Mom Knows Best
When I was younger, even though I was not an outdoorsy person, my mom would nevertheless stress how important sun protection was. Sun protection didn’t mean sunscreen or sunblock to her because I’m not sure she knew such things existed back then. Her advice had always been simple–stay out of the sun, wear a hat, wear full-length clothing, or use a parasol/umbrella. I used to think her advice was overkill, unnecessary, and out of touch since all the ads in the 80s and 90s communicated that sporting a tan was beautiful and who wouldn’t want to be that golden goddess? I remember going to the community pool and all the girls had baby oil with them and going to the tanning salon was something to be proud of. If they had any sun protection it was like with SPF 4! Yes! That really existed! And to my horror! It still exists today! That definitely wouldn’t fly in Asia since all their products seem to be loaded with SPF 50 or above.
Now You Know and Knowing is Half the Battle
To be honest, you can’t really fault people back then for not using sun protection because we were never really told how harmful the sun’s rays could be. Also, the selection of sunscreen we had in my early childhood and teenage years were nasty–that strong fake coconut oil smell. You can smell the sunscreen from miles away. It was thick and goopy. The application was difficult. It left a very obvious sunscreen look and smell.
Now, all I hear is sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen. Wear it indoors! And bathe yourself in it before going outdoors! Don’t forget to use SPF 10000 (Ok, I may be exaggerating here)! Oh, how the pendulum has swung!
I am thankful that my mom nagged me about sun protection in my early childhood. I’ve never really been one to bake in the sun anyways.
Finding a good sunscreen hasn’t been easy even now. So many conflicting views of physical vs chemical sunscreens. We’re left wondering if chemical sunscreens are safe or not. Or which ones are safe? We have to be aware of nanoparticles from physical sunscreens. Now we also have to be cognizant that our sunscreen is not only safe for us but also for the environment such as the coral reef. My personal preference is that I would like to move to a non-nano physical sunscreen.
What I’ve Been Using
I was so happy once I finally finished up the current batch of sunscreen that I was using for my face. I’ve been alternating between Laneige Triple Sunscreen (physical and chemical) and Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence (chemical). I originally bought the Laneige one for my eldest daughter but she decided she didn’t like it because of the white cast, so I ended up inheriting it. To be honest, neither was my favorite. The Aqua Rich one although has an easy, watery application, I didn’t like that it was a chemical sunscreen. The Laneige one uses both chemical and physical and it leaves a white cast during the initial application but disappears once you rub it in. I do not like the strong scent of this one. This one wasn’t exactly cheap so I cut into the bottle to use up every drop. Sure enough, there was still a lot of product hidden inside.
I’m still using the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch for my arms and legs. This was actually a last-minute purchase from the grocery store before we headed to the beach. Previously older Neutrogena sunscreens had given my daughter and me a rash but I risked it anyway since there weren’t too many options. This one did not give me a rash. I actually don’t mind the scent from the Neutrogena one. It smells a bit powdery after application. But, I won’t be repurchasing after I’m done with this tube.
I don’t know if it’s because of age but I find my tolerance for fragrances to be way lower now. Most sunscreens have such strong fragrances that it gives me a headache and I become nauseous if I’m in a closed-off space.
Since I go on walks on the trails in my neighborhood almost daily I’m looking for a daily physical UNSCENTED and UNTINTED sunscreen that doesn’t feel like thick goop.
The Search is Over…
I’ve been in search of a mineral sunscreen but have always been disappointed with its thick gooey application and the white cast it leaves behind. So, I was so surprised when I discovered Purito’s Comfy Sun Block SPF50 PA++++.
It’s the physical sunscreen (non-nano) that I’ve been looking for. More information can be found on Purito as well. Like most Korean sunscreens, it is cosmetically elegant. The application is like a light lotion. Some users complain that it imparts a white cast, but it did not for me. Once I blended this onto my arms and hands, it just disappears. It dries to a matte finish and it doesn’t feel like I have sunscreen on. Best of all–it is unscented! I think I’ve found my favorite physical sunscreen!
The only downside I see for some is that since it is mattifying, it may not be best for those that are on the drier side. I do need to make sure my skin is well hydrated and moisturized, so it doesn’t end up feeling dry. If you are on the drier side, this mineral sunscreen may not be for you.