My goal for Spring 2009 was to finally find a face sunscreen that I loved. Something that worked well under makeup, was light enough for daily use and of course, did not cause a break out. Since I am allergic to glycerin, that later was easier said, than done. I’d estimate that over 90% of sunscreens I researched contained glycerin and other harmful (and unecessary) ingredients such as parabens.
In the coming weeks, Joycey Couture and I will be bringing you reviews of the best SPF products we could get our hands on. Joyce will be reviewing those that contain glycerin (since most of you lucky ducks aren’t allergic like I am) and I’ll be reviewing the first.
First on Bionic’s block, Hampton Sun Care’s SPF 15 Gel.
Hampton’s tagline is “Smart, serious sunbathing” which I quite like. They seem to realize that most women still enjoy their time inthe sun even though we know it’s not good for our skin. Their SPF products step in to protect our skin while we play in the sunshine.
The SPF 15 Gel is marketed for face and body, but after researching the ingredients, I realized it should be quite good under makeup. The formula contains dimethicone which is usually the primary ingredient in makeup primers. Hampton’s Gel did not disappoint. One spray pump into my palm and then I smoothed it over my face (I applied it over top of my normal moisturizer). My skin was smooth and completely ready for makeup application. It even helped hold my makeup in place during Florida humidity!
This sunscreen really impressed me. The scent is a bit floral and certainly not the common chemically smell (although I confess to love the ones scented like coconut). Hampton Sun SPF 15 Gel will be in my makeup case and purse all season. I finally feel that I’ve found my staple sunscreen!
Hampton’s SPF 15 Gel is $35 for a 4 ounce spray bottle. Available at HamptonSunCare.com (in the USA) or Saks Fifth Avenue (in Canada). I’ll have a few more reviews of Hampton Sun products soon, stay tuned!
Full ingredients list below…
Actives- Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Oxybenzone (3%).
Inactives- Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance, Sorbitan Olivate, Walnut Oil, Benzotriazoyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Aloe Oil, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Pyridoxine HCL (Vitamin B6), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Silica, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica.