Sunscreen That Do More Than Protect Your Skin

Today on #skincaresaturday, Melissa is talking about sunscreen that do. more than protect your skin!

I’m not sure if some of you know this but this past week was National Sunblock Day (May 27 to be exact), so I decided in honor of National Sunblock Day (I know, I know, it’s passed but let me have this moment), that this post would cover sunblocks! 

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Hawaii opened its beaches last week, I’ve started to be more conscious of wearing sunblock every day since I’m trying to exercise and take more walks/exercise outside for some “me-time.” Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t wear sunblock every day.  My every day moisturizer has SPF 45 and I use a blue light blocking primer to help with being in front of a computer every day.  However, when I go to the beach or have to workout outside, I’m not necessarily keeping my full face of makeup on so that’s why I have to make sure I wear sunscreen when I’m outside. 

I also forget how strong the sun is in Hawaii so I definitely try to keep reapplying.  You know how some sunblocks leave a white case on your skin and face?  Yeah, well that’s not cute, not that you have to be cute when you trying to protect your skin, but it sure damn helps not to have white streaks on your face when you go outside. 

Sunblock has changed a lot in its formulation in the last few years and it’s amazing how many options are available and at such a wide range of price points.  Sunblocks not only help protect your skin from skin damaging UV rays but now they’re formulated with good for your skin products that help nourish and feed your skin while protecting it.  There’s also a different option in how it can be applied.  Obviously, we’re used to the traditional cream, but now there’s powder, a serum sunblock stick, and like a cream but more of a watery essence.  The advancements in skincare alone just blows my mind and how it’s ever changing.  Below are some of the sunblocks that I enjoy using and they definitely differ in price range but they’re mostly Japanese brands and obviously, Chantecaille. 

I know Glossier’s sunblock is super popular as well as Supergoop! However, but I haven’t had a chance to really explore those options.  I have noticed that they’re a little lower in SPF than I prefer but Supergoop! Stay safe in the sun, remember to always reapply your sunblock, and apply the sunblock at least 30 minutes before exposing yourself to the sun, to let that shit really sink in and start its magic.

Here are four sunblocks that you need to try in your skincare routine:

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Biore Sarasara UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($18.90)

This Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen is the one that I reach for the most because of it’s consistency and light smell.  I bought this when I was visiting Japan but it’s also sold on Amazon at a comparable price. 

The Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen is waterproof and can stand up to 80 minutes in the water and even when you reapply, it doesn’t feel heavy on your skin.  This sunscreen is so light and consists of water capsules that spreads so smoothly across your skin to help prevent dryness and includes skin moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract and a citrus mix. 

When I go to reapply the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen it almost has a cooling sensation on your skin, even when the bottle has been sitting out in my hot ass beach bag.  It doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin and when I say this shit blends and soaks in to your skin effortlessly, it blends like butter melting on to a hot piece of toast.  The Biore Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen claims to be made with the world’s first-ever micro defense formula, which makes sense with it’s high SPF and watery texture. You know how sometimes you come home and wash your face and it feels like there’s this weird texture still sitting on your skin from your sunscreen?  The Biore Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen doesn’t feel like that at all.  When I come home to wash my face, it’s like I never had sunscreen on.  I mean the texture makes my skin feel smooth that it’s even recommended to use as a foundation primer.  This sunblock is one you should definitely check out!

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Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF 50+ ($34.99)

Shiseido is a really well known Japanese Beauty and Skincare Brand and has more affordable drugstore products like the Perfect Whip Foaming Face Wash. Another sister product that’s equally well known is the Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF 50!

Now the Shiseido Anessa Sunscreen Skincare Milk is a little higher in price-point for drugstore but the science behind the formulation is pretty mind blowing.  With a water resistance of 80 minutes in the water, this stuff has Thermo Booster Technology.  Doesn’t that shit make this sunscreen sound fancy? 

Thermo Booster Technology basically means that the UV protection that the Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk provides gets stronger with sweat, water or heat from the sun.  Pretty much the heat from the sun acts on the UV defense ingredients to help spread over the skin and form a more uniform veil.  In addition, the UV protection veil spreads more evenly when it becomes exposed to sweat or water and becomes stronger.  So essentially this stuff sits on your skin and then just melts in to your skin more and more as you become exposed to the sun.  So when I say sit on your skin, I don’t mean that in a negative way because this stuff has a unique ingredient that makes it feel like powder once you apply it to your face so it helps slide smoothly creating a veil. It’s not a white powdery veil, but one that’s translucent af and can also be used as a makeup primer. 

I mean, you can reapply the Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skin Milk a bunch and it won’t feel like it’s caked on.  Just like the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen, the Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skin Milk is comprised of 50% of skin care ingredients. FIFTY.  PERCENT.  It includes, but not limited to: super hyaluronic acid, green tea leaf extract (from effin Kyoto), edelweiss extract, and collagen. 

With all this goodness and such a complicated robust formulation, you’d be surprised at how easily this washes off and your skin doesn’t feel like it was suffocating and your pores are now in clog city.  The Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skin Milk has a nice light citrus smell and with such a high SPF and being SAND resistant, this shit is bomb.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen ($49)

Whenever I see the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen (it’s little blue and orange bottle) tbh, it makes me think of my mom. 

My mom loves this stuff and has been a true fan since I can remember.  I know the originally product used to leave a white cast and I remember not liking having to wear this because of that.  I mean my mom is Korean, so you know she’s all about skincare and protecting your skin as well. She definitely did not care how I felt about the white cast.

She was like “Girl you’re going to wear this shit whether you like it or not.” So I was that girl at the pool with that white ass face from sunscreen – chilling. Now, Shiseido has reformulated it’s Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen and it is now an invisible sunscreen veil that becomes stronger when exposed to heat, water, and sweat.  Hmmm, sounds familiar to the Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF 50+, right?  I mean it can’t be a coincidence that they’re owned by the same company!  It’s called something slightly different in America, HeatForce and WetForce technology, but pretty much does the same stuff as the ingredients in the Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF 50+. 

The Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen is also water-resistent for up to 80 minutes and is ocean-friendly, which means its free of oxybenzone and octinoxate.  That’s great for our oceans!  This stuff comes in different sizes and I believe Shiseido also makes it in a stick form.

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Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen SPF 45 Primer ($95)

So the Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen SPF 45 Primer is definitely the pricier of the options, but this stuff has tons of skincare ingredients as well as a blend of three highly effective, non-penetrating sunscreens that creates an SPF that helps increase UVA and UVB protection by 45 times.  FORTY.  FIVE. 

The Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen SPF 45 Primer consists of cherry blossom, lemon balm and white tea extract that have antioxidant and soothing properties.  There’s also carnosine in this sunscreen that helps promote a more firm and toned appearance that helps soften the looks of wrinkles.  You definitely have to give the Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen SPF 45 Primer a good shake before you put some on, and it doesn’t take much to cover your face due to it’s more liquid, almost watery essence like, texture. 

Once you apply it, you can tell how soft it makes your skin feel and is ideal for a primer as well.  The one downside to this sunscreen that it’s not super water proof so definitely use it for a day to day sunscreen as opposed to the other three which are ideal for water, workout and outdoor activities.

If you try any of these products let me know and tell me what worked and didn’t work for you! I would love to hear from you!

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