Summer is manifesting, rearing its hot and humid temperature and climate. With global warming and climate change meddling with the hotter-than-ever weather conditions and making it worse and all the more unbearable, we suffer... our skin suffers. So, with the sun on extra-strength mode, us girls need to take sun protection to a whole new level. I don't really like stepping out in broad daylight, particularly in the afternoon, as it is the most harmful for the skin. To give our precious skin (the largest organ in the human body) some much needed TLC when we're out and about, there is a wide range of options for sunscreen and/or sunblock.
It not only protects your skin from harmful radiation from the sun, it also helps lessen the chances of developing skin cancer. Now, you're probably thinking, isn't sunblock just for the beach? The answer is NO. It's important to slather on some sunscreen or sunblock whether you're stepping out into the sun or staying indoors at the office. Sunblock is not exactly affordable. Price range goes around Php 300 and up. However, is when your health and safety are at stake, it's best not to skimp out on this bare necessity.
I've been on the look out for a good multipurpose sunscreen and I think I found one in Myra Daily Sun Protect Facial Moisturizer. It's actually just for the face, but it's the face that gets most exposure to the sun so it's a good investment. You may want to check out other sunblock products for the rest of your body. I'll try to work on that next. ;)
Anyway, this sunblock doubles as a sunscreen and a facial moisturizer. After cleansing the face and using toner, I slough about a pea-size amount of this onto my face, then my pore minimizing gel and primer go on top of it. Even if I just stay indoors, I still use it because I'm in front of the computer a lot and that gives off a lot of radiation too.
An entire tube cost me a little over Php 100 (I forgot). For a two-in-one product, that's a pretty good deal, yeah?
It says on the packaging that it's gentle for everyday use. It has double sunscreen protection against UVA and UVB rays (I'll leave the research up to you), has SPF 15, enriched with Vitamin E and moisturizers, and is dermatologist-tested.
What I like about this moisturizer-slash-sunscreen is that it's creamy but not thick like the typical sunblock. It still has that white streak when you first put it on but your skin will eventually absorb it, just make sure to spread it evenly across your face. It packs just enough moisture for my combination skin, which can get dry and patchy in some areas, but doesn't get too oily. It also doesn't clog my pores or cause them to go into overdrive. I don't break out from using this moisturizer/sunscreen too. Putting makeup afterwards is no problem. It doesn't react with my foundation or anything else. It just stays there.
On the other hand, what I dislike about this is that its SPF is too low. If I intend to go out in the sun for a prolonged amount of time, I'm gonna need something stronger. If I'm not mistaken, SPF 30 is ideal. Don't even think about putting it on twice, because the SPF won't double. Ha ha! Kidding aside, if you're looking for an in-the-meantime sunscreen, this one is pretty cheap and a good kind to try. Again, it's only for the face so you're gonna have to buy a separate one for your arms and the rest of your body - that can be a con since you're going to spend more.
What other sunscreen products do you like? If you know of any good sunscreen and/or sunblock products, do let me know so I can give a try and recommend it to our other friends as well. ;)