The arrival of summer is marked with a shopping spree. This year I was met with a compulsion to explore the sun care market; a sunscreen for my dark complexion was at the heart of my quest. Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), my options were limited as most sunscreens are creams tinted white, formulated to leave a stubborn cast on anyone who is not fair. However, my pursuit also revealed dark skin-friendly sunscreens are usually in the form of a gel or an invisible liquid often packaged in a spray bottle. The limitation is annoying but understandable, as many of us tend to disregard sunscreen. We ignorantly believe we cannot burn as we have a natural SPF of 15. This is a toxic misconception as we can burn and the sun does not favour us at all!
If you desire a flawless complexion, you will often find yourself in a battle with hyperpigmentation. Sun exposure and hyperpigmentation go hand in hand so sunscreen is a must have. My personal battle with hyperpigmentation opened my eyes to the importance of sun care. SunSense SPF50 Sport Gel is simply the worst product I have ever used! This is no exaggeration. I purchased the 125ml bottle via Amazon for £15.99 (I have since returned it). Good or bad, SunSense SPF50 Sport Gel is pretty expensive. The solution is a yellow cloudy gel. It only applies clear if you have nothing on your skin. The slightest amount of natural or foreign oils will change the gel to a white cream, impossible to rub in. I experienced this every time I attempted to moisturise my skin prior to as well as after using SunSense SPF50 Sport Gel.
Although “fragrance free” is a guarantee, SunSense SPF50 Sport Gel smells like an array of chemicals. Alcohol is listed as the first ingredient, which you can most definitely feel as well as smell. Creating an unforgettable burning sensation, SunSense SPF50 Sport Gel irritated my eyes, regardless of were it was applied. SunSense SPF50 Sport Gel is also oily as well as tacky; this is not a dry formula. To hastily summarise, I can only suggest you avoid this discomfort in a bottle.
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