Do we really need sunscreen?
While all the scientific terms on sun protection products can be overwhelming and confusing, choosing the most suitable sunscreen based on your individual needs is crucial in the skin care and make up routine.
What do they mean?
UVB is also known as the burning ray. It is the main cause of skin reddening and sunburn.
UVA is the ageing ray. It dominant tanning ray. Prolonged exposure to UVA, whether outdoors or in a salon, it can cause damages to our skin and lead to skin cancer. Although UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface, it is actually less intense than UVB.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It refers to how well a sunscreen can protect the skin from UVB rays. The higher number of SPF coverage refers to a higher ability to block UVB rays, which means it gives you a better protection from skin damages.
How does it work?
There are mainly two ways that sunscreen can work on your skin.
- Physical sun products- Contains active ingredients that reflect the harmful rays.
- Chemical products- Contains active ingredients that absorb the harmful rays
Sunblock or Sunscreen?
A misconception that exists about sunscreen is that it prevents us from getting tan. In fact, experts suggested that sunblock completely block UV rays which would prevent tanning, however, sunscreen filters UV rays preventing skin damages whilst allowing the skin to tan. Therefore, it is important to look out for the right product based on your needs. Say goodbye to bringing bulky umbrella everywhere! You can walk freely and enjoy the great outdoors if you use the right sun protection products.
Here are 5 Korean products you can consider!
1.Laneige Sunblock Aqua, SPF 35, PA+++
If you love the outdoors but do not wish to get too much tan, this sunblock is for you. Laneige Aqua Sun Block, as its name would suggest, it is waterproof. Unlike most sun protection products, this sun block feels light on your skin, and it is suitable for all skin types. The lotion quickly get absorbed by the skin and gives a dewy finish. The most exciting part is that this sun block consist of many organic herbs such as lavender, chamomile, and marshmallow root extracts. These herbs soothes rough skin, protects your skin from external aggressors and dryness, and give off a flowery scent.
2.Innisfree Eco Safety no Sebum Sunblock, SPF35, PA+++
Innisfree is probably one of the most popular Korean cosmetic brand in Singapore today. This eco safety no sebum sunblock guarantees to give you a matte finish and is definitely the best choice if you have combination or oily skin type. Especially for those who often experience excessive oil production on face or T-zone. But be careful, many people with combination and oily skin type suffer from acne outbreaks. A couple of ingredients in this sunblock such as the Zinc Oxide and Dimethicone may not be suitable as it may trigger outbreak. In that case, you may want to check out the Sun Milk version of this sunblock by innisfree. Be patient when applying as it takes just a little longer to get absorbed by the skin.
Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish, SPF 50+, PA+++
People often avoid applying sun protection products because it makes them feel sticky and greasy. However, this particular sun block, as its name suggest, is ultra light. Its milky texture lotion will surprise you by giving you a perfect matte and airy finish. Active ingredients in it including Cylopentasilocane and Dimethicone both act as silky moisturisers that will make your skin feel smoother.
NEOGEN Dermalogy Day-Light Protection Sunscreen, SPF 50, PA+++
If you have sensitive skin, NEOGEN dermatology day-light protection sunscreen is for you. This sunscreen consist of Glycerin, an ingredient that attracts water and helps maintain water balance in the skin. It also has oil-soluble organic compound to absorb UV rays. You can try to image the scent of this sunblock, for which it combines rose, honey, and raspberry. These components minimise redness and provide a calming effect for your skin. Don’t worry about white cast will be left on your face, this sunscreen will give you a shinny finish.
Klairs Mid Day Blue Sun Lotion, SPF40, PA++
Last but not least, the mid day blue sun lotion from Klairs. Klairs is yet to be known by many locals. They provide high-quality skincare for sensitive skin. It claims to have no colorants, alcohol, or artificial fragrances. The company grows exponentially as it gets strong support by many countries all over the world for its disbelief in cosmetic testing on animals. This particular sun lotion is blue in colour because it provide tone fixation effect and reduce redness. It protects your skin from both UVA & UVB rays and gives a shine-free finish.
- Always apply your sun protection products 30 minutes before going outside.
- Reapply every 2 to 3 hours if possible.
- Check the expiry date of your sun products. It is best to use within a year or two after opening.
- Find the one suitable for your skin type.