3 outdoors sunscreens reviewed – are you using the right one?

Written by Jenny Wu
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  1. Shaf says:

    Thanks for this! It’s so helpful. I live in the US, and do you think the LRP sunscreen I buy from their US website has a different formulation that the EU one that comes very recommended?

  2. Growing up as a very pale girl, I have always feared the Sun haha. For me, sunblock is nothing but a must and I will make sure to check these ones out. Great recommendations!
    i.b. | http://soundslikeidil.blogspot.com

  3. Lyndi says:

    This is a great round up, and lovely photos too!
    Sunscreen is so important but it can hard to find the exact right one for you.

    Hope you’re having a great start to summer!

  4. Brilliant review on all three sunscreens, Jenny! I love Biore sunscreens, they never seem to disappoint and always the most comfortable too.

    • Jenny says:

      I agree, Biore offers excellent value for their sunscreens, and they’re definitely some of the most comfortable I’ve tried too!

  5. shaira says:

    This is what I always forgot before I leave the house, applying sunscreen. I don’t even have one except for the primer that has SPF 15 that I usually use everyday. This blog post is a reminder that I should really buy already some sunscreen before I get my skin burnt! Thank you for the suggestions! I love this post! :)


  6. Yes to the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL! I’ve used it for years and it doesn’t disappoint. I’m ashamed to admit I’m using my kid’s babyganics sunscreen since we have so many bottles lol. Otherwise I am intrigued by the BeautyCounter brand and I hope my husband can bring back some Biore sunscreen on his next trip to Japan!

    • Jenny says:

      Lol no shame in using children’s sunscreen, especially since most of them are really gentle on the skin! Haven’t tried one by BeautyCounter yet but now I’m curious too!

  7. Sunscreen is a must! I used to use the La Roche Posay one and loved it!


  8. I am so bad when it comes to wearing sunscreen and I spend a lot of time outdoors. I needed to read this. Need to check out the Biore sunscreen. I am familiar with their brand. Thank you for sharing.


  9. So helpful Jenny, I now know what to look for beyond the label. I have been a long time user of Anthelios but i’m really curious about the Biore one! xx

  10. Amy Aed says:

    The Biore one sounds perfect for me, as I hate heavy sunscreen and I think one like this would work out to be ideal. I would definitely consider purchasing it for the summer.

    Have a great weekend :)
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

  11. I’m definitely not a fan of the heavy feeling sunscreens so I tend to use them in spray form and reapply often. Since last summer I’ve been swearing by Soleil Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 50. It gets the job done (no tanning, no burning) and doesn’t contain oxybenzone and octinoxate which I have concerns about. If I’m outdoors I tend to stay in the shade, wear hats and use an umbrella for the sun. Yes I am one of those people but it’s best to be as sun safe as possible right ;p

    • Jenny says:

      Will have to check out that sunscreen mist! I struggle a bit with mists because many still feel heavy on the skin, so I’m glad this one doesn’t. Also yes to shade and hats!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Zinc Oxide is such a good ingredient to have in sunscreen!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  13. Lisa Autumn says:

    Oh I love La Roche Posay for sunscreen!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  14. Elise says:

    ever since i managed to find THREE physical spf that i like, which is an achievement because the first spf that i like is a chemical spf and my first time experience with mineral spf didn’t start out good so now that i’ve found three that i like — apieu’s madecassoside sun cream, klairs blue sun lotion and etude house’s sunprise airy light — i’m curious about other mineral sunscreens in general. plus, people say that physical ones are better than chemical ones, especially for sensitive skin. that said, i’ve never tried the biore’s uv milk and now i’m curious! the first biore spf i tried was their aqua rich watery essence and though i love it, i’m scared the chemicals in it might clog my pores if i wear it every day. i’ll have to look at this physical version later though the octinoxate in it is making me fussy because i heard that octinoxate isn’t good for acne-prone and oily-sensitive skin

    everyone seems to rave about la roche posay’s spf a lot that i’m starting to feel like i probably should get a sample size of it. i’ve never tried any la roche posay because their price range and collection intimidate me a little but…. hmmmm guess i should start. please ignore this if you’ve done it but… how about a fully dedicated la roche posay review? i see that you’re a fan of their brand and seeing how i can’t seem to choose which moisturizer or spf i should use, a dedicated one-brand review might be helpful also because i love reading your reviews so i kinda wanna see it on your page heheh

    i don’t travel or go outdoor very much but i always, always go for spf 50 and at least PA++ because i want the safest, fullest protection. i really hate the idea of tanning and i burn quite easily too since i have rosacea (in fact, i don’t think i’ll tan. i’ll probably burn instead) so i always go for spf 50. i do make some exceptions though — for example, apieu’s and klairs’ are of spf 39 and 40 respectively but i love their formula so why not haha

    • Jenny says:

      Hmm, I haven’t heard of chemical filters clogging pores, it might be something else in the formula. Though typically chemical sunscreens are lighter and actually better for overall sun protection, because with physical filters the only UVA protection you have is from zinc oxide, which can feel heavy and give white cast if you use a super high amount. But if you’ve found physical ones that work for you and that you enjoy, that’s the most important thing!

      I haven’t used too many LRP products and half of what I used were small samples, so I’m not sure if I’ll be doing a brand review yet. I’m a big fan of their suncreen and Cicaplast baume B5, and already did a review on the latter :)

  15. I was actually planning on picking up the La Roche Posay Anthelios one for our summer trip, but you made me curious to try the Biore version too, for everyday use.
    I am faithful to my ISDIN Fotoprotect for every day, but every so often I feel the need to try something else. Skincare curiosity, you know?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Jenny says:

      I know what you mean! The ISDIN one is on my wishlist ever since you mentioned it, will have to see what the availability is like on ebay!

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