WE all know that sunscreen is the best skin-care product. Broad spectrum sunscreens, which protect your skin from harmful UVA (ultraviolet A radiation) and UVB (ultraviolet B radiation) rays, prevent skin cancer, early aging, and sunburn. It also promotes healthy skin.
The thing is that while all broad spectrum sunscreens work the same way, they aren’t really created equal. Some are matte while others have a dewy finish. Some are waterproof and don’t hurt your eyes when it’s hot and sweat drips down from your forehead.
So here’s a rundown of what sunscreens I think are the best for Philippine weather. Please note that these are my opinions as a creature of habit and a fan of Japanese sunscreens. I have very limited experience with Korean sunscreens and as a rule, I’m not a big fan of sunscreen sticks.
• Anessa Perfect UV Skincare Milk: I’ve been a fan of Anessa even before it reformulated. This sunscreen contains soluble collagen, glycerin, sodium acetylated hyaluronate (moisturizing), potentilla erecta root extract, green tea extract, isomerized sugar, and glycerin. The Japanese brand claims that every bottle contains 50 percent skin-care ingredients. Anessa has some silicone but I noticed that since the reformulation, this has been reduced. What I love best about it is that as a sweaty girl, it has the Auto Booster Technology which is activated automatically upon coming in contact with sweat, water, heat or moisture in the air to create a uniform, stronger UV ray-blocking film. Anessa Milk is very liquidy and easy to spread. There is a slight white cast upon application but that’s gone in seconds. It really offers maximum protection with SPF50+/PA++++. If you have oily skin, this is the perfect sunscreen for you.
• Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Mild Milk: This has SPF50+/PA++++ but is formulated without additives, fragrance, colorant, alcohol, preservative, and mineral oil. It is developed based on a hypoallergenic formula and has a smooth texture and can used safely by all ages, from babies (except newborns) to adults. I used this when the sun is not shining very bright or on cloudy or rainy days. I love its liquidy texture and like the original Anessa Milk, it is very easy to apply. I find that the white cast in this lasts a few seconds longer than the original upon application but that isn’t a big deal. This would be ideal for those who have drier skin, I think. The finish is not dewy but it’s not as matte as the original one.
• Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Spray N: This is a spray version of the original spray and I use this on my hair and scalp. I find that it’s too oily for my face. It also has Auto Booster Technology and doesn’t leave a white cast.
• Skin Aqua Super Moisture Gel: I really love this sunscreen because it feels very light on the skin and is almost refreshing. Skin Aqua Super Moisture Gel (50+/PA+++) is also inexpensive and is good for mature skin as it contains three kinds of hyaluronic acid to protect the skin from dryness. It’s not exactly waterproof but if you’re not sweaty, that isn’t really a dealbreaker.
• Nivea UV Super Water Gel: This is a non-sticky, water-light sunscreen with powerful UV protection (50+/PA+++). It also applies smoothly on the skin and contains 75 percent of skin-care ingredients including double hyaluronic acid. This applies like the famous Hado Labo Lotion.
• Shiseido Future Solution LX Universal Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen: This is probably my most expensive sunscreen right now and I love it because it is a moisturizer and sunscreen that offers protection from environmental stressors. It has Aggressor Control Technology for defense against environmental stressors such as air pollution and changes in temperature and humidity throughout the day. It applies smoothly but has a slight white cast that goes away in seconds.
• Biore UV Aqua Rich Protect Mist SPF 50 PA++++: I have just purchased this mist when I went to Japan and so far, I have only used this once for retouching. I’ve been looking for a non-oily mist for this purpose and this seems to be okay.
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