Male Order: John Allan's Face 15 SPF
On my flight back from France, there was a "situation" and I was assigned a window seat. Fine. Let's do it. Luckily it was the very bulkhead so leg room galore, and the nice French woman in the aisle was so petite I had no troubles crossing her to get to the aisle.
The great thing about this (and something I actually do miss about sitting in the window) is that you can gaze out into the earth below, watching as cities and villages get smaller and smaller and suddenly you have this incredible aerial view. Even amongst the clouds (when they lay right) is worth it. Usually I"m A.D.D about this, observe for a few seconds then go about my reading but for some reason, I dreamily stared out into the sky for what seemed like an hour. The sun was bright and hot and I know this because even through the thick glass, I could feel the heat strongly on my face. SPF on a plane? Yes, please.
One product I particularly became fond of is John Allan's Face 15.
John Allan is considered a "pioneer" of grooming as he's one of the first staple names familiarized in the male grooming market. His first full-service salon in 1988 became so popular he expanded to other locations and ultimately started a grooming care line so everyone outside his salons could get some JA love.
Though it's only SPF 15, it's better than nothing, especially where you're not at a great risk for sun damage. The active ingredients include octinoxate7.5%, octisalate 5%, and oxybenzone 2%, which is not a bad combo of UVA and UVB protection.
I was actually pleased to discover some botanicals. Aloe vera is one of the top ingredients as it soothes and moisturizes your skin. There's also Japanese green tea extract (antioxidant) and jojoba oil (one of the best moisturizing agents.. remember, this is not only an SPF but a moisturizer so you have two birds, one stone to mind). Tons of vitamins (A, C and E (double-y so with the jojoba, which is rich in vitamin E).
I'm actually impressed. It's quite scentless (if anything, it's a very crisp, clean scent with a subtle touch of green tea) and thankfully, no ridiculous fragrance.
I like gazing out the window with the sun directly on my face in a cold airplane, I decided. Let's hope grooming brands note this emerging trend: travel-size SPF please!
Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 2%
Water, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Glycerine, DEA Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Camellia Oleifera Extract (Japanese Green Tea), Jojoba Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Orange Oil, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Carbomer, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, DMDM Hydantoin, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Triethanolamine, Butylene Glycol