Last August 17, I tagged along Shabby to this Rustan’s Beauty Addict Beautiful You convention in Makati. In all honesty, I came for the drinks (haha!) and checking the goods was second priority. At some point that night, I ended up in Chanel, swatching their Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour, boy oh boy, I fell in love with one particular shade: 154 Experimente.
I have a couple of Biore sunscreens that I loved, but they eventually irritated my skin. It’s disappointing because they worked so well under makeup and kept my face matte for nearly eight hours. So I had to do another research and discovered through another oily-skin girl the Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF50+ PA++++. 🙂
Anyway, in Canmake’s website, the gel sunscreen is described as so:
Please excuse the dirty-looking coffee mug in the cover photo. I didn’t notice it was there until right before I published this.
I’m already on my third bottle of the Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo – Original Formula and I realized I haven’t talked about it yet when it’s such a great product for anti-dandruff.
The first time I used the shampoo was in 2006 when I spent Christmas in the US. My scalp flaked and I would see them fall when I just lightly scratch my head. The only flakes I wanted to see were snowflakes, not dandruff! But I guess it was inevitable because of the cold weather and my warm showers.
I walk to work five days a week. The walk takes about 20 minutes, which means that much sun exposure. Although I walk between the safe hours in the morning, I’m still scared to get parched skin and for my skin to darken. I need to try to maintain my face and body tone because I find it expensive to change foundation and concealer. #firstworldproblems There are also some months that I work in Ortigas. Since I often take the MRT, my walk to the office is longer at 30-minutes. Not only do I have to walk that long under the sun, there’s also the EDSA pollution. Dear lord. I had to step up my skin protection.
Let me share with you what I do to protect my skin from this extreme summer heat. I hope this five-item list can give you an idea how to prevent your skin from sun damage.
1. Sunscreen or sunblock
I prefer to use non-greasy and water-resistant sunscreen for both face and body when in the city, while it rarely matters to me if the sunscreen’s oily or greasy when in the beach.
From what I know though, it wasn’t until a few years ago that non-greasy sunscreens became available in the local market. Sunscreens that do not leave a white cast were also difficult to find. Now there are many options that we now need to understand what would be best for our skin. I won’t go technical since I’m not an expert on this, but there are many resources in the internet (Google is your friend 😉 ) where you can learn about UVA/UVB protection, the definition of the SPF numbers, reapplication tips, etc.
Nivea was the first brand I encountered that sold body lotions with sun protection. Eventually, they released a non-greasy spray type, which I bought in a heartbeat because, at the time, my feet got so brown when they used to be one of the pale parts of my body. 😆
The first Asian sunscreen brand I used was from Biore and it’s the UV Perfect Bright Milk SPF 50. It can be used for both face and body that’s non-greasy with a powder-finish feel and has great sebum control. Another Biore sunscreen I recently acquired is the UV Perfect Spray SPF 50+ PA++++, which was a lucky find in Watsons, SM Megamall. It’s an aerosol spray-type sunscreen that’s also for face and body. It feels sticky at first, but not once it sets. The first face sunscreen I used was Clinique City Block SPF40. Effective sunscreen for me; provides a bit of coverage. It feels a little greasy on first application, but sets to a slightly dewy finish.
2. Face spray/mist
There’s nothing like spritzing on a face mist especially after some time under the sun. Face mists will help refresh, moisturize, and hydrate our skin.
I don’t think there’s a lot of face sprays options in the Philippines especially under the very affordable price range, but I’ve seen some from Innisfree, Nature Republic, and L’Oreal (theirs has SPF).
I get separation anxiety if I don’t have a face mist when I go out. 😆 At the moment, I use the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief (Php1500) and Benton Honest TT Mist (Php400). They’re great under makeup, as toner in the mornings, and to calm down my face if I’ve been under the sun. Another suggestion and my first face spray is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater (Php450).
3. Face and body masks
Masks help soothe, hydrate, and moisturize the skin. I find that it prevents dryness and reduce occurrence of sun burns.
There are many face masks options to choose now. Like sunscreens, we also need to understand what our skin needs that’s also particular to our skin type. There are face masks for normal, dry, and oily skin. I use face masks most often when I travel or if I had a whole day outdoor activity. At the moment, I use Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX, which is a favorite of mine, and the COSRX Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask. I also use the Nature Replubic Aloe Vera Gel (Php250) for both face and body. If you want a mask that doesn’t require washing off in the morning, I highly recommend that popular Nature Republic gel.
4. Lip balm with SPF
Lips can also get burned and very dry under the sun, so it’s best to have one with you. Some lipsticks have SPF too. I think Clinique and Clarins’ has SPF in their lipsticks.
I have a ton of lip balms that I use alternately. I don’t use them too often though except when I want to give my lips a break from lipsticks since I slather on a lip mask or balm every night before bed.
Besides that we need water to keep ourselves from dizziness and headaches, we need internal hydration to prevent dry skin and lack of “skin glow”. I drink caffeine like a mofo, so I need to drink water more than the said minimum.
I sort of ‘failed’ my skin care contributions last week. I should have posted daily too, so all I currently use I could have covered than only the newly incorporated to my routine. Anyway, skin care week is over, but I’ll resume to write about the others I use, particularly, the ‘oldies, but still goodies.’ 🙂
What I’m going to share this time aren’t products that I currently have, but more of a wishlist than anything else. I have experienced using the products shown in this article a few times since last year through facial services offered by Dior Skincare Suite in Makati. And since I really liked the products used on ma face, I might as well share my experience.
The O.S.T. Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum helps in anti-aging, tightening pores, brightening, reducing visibility of scars and hyperpigmentation, and removing blackheads. It comes in a brown medicine bottle with a screw cap. A cap dropper is also provided.
The Clinique’s Clinical Clearing Gel is something that I use at night, after I’ve cleansed my face and right before I use a moisturizer, and on occasions (which is often) that I can feel a swell on my face that indicates an upcoming pimple.
Claim to fame: Daily treatment gel provden to give you clearer skin. Fast-drying, oil-free formula goes to work immediately to help clean blemishes, promote healing, prevent breakouts.
Directions: Apply a thin layer to entire face twice a day after cleansing. Or spot-apply if you are using another leave-on blemish treatment.
The COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion is the sixth step in my evening skin care routine, while third and last in the morning.
This product contains Natural BHA to control oil while helping to clear recurring pimples. A non-drying acne treatment solution for sensitive skin.
Taking over for day two of Skin Care week, let me introduce you to my new best friend, the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body. Setting aside that the name of the soap is quite a mouthful, you might ask, why a soap bar? Isn’t there a cleansing gel or liquid cleanser that can work on your acne? To be honest, I have tried the cleansing foam, the cleansing gel, the liquid cleanser… I’ve tried them all but it’s just not working well enough for me.