I’m going to admit something here…until this little beauty came into my life I never wore sunscreen. GASP! Yep, you read it right, never wore it. I’m now 31 and have obviously known about the dangers of sun exposure for a good long time but I just couldn’t stand the clogged sensation on my skin, not to mention how white (at first) and greasy (as the day wore on) it made me look. Sorry, not sorry but that combo made me rather go without. Which I did. Until Balance Me’s Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF25 entered my SPF-poor life. I’m sure there are those out there who would still nag at me for not wearing a “true” sunscreen, ie not one that is in a moisturiser but seeing as I’m only just getting used to the fact of wearing sunscreen, any sunscreen, let’s give me a break ok? I’m on the right path at least! As summer is right around the corner and with people wanting to find a new SPF product or change up their usual set, I thought I would add my two cents as well!
I received this product in the goodie bag from Balance Me’s April launch in Sweden and it was definitely one of the products I was quite eager to try out. I was really on the hunt for a moisturiser with SPF and this one did sound quite promising. That said, I wasn’t expecting miracles so with a quiet mind I started using it every day to see how my skin would fare. What can I say- my skin LOVES it! Do I need to struggle with massaging it in? No. Do I get white streaks here and there? No. Does it even my skin and skin tone? Yes. Does it leave my skin moisturised and dewy (mark, not oily!) for the whole day? Absolutely! Honestly, I can’t think of one negative thing to say about this product. I’ve also been out a lot in the sun and it definitely does its job there keeping me from getting a burn. In fact, it’s so good I’m hardly getting a tan!! If I had to wrack my brain to say anything negative it would be that the product applies better on moisturised skin, ie after your regular face oil or moisturiser. I tried omitting my face oil now that the weather is getting warmer and using the SPF as my only moisturising product and that’s when I noticed it doesn’t go on quite as smoothly. But not by much. Plus I felt my skin needed the extra face oil anyway so I went back to my regular routine of applying oil first and then the moisturiser. I also feel that it has helped clear and calm my skin and I think this would suit all skin types. Those with very oily skin types could possibly get away with just having this as their moisturiser.
Some of the goodness is attributed to Kukui seed oil which contains vitamins A, C & E; antioxidants that help protect the skin and prevent free-radical damage to the skin cells. This oil sinks in to the skin quickly as well without leaving it greasy (big plus!). Camellia seed oil can also be found in this product which is known for improving one’s complexion and enhancing radiance, softening wrinkles and age lines, reducing and healing scars and is also a natural antioxidant- all that in one little ingredient! And that was only a small list of the benefits of camellia seed oil. Abyssinian seed oil is present for its moisturising properties and is yet another ingredient that penetrates skin quickly without leaving a greasy residue. All these oils are your skin’s bouncers when it comes to turning away any oiliness AT THE DOOR. Boom. Do note that I can’t promise that this product will leave your skin matte (unless you have dry skin perhaps) but I can say that it won’t leave you looking like an oil slick. Dewy yes and for some that is equal to oiliness but I can only speak for myself here and my preferences.
It doesn’t have much of a scent which is great as I think most sunscreens have a weird smell that lingers, but not so with this gem. Again, this is a stellar product and I highly recommend it. I have yet to read many reviews of it which isn’t so strange as it’s a new formula and an upgrade from their previous SPF18. I can’t say anything about the latter as I never tried it but I did use the BB cream with SPF25 for a while and I felt that it left my skin a bit too oily, a concern that flew out the window with the Natural Protection Moisturiser. I don’t use a lot of makeup, just a highlighter on my cheekbones and a blush but these both go on great with the SPF as a base. I still have quite a lot of product left despite having used it everyday since April so it’s also great value for money. Honestly, is there nothing bad about this SPF??
If you haven’t tried anything from Balance Me before perhaps this is the product to get you on the BM bandwagon? I’m currently using their Rose Otto face oil as well (review to come!) and it works an absolute treat. With their “Balance Me promise of no parabens, sulphates, petroleum, mineral oils, silicones, DEA, PEGs, propylene glycol, artificial fragrances and colours”, you can rest assured that you are applying safe yet effective products on your skin. Their Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF25 is no exception. This is what they say about it: “Our new and improved anti-ageing daily moisturiser SPF25 with super plumping hyaluronic acid uses an innovative physical SPF to block out both UVA and UVB rays. A daily must-apply that sinks into the skin with ease, soothes and hydrates and can be used alone or as an extra layer of protection over your regular face cream to help keep the visible signs of ageing at bay”. Couldn’t have stated it better myself!
This super SPF product can be bought here, or for Swedish residents at my favourite Alice & White with free shipping. Let me know what sunscreens you use in the comments below! As a sunscreen newbie I could use any help and guidance in this area even if I am super happy with my current SPF. Here’s to happy days in the sun!
INCI: Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco Caprylate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-2-dipolyhydroxystearate, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Cellulose, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica (Abyssinian) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract***, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Maltodextrin, Rubus Fructicosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Leaf Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil*, Agonis Fragrans (Fragonia) Leaf Oil*, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geranial**, Citral*
*natural pure essential oils
**naturally occurring in essential oils
***certified organic ingredient
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