Have you stepped outside recently? It’s scorching hot. And I am loving it. I was totally born to live in a tropical country so I welcome the summer with open arms. There are days when it gets to be a bit much, but I’d much rather be battling the heat in a pair of shorts and a loose top than wearing layers in a colder country. If I can hit the beach and wear just a bathing suit and cover up, that’s even better.
With all that skin exposed, I do have to use a lot of sunblock, which can be uncomfortable and sticky. This summer there seems to be a new trend that addresses that discomfort: serum sunblocks. They’re a lot thinner in consistency that your usual lotions and they settle into the skin much quicker as a consequence. Just last week (absolute perfect timing) I was introduced to my very first one, by Vaseline.
The Vaseline Water-Based Whitening Serum* (Php 249.00 for 180mL) might have just an SPF of 30 PA +++, but that’s actually enough to block out 96% of harmful UVA and UVB rays. That’s a scientific fact (not just marketing bullshit), but you will have to reapply your sunblock more often if the SPF is lower. I’d say once every 2 hours is ok, but already stretching it. It stands to be a bit of a hassle, but the formula really isn’t sticky so you won’t be making yourself more uncomfortable.
The formula also includes Vitamin B3 that whitens the skin with continued use. I don’t really… agree with whitening products. Nothing wrong with building up a tan in the summer. But hey at least the whitening element in this product is in vitamin form (?).Another thing to note about this product is that it is scented. It’s slightly floral with a powdery base. I don’t mind it too much, but you might not like it so maybe test out the smaller 70mL size (Php 99.00) first if you’re not into scented lotions.
I’m loving the serum idea. I never really let thicker lotions stop me from protecting my skin properly (I mean business with my sunblocks, yo), but this just makes it such a no-brainer. There’s really no excuse to not use SPF on your body anymore.
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Enjoy the heat, guys! Embraaaace it!