SPF Battle: Chanel Vs. SkinMedica

chanel spf essentiel beauty blogHere’s the thing about SPF: You cannot be conservative with how much you use, because proper coverage is key. And if you’re spending upwards of $55 per ounce for your SPF, you’re probably going to be a bit stingy when applying it. So I’m not a huge fan of pricey sun protection in general. But I was intrigued by Chanel UV Essentiel, because Caroline Hirons raved about it in a recent video.

It just goes to show, once again, that what works for one person won’t necessarily work for you. This product has a lovely, silky texture. But on my oily skin, it leaves just a bit too much shine. If you have a drier or more mature skin, this might be just the luxury SPF you’re looking for. But make sure you don’t skimp when you apply it, or else you’re really wasting your money. (Go check it out in person first, and I think you’ll be surprised at how teeny a one-ounce bottle really is. This one will fit in the palm of your hand.)

skinmedica daily physical defense broad spectrum sunscreen spf 30My very favorite SPF is SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30+, which comes in at a reasonable price and leaves NO shine, white-cast, or other annoying residue. Every dermatologist I’ve spoken to has vouched for it, and it’s recommended for its effectiveness by the Skin Cancer Foundation. You really cannot go wrong with any SkinMedica product, and I point you toward this SPF without hesitation.

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