spf perfection?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

So, fun times, I'm trying a new product to clear up some of the hyperpigmentation on my cheeks. Not so fun, using it pretty much requires me to apply SPF daily. Which I should be doing anyway because of the CANCER and WRINKLES but I'm a maverick and sometime like to go out with just foundation.

I'd tried Kiehl's Super Fluid a few times (yay for generous samples!) but after my last facial I wandered into CVS, happened up their Vichy counter and found something wonderous - a cheaper dupe!

broad spectrum protection UVB + UVA, SPF 50
1.7 fl. oz, $17-$25 (depends on where you buy it)

UVA/UVB Protection, SPF 50+
1.7 fl. oz, $38

I tested the sample in-store and marveled at how closely it resembled the Kiehl's I remembered from last summer. Plus when I got home and compared the two, their texture and ingredient list were practically the same:

Out of the package:

Active Ingredients -
Avobenzone 3%
Homosalate 10%
Octisalate 5%
Octocrylene 5%
Oxybenzone 6%

Active Ingredients -
Avobezone 3%
Homosalate 15%
Octisaslate  5%
Octocrylene 5%
Oxybenzone 6%

Application for both products is great, they apply smooth, soak in quickly, and don't appear to make me more oily by the end of the day. If you're brand loyal hey, go with what works for you, but I'm liking the Vichy enough to make it a part of my regular routine!

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