Until fairly recently I didn’t tend to use much different on my face when it comes to sun protection, I’d just throw on whatever I used on my body, which isn’t the best for my skin as it can be acne prone and sensitive. I still tend to find that a lot of high spf face products are a bit rich and either leave me looking oily or makeup just won’t stick to them. I do still love the Ultrasun Face SPF30 that I started using a couple of years ago, but as I was going to Fuerteventura a couple of months ago and I am pale with skin that does not like the sun I wanted to try something with an even higher SPF.
I saw the Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid on the Boots website and thought I’d give it a go. It’s got an SPF of 50 and costs £15 for a 30ml bottle. It seems quite expensive, but this bottle has lasted me the past two months and it’s probably still got a month in it. It’s definitely lasting longer than I thought when I pulled it out of the box.
Speaking of the box, I have managed to lose it somewhere in the past couple of months. It’s a very shiny silver box with all the information on the product and the ingredients on it, but it’s not one I can see many people keeping as it’s not the best looking box and is definitely a bit of a fingerprint magnet.
The bottle itself is an unusual shape, it’s rectangular from the front but has a bit of a curve to the front and back. It’s got a shiny lid with a matte finish to the main body of the bottle and the bit at the top where the moisturiser comes from reminds me of something medical for some reason. The lid does stay on very well, there’s a sort of click when it finishes turning, but it’s also easy to open because of the shape, even with wet or oily hands. I have found that the top where the screw top is does seem to get a bit messy with the product, though it’s easy to just peel off when it dries it does look worse with the peach colour of the moisturiser.
I tend to find that a lot of sun protection products are quite thick and can leave a bit of a film on my skin when I apply them. This is definitely not thick, it feels closer to a serum than a cream, a very light moisturiser rather than a thick sun block. It’s also not bright white and it doesn’t smell of sun cream either. It does have a hint of something summery in there, maybe there’s something coconut I’m not sure, but mainly smells like a moisturiser to me.
It applies very easily and evenly and doesn’t take my rubbing to spread. It sinks in very quickly and does leave a slightly tacky surface for a bit, it reminds me of a few makeup primers, but that goes within five minutes. It does mean that it makes a good base for makeup if you want to use any on top, and it doesn’t just slip off or break the foundation down. You do have to make sure you shake it, as it can separate and you get an odd darker oily streak down one side of it, but the ball that’s inside helps and it only takes a few shakes to sort it.
I think that a lot of people have certain brands that they know will work for them or the ones that won’t. In the past Soap and Glory has been one of those where my skin seems to get on with it very well, so I wasn’t that surprised when I had no break outs with this. It does make my skin feel moisturised but not overly oily and I do feel a difference if I forget to use it or change to something else. It feels light on my skin but I don’t think that I have noticed any anti-aging benefits, maybe it’s doing it without me noticing.
It does say it’s got Instamatte oil control and I’d say it did seem to stop my skin from getting overly oily, or at least as oily as it normally would in the heat. It definitely isn’t a completely matte finish, as the name might make it seem, but it’s more a subtle sheen than the all out shine I would get in the sun.
As far as sun protection goes I found it worked really well. I did end up in the sun quite a bit on holiday, and surprisingly here in the UK it’s been sunny a few times since as well, and no signs of sun burn, not even a little bit pink. Definitely don’t rely on sun cream applied once, you need to keep reapplying it throughout the day, and don’t stay out in it too long, but there are times where you end up in the sun anyway so having a reliable sun cream is always useful.
One thing that surprised me is that I often find that I get prickly heat if I don’t get my skin used to the sun gradually and this somehow seemed to help prevent that. I have no idea how and it’s not something I’m going to say will definitely work for everyone if it’s an issue for you, just that it did for me. I know it helped as the one time that I was a bit late on re-applying my sun cream on my body I got prickly heat and it stopped at the point this started.
Overall I’m definitely impressed with this. It works well as a moisturiser, helps against the sun and is in a nice bottle that’s a great travel size. It says it works for all skin types and I can see that being true, I think the fact it’s so light means it won’t be too much for oily skin, but at the same time it seems to be enough for the driest patches on mine.
If you’re on the lookout for a high SPF face product and it’s in your budget then I’d recommend checking it out, it’s already in my basket for my next Boots order.
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