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The search for the perfect sunscreen

September 23, 2009

California sunshine has its perks, but sunburn is not one of them. I pretty much spend my days hiding from the sun, which is quite difficult to master in sun-soaked Southern Cali.

The alternative to this exhausting game of hide and seek, however, is sunscreen.

To be perfectly honest, I am not a fan of the stuff. I don’t enjoy replacing my Philosophy Amazing Grace body lotion with a chalky white substance with a smell that evokes memories of crying children at a public pool.

Unfortunately, the inevitable sun exposure I constantly face has begun to take its toll on my porcelain skin.

So, I set out to find my perfect sunscreen. My requirements for sun protection are as follows:

  • I want sunscreen that protects and smells good. Just because I am desperate for sun protection that actually works to protect my pale, delicate skin, doesn’t mean I want to forgo any olfactory pleasures.
  • I want a sunblock that does not leave me chalky and whiter than I already am.
  • I need a sunscreen that actually delivers the SPF it advertises (many sunscreens deliver a much lower SPF than they claim)
  • I want to avoid carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals, whenever possible.
  • After a brief and unrelated detour at Dash–no, I did not see Khloe, Kim, or Kourtney–I took my hunt for the perfect sunscreen over to The Beauty Collection.

    I spent 45 minutes of slathering every lotion imaginable onto my arms, decolletage, ears, and any other spot not covered by clothing.

    Rilastil Sunscreen

    Rilastil Sunscreen

    As soon as I reached the Rilastil display, my search was over. Everything about their sun creme was right: The texture was not greasy, too thick or too thin; the scent is a light, delicate floral essence of something familiar to me that I can’t quite place; and the sun protection factor goes as high as SPF 50+ and are available in lotion or cream form.

    Since I sensed that my full-body slathering of Rilastil with the beauty supply store’s tester was not fully appreciated, I decided to go online to do a little research on the Italian skincare line. As it turns out, Rilastil, which was created in 1930 at a pharmacy in Milan, has grown into one of the most popular product lines in Europe. Die-hard fans of this brand include Padma Lakshmi, the uberchic design duo Dolce and Gabbana…and now me.

    I am officially lusting after the following Rilastil products:

  • Daily Care Make-up Removing Wipes
  • Intensive Face Regenerating Serum
  • Hydrotenseur Antiwrinkle Nourishing Cream
  • Dermosolare Very High Protection Cream SPF 50
  • Check out Rilastil’s suncare, skincare, and makeup products at a store near you or shop online at

    BATF’s West Coast Blogger

    3 thoughts on “The search for the perfect sunscreen

    1. shyema Post author

      Question though — is it heavy at all? I like sunscreens that feel light and not greasy (and won’t make me breakout)…my skin is sensitive and this sounds intriguing so just wanted to know :)

    2. melissa

      Nope. I like the cream because it is relatively grease-free. Its texture is thick, but it doesn’t sit on your skin or feel heavy. The lotion is lighter and equally good.

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