Friday 26 April 2013

Badger balm SPF 35 face stick

Finding a natural sunscreen that you like can be a struggle. Because they provide a physical barrier (they just sit on top of the skin and don't let the sun rays penetrate the layer of sunscreen, like clothes) the texture of most is not as light and airy as those of the chemical variety.

I do think that you need to try a few products and see which ones work for you, because even if you follow recommendations you might find that the texture of certain sunscreens is a deal breaker.

This is my third Badger balm face stick and I replace it every year (you should do that for all sunscreens as they do lose potency). It is what I use on my face whenever it is sunny, be it a shopping trip, a day on the beach or in the park.

They have redone their packaging slightly and rebranded it as a sport sunscreen since my last purchase. One other thing that changed is that the vitamin E that they use in this product is solely derived from sunflower (before it used to be from a mixture of sources).

For sun protection it has Non-nano uncoated zinc oxide 22.5%. The base formulae is:
*Olea Europaea (Organic Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Organic Cocoa) Butter, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea) Butter, and Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E).
* = Certified Organic

I like that it doesn't have a huge amount of ingredients as my skin can be super reactive, and with a long list, I can't figure out if it is a particular ingredient or simply too many things for my skin to cope with.

In the three years I have not once had a reaction to this product.

I like everything about but I can see that not everyone might, so I'll just give the brake down on the product with out telling you how much I love it (I mean I keep buying it over and over!)

OK so the packaging is pretty much your standard pritt stick. Light, the lid doesn't fall off, great for chucking in your bag.

Smells like shea and cocoa butter (I would say it is not an intense cocoa smell but you can detect it if you smelled cocoa butter before) and it does not have any essential oils or other perfumes added.

When the product is new it goes on really easily, I have noticed that after 6 months it feels a little more solid and less creamy. I try to warm it up before applying straight to my face when I notice it being more solid. Texture is thick when you initially apply, once rubbed in, it feels comfortable and after 30 minutes I don't feel it (well you might feel it if you are touching your face).

My application method is as follows: draw zebra stripes all over your face and tops of ears, rub it in with fingers.

This does have a whitening effect that is visibly reduced after being rubbed in. After half an hour it is even less noticeable.

Normal and oily skin types would not need a moisturiser with this, dry skin types might.

It is water resistant for up to 80 min. If your skin is susceptible to clogging just make sure to remove it properly once you are at home (I haven't experienced clogged pores because of it but better safe than sorry).

UVA rating is 4 stars out of 5 (this is the long term damage from the sun, premature ageing etc.). SPF is 35,  which means that if say you would normally burn after 10 min in the sun 10x35=350, theoretically you could stay in the sun without reapplying for 5 hours and 50 min. The recommendation however is to apply about every 2 hours, because people often spread sunscreen too thin.

 I don't really know how quickly I burn, I try to avoid it. If I am out all day in the sun I reapply about 2-3 hours and if I am working or shopping and am not going to be outside much I just apply in the morning without further top ups. This works for me as I haven't burned (use your judgement if you burn very easily you might need to use it more frequently, otherwise you can get away with less).

I use it for my whole face but you can have it as an addition to your normal sunscreen for areas like nose and tops of ears that are more susceptible to sunburn.

The best thing for me is that my skin looks pretty matt all day (I think it is because of zinc, as it can help with oil production and in general zinc is essential for healthy skin) despite it being hot and my skins tendencies towards oiliness.

The slight whitening effect seems to even out my skin tone so I am pretty happy to go make-up less. I have used bronzer on top of this before without problems (but I would give it a few minutes to sink in before using make-up).

Not sure how it would hold up when doing sports and sweating, but it does well in water just make sure you reapply once you are out.

I used to get it from Love Lula, this year had to purchase it from Amazon (couldn't find it anywhere else in UK).

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