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Air, nourishment, shelter, clothing and sleep are all basic needs. Unless you’re living under a rock, you better add sunscreen as a basic human need. I am not exaggerating. Unless you are signing up for premature aging (wrinkles, sun spots) or increased risk for skin cancer, then you know sunscreen is as basic as your 8 glasses of water a day. Here’s a low down of one of my favorites – a Biore sunscreen.
First, Some Sunscreen Science!
The sun emits ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) and the 2 types of UV rays that penetrate earth’s ozone layer are UVA and UVB (UVC is blocked off by our ozone layer). UVA are long wave UV, which means that it can penetrate the skin deep all the way to the dermis (skin’s thickest layer); UVB are short wave UV and usually the culprit for superficial burns in the skin. Both UVA and UVB have been proven to be linked to skin cancer and melanoma. Why am I sharing this? It’s very important to look for sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB.
When you buy sunscreen, you usually see 2 indicators: SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and PA (Protection Grade of UVA).
- SPF is the ability of the sunscreen to shield you from UVB. As UVB is responsible for burning your skin, SPF is a measure of the time it would take you to burn if you’re not wearing sunscreen. A typical person takes 10 to 20 minutes to burn after staying under the sun. A sunscreen that is SPF 15 means it would take 15 times longer than the typical (150 to 300 minutes = 2.5 to 5 hours); it would be recommended that beyond that, sunscreen must be re-applied.
- PA is the ability of the sunscreen to shield you from UVA. The protective grade of your sunscreen can go from PA+ to PA++++. “Less is more” does not apply here. The more +, the more protection you get from UVA. Make sure your sunscreen is broad spectrum (has PA grade) and not just SPF. SPF will protect your from burning but PA grade will protect you from skin aging and risk of cancer.
My Sunscreen of Choice
For the everyday city girl who goes about her full day of work and socials, I would recommend a sunscreen of at least an SPF 30 and PA+++. You also need to remember that you need half a teaspoon to completely cover and protect your face/neck.
A lot of people do not know this, and while they use sunscreen every day, they’re not using enough to actually protect their skin. You also note the correct order of application: Serum / Moisturizer > Sunscreen > Makeup, making sure you allow each product to be completely absorbed before applying the next. Your sunscreen should be applied to your face at least 20 minutes before stepping out the door.
I felt that a comprehensive low down was necessary before I actually share to you to the sunscreen that has changed my life and the only product that I have at least 1 spare in my arsenal because I cannot run out of it.
What it claims:
- This Biore sunscreen has an improved formula which gives longer lasting UV protection, is waterproof and sweat-proof.
- Contains Hyaluronic Acid, Royal Jelly Extract and Citrus Extract, which makes this a hydrating formula, perfect to be a makeup base.
- It has a light and watery texture, that’s easily absorbed and will not leave a sticky after-feel.
The texture from the Biore sunscreen sits on the sweet spot between water-y and gel-like. It’s more viscous than water but definitely more lightweight than your typical moisturizer. It’s easily dispensed from its squeeze-type container. I thought I will get a whiff of it’s citrusy scent (it has mild fragrance), but I honestly do not smell anything. If you’re sensitive to fragrance in products, you’ll be pleased with this.
After dispensing half a teaspoon of Biore sunscreen, I rub both of my hands together distributing the product. Then I will massage my face, applying first on my cheeks, then on my T-zone (forehead, nose, chin), and finally on my neck. If I know I will put my hair in a bun, I will make sue to get more product and apply sunscreen on my ears. I am very careful when applying around the eye area. I apply under my eye and on my mobile lid, but I make sure not to put it too close to my eye.
Why you’ll instantly like this sunscreen
- The fastest-absorbing sunscreen you’ll ever use. After I massage my face the first time with this product, I usually go around a second time just to pat the product on my skin. By the second pass, I can barely feel the sunscreen sitting on my skin anymore. Its that fast!
- It doesn’t have a white cast. That ugly white cast that usual “old-school” sunscreens usually have, this sunscreen can’t relate to that at all. Once the Biore sunscreen dries, it is completely invisible.
- It is a good enough primer for the skin before makeup. If you have a fairly good skin, where pores and hyperpigmentation do not haunt you, you’ll find that this sunscreen leaves your skin a good canvass to go in with makeup after.
- It is hydrating and your skin looks plump after application. Your skin will thank you after applying this because it looks and feels moisturized.
Things you should know
- Your skin type will play a big factor in how you perceive this sunscreen’s hydration claim. If you are normal to dry skin type, you will love how your skin feels and looks dewy as the day progresses. But if you’re more on the combination to oily skin type, expect that you will have to blot after a few hours, as I do not see any oil-controlling here. I am combination skin and I need to blot my face around the 4-hour mark. Personally, this is NOT a con for me because I do not expect sunscreens to control my oil and I’m a big fan of a dewy-skin look. If you prefer looking more matte, then make sure you apply a mattifying primer or foundation on top of the sunscreen.
- The ingredients in this sunscreen include some alcohol, silicones and citrus fruit extracts. If you are sensitive to these, please do not use this sunscreen.
Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence 2015 SPF 50+ PA++++ has a cult following for a reason. It’s widely distributed in personal care stores and online like Amazon, where you can purchase them in packs of 2 or more.
Anti-aging skincare, sun care to be exact, is a big passion/advocacy of mine. I believe that basic is beautiful, and basic has a lot of emphasis on your skin. My life was never the same when I learned about how important sunscreen was in my early 20s. To be honest, I wished I knew about it earlier but I’m not complaining anymore.
Better to start later than never start at all!😊