What I Use for Cruelty Free Sun Protection

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Good sun cream was one of the hardest things to find after I went cruelty free.  Most brand name stuff that is cruelty free is also really expensive compared to what I'm used to, and I'm just not willing to spend that much money on a small bottle of sun block when I hate wearing sun block anyway.  Thankfully, I found a few things that work for me, and no animals were harmed in making them!

For the body, my go-to product is Superdrug's own brand sun care range, Solait.  Specifically, I use the Solait Sensitive Lotion SPF50, which also offers 5 star UVA protection.  As far as sunscreens go, I can't really complain.  It's pretty thick and it does leave a bit of a white cast on the skin (my tattoos look so faded when I have this on!) as well as giving the skin that usual heavy feeling that sun cream can give, but it hasn't irritated my skin at all and hasn't made me feel quite as suffocated as some sun protection can make me feel - I've had mild rashes and weird breakouts on holidays before from smothering myself in sun creams for days on end and I haven't had that problem with this.  When these are on offer, they're pretty affordable - they're usually £9.99 (which I think is extortionate for something that's literally important for your health during summer months) but are often half price, 3 for 2 and other offers.

Solait also has a tanning range, a 'normal' skin range, and an after-sun range that I'd quite like to try.  One of the after-sun products even has insect repellent in it, which I am definitely going to buy next time we go abroad!  They also do face products, which again have 5 star UVA protection, and I've been using the Solait Fluid SPF50 on days where I know my face is going to be exposed to sun for long periods of time.  It claims to be anti-aging, water resistant and mattifying and honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by this!  I always hate having to apply sun protection to my face because of how it instantly clogs my pores and greases me the hell up and I had my fears with this being so cheap, but those worries were unfounded.  It goes on like a dream and although it does feel heavier than I'm used to on my face, I tend to eventually just forget it's even there.  I have pretty sensitive skin and it's been especially temperamental this year, so the fact that this hasn't broken me out and made my blackheads go nuts speaks volumes.  These are £3.49 for a small bottle normally, but again, Superdrug's offers are amazing and I got mine for a bargain £1 a while back!

The final sun protection product in my rotation is Soap & Glory's Make Yourself Youthful™ Sunshield Superfluid™.  This is more on the pricey side at £10.50 for a small bottle, but this face sun protection is pretty great too!  I was surprised to find that I actually think this is a little heavier on the skin than the Superdrug one so I do tend to favour that one now, but the Soap & Glory one is still a great option and one that served me well on holiday last year.  It's a pretty cute little bottle too, and one that I've fit easily into my handbags on many occasions to top up throughout the day.  I'm pleased that not only are there more facial sun screens available, but more SPF50 ones too (pale girls, holla~).

Do you have any cruelty free sun protection suggestions?


  1. I might give the fluid a go as I hate putting sun lotion on my face (same problem with blocked pores)


    1. It definitely beats slathering your face with normal sun cream!

  2. I didn't know Solait was cruelty free! Damn! Thank you for sharing :D

    1. I was skeptical of them too until I realised it was just Superdrug under another name! They have the Leaping Bunny logo and everything. :) You're very welcome!


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