Living in Dubai combined with a love for chemical exfoliants means I’m going through SPF’s like nobody’s business. I’ve tried so many but to be honest 9/10 have been a disappointment. Not Obaji! No no.
I hadn’t heard of this SPF or even knew that Obaji did SPF’s until a couple of months ago when out shopping. I’ve previously had facials using Obaji treatments and also have a couple of syrums at home, so I generally have a good experience with the brand to begin with. The Sun Shield SPF sun screen by Obaji quickly became a favourite, and, to be honest, any SPF that has a matte finish already has a head start in the favourites category in my opinion. I have 100’s of SPFs from drugstore to super high end but most of which take a long time to be absorbed or are just too super shiny which this absolutely doesn’t. It dries in seconds and will stay matte. That being said, I have to remember to not wear my usual dewy foundations (which would just cause a mess with a matte base and dewy foundation) so If I do decide to wear foundation on top, I would defo go for a matte finish liquid or a powder base.
I apply the sun screen as the last step in my skincare routine before applying any make up. The packaging is an easy, toothpaste-like tube which I’m happy with. I can dispense just the right amount of product, although admittedly as the packaging is opaque, you cannot see how much product you have used or there is left. Experts recommend to use about a tea spoon of product, to be honest I probably use just over half of this because although the product doesn’t leave me looking like a ghost, too much will make me look white which, when having yellow olive skin just makes me look unnatural!
Once on my face it does turn matte pretty quickly. I can spread it over my face but this needs to be done fast or in stages (which I prefer, working on each area of my face at a time) as once dry, its not going to budge. It means once you’ve mastered the application (go for it in stages) you’re ready to go, especially on no make up days. No more waiting around for the shine to disappear – whoop! Sun Shield contains a high defence SPF of 50 which of course means a high level of protection. Its Zinc-oxide based, protects against UVA and UVB rays and is totally PABA and fragrance free, as well as being non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic. I love these factors and just knowing that there’s no nasties, is matte and it just does the job. If you’re interested, an 85g tube currently sells for around $40 / AED 180 / £65. There aren’t many SPF’s out there that tick so many boxes for me, so for me its a clear winner and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s as fussy about SPFs!
Love, Anisha xox0