

Or, I guess, just don’t GAF. A common defense from people who I warn of the perils of baking, “I don’t care, I’m going to be wrinkly one day anyway!”

This is true, but I guarantee you will still regret not doing more to protect yourself when that time comes!

I’ll leave it up to you to decide which one fits. Rant over.

Now that I’ve finished lecturing everyone (hehe), I’ll move onto the important matters of which sun care products you can really trust.

modelco dry tough
Image: Google Images

ModelCo 50+ Tinted Sunscreen Dry Touch 

I bought this sunscreen by accident in the supermarket when I thought it was just regular sunscreen. Turns out it does the same thing, except it also leave you with a nice tint. I find the colour quite nice, though you may want to test it first inmcase it’s too dark! With SPF50+(which I didn’t even realised existed until recently but it seems to be a European thing…), you can’t really complain! Available in a face tint, too.

Image: Estee Lauder Australia

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess SPF30 for Face and Body 

I love the scent of this sunscreen! I realise it’s taboo to judge a product on it’s scent, so I stand guilty as charged! The scent is definitely a huge draw card for me. It also feels luxurious on your skin, leaving it soft minus the stickiness.

la rochay posay
Image: La Rochay-Posay International

La Roche-Posay Tinted Face Cream 50+

The French “pharmacie” brand La Roche-Posay is a hit with many international beauty junkies, and this tinted sunscreen is no exception! I love the light, fluid feel and sheer tint it provides for every day use. It also scored great reviews from notorious hard-ass Paula on due to it’s high UVA/UVB protection.

avene compact
Image: Avene USA

Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF50 Beige 

Another French pharmacie love! I used this compact awhile ago as I love cream to powder formulas! This compact is also praised for it’s very high UV protection, however, I found it to be great as a makeup base too. For some reason they state this shade is for “fair to very fair” skin tones, which is bizarre as the shade is really very medium!!! The only downside to the compact is the lack of variety for skin tones. The other option, Honey, is reportedly quite dark.

megan gale invisible zinceInvisible Zinc Face + Body Sunscreen UVA UVB

Zinc Oxide, which is the only active ingredient used in this sunscreen, protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA is notably responsible for wrinkling and premature ageing so this ingredient sounds like a winner to me! I love this line as it feels so nice on your skin and seems to still stay put while you sweat, unlike other brands which slide off with the slightest hint of moisture.

Honourable Mentions: 

  • Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25 – the only reason I didn’t include this favourite is because I have included it in previous posts. City Block always rates highly!
  • Wotnot 30+ Organic Sunscreen – aside from the organic, animal friendly, non-irritatant and UVA/UVB positives of my long-loved sunscreen, this cream feels beautiful on your skin and has the added bonus of a lovely glow look. It is quite sticky though – which I love – but if you are prone to oily skin you may find this one a bit on the gooey side.
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Sun Safe on Xmas Day!


So that wraps up my current sunscreen addictions for this season!

Let me know if I’ve missed any gems along the way!

Slip, slop, slap!

Mel xo











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