Wearing sunscreen lotion every day is the most effective way to protect your skin from aging— we all (hopefully) already knew that. Finding the perfect facial sun screen to use on a daily basis is just not that easy. Aside from the skin on our faces being much more sensitive, there’s comfort and practicality to consider, too. Sunblock tends to be sticky, thick, and can leave a white cast on the face. Unless you shell out a lot of money for high end sunscreen, it’s difficult to find one that wears well both alone and under make-up without making you feel uncomfortable. I used to have my mom buy me the Lancome UV Expert SPF 50+++ sunblock because it was much too expensive for me to afford on my own. That stuff works wonderfully, but was way over my budget.
The L’Oreal Paris Dermo-Expertise UV PERFECT with SPF 50 UVB & UVA PA +++ is a much more affordable option at approximately 800php (**EDIT: This is under 600php!) for 30ml of product. There are three variants to choose from, a “transparent skin” type (mine), a brightening one, and one that supposedly evens out your complexion. I plan on trying the complexion one next time, but I’m perfectly happy with this transparent skin type for now! It has a slight scent to it, which is not a good thing in my opinion, but it fades after a while and I can put up with it.
This stuff sinks into my skin pretty quickly and doesn’t make me feel oily. It promises to last you 12 hours, which is more than enough, really! I would even use this at the beach since the SPF is so high, although I don’t think it is water resistant so I wouldn’t swim with it. For everyday use, this is more than enough!
If you’re reading all this hullabaloo, you’ll notice that it promises quite a lot. It’s enough for me that it wards off free radicals,but it’s another big plus for the product that it’s geared towards asian skin.
This sunblock is easy to find—anywhere where L’Oreal products are sold, really. In the Philippines, that means Watsons, major department stores, and groceries. The date of manufacture is clearly printed on the back of the tube. The picture of the pot on the lower left with the letters “12M” printed on it means that it is recommended that you use it up within 12 months from the time it is opened. With daily use, that should be easy to achieve!
Overall, I do like this sunblock very much. I highly recommend it if you’re out in the sun all the time, though I will warn you that wearing this into the night is not a good idea if you’re going to be photographed (even if you’ll be photographed in the morning, actually). No sunscreen is photo-friendly. :)