I was having my monthly facial done over last weekend when my therapist for the day shared some interesting tips with me about applying sunscreen and facial masks.

Apparently, we should not spread sunscreen over our face but instead, dot them on. This is solely because the sunscreen is supposed to act as a protection layer for our faces and and not meant to be absorbed into the skin. Now, that I didn’t know!

And according to her, if we leave facial masks onto our faces for too long or over the period of the recommended time, what happens is that the masks will absorb back the nutrients from our face when they are dried up! I don’t know how true this is, but I definitely know for sure that we shouldn’t leave facial masks on for more than 30 minutes, but they never say why… so I suppose this is the real reason?

So anyway, I was grumbling to her about the anonymous red patches that appeared on my cheeks and her advice was NEVER to skip the toner because it can cleanse off the residue of dirt on your face that the makeup remover or facial cleanser can’t. Plus, for skin like mine (dry on the outside but oily in the inside), I have to hydrate it constantly otherwise my skin will have bumps.

Sometimes, a visit to the professionals for facials isn’t all that bad. And the real reason why I love my current facial place is that they are not that pushy as they used to be; and that is why I’ve been a loyal customer for the 4th year even though I could have less expensive packages elsewhere.

Hence, that is why I opted to try their sunscreen which she swears by. What I liked is that she had recommended it during the facial but she didn’t even bug me when I was signing off. The sunscreen cost me a bomb (like their other products) but I decided it was worth the price because their services have always been immaculate and top notch.

Will share more about the product in time to come; when I finish my current sunscreen 😉 Too many products, too little time!




I bet you have waiting for this list of recommended sunscreens – and I hope you are able to remember the information I shared with you regarding sun protection from the harmful UV rays. But just in case you’re too busy to read through the details, fret not… Here’s a quick summary about it 🙂

UV radiation is the main environmental factor that causes human skin aging, so my personal advice is to avoid tanning if possible; in fact, I’m still trying to fight this favourite activity of mine 😛 However, we should ensure that we spend at least 15 minutes each day out in the sun, for a brisk walk or other outdoor activities… as long as we don’t allow ourselves to ‘bake’ in the sun! A little amount of sun exposure is necessary for our body ‘cos Vitamin D from the sun helps to fight cancer 😉

IMPORTANT! Melanocytes – melanin-producing cells – will begin to burn out when you reach your late 30s and 40s, making it even more difficult for your skin to fight sun damage, which can result in uneven pigmentation. Therefore, sun protection and sufficient whitening care is needed to attain healthy skin.

So before I go on any further, here’s my TOP 10 list of recommended sunscreens & sunblocks for you to consider:

1. Dermalogica Oil Free Matte Block SPF20 (oily skin) / Dermalogica Super Sensitive Faceblock SPF30 (sensitive skin) / Dermalogical Extra Rich Faceblock SPF30 (dry skin)

2. Peter Roth Thomas Uber Dry Sunscreen SPF30 (All skin types/light weight/ Recommended by Skin Cancer Foundation)

3. Kiehls UV Protective Suncare Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

4. Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen (Natural Sunscreen)

5. California Baby SPF30 Sunscreen (Natural Sunscreen)

6. Banana Boat Ultra Defense SPF50 (All skin types)

7. Nivea Moisturising Sun Spray SPF20

8. Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunblock Lotion SPF55

9. Mario Badescu Body Block SPF30 (All skin types)

10. Dermalogica Solar Shield SPF15 (Protection for the lips,ears and nose areas which are more vulnerable)

How to choose the right sunscreen for yourself?

If possible, opt for non-chemical sunscreens with physical blockers like titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide that sit on top of the skin instead of reacting with it. Though the formulations of chemical sunscreens are often lighter and easier to apply, they are more likely to cause allergic reactions or irritation… so be careful!

Also, if you die-die must get a tan, you can consider the following products to use afterwards:

Mario Badescu After Sun Cooling Gel (All skin types)

Dermalogica After Sun Repair (repairs damage from exposure to UV sunlight and cools redness and reduces discomfort)

And just in case you don’t realize the REAL effects of TANNING…

UVA is the dominant tanning ray, and we now know that tanning, be it done outdoors or indoors at a salon, will cause cumulative damage over time. A tan results from injury to the skin’s DNA; the skin darkens in an imperfect attempt to prevent further DNA damage. These imperfections, or mutations, can lead to skin cancer.

Tanning booths primarily emit UVA. The high-pressure sunlamps used in tanning salons emit doses of UVA as much as 12 times that of the sun. Not surprisingly, people who use tanning salons are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma, and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.

Are face moisturizers or foundations with SPF adequate for everyday coverage?

Moisturizers, tinted moisturizers, or foundations with at least SPF 15 provide light protection and is adequate for everyday activities—traveling to and from work, running errands, etc. For extra benefits, look for products that contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid to help protect skin from damage-causing free radicals, vitamin C ester to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and DMAE to visibly enhance skin tone.

However, if you have sensitive skin, or is currently taking medication that increases sensitivity to sunlight, and/or plan to have prolonged exposure to the sun, even the highest SPF will not be adequate to protect you from visible signs of damage such as sunburn and increased risk of wrinkles and skin cancer.

Studies have shown that no matter how much MORE sunscreen you apply or how much HIGHER the SPF of the sunscreen is, it will not prevent LESS damage to the skin if you are exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Therefore, try not to stay outdoors or tan in the sun between 12pm-2pm, the timing when Mr Sun is at his peak 😛


Reference points for this blog post:
Difference between UVA and UVB
| SPF, UVB and UVA Protection Explained | Sunscreen Tips

UV radiation is the main environmental factor that causes human skin aging, so avoid tanning. You should be outside at least 15 minutes each day for a brisk walk or other activities, but don’t bake in the sun. Melanocytes—melanin-producing cells—begin to burn out when you reach your late thirties and forties, making it more difficult for your skin to fight sun damage, which can result in uneven pigmentation.