PS, Mireckca...the ingredients you want to look for in a sunscreen are
These ingredients stabilize the chemicals so that they don't break down. You could go for a strictly physical sunscreen like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide but they tend to be rather whitish and leave a strange cast on the skin....not very cosmetically elegant, esp if you are going to be applying makeup over it.
In addition to UVB protection (SPF), we have to consider UVA protection (PPD). PPD is a European rating system. I don't understand it, so I rely on others' advice that Avene Emulsion has a high SPF and PPD rating.
I believe Lancome uses Mexoryl, and Avene uses Tinosorb (in the orange tube version). So if you are looking for a sunscreen, these would be the things to look for, IMO.
This is about all I know about sunscreens. I can show you the science about Tinosorb, if you give me a little while to look it up. CIBA makes it, so prob the studies came from them...
HTH! And, you are an optimist looking forward to sunshine in Canada in March!!!
AvÃ¨ne Emulsion Ultra High Protection for Sensitive Skin
SPF 50+ (PPD-UVA 20) 50 ml.
NOTE: The photo is of the old formula. I only carry the NEW ultra-fluide formulas!
Now with ULTRA FLUIDE TEXTURE and PARABEN-FREE! (Note: New French regulations prohibits sunscreens from being labeled as more than SPF 50+. That actual tested SPF of this sunscreen is 60.)
This wonderfully elegant, light and photostable sunscreen is Avobenzone free, which makes it perfect for those with sensitive skin or for anyone who wears mineral makeup or any other foundation containing titanium or zinc oxide as active ingredients. (This is because minerals can deactivate Avobenzone.)
In addition to Tinosorb M + S. Tinosorb, Avene Emulsion also contains a new generation of "MPI-SORB" and Pre-Tocopheryl Anti-Free Radical protection. Moreover, Avene Emulsion is light and cosmetically elegant. It is non-greasy and absorbs rapidly, drying to a soft-matte finish. It fact, it feels like a regular moisturizer. It is non-comedongenic and recommended by the manufacturer as suitable for oily skin. All skin types will love its finish, though. (more)
NOTE: Avene guarantees that PPD protection is at LEAST equal to 1/3 of the SPF factor (i.e., SPF 60 would provide a PPD of 20)
50 ml $34.95