Sayonara, Sunspots :: A Sunscreen Review

24 Jul 2017




Ah, clear blue skies, bright sun, the lovely outdoors. To most, it’s the encapsulation of a beautiful perfect day. But… it can also be a nightmare, especially if you’ve skipped using sunscreen. It’s so important to use sunscreen daily and here’s reviewing the collection I’ve got.

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We know sunscreen is an everyday MUST, but at the same time it’s so easy to forget putting it on. I know I’m not alone in this. I believe the majority of people who don’t like putting on sunscreen and end up ignoring it altogether are put off by the greasy texture. I can totally relate to this aversion. Like, it’s already humid and muggy out, perspiration levels are hitting the roof, the last thing we want is a layer of slippery grease that clings onto our already-clammy skin. Ick!

But there’s no other way around this. Human skin is the largest organ in our body and also the most exposed. As much as some days I want to skip putting it on, I know it’s a bad idea. So in order to make this experience more enjoyable, I’ve been on the lookout for different sunscreens and putting them to the test.

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My number 1 criteria for a sunscreen is the SPF value and I always go for SPF50++. My second criteria is tinted coverage because I like double-duty products; it saves me an extra step in the morning so why not? I’ve got a bunch of sunscreens in my bathroom counter and I’ve been rotating them, depending on how my skin feels that day.

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Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense

Pros: It is a light lotion that can be used on both face and body. It feels utilitarian as it’s non-scented. Zero coverage.

Cons: Leaves a sticky layer on my skin. Not as bad as others, but still.

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CNP Laboratory Tone-Up Protection Sun

Pros: On days when I skip my BB Cream, I go for this after the moisturiser step (See my writeup on the 10-Step Korean Skincare routine) and it’s sufficient to give me an even coverage. The lotion is quite thick so just a pea-sized amount, or even less, is adequate. The resulting finish is somewhat dewy and radiant. Medium coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF value (42++) than I’d have liked. The shade of pinkish-white it leaves behind is NOT universal on everyone’s skin, in fact it doesn’t look natural on me even though it generally fades after about an hour or so.

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Look At Me Jelly Sunscreen

Pros: I picked up this tube of Korean skincare brand’s jelly sunscreen because it’s jelly! How could I not be curious to see how that feels on the skin? Happy to report that it’s quite light-weight and dissolves onto the skin nicely. It has a mild fruity scent too and the overall finish is somewhere between dewy and matte. Definitely not shiny or oily. Zero coverage.

Cons: Leaves a slightly sticky feeling on skin, but I guess that’s better than a greasy feeling. Also doesn’t play so well with my makeup as it starts flaking when I’m applying finishing powder. I guess this product is best used on au naturel face.

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Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen

Pros: My second tube! The first moment I had this on my face I fell in love because it’s made of natural ingredients, it’s tinted, it’s light-weight, and it leaves a nice powdery matte finish. Who doesn’t love that? Medium coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF value (30++) than I’d have liked.

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IT Cosmetics CC+ Ilumination

Pros: For me, this CC foundation with strong SPF is a heavy-duty multitasking performer. I say heavy-duty because the coverage is solid and it covers up everything.

Cons: Thick texture, feels heavy on the face.

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Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer

Pros: A multi-tasking product that’s a tinted primer packed with anti-oxidants to combat anti-aging, this goes on velvety on the skin with a smooth, even, matte, decent coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF than I’d have liked (30++) and there’s a strange tingly prickly sensation when I use this! My skin also feels really dry after.

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Target Sport Sunscreen Spray

Pros: Ok, this one’s for body and I have to include it because it’s so convenient to apply. Continuous one-button spray all over limbs, back, even hair for me, and it feels cooling. The microfine mist settles lightly into a protective layer onto the skin and it feels pampering.

Cons: Can leave quite a greasy film behind.

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Product textures:

A: Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense
B: CNP Laboratory Tone-Up Protection Sun
C: Look At Me Jelly Sunscreen
D: IT Cosmetics CC+ Ilumination
E: Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen
F: Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer

And oh hey, look I’m spotting some freckles on my inner left arm. How and when did those get on there!? *mega eye-roll* See, this is why sunscreens are indispensable for me (as it should be for all of you too).

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Any fave brand that you’d like to share with me? I’m always on the lookout for more sunscreens. Would also love to hear your thoughts on sunscreens too: concerns, likes, dislikes?

Have you put on your sunscreen today?

xo,
MB.




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