Summer is here! Between daily exposure to the fierce sun and beach vacations and other outdoor activities, sunscreen is a must. It’s never too late to scout for sunscreens until you find the one that’s your Holy Grail. Here’s a brief intro on how to choose the most suitable sunscreen for yourself:
• The shortened form for “Sun Protection Factor.”
• Indicates the protection against UVB rays, which is the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn.
• SPF 15: 93% UVB protection; SPF 30: 97%; SPF 50: 98%.
• The Skin Cancer Foundation maintains that adequate protection would require SPF 15 or higher, while the American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
• Indicates the protection against UVA rays, which can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots.
• Ranked as PA+, PA++, PA+++ or sometimes PA++++. More plus symbols means better protection.
• Active ingredients in sunscreens come in two forms: mineral and chemical filters. Each may pose potential hazards.
• The organic chemical oxybenzone, for instance, may cause skin allergies and affect fertility.
• Spray sunscreens can be inhaled and don’t provide complete coverage.
• The US Food and Drug Administration advises consumers not to use spray sunscreen on children.
• The pressurized containers may not be allowed on flights.
Biore UV Bright Face Milk SPF 50+ PA+++
Now that you have a better idea of what you’re putting onto your skin, meet my newfound love: Biore UV Bright Face Milk SPF 50+ PA+++. A month ago, I was in southern France for a two-week vacation and decided to test this face sunscreen from Biore under the Provence sun. Over there, temperature reached 37 degrees Celsius during the day and the UV index was a consistent 9 out of 11. Sunset was at 10pm so it was a long day’s journey into night!
What’s better than lazing at the dock when you’re surrounded by the turquoise waters of
Lake Annecy under the radiant sun? Don’t get sunburned though!
I didn’t bring my swimsuit, so I tried water-biking.
My three talismans against the sun: Woven hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Descriptions at the back state that the sunscreen boasts a broad-spectrum protection, protecting skin from both UVA and UVB rays. The transparent zinc oxide mineral powder enhances UV protection and spreads evenly on skin, while Sofcare-STG technology makes coverage long-lasting, lightweight and non-sticky. It’s also stated that the sunscreen includes light-reflecting powder and a sakura tint for a luminous, rosy finish, making it an ideal makeup base to balance skin tone and cover dullness or blemishes.
The 30ml bottle is easy to carry around, and should last for a month when used daily.
The milky lotion has a runny texture and a slightly pink tint. Shake well before use.
The refined liquid is non-greasy, non-sticky and glides on easily. It’s almost weightless,
and I hardly noticed that I was wearing it.
There’s a glossy sheen after application, but it dries out soon enough. The finish is matte,
velvety and powdery, making it particularly suitable for oily skin or humid weather.
The slight white cast also helps to even complexion.
After a whole day basking in the sun, I returned to the hotel and removed the sunscreen with makeup remover and face cleanser.
Biore UV Bright Face Milk SPF 50+ PA+++ was my hero for the entire two weeks, during which I’d sometimes abandoned makeup, relying solely on the sunscreen’s sheer and buildable coverage.
Though the sunscreen contains alcohol which may cause dryness, there were no breakouts or irritations on my acne-prone, combination skin. My only concern is that it could make your skin rather dry, so I’d recommend applying moisturizer before or after the sunscreen. I was also relieved to find out that it didn’t melt even when I was sweating heavily. You know how embarrassing it can be when white sweat drips from your face.
Since the sunscreen’s a bit on the dry side, I’d suggest using it daily along with moisturizer only during summer, if you have oily skin or live in humid climate. Also, its pinkish tint makes it not suitable for very dark or yellowish skin tones. Other than that, Biore UV Bright Face Milk SPF 50+ PA+++ is a real deal two-in-one sunscreen/ makeup base, and at US$11.89 for 30ml, it’s affordable too!
I used another sunscreen for my body. This photo shows my two-toned feet at the end of the
water-biking day (They still kind of look like this today.)
The sunscreen was small enough to fit into my cosmetics bag alongside a
travel-size hand cream and an SPF lip gloss.