If you asked me what my beauty bag staple would be, I'd be proclaiming my love for SPF before you’d even finished asking the question.
I've always been very protective of my body, slathering on the factor 30 on holiday, but it wasn’t until my early twenties that I truly started incorporating SPF into my everyday facial routine. Yes, even when i’m not leaving the house, SPF is a non-negotiable.
For context, my skin has been on a journey throughout the years. Hormonal imbalances as a teen resulted in acne and trying every product under the sun to clear and cover my very unhappy skin. Holidays would always be tough on my complexion, with the combination of plane air and greasy sun creams resulting in even more acne, leading me to shy away from facial SPF altogether. I know, I know.
So as an adult who’s been through multiple skincare treatments to get my skin to where it is now, why wouldn’t I do everything I can to ensure my skin is as happy and as healthy as possible? That’s where SPF comes in. To be worthy of a place in my beauty bag, an SPF now has to be high-factor, lightweight, sit under make-up easily, and if there’s added skin-loving ingredients that's a bonus... I don't ask for much, do I?
Enter: Glow Recipe’s new Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF50. I’ve been wearing this every day for the last month, and it really is impressive. Read on to find out exactly what I thought...
What’s so good about the new formula?
Promising ‘sunscreen meets skincare’, Glow Recipe’s latest formula in their popular watermelon range is full of skin-loving ingredients and extracts that would make your basic SPF seriously jealous. It includes niacinamide, which is perfect for oilier, acne-prone types, along with hyaluronic acid and aloe for added hydration.
One thing I will flag is that it has a very strong smell, which if you’ve used anything else from Glow Recipe’s Watermelon range, you’ll recognise. The smell doesn't really phase me, as I quite like a fruity-scented skin product; it does fade after around 15 minutes, but if you’re looking for something unscented, this won’t be for you. However, it is formulated with sensitive skin in mind, so the fragrance shouldn’t irritate those looking for something more gentle.
Despite expecting a more gel-like texture, the texture is actually quite thick and creamy. But it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and I haven’t noticed it clogging my pores or feeling greasy throughout the day, which is something I'm wary of with creamier formulas.
Should you use chemical or mineral sunscreen?
If you’re not sure which camp you fall into when it comes to mineral vs. chemical sunscreen, then this one is perfect as it sits in the middle as a hybrid. According to Glow Recipe, it’s made up of chemical filters (Homosalate 8.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 8.5%) which work like a sponge to absorb harmful rays, while a mineral filter (non-nano Zinc Oxide 12.5%) create a physical barrier to reflect, absorb and scatter UV light.
Add in the antioxidant-rich and hydrating ingredients and this SPF provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a blendable application for all skin tones and types, with no white cast. Pretty impressive, right?
How does it feel on the skin?
The formula glides on smoothly, and blends well with fingertips, leaving no white cast (a win for melanin-rich skin) and with a sweet smell of watermelon that dissipates after about 15 minutes. It layers well under makeup, with no piling and does really give the skin a fresh-looking glow. I’d confidently wear this alone in the summer months, alongside a little concealer for that perfect barely-there look, all while knowing my skin is hydrated and protected.
It dries down really nicely, without leaving a tacky finish and without being noticeable on the skin.
My final thoughts on the new Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF50
At £31 for 50ml, this is definitely on the pricier side. I’d probably go through this too quickly to reach for it on a week-long holiday abroad, but for day-to-day wear, it ticks all the right boxes. If you enjoy investing a little more in products that have skincare benefits, you’ll want to add this one to your skincare shelf, stat. Plus, the packaging is to die for. Cue the beachside IG picture…
SPF 50, with broad spectrum protection
Glow-y finish with added skincare benefits
Sits well under makeup
No white cast
On the pricier side for 50ml
It's a thicker formula than others i’ve tried
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