Beware the Sun - which sunscreen should you use?

We all know that sunlight emits evil UVA and UVB rays that can cause your skin to be darker, or develop unsightly spots! Worse, it can even cause aging and skin cancer. These threats are very real and bear a little damage every single day during your activities sub-consciously. Another misconception people would have is: only ladies need to remain fair - the guys can be exposed to the elements in order to be manly. Skin cancer is obviously not sexist, it can occur to both men and women! But there are so many different sunscreens in the market, which one would you be comfortable relying on?

Backstory: One year ago, I do not use sunscreen at all because I find it an immense hassle. Besides, it does not contribute to any immediate beautifying effects so sometimes, I conveniently skip this step when I am in a rush! However, I've heard enough horror stories about the unforgiving aging effects of sunlight upon the skin. When you can visibly see yourself aging, you cannot reverse it anymore unless you purchase even more expensive and time-consuming anti-aging products. The effects of the sun wear your skin down bit by bit everyday, and you really need to start wearing sunscreen - regardless of your age (even children has age-specific sunscreen catered to them). It's a necessity, and should never be made a choice.

I recently got two sunscreen samples from - firstly, the Sunkiller Perfect Strong Plus SPF 50 and secondly, the DHC Suncut Q10 Aqua Gel SPF 50. I received the other two products from the Fun in the Sun event organized by Channel 8 (will be covered soon!) - Avene High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50 and Avene High Protection High Protection Emulsion SPF 50. I've already been using Avene's Emulsion SPF 50 for a few months as my primary sunscreen, and hence you usually see my face maintained to be quite fair.

This is how the textures of each of these four sunscreens look like when placed side by side to one another on my hand - they have been rubbed into the skin by equal number of circular motions. I used a different finger to smear them into the skin, so no cross-contamination there.

Texture of my skin with only sunscreen on - a mixture of all four swatches. No make-up on.
Glossary of terms for sunscreen knowledge!
UVA:  UVA rays account for up to 95% of the UV radiation reaching the Earth's surface. Although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 - 50X more prevalent. They are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year, and can penetrate clouds and glass.
UVB: UVB, the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, tends to damage the skin's more superficial epidermal layers. Do not penetrate glass as much as UVA.
PA: Japanese protection grade to measure the degree of UVA protection. PA+++ or PA++++ will be what you should be looking out for!
SPF: Sun Protection Factor to measure the degree of UVB protection. An SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays. Get a SPF 50 or SPF 50+ product and it will be just perfect.

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DHC Suncut Q10 Aqua Gel SPF 50
SPF 50+
Texture: Slightly watery and light
Absorption: Very easily absorbed
After-effect: No white sheen - transparent finish, no sticky feeling, moisturizing
Price: $26.90

Sunkiller Perfect Strong Plus SPF 50
SPF 50+
Texture: Extremely watery
Absorption: Not easily absorbed
After-effect: Slight white sheen, slight oily feeling
Price: $14.90/30ml

Avene High Protection Emulsion SPF 50
SPF 50+
UVA protection
Texture: Creamy
Absorption: Easily absorbed
After-effect: No white sheen, slight oily feeling
Price: $49.90/50ml

Avene High Protection Cream SPF 50
SPF 50+
UVA protection
Texture: Creamy
Absorption: Easily absorbed
After-effect: No white sheen, no oily feeling
Price: $35.60/50ml
Little trick for the lazy: Before my trusty Etude House BB magic cream ran out, I also squeezed little molehills of sunscreen and BB cream and mixed them on my palm to create a little blend before smearing it on my face. Not only does this take away the white glare of sunscreen, it saves a lot of time and effort during the everyday makeup routine. As far as I know (= Google), this method does not dilute the effects of the sunscreen... if you are an expert in this field - comment below! :)
My personal favourite out of all these four sunscreens in terms of all the characteristics I've compared them against is the Avene High Protection Cream SPF 50 because it provides the best protection and finishing touch! It mixes well with my BB/CC creams and on its own. Sometimes, I feel confident enough to leave the house with the sunscreen on. =D It is also the most value-for-money in terms of price per ml and quality! Another tip for those who are interested in Avene's products: get your friends or family members who are travelling in France or Europe to keep a lookout for this product! It is usually priced much lower there as compared to buying locally (prices above are the retail prices in Singapore). Always remember to stay protected from the sun to maintain beautiful and healthy skin! If you're interested to try out samples with Samplestore, you can get them [completely free!] by signing up here:

.Look out for the "Sponsored Samples" on the left column for sample bundles with waived handling fees. If you are interested in some of the products in travel-size just to try it out instead of buying it at retail price, you can also grab a sample bundle of 4 products and only pay $5.99 for the handling fee. Let's get pampered!


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1 comment:

  1. We all can get burned really easily, if we aren't careful. Despite misconceptions, dark skin alone is not not a guarantee of not gettign burnt. Before long, without adequate protection in harsh sun, anyone will find themselves nursing sore skin.


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