Ultrasun SPF30 review: The most lightweight SPF ever?

Acne-prone skin & facial SPF = a nightmare waiting to happen. I’ve tried so many well-known SPFs that have made my skin go from calm and clear to bumpy and inflamed within days. 

But that’s no excuse to skimp on SPF – which, arguably, is the most important skincare product of them all. With that said, I’ve been testing loads out and have found another great SPF for acne-prone skin: the Ultrasun Face SPF30.

UltraSun Face SPF30 review

Ultrasun Face Anti-Age SPF30 review

Summed up, the Ultrasun Face SPF30 is super lightweight and – even better – non-comedogenic, so doesn’t make me breakout. Plus, there’s none of that horrible suncream smell or stickiness. Winner.

It’s a little more spendy than some others, but I’d say it’s well worth it if you’ve got acne-prone skin like mine. If you’re keen to know more, I share my full Ultrasun Face SPF30 review below.

Key product benefits & claims

Product: Ultrasun Face SPF30

Key benefits & claims: Our Face SPF30 provides all-in-one skincare and sun protection to fight visible signs of ageing and restore lost moisture to the skin” – Ultrasun

Price: £11 for a 25ml tester, £17.60 for 50ml

The texture & consistency

This SPF is probably the most lightweight one I’ve tried; even lighter than the La Roche Posay Anthelios (which I also love). It’s quite thin – almost watery – on application and sinks into nothing.

It takes seconds to soak into the skin and leaves it feeling hydrated, but not tacky. Even better? There’s no greasiness or white case. This is why, despite the higher price tag, I’m definitely going to repurchase this one.

Here’s what the product looks like immediately after it’s dispensed vs what it’s like after lightly rubbing it in:

UltraSun Face SPF30 consistency texture
UltraSun Face SPF30 lightweight

The results

I purposely wore the Ultrasun Face Face Anti-Age SPF30 during one of the few UK heatwaves we get every year. I spent most of the day out in the garden (and our garden is a major suntrap) and didn’t burn whatsoever. I do feel that I had a bit of a golden glow afterwards; so I definitely tanned through a little.

I’ve seen a few reviews saying this SPF is mattifying, but I wouldn’t say so. It doesn’t make me look any less shiny/oily upon application – but unlike most SPFs, it didn’t make me look any oilier. For me, that’s a perfect balance.

Plus points? This works really well under makeup. It doesn’t pill or disturb my makeup at all, which I’ve found can often be the case with greasier SPFs.

The scent

Scent… what scent? Yep, if you’re sensitive to perfume/fragrance, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the Ultrasun SPF30 contains none of those. It’s fragrance-free and quite literally, smells like nothing.

The packaging

I got the mini 25ml tester tube, which was a standard plastic, white bottle with pink and blue branding/text on it. I wouldn’t say it was the most luxe packaging, but it did the job. I travelled with it and had no spillage – plus, I had no problems getting the product out of the bottle.

The larger (50ml) bottle comes in a plastic bottle with an airless pump dispenser, which Ultrasun claim ‘enables you to use 100% of the product inside and ensure that the product has a long shelf life of 24 months after first being opened so that the products can be used over two seasons!’.

UltraSun Face SPF30 review

The price

The UltraSun Face Anti-Age SPF30 is around £11 for a 25ml bottle or £17.60–22 for a full-sized 50ml bottle. Honestly, I’d recommend getting the 50ml as you get much more for your money and I highly doubt you will be disappointed with this one! Make sure to shop around – the prices vary widely as it’s often on offer! I’ve linked a few different product pages here, so you can see which is cheapest:

Good for, bad for…

This is one of few products that I’d say could work for almost every skin type!

It’s lightweight, with barely any stickiness or glow, so could be a good option as a daily moisturiser/SPF duo for oilier skin types – unless you’re looking for a super matte finish, as I wouldn’t say this is majorly mattifying.

Equally, it’s free from fragrance and nasty ingredients, so could be a good option for sensitive, drier skin types too, with a moisturiser underneath. Your skin is really unlikely to react to this one!

Even better, it’s non-comedogenic and won’t block pores, so makes a great daily SPF for acne-prone guys and gals like myself. It comes fully approved by me, and my skin often breaks out with other SPFs!

Ultrasun Face SPF30 ingredients

Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (Nano), Titanium Dioxide (Nano), Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Glycerin, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Acrylates Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Silica, C8-22 Alkyl Acrylates/Methacrylic Acid Crosspolymer, Squalane, Ectoin, Cocoglycerides, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Propyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Cetyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Diisopropyl Adipate, Ubiquinone.

UltraSun Face SPF30 packaging review

There’s loads of good stuff in this SPF, notably:

  • Ectoin protects the skin from stresses like UV irradiation and drynes.
  • S.O.D neutralises skin-damaging free radical activity stimulated by the sun.
  • Boron Nitride reduces fine lines and reduces the loss of moisture.
  • Glycerin pulls water from the air to keep the skin hydrated and minimise water loss.
  • Squalene locks in moisturise and softens the complexion.
  • Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract is a highly potent antioxidant that combats free radical damage.
  • Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is a form of vitamin C that fights free radicals that cause premature ageing

The result? You get SPF protection combined with loads of other skincare benefits to boot.


How to apply Ultrasun Face SPF30

In a rush in the mornings or not a skincare kinda guy/gal? Honestly, just wash your face in the shower and apply a dessert spoon-sized amount of UltraSun Face SPF30 all over your face and neck. It’s got SPF and skincare benefits in one, so you’re good to go!

If, like me, you love skincare, try this:

If it’s a particularly hot day or you’ve been sweating/swimming, make sure to reapply your SPF throughout the day.

UltraSun Face SPF30 25ml bottle

UltraSun Face SPF30: Spendy, but worth the money

The UltraSun Face SPF30 is more expensive than many other SPFs I’ve tried, but I can see why.

It’s probably the most lightweight SPF I’ve tried (sorry, Anthelios) and comes with loads of nourishing skincare extras to boot. It doesn’t pill under makeup, it doesn’t irritate my skin and it doesn’t break me out. And most importantly, it doesn’t come with that annoying sun cream smell, stickiness or white cast.

Summed up? I couldn’t think of anything I’d change about it. It’s a winner for acne-prone skin like mine and  I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

Looking for a cheaper alternative to the UltraSun Face SPF30? Try one of my other favourites:

  1. Cetaphil Daily Defence SPF50 (much richer)
  2. La Roche Posay Anthelios (still pretty lightweight)
  3. Revolution Skincare Moisture Boost SPF30 (great for oily skin!)

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