I’ve read many an article about the importance of using sunscreen every day, indoors or out, rain, shine, hurricane, what have you. And like me I’m sure you’ve read similar pieces and thought, “Yea that’s great. Now if you can find me one that doesn’t reek, make me feel like a grease ball, and doesn’t wreck my makeup I’ll totally listen. And oh yea. I need one that won’t make my credit card cry buckets of tears when I get to the cash register.”
Since I started using chemical exfoliation about a year ago (AHAs can make you more sensitive to sun) I’ve been on the lookout for a sunscreen that fits all these not unreasonable requirements. I could rant for days about how ridiculous it is that it took me so long to find something like this, but I’ll spare you.
For several years now, I’ve loved the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch and Silk Hydration SPF 30 sunscreens for the body. But I never felt they were quite right for my face. Well, someone on their product development team must have read my mind because as I walked the aisles of Rite Aid in July I got a little too excited when I saw the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration for Face Oil Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30.
This sunscreen dries to a matte feeling, natural looking finish which provides enough hydration that I don’t feel the need to use a separate moisturizer in the morning. I don’t know if that will change come winter but at least for the summer it works for me. Those with drier skins may feel differently. It also doesn’t impact my foundation’s staying power, nor do I feel the need to apply powder to get rid of any shininess when I go makeup free.
Anyone who has used the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch or Silk Hydration body sunscreens in the past knows they have a distinct smell that is light and airy and not too obtrusive. I’m afraid that’s about as descriptive as I can get because it is unlike any other scent I’ve ever smelled. But it is pleasant and the best part about it is it dissipates quickly and can only be noticed if your nose is up against the skin of someone wearing it. A special thank you to my boyfriend for indulging me in that experiment.
The one problem I’ve experienced with this sunscreen is a slight burning around my nose and upper lip, and occasionally my cheekbones. My guess is the stinging is due to the fact that it’s a chemical sunscreen but it is not painful, only mildly uncomfortable and it disappears quickly. For me it’s nothing I can’t deal with and I don’t find it causes any redness or lasting skin issue, but that’s up to you to decide if you want to deal with it.
All in all, for a sunscreen one can purchase in drug stores in the $10 dollar range (for 1.7 oz. of product no less!) I’m a fan and will be purchasing it again when it runs out.