Sunscreen 101: Skinceuticals with Mexoryl SX

If you’ve been reading Temptalia for a little while, you’ll know that we are strong advocates of preventing aging by using sunscreen everyday and everywhere. And not every sunscreen is made equal. Make sure you get introduced to sunscreen and learning about what ingredients and things to look for in your ideal sunscreen. You can also check out our Sunscreen 101 series.

Skinceutical’s Active UV Defense Sunscreen Cream SPF 15 ($29.00) uses 3% Mexoryl SX as one of three active sunscreen ingredients, which is proven to have good protection against short UVA. It then has 2% Avobenzone, which protects against long-wave UVA. To protect you against the UVB spectrum, it contains 10% Octocrylene, which stabilizes the Avobenzone. (Yes, sunscreen is actually much more complicated than you thought!)  This sunscreen is meant for face, so you’ll want something else for your body (and with the size of the tube, you’ll probably realize it’s not meant for body), but I would recommend using it on your neck and decolletage area, too.

While it is only SPF 15, it is also water and sweat-resistant, comes in a fragrance-free formula, and it is lightweight. Ideally, you should apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before you head out into the sun, and you should re-apply every two hours or more often, depending on your skin type.

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Exuviance CoverBlend, Evening Restorative Complex, and Vespera Bionic Serum

EXUVIANCE is a brand I was recently able to check out, and one of my favorite products amongst the three I tried was their CoverBlend, which is a “concealing treatment makeup” that has SPF20 and is designed to really hide any skin imperfections from tone to ine lines. It is a smudge-resistant cream that lasts throughout the day. It is also water-resistant and non-creasing, which makes it great for even oilier skin types.

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Suki – Complexion Brightening Cream Review

Suki Complexion Brightening Cream ($45.50) is an intensive face cream that brightens, moisturizes, and reduces puffiness. It contains time-released vitamin C as its primary antioxidant that works to stimulate collagen production, increase skin elasticity, and suppress sun damage. It contains pure rose wax to help hydrate along with shea butter, and it also reduces puffiness. This brightening cream is meant to brighten complexion, including dark circles and sun spots. The cream has a light herbal scent that’s pleasing (not one of those organic products that smells like a compost heap!), so you feel like you’re using something fresh and clean on your face.

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Anti Aging for Eyes – Avon Ultimate Contouring Eye System

Avon Anew Ultimate Contouring Eye System ($30.00)

You know what I like, I like an anti-aging product that takes the guesswork out of your skincare routine. There is nothing like a product that commits itself to either AM, PM, or both. Of course, skincare gurus can identify when products should be used, but let’s face it–skincare is a vast world that is confusing and ever-changing for the rest of us (which includes me).

This is a nifty system is actually two products stacked on top of each other. The top piece is the Concentrated Elixir that is kind of like a serum (in its marketing for intensity as well as texture), and it is to be used at night on under eye area, over the Intensive Repair Cream. When you unscrew the Concentrated Elixir, it reveals the Intensive Repair Cream, which is to be used both AM and PM.

I couldn’t speak much to the results, as I am still blessed with youthful skin, so I don’t have much to go off of. I did notice that my eyes felt a little uplifted/lighter. I do think that this product will be better for those in the 30s than those in the late 40s and 50s, because it is likely to have better results on newly created fine lines and superficial lines than defined wrinkles.

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Sunscreen 101: SPF 30 & Higher with Moisturizer

SPF30+ with moisturizer | These are products that have SPF 30 or higher and are also meant to hydrate the skin (so a two-in-one product).

philosophy ‘shelter’ tinted spf 30 sunblock ($20.00) contains:

  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Octisalate 5.0% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 5.0% (s-UVA)
  • Titanium Dioxide 1.2% (UVB/UVA)*

Lancôme Sôleil Ultra Expert Sun Care Face Cream SPF 50 ($31.50) contains:

  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Octisalate 5.0% (UVB)
  • Octocrylene 7.0% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 6.0% (s-UVA)
  • Titanium Dioxide 5.81% (UVB/UVA)*

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Moisture Lotion – SPF 30 ($42.00) contains:

  • Octyl Methoxycinnamate (UVB)
  • Avobenzone (UVA)
  • Octyl Salicylate (UVB)
  • Benzophenone-3 (s-UVA)

Laura Gellar Moisture Compound SPF 30 ($25.00) contains:

  • Avobenzone 3% (UVA)
  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Octisalate 5% (UVB)

Dermalogica Extra Rich Faceblock spf30 ($48.00) contains:

  • Homosalate 6.5% (UVB)
  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Octisalate 5.0% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 4.0% (s-UVA)
  • Zinc Oxide 2.3% (UVA)

* Titanium dioxide is only shown to protect up to 385nm for UVA, while the range for damage is up to 400nm. Industry standard considers it to still be a broad spectrum UVA ingredient, but we wanted to note this so you can decide for yourself.

Make sure you check out our introduction to sunscreen here. These products are typically available at or

Sunscreen 101: SPF 30 & Higher

SPF30+ | These are products currently available that offer SPF 30 or higher but do not fall into the category of water-resistant or moisturizing (at least not marketed as such).

Prescriptives ‘All-Weather Friend’ Daily Sun Protection SPF 40 ($26.50) contains:

  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Titanium dioxide 5.0% (UVB/UVA)*

Elemis ‘Liquid Layer’ Sunblock SPF 30 ($39.00) contains:

  • Titanium dioxide 7.0% (UVB/UVA)*

Osmotics Age Prevention Protection Extreme SPF 40 ($45.00) contains:

  • Zinc Oxide (UVA)
  • Octinoxate (UVB)
  • Octisalate (UVB)

Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40 ($16.50) contains:

  • Titanium dioxide 6.0% (UVB/s-UVA)*
  • Zinc Oxide 8.0% (UVA)

Clarins UV Plus ($39.00) contains:

  • Titanium dioxide (UVB/UVA)*

Dermalogica solar defense booster spf30 ($43.00) contains:

  • Avobenzone 3.0% (UVA)
  • Octinoxate 7.5% (UVB)
  • Octisalate 5.0% (UVB)
  • Oxybenzone 5.0% (s-UVA)

* Titanium dioxide covers the UVA spectrum up to 385nm, but the UVA range that is damaging goes up to 400nm; industry standard considers it to still be a broad spectrum coverage, but we wanted to note it here so you can decide.

Make sure you check out our introduction to sunscreen here. These products are typically available at or