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Sunscreen Showdown

February 5, 2016

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It's summer... and even though it may not feel like summer in Melbourne (damn you Melbourne being so stereotypical!) you need to find a good sunscreen that you can use on a daily basis. Here are the three sunscreens I currently have in my bathroom and my quick thoughts on the benefits of each.

All three of these sunscreens have SPF50+ with UVA and UVB protection (UVA helps prevent aging and UVB helps prevent burning).


Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+: This is the most expensive of the three retailing for around the $60 price mark in Australia for 50ml. This has a slight tint (which helps prevent the white cast that many sunscreens have) and it also has the added benefits of also being a moisturiser. This is a very thick formula and would suit people who have drier skin. It does leave your skin feeling soft and plump and doesn't break me out/cause any excessive oiliness but it may not suit people who don't like heavy products on their face. I am more inclined to reach for this product in the cooler months when I want sun protection with extra hydration.

Sunsense Daily Face Invisible Tint Lotion SPF50+: This is the cheapest of the three retailing for around $15 for 75ml at Priceline. This also has a tint to it which doesn't provide any coverage but prevents that white cast. This is a lot thinner than the Alpha-H sunscreen so it is a little more lightweight on the skin, but it doesn't have the same thick nourishing feel as the Alpha-H sunscreen. This also oil free and claims to have a matte finish. I have been wearing this foundation daily for months and I have had no issues with breaking out or excessive oiliness when using it.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Melt In Cream SPF 50+: This falls in the middle price wise and retails for around $28 for 50ml at Priceline. This is the thinnest in consistency and lightest feeling sunscreen of the three. The current one that I have is the normal version but it also comes in the tinted version if you wanted to avoid the white cast. La Roche-Posay specialise in products for sensitive skin, so if you want a basic, light weight sunscreen for sensitive skin then this is the one to get. This is probably the 3rd or 4th tube of this and it's my favourite sunscreen.

So in summary: Alpha-H for dry skin, Sunsense for an affordable sunscreen/for oily skin, La Roche-Posay for sensitive skin.

Note: this post contains a product that was sent to me as a press sample. My review is based 100% on my own opinion


  1. Aww, kitty paw! Thanks for the helpful roundup- I really need to try more LRP sunscreens and I recently got the new Tatcha sunscreen and can't wait to give it a go :)


  2. I think I got a dud Melt In cream as it was so thick and greasy. I'm currently loving and using the Mecca Superscreen, it feels amazing!! Love the little fur paw there!

    xo Kat @ Katness

  3. Awwwww kitty! I've been keen to try the Alpha-H sunscreen, but now that I've read that it's thick & possibly unsuitable for people who don't like heavy products on their face (that's me!), I'm thinking twice! I've been using Cetaphil's Suntivity Liposomal Spray (SPF30+) for a while now & I love it - it feels nice & light, not at all heavy on the face or body.

  4. The paw haha! I have been loving the Sun Sense Moisturising Face sunscreen but after reading this review I think I may need to pick up that La Roche Posay one :)

    Emma | Rosy Disposition


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