I think deep down, we all know now that the real anti-ageing secret is within using a good, daily sun protection cream? Our skin needs defending from the harsh UVA (tan) UVB (burn) rays that are always present! (even, when it’s raining!). Yet, finding the right sun protection cream that’ll sit well underneath make up, not overly dry or cast that weird white, even sticky residue? Etc, etc!
USING SPF IN MAKE-UP ONLY, ISN’T ALWAYS ENOUGH PROTECTION AGAINST HARMFUL UV RAYS!
‘Sunburn is an immediate reaction & sun damage happens over a lifetime’ Well said! there are ALWAYS harmful, invisible rays that damage our skin cells! When it comes to makeup, for maximum benefit it’s better to use sun protection cream before, and use any SPF included within cosmetics as an extra protective layer.
Sun damage is no joke! Being a major contributing factor of premature ageing & dehydrated skin that once damaged to a certain point, is extremely hard to repair! You can check out my previous post on Daily SPF here….
I learned the hard way! shamefully neglecting my skin when younger! I just didn’t like the feeling of sun protection at all! Also, being brown I didn’t fully consider it necessary! Until my own form of ‘sun damage’ dark spots / hyper-pigmentation happened! Only then, did I value the power of sun protection cream factor 50 PA+++ (everyday)!
BEST SUN PROTECTION CREAMS; A’PIEU SPF 45, PA +++, MISSHA SPF 50+ / PA +++ & ULTRASUN SPF 50+
Depending on the location & environment factors like how hot it is, exposure to the sun etc. Typically, for daily use my favourite sun protection cream has to be from A’Pieu…
[A’PIEU] PURE BLOCK NATURAL DAILY SUN CREAM SPF 45 / PA +++ (K-BEAUTY)
What’s the PA+++ Rating? I’ve only seen this to be honest in South Korean Sun protection creams! The rating system was developed in Japan & identifies the protection factor of UVA rays. This Pure Block cream has +++ which means High UVA Protection. SPF on the other hand measures against UVB rays and a truly effective sun protection cream should contain both!
SIZE: 50 ML
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Broad Spectrum Sun Protection From both UVA / UVB Rays
Light Weight Texture, gently hydrating and works as a moisturiser for my oily combination skin type.
No white cast or residues at all, suitable for warm skin tones
Aloe Vera Extract
Various Blossoms & Berries
This sun protection cream is the easiest and lightest formula I have ever tried, I hear that it is a ‘chemical sun cream’ and is the reason why this leaves none of that weird white cast at all, it literally sinks right in and depending on your skins oil levels, will dry in about 5-10 mins time.
The only concern I have with this product is that when investigating the ingredients online, there are a few that are perceived as a bit ‘toxic’ you can check for yourselves here… INGREDIENTS LIST I’m no expert here but I do think any ‘sun protection cream’ by its nature will have some harder chemicals inside to be able to perform its role? What do you think?
The lightness of this formula is the winner! I can even take a beauty blender (clean one) and tap this over my make up for daily top ups, without disturbing my pre-made face!
TRUSTY SUN PROTECTION CREAM NO. 2 – MISSHA ALL AROUND SUNBLOCK, ZERO SEBUM SPF 50, PA +++
SIZE 50 ML
KEY CLAIMS / BENEFITS:
Light weight formula recommended for oily skin types
Water & Sweat Resistant
UVA & UVB protection
Enriched with Green Tea & Tea Extracts
Controls Sebum without drying
Rose Extract & Ground Bark – Helps to smooth and protect skin from environmental stress such as pollution.
Product details & full ingredient list here:
HOW & WHEN I USE THIS SUN PROTECTION CREAM
This SPF is also a light weight formula targeted at oily skin types and is semi-thick in consistency providing a strong barrier of sun protection. It’s a thicker consistency compared to the above and has hardly any smell at all.
I must highlight though, that despite the claims (perhaps for my skin being darker toned than that of a South Korean complexion). This without doubt leaves a prominent white cast on my skin! Which I don’t mind, but it’s there!
This is perfect for days where I’ll have higher exposure to sun occasions like, day trips somewhere by the sea, or the woods, holidays etc.
This Safe Block Zero Sebum cream needs time to sink in (15-20 mins!). But, when allowing this I find that it sits okay for me and works as a base for my make up! The only gripe being with my fluctuating skin type! Oily, then sometimes dry too! For the dry skin days this isn’t good! My nose & chin area may even start to flake so, this is truly a solution for oily skin as the name would suggest!
Despite it’s white cast and sometimes drying nature I find this a highly efficient sun protection cream and fully appreciate the formula. UVA/UVB protection is always amazing! Something we don’t necessarily see in SPF lotions here in the UK. I love the natural ingredients and wouldn’t expect anything less from K-beauty!
I feel safe using this product, knowing my skin is being protected fully. Yet, when using SPF it is especially important to ensure these defensive creams are cleansed off properly! Designed to stick & hang on, we don’t want to clog our pores by not removing them properly in the evenings!
SUN PROTECTION HERO NO. 3 – ULTRA SUN ANTI PIGMENTATION SPF 50+ VERY HIGH PROTECTION
A quick overview as I‘ve covered this product already in a full review that you can check out here….
SIZE: 50 ML
Suitable for the face and neck areas
Quick absorbing and long-lasting – Once per day application
Targets pigmentation and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Can be used as a primer, moisturiser & sun cream
Full ingredients & product link here….
Despite no PA+++ protection and the cost like double what I’d pay for a trusted K-beauty brand! The formula is good as you only need to apply this (generously). Once per day and you have sound sun protection to see you though a multitude of activities.
This product does however also leave a white cast initially despite claiming not to! But, as with most if left to sink in fully (15-20 mins). then it’s all good, but also part of the reason I keep these thicker creams for holidays, or occasions where I have such time in the morning to wait!
EVERYONE NEEDS TO USE SUN PROTECTION CREAM!
It’s a myth that darker skin tones do not need sun protection, we do! I’ve been burned enough to know that we need it! This product has protected me on fishing trips in the middle of the ocean! Up mountains and in the forests! Despite sweat, water and long days in the full sun!
Whatever you do, wherever you go even when the sun isn’t shining there are ALWAYS UVA & UVB rays! It may not seem like an essential, even a bit of a hassle sometimes but with so many versatile sun protection cream options out there. There’s no excuse! We only get one layer of skin, so we best look after it right?
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