Spring has sprung; every blogger has pretty much posted about their updated skincare routine and tailoring it to the warmer months.
Today’s post is going to be laughable considering that it’s pouring rain right now in Melbourne (and I can hear the familiar distant rumbling of the thunderclouds rolling in). But that’s Melbourne for you – the weather is as unpredictable as the coffee from a local barista is awesome. And I love every minute of it – Melbourne loves to keep you on your toes that way!
My post is probably going to be a short one: a reminder to use SPF as the days get longer and our sun exposure increases. So, here it is everyone: Don’t forget to use SPF! (There! Consider yourself told).
Honestly speaking though, my use of sunscreen was sketchy to say the least. In that I mean, I never used sunscreen until I moved to Australia. And even then, in the last 8 years, I would only use sunscreen when I remembered to do so. It’s only been in the last few months that I have taken a serious look into my SPF habits.
My main reasons for not using SPF were mainly because we never grew up with it in our routine. On top of that, SPF made my face look ghostly white and any base I put on top looked cakey and just didn’t sit right.
I’ve tried a lot of sunscreens across different brands. All had similar results – pale, ghostly and cakey. While it provided me with great sun protection, I needed something that worked under makeup too.
Natural Instinct is a recent discovery for me. I spotted it at Priceline back in June. The packaging caught my eye – the yellow packaging with the cute little sun on it was too pretty to miss.
There were three choices in the range – invisible, kids and tinted. I decided to go with the invisible one because the chances of the tinted version matching my skintone are quite slim. As there weren’t any testers in store, I didn’t want to take the chance.
SPF coverage: SPF 30
Smell: this product has the scent typical to sunscreens, but it’s not overpowering and doesn’t linger during the course of the day
Texture: at the start, the texture was quite smooth but over the months of use, I noticed that it started to get granular and balled up. It’s only later that a friend told me to shake the tube before using – this will help mix things up inside.
Sitting under makeup: it’s actually not too bad! It gives me the least amount of caking and doesn’t make me look too ghostly.
Made in Australia and free from nasties, this sunscreen is great for when you’re indoors in the office. For days spent outdoors (like at the beach), you definitely need a higher SPF coverage especially in Australia.
Do you use SPF? What brands are you using / do you recommend for darker skin tones so that they don’t look ashy or ghostly?