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I know that summer is wrapping up as we speak (err… type…) but sunscreen is so important year round. We are most aware of the sun’s rays when we are melting in the summer heat, but the UV damage can happen in the winter time, too.
That’s why I decided to go ahead and try the Skinfood Gold Kiwi Sun Cream for you guys and post my review. I did hesitate for a moment before deciding to schedule this because swimsuits and maxi dresses are being traded for scarfs and knee boots (at least for us in the Northern hemisphere!), but this is still an important and relevant product!
I wasn’t super excited to try this sun cream out, honestly, and I just don’t know why. I think it’s because I’m pretty picky about my facial sunscreens–They can’t be too dry or too oily, I don’t want a white cast, smell matters, etc. Buuut… anything for you guys! 😉
This sunscreen is formulated with gold kiwi extracts (yum!) to refresh the skin. Zinc oxide and titanium oxide act as the actual UV blockers to provide SPF 36 PA++. It does have added fragrances and ingredients so be sure to double check the ingredients list (in the link below) before use for any sensitivities or allergies.
I always come across people who are confused about when’s the best time to apply sunscreen during their regimen. I’ve found (and it seems to be the case for many others) that after moisturizing, but before makeup, is the easiest and most effective. I still haven’t figured out how to get around the reapplication over the makeup, though, so if you have some tips… do share!
Application is pretty nice. The sunscreen glides on easily and you don’t need much to cover your entire face (but be sure not to skimp!). It is slightly greasy for the first 5 minutes or so, but I found that if I wait (maybe brush my teeth, etc) and let it sink in more before applying my makeup, then it becomes more matte. One slight issue is that there is a very light white cast. This was a little surprising considering one specific selling point for this product is that it doesn’t leave a white cast. Regardless, I’m pretty pale myself, so it doesn’t show too much. If you’re darker toned, it would probably be more noticeable.
The smell is a big selling point for me, but may be a no-no for some. It does have a pretty strong fragrance. I describe it as a fruity and slight powder smell. Hubby says that it’s more like flowers and powder. Soo… at least we agree on one..? 😉 Either way, it’s a pleasant smell for me, but fairly strong at first. It does eventually fade, but it fades much slower than a lot of other products I’ve tried. So if you hate smells, then this may not be for you. If you like your stuff to smell delicious, well then come on down!
All in all, this was an okay sun screen. It did keep me from getting hyper-pigmentation while in the sun (a huge problem for me in the summer) and I also love the smell. But the cons–slight white cast, greasiness at first, and what seems to be a steeper price–turn me off of it. I feel like there’s better options out there to get you to slather protection on your face. I give Skinfood’s Gold Kiwi Sun Cream 2.5 pomegranates. I’m really disappointed as it’s probably the lowest rating for a Skinfood product so far. Whomp whomp.
What’s your go-to sunscreen for your face?
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