Secret Weapon: Aesop Sage and Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream SPF 15

AESOP Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream SPF1Also on the subject of Aesop, I need to tell you about sunscreen. For a lot of you guys, freezing your butts off in sub-zero Northern Hemisphere temperatures you’ll be thinking “is she crazy? I need a radioactive heated slankie, not a lesson on sunscreen!”

But for my friends in the Southern hemisphere, this is the first of many, MANY lectures on the Evils of Going Out Without High Protection Sunscreen Every Day Because You Will End Up Either Dead From Skin Cancer And/Or Very Very Wrinkled. I can’t believe I haven’t trotted out this particular little soapbox yet as it’s a personal mission to make people wear sunscreen every day of their lives (alright, maybe not you lot with 10 inches of snow outside your window, but when the weather warrants it.)

And aiding me in this personal quest? Aesop Sage and Zinc sunscreen. This is my go-to every day sunscreen as it’s non-comodegenic so it doesn’t make you break out like a lot of cheaper supermarket products, and it has plant derived vitamins, including Vitamin E, and sage leaf and sandalwood extracts. Aesop are justly proud of their first moisturiser with sun protection, and it’s been many years in the making.

But the real winner for me? It’s matte, so it can go under makeup and not make you start your hot day looking like a greasy chip, requiring a truckload of powder to absorb all the oil. It is only a factor 15 but as you need to reapply at lunchtime anyway I’m quite happy with a factor of 15.

And for the rest of you, shivering under those slankies? I have a cold weather post for Winter Radiant skin coming up (and yes, definitely no sunscreen in sight).

11 Replies to “Secret Weapon: Aesop Sage and Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream SPF 15”

    1. Thank you for your encouragement – and oh, I will! This is just the beginning of my Sunscreen Harrassment Program (SHP for short). I’m a huge believer in protecting yourself from the sun – everyone in my family is always having skin cancers removed, so I know how important sunscreen can be.

  1. I would be very interested in the same, and also in ways of replenishing it when you’re wearing make-up. I wear a Skinceuticals factor 30 UVA/UVB sunscreen on my face, which has a high zinc content, and an extra green-tinted sunscreen on my nose because of rosacea. But I don’t reapply during the day, even though I know I should because I have never worked out how to do it without taking the make-up off. Can’t manage that at all so reapplying is a no-no. I have read that you can put powder sunscreen on top, but I would have thought that would cake up.

    I will give Aesop a go though – am intrigued by the fact that it is entirely matt.

    1. This is a great question, and one that is tricky to answer given that you’re using sunscreens that can’t go over makeup. For me I tend to wear very light makeup anyway so I just reapply at lunchtime and go over with a concealer or a light foundation (I’m alternating Bobbi Brown Skin and Myface Mymix foundation at the moment) for the areas that need it. If you didn’t want to go over your makeup and reapply, the best option would be a powder sunscreen, but I have never tried one of these so I’m afraid I can’t comment on them.

      Alternatively you could try a foundation that already has sunscreen in it (Laura Mercier’s are good for this), but it will mean reapplying at lunchtime if you want full sun protection again. Have you heard of any good powder sunscreens? I will put my ear to the ground and let you know if I find anything.

    1. It is ace, even though I’m sure the wearing of it feels a long way away with the weather at the mo. I am also loving their Parsley Seed range for something a little more seasonally appropriate for you.

    1. Thanks for this – that’s a great tip. I need to watch Lisa’s sunscreen video as I haven’t yet – that can be something to do during my holiday downtime!

  2. I just started using this wonderful moisturizer and the best thing about it is that it blends so well with my skin that I need not put on any amount of BB cream, etc to even out my skin. There is really something about the mixture of the cream that I can’t put my finger on but whatever it is, it looks great on my skin. I don’t think Aesop put enough marketing efforts into their products – I would never hv bought it off the shelves if not for a small sample that was given out and it took me half a year before I actually tried it. It wasn’t the packagaing, it was simply not much was known about the fantastic results one could achieve with their products.

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