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Spring SPFs 2016: L'Occitane Reine Blanche Illuminating UV Shield

With sunny skies and warmer days finally here, there's no better time to embrace a mix of skin-saving SPF-enriched beauty products for the season ahead.


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18 April 2016

Light SPFs have long had a bad reputation. Known too often for what they do in addition to protecting your skin - clog the pores of acne sufferers and offer little moisture for dry skin - many people have shied away from them in favour of heavy sun creams or lighter primers. As an oily skin sufferer, I've always had a love/hate relationship with SPFs unless I'm on the beach. Too often they left my skin feeling greasy and shiny by lunchtime. However, too many well-meaning relatives and older ladies' recommendations about protecting my skin in my twenties lead me to more and more research about the variety of products on the market. It turns out that there are hundreds that offer all-day protection from UVA and UVB rays, all-the-while attending to the usual daily needs of various skin types.

For this week, I've tried and tested a variety of creams and lotions with SPF built in. Here’s LUXOS's guide to the top SPF cosmetics and creams to shield your delicate skin from those vicious UV rays this spring.

LUXOS-LOccitane-Blance-Illuminating-UV-ShieldL'Occitane Reine Blanche Illuminating UV Shield

The L'Occitane Reine Blanche range contains four products, foaming cleanser, whitening cream, whitening serum and illuminating UV shield. It's the UV shield that really takes presedence over the rest. More than just a pretty bottle, although the tiny packaging is perfect if you're travelling without checked baggage, Reine des Prés is a pure white flower known for its lightening properties: the flower is illuminating its petals over time. Interestingly this flower is also known for boosting luminosity and helping epidermal renewal. It was also specially designed for pale, sensitive skins so when used before heading out each day offers 12-hour protection.