“A sunscreen several times a day keeps the big bad melanoma away” and Altruist sunscreen is what I currently use to keep the bad guy away.
Maybe it doesn’t exactly keep it away, but it definitely helps in reducing the risk of melanoma (fancy word for skin cancer). One myth you might have heard of is that people of color don’t need sunscreens. You’re utterly and totally wrong as I’ve read in many articles how melanated skin are at a higher risk of getting melanoma (mostly due to ignorance). I’m also living proof of how melanated skin CAN get sunburns and hasten aging.
Keeping this in mind, there are hundreds of sunscreens out there and it can be pretty overwhelming on which one to get. However, there are limited options of buying effective AND safe sunscreens here in Nigeria, considering white casts, affordability,, controversial ingredients, etc. I’m sure there are different options suited for everyone but I’m here to review my thoughts on the Altruist sunscreen.
DISCLAIMER: This is a personal opinion, I’m in no way a skincare expert. I just use products and review their effects on MY skin. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, this post might be more suited for you.
About Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50
The Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen is an affordable sunscreen brand developed by a bunch of dermatologists (hence the name I guess). They actually sell them in pairs and at an extremely cheap price too (about 8 pounds for the two bottles!). It’s sold on Amazon and that’s like 4000 Naira for TWO 100ml tubes of sunscreen, crazy right? However, shipping to Nigeria will definitely cost you so much that you’d rather buy one 100ml tube here for 4500 Naira (It’s okay to wish you weren’t living in Nigeria lol). It also comes in SPF30 and in 200ml tubes too. You can read all about it on their website.
Another sunscreen you can buy, if you’re not constrained by price, is the Black Girl sunscreen!! It’s apparently guaranteed to NOT give you that whit cast. I’d really love to try it out someday.
I discovered this sunscreen on an Instagram post by @theblackwriter after searching via hashtag #SunscreenForBlackSkin. She gave an encouraging review and I was joyed when I found out it cost 4500 Naira. This was good news because almost everyone I knew, used some Neutrogena sunscreen (from 6K upwards) and I just couldn’t bring myself to spend more than 5K Naira just yet.
So I got the SPF 50 from @honeyriccibeauty on Instagram and delivery would have cost more but I got it via a friend.
SideNote: Buy Better (@buybetterng) also sells for 4500 Naira but I think it’s currently sold out.
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I loved the tube, it felt so sleek and effortlessly minimal. That might sound cliché but the tube feels like a million bucks AND it looks great as a flatlay prop.
The product is indicated as fragrance free and I think its smell is just like any other sunscreen. I only started using sunscreens in 2018 so I don’t have experience with smells but maybe the smell is peculiar to just chemical sunscreens.
They apparently also give some proceeds from every purchase to support children with albinism in Africa. I examined the ingredients too and I noticed it had ceterayl alcohol in it (alcohols are a NO-NO) but it’s a fatty alcohol and those are the good kinds. It also has titanium dioxide and there are controversies around it but they say theirs is nano and so safe. No other ingredient triggered my danger alerts and that was a relief.
Thoughts After Use
I got a glimpse of what people might call “white cast” on my first application but that was only because I rubbed it in like my regular moisturizer. It needed more rubbing so you need to rub it in very well and the whitish feel will disappear. It also made me sweat at first but that was just like adding any other layer of skincare to my unaccommodating face. I also noticed that the tube content sometimes “settles” and when I try to use it, I get like a watery paste. As a result, I like to shake my tube first before opening it and that takes care of the water.
QUICK OBSERVATION: This could be peculiar to only people with oily skin but I’ve noticed that using moisturizers and then sunscreen always give your face some kind of shine. A lot of people mistake this as “glow” and I believe that’s incorrect. I like to think you only glow when your skin looks and feel like it’s healthy and thriving. So don’t go feeling like your work is done if you get the moisturizer + sunscreen shine.
I once tried to wear sunscreen without moisturizer and I discovered that wearing only sunscreens don’t exactly give you that shine. So it’s safe to say moisturizers contribute about 65% of that shine.
I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks now and I don’t believe my hijab tan has gotten worse. Hence, it’s safe to say that IT WORKS.
P.S I have no idea how I got rid of them before but I need to get rid of the sunburns I got during my recent sunscreen-less days. If you have any remedies, do let me know in the comment section. Thanks!
In conclusion, Altruist sunscreen is worth trying out. I’ll either continue to use this sunscreen or decide to try a mineral sunscreen also under 5K: Mineral sunscreens are deemed safer than their chemical colleagues.
SO that’s all I got for you!
HAVE YOU EVER USED THIS SUNSCREEN? I’d love to hear about your experience.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MY REVIEW? Would you consider purchasing it too?
Let me know in the comments, I might be able to help with that!
Till Next Time,