Living in Australia we are told time and time again about the importance of wearing a good SPF on a daily basis... but do we actually practice it? Since we are in the middle of summer it is a great time to start working a good SPF into your routine, and luckily Cancer Council have released a range of cosmetics with sun protection.
Cancer Council have had sold sunscreens and hats and sunglasses as long as I can remember (yep, I was that little kit at the beach with the dorky hat and sunglasses covered in sunscreen), but they have now released some every day friendly products. One thing that I like about the Cancer Council name is that you know you are getting a really good quality sunscreen with broad spectrum protection. I have seen a lot of articles about how some brands of sunscreens don't protect as well as others, but products from Cancer Council have always been well respected as leaders in the sun protection.
The range now includes base products like the SPF 30 Foundation which comes in three shades, a SPF 30 BB Creme that comes in two shades and a SPF 30 Face Moisturiser that comes in untinted and three tinted shades. I have tried the foundation in Beige, which is a great shade match for me, it is a very creamy feeling foundation that provides a light coverage to even out the skin tone. It would be a great product to throw on quickly if you were having a light makeup day or wanted to look a little more put together when running errands or exercising. The foundation is very moisturising so if you have oily skin you will definitely need to set this with a powder. I have also tried the face moisturiser in Light Beige which is a nice high protection moisturiser that doesn't provide much coverage but definitely takes away any white cast that a sunscreen or a moisturiser might give. I would even recommend this to men or women who want an all in one product that doesn't leave a white cast and evens out the skin tone slightly. Do note that these products don't have added fragrances so they do have a strong sunscreen scent, which I quite like because it reminds me of being a kid.
The range also includes some other convenient ways to include SPF30 into your daily routine like in an SPF30 Body Lotion, SPF 30 Hand Cream (I have been looking for a great hand cream that contains SPF for a while now), an SPF 30 Lip Gloss and also eight shades of SPF 30 Lipstick! I never even thought about needing SPF in a lipstick, but it actually makes a lot of sense! The shade that I have is Aztec Berry which is a shimmery sheer pink (see swatch below), which is a nice shade but not really something that I would reach for on a daily basis. I would love to see bold matte shades with SPF - that would be my jam!
There are also some great basics like the SPF 30 Face Day Wear Sunscreen, which is my personal favourite way to wear sunscreen on a daily basis as it is non greasy and sits nicely under foundation, and also Fragranced SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Sprays that allow you to reapply during the day without any hassle.
Overall I think incorporating a high SPF broad spectrum sunscreen into normal cosmetics is a great way to get people using sunscreen more often. I have been wearing a face sunscreen on a daily basis for years now, but I do neglect to wear SPF on my lips, hands, and on my body so seeing these products was a bit of an eye opener to me.
My personal favourite products in the range are the hand cream and body lotion because whenever I have tried to use body products that contain a high SPF they tend to stay very greasy and sticky and stick to clothing or furniture and I end up having to wash it off. These products were really creamy but acted like a normal hand cream/body lotion and didn't leave a greasy residue. They also had a really nice fresh skincare scent to them. I highly recommend trying them out!
Check out the products from the Cancer Council online shop.
Note: these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion