New This Summer: Vaseline’s Water-Based Serum Sunblock SPF 30 PA+++

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.
P1180224The 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.

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Must-Have: Sebamed Lip Defense SPF 30

Happy Friday, everyone! :) I’m sure y’all are excited for the long weekend, but before you rush off into the mountains, escape to the beach, or head back to your provinces (all things I wish I were doing but am not!), allow me to share with you another absolute must-have in life (the first being the Eight Hour Cream), especially for those of you who love to be outdoors:

Lip balm with SPF. Yes, everyone needs a lip balm with an SPF. If you’ve never had your lips burned by the sun before, consider yourself lucky and do not sit back and let it happen. Our lips are always at risk of being burned (unless you live indoors all day, every day) and they are especially at risk of sunburn when they are dry and chapped to begin with. Peeling lips reveal even more delicate skin and if you can imagine raw skin getting sunburned, I’m sure you’re cringing right along with me now.

There are loads of lip balms out there with SPF, but as with any product, not all brands do it right. Most lip balms will have an SPF of 15, but I was looking for one with a higher protection factor when I picked up the Banana Boat Suncreen Lip Balm (more about that another time) and the Sebamed Lip Defense (250.00 Php at Zalora), which both have an SPF of 30. SMLD1This is a no-frills, no-fuss kind of product and I love that. Plain white tube, twist-up mechanism, and a generous amount of balm. The ingredients include jojoba oil for intensive care, vitamin E for protection against free radicals, and bisabolol to regenerate the skin. To me this smells a little bit like cocoa butter, but that might be the SPF because it’s meant to be unscented. Of course the best part is the high SPF. I wore this at the beach last weekend and my lips felt hydrated and protected all day.

SMLD2Texture-wise it was kind of stiff to begin with, but once it warmed up application was easy and it felt like butter on my lips. There is actually a small gap between the balm and the packaging. It’s hard enough to hold its own shape, which explains why it can be difficult to warm up. On the plus side, that means this won’t melt easily in your handbag or in the heat of the beach. This just does everything it sets out to do. It’s no luxury product, but it works. That’s the most important thing. No complaints from me! :)

I got my tube at PCX for a bit more than 300.00 Php, but you can get it from Zalora at 250.00. Still, if you add shipping and the hassle of paying online, you might as well buy it in a store. Only SM stores carry Sebamed. That means Watson’s, PCX, and some SM department stores.

Do you guys have a favourite balm with SPF in it? Is it a necessity for you or do you just pick up any old lip balm? :)

Enjoy the long weekend!

L’Oreal Paris Dermo-Expertise UV PERFECT — Not Perfect, But Close!

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. :)

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