My sunscreen recommendations post has been long overdue since I first talked about the importance of sunscreen. I did feature my 3 top Asian sunscreen picks in my skincare empties post, but since then a couple of them have since been reformulated. Now when Summer has arrived the Northern hemisphere, I thought a quick reminder of the importance of sun care would be necessary - alongside my favorite sunscreen to date.
Sun care check list
- Sun protection tends to be overlooked by many, and thus deserves extra attention
- Two main concerns from being in the Sun: skin-ageing and skin cancer. UVA (long-wave) causes the ageing and UVB (short-wave) causes the burning.
- A tan is a sign of DNA-damage caused by UV-light; a result of a chemical reaction when your body tries to protect itself from UV-light.
- "Physical" sunscreen (such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) reflects the UV light where as "chemical" sunscreens absorb the light.
- Don't waste money on expensive moisturizers with SPF as the sunscreen may overtake the other beneficial, active and expensive ingredients in the moisturiser. Invest in a good solid moisturiser and apply a good budget sunscreen on the top as the last step.
- Purchase a fresh sunscreen every year as sunscreen degrades. Also, no sunscreen is totally waterproof (only water-resistant max).
- Applying SPF as your last skincare step every morning is perhaps the best anti-ageing "trick" you can do. Don't be afraid to reapply your sunscreen, do it if you can.
My favorite spf: Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream
- Broad spectrum SPF50+ PA+++
- $16 / 50ml (1,69oz)
I've used Korean Innisfree sunscreens for years. It recently got reformulated and I would gladly compare side-by-side the old (previously called Eco Safety sunscreen) and new sunscreens, but unfortunately I took scissors to the old tube and used up every last drop of it. Innisfree does currently have a variety strengths of sunscreens, personally I've stuck with Perfect UV Protection Cream Long Lasting (for dry skin) SPF50+ PA+++
Many Asian sunscreens, such as Biore, are light, watery lotions that sink in instantly. This Innisfree sunscreen is somewhat "traditional" sunscreen and close to a Western formula as the consistency is creamier and whiter. If you apply a heavy layer without blending there is a slight chance of a white cast. Personally I haven't had this issue as I make sure to spread the cream evenly and my dry skin 'drinks up' all the extra moisturization. I don't find the cream greasy, sticky, heavy or leaving a film on the skin. If I went swimming I wouldn't rely this sunscreen alone, but the formula is long-lasting and water-resistant so I don't feel the need to reapply many times a day. When I do, I haven't found the sunscreen disturbing my make up. You don't need to shake the bottle before applying.
WATER, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, HOMOSALATE, DIETHYLAMINO HYDROXYBENZOYL HEXYL BENZOATE, OCTOCRYLENE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CYCLOMETHICONE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, POLYACRYLATE-13, HYDROXYACETOPHENONE, PROPANEDIOL, ALUMINUM STEARATE, POLYISOBUTENE, GLYCERIN, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, BIS-PEG-15 DIMETHICONE/IPDI COPOLYMER, SORBITAN OLEATE, FRAGRANCE, OCTYLDODECANOL, SACCHARIDE HYDROLYSATE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, POLYACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER-6, ALUMINA, INULIN LAURYL CARBAMATE, POLYSORBATE 20, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, ECHIUM PLANTAGINEUM SEED OIL, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, SALVIA HISPANICA SEED EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, PHENOXYETHANOL, t-BUTYL ALCOHOL, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CARDIOSPERMUM HALICACABUM FLOWER/LEAF/VINE EXTRACT, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, TOCOPHEROL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE
Active ingredients: Octinoxate, Homosalate, Uvinul A Plus, Octocrylene, Titanium Dioxide
According to COSDNA analysis and EWG's Skin Deep bulk of the ingredients are moderately safe side. Some preservatives do raise minor concerns, but personally I've had no issues with using this sunscreen. Of course, always with new sunscreen I recommend patch testing first. If you have very combo to oily skin, a lighter sunscreen formulation might be more suitable for you.
Another thing I love about the Innisfree sunscreen is the price: ~$16.00. I rarely find a sunscreen I like that has both good ingredients and also affordable price. Although I believe investing in good skincare, sunscreen is something I go through quickly a bottle after a bottle... Using a high-end sunscreen gets pricey quite quickly. There is no point in saving your protection: the more one uses and reapplies sunscreen, the better.
I hope this reminder about sunscreen was useful to you. I'd gladly hear how diligent are you with sunscreen application? What's your favorite suncream?