[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] This SPF from the Inkey List is doing the rounds on social media in a very positive light. I can see why. I think the word ‘dewy’ is key in this but for those of you who run a mile from dewy, it’s fine – I don’t find it any more dewy than any other. However, what is great about this product is how well it sits under make up.
Polyglutamic acid is a good skin hydrator so you might find that you don’t need moisturiser as suggested on the step roster on the bottom of the packet above. Although, I can’t say that I understand the hydrate step after cleansing if you’ve got moisturiser coming up. I read something interesting this morning about over-moisturising and I’m starting to think that it might rear its head as a mainstream talking point quite soon.
This does not have quite the same lightness in texture as some of the Korean and Japanese SPFs I’ve been trying recently but it’s near enough to be a comfort wear and the non-pilling is a huge bonus. I like the inclusion of squalane – never not pleasant in a face product and also the fact that it’s an SPF30 rather than 50. I still feel slightly wary of SPF50s unless absolutely necessary – how do you get any Vitamin D if you’re blocked from head to foot? Maybe I’m just being old-fashioned but I still prefer a warmer tone – helped along by self-tan. I don’t actively sunbathe any more but I’m erratic about SPF50 on my face every day.
On the inside of the box is a helpful explanation of SPF and I really like the way that it’s easily digestible and also that they’ve included how much to use – again, very helpful. The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid Sun Screen SPF30 is nicely priced too – I’m sending you to Look Fantastic where, instead of £14.99, it’s £11.99 HERE.
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How do you like this compared to the Mermaid sunscreen that you recommended a couple of months ago, Jane? I ended up buying it and I love it – it’s become my go-to daily face sunscreen. Is this a better product in your opinion? Thanks.
It’s slightly less weightless I would say – but fractionally.
Hi Jane, I was just thinking that perhaps the ‘hydrate’ stage means using a water-based product (and thus adding water to the skin) and then their ‘moisturise’ step would be focusing on adding oils to the skin (e.g. a moisturising cream with richer butters or oils in it).
I was mulling this topic over when reading the Omorovicza post, as I noticed the oil was recommended for ‘dehydrated’ skin types. I can see that a good oil could tangentially help dehydrated skin by strengthening the skin’s barrier, or locking in other products that contain water, but I think of oils generally as being better for dry skin (i.e. skin that is lacking moisture, not water).
Yes I think you’re right – but I also don’t think that anyone needs five steps! Oil will lock moisture but I think barrier strengthening, especially ‘help to strengthen barrier’ claims might be a distraction – I keep meaning to look into this properly but it’s a big subject and I never seem to have time.