Facial sunscreen at its best – Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant review

In the previous post we looked at sun cream and the surprising fact that it takes around two to three tablespoons of sun screen to cover your whole body. For your face you need around a quarter of a teaspoon of sun screen for it to be effective, which looks like this:


how much sun screen for your face


So this is why, even if your foundation or BB cream contains SPF, that’s not enough to protect your skin from the risk of skin cancer or premature ageing. Because when did you ever put that much base on your face?

I prefer to use a specialist facial sun cream when I’m wearing it with other skincare and make up as it just seems to sit better that way. Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying out the Jan Marini Antioxidant Face Protectant.

The manufacturers say:

Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30 combines a cutting edge microscopic sponge encapsulation system, state-of-the-art sun protection, and a Phytomelanin plant extract that mimics human melanin and provides further UV and antioxidant protection. Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30 ensures continuous coverage for daily or extended exposure conditions with a broad spectrum SPF 30 rating. This non-greasy protectant gives facial skin a soft, silky, conditioner effect as it aids in increasing and sustaining moisture content for all skin types.

It’s also paraben-free and water resistant for around 80 minutes, so it will protect you when you’re swimming, but not indefinitely. The antioxidants work to protect your skin from free radicals such as pollution and smoke and just day to day city grime.

As you can see from the photo, it comes out of the tube pale yellow and very smooth. It’s got a light tropical fragrance, like a Pina Colada on the beach kind of smell. The recommendation is to apply it 15 minutes before sun exposure. The light and non-greasy formula melts invisibly into the skin without leaving a white cast or too much shininess. So you can wear it in conjunction with your regular make up and it won’t make you look oily or caked in product.

US brand Jan Marini Skin Research isn’t the cheapest of brands but it is known for great skincare. I’ve used and reviewed several Jan Marini products now and always found them to be of consistently high quality, so much so that I keep going back to them even when the review process is over. I’ll definitely keep using this one. It just disappears into the skin and gets to work protecting you from sun and air damage.


Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant


Product details:

Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant RRP £51 for 57g/2oz, currently reduced to £43 at Dermacare Direct

What kind of sun cream do you use on your face? Do you use the full quarter teaspoon? Leave a comment below


*PR Sample


Ps Our Jan Marini Exfoliator Giveaway is still open, take a look here to enter

  • I’ve not tried anything from Jan Marini but this looks great – thanks for sharing x

    • It’s worth looking at my other reviews if you’re interested in the brand Stephanie. They do a lot of innovative and effective stuff. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

  • Gemma S

    oh this looks fab. I use a mac primer with factor 50 at the moment

    • Wow Factor 50, that sounds pretty good. I didn’t know Mac did that, must seek it out.

  • I looked for exactly this today in Boots – a face cream with a high SPF and they’re hard to come by even in there. I think just as high a SPF in hand creams is as important as we don’t want any tell tale age spots on those either! Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Oops. Just read the other post and glad to see you pointed out BACKS OF THE HANDS LADIES! You’re a star, thank you :))

      • If you’re looking in Boots Anya check out the La Roche-Posay Anthelios range because that’s pretty good too. And definitely enter my hand cream giveaway because the prize has pretty good SPF.

  • Clairejustineo

    This looks great, I need to invest in a good face protector 🙂

    • I think it’s very wise to look on it as an investment. Obviously it’s a a lot more expensive than body sun cream but ultimately it’s your face, it deserves looking after.