Reviewing Alpha H’s Moisturising SPF
Along with my permanent quest for the perfect fitting jeans and skin that shines bright like a diamond goes my search for an SPF that 1. Helps protect my freshly retinol/vitamin c/acid exposed skin, 2. Doesn’t break me out, and 3. Doesn’t make me so pale that I frighten children when I go out…
Oh and if it could not be so expensive that I’m tempted to use too little then that would be great too.
And so, in the name of science (ahem, product obsession), I’ve tried about 10 different SPFs over the last year, hoping to find one that ticks every box.
And while some have come pretty close (like Paula’s Choice Essential Glow Moisturiser SPF 30, £30 for 60 ml, Cult Beauty, and Dr Sam’s Flawless Daily Sunscreen, £29 for 50 ml, Dr Sam Bunting, which are pretty solid contenders), my hunt still hadn’t brought me to a product I’d re-buy without hesitation.
On the Skin
So having heard good things about the Alpha H’s Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ (from £18 for 30 ml, Cult Beauty), I thought I’d make that the next stop on my round the world tour of sun protection. But did it live up to what I’m looking for?
I’d love to say yes…partly because I like Alpha H, but mostly because I’d really just like to just find an SPF I love.
And this definitely does protect my skin and moisturise. That’s probably down to the vitamin E for antioxidant protection here, as well as glycerin to soften skin.
I’ve included the full list of ingredients at the bottom of this post.
But while it does also leave my skin white cast free and with a (I must say, delightful) glow, sadly this stings my eyes so badly if it gets anywhere near them that a few times I’ve just had to wash everything off and start again.
This was probably my fault not being careful enough about washing my hands between applying this and then blending my under eye concealer, but as someone who doesn’t particularly have sensitive eyes it just seems like quite a lot of hassle.
Having said that, other people may not find the same issue with this.
The other issue I have with this though is that for a product that says it’s suitable for all skin types- including oily and combination- and which claims to leave skin matte, I have definitely found this gives a real glow on my skin.
That’s not such a problem for me because I do love a glow, but I could see oilier types not loving this one.
Great for: Not leaving a white cast behind.
Not-so-great for: Sensitive eyes as I find this one stings a bit.
The full list of ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Homosalate, Octocrylene, Cyclomethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octyl Salicylate), Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol (Cetostearyl Alcohol), Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-40 Stearate, Silica, Triethanolamine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Dimethicone, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol (Vitamin B), Tocopherols (Mixed Tocopherols).