[unpaid/sample/prioradrelationship/affiliatelink] With the weather hotting up, I’m looking at SPFs that have been waiting in the wings since before lock down. Reading the papers on my iPad this morning, I noticed a lot of interest and commentary around Vitamin D and its place in supporting the immune system. I’m taking a Vitamin D supplement (sent to me by Gill at Victoria Health who has been strongly recommending Vitamin D supplements for some considerable time – it’s Better You DLux 3000 in case you’re interested HERE) but still support the skin absorption method of leaving your forearms bare and to the sun for 10 minutes daily. I expect, once the sun is out, we are exposed more than that any way, but once you’ve got your 10-15 minutes out of the way you can then SPF up to the hilt if you wish. I haven’t been wearing an SPF recently on my early morning dog walks so have caught the sun a little – I feel it’s a fair trade to be honest but that’s my personal view for my own face.

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Lotion SPF50

If you’re not wearing a base (I’m hardly ever – unless I have an IGTV to do) then The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Lotion SPF50 will do very nicely as a protector with a little bit of additional complexion support in the form of red algae and Vitamin C. I’ve looked at the reviews on the store web site and people aren’t loving it, I have to say. It’s the dilemma of getting a cream thick enough and durable enough to give exactly the SPF50 as promised vs a thinner and possibly less reliable version but one that is more like a skin care lotion than a traditional SPF. It is thicker than I expected with that slight skin resistance when applying but once on, it settles to a more gentle feel so you do need to give it a few minutes for the initial thickness to settle down, which it does. You can wear a base over it, but personally, I wouldn’t want the layering which is why I suggest that it’s ideal for bare skin which I expect a lot of us are sporting right now. I’ve also applied a layer to the tops of my hands which get a lot less attention than my face. My thoughts are that this is a belt and braces SPF50 – you get reliable, long lasting coverage that applies evenly and well but the pay back is that it’s not a ‘light as air’ formula. I didn’t notice any white cast although it looked a bit shiny til it settled. It’s £22 (60ml) HERE, non affiliate HERE.

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