Sunscreen – The Ultimate Top 3 (August 2012)

Surveyed 27 products in 7 retail websites in the month of July, 2012

Ranked #1. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 PA+++  $35 (3.3oz)

2011 CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Winner

Ranked #2. Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protection Cream SPF 50 PA+++   $120 (1.7oz)

Pearly tint. Unique red light-transmitting powder. Fit for a princess!

Ranked #3. La Mer The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid PA++  $70 (1.4oz)

Neiman Marcus Beauty Award Winner 2010

The first thing you should do before purchasing a sunscreen is to think about utility – do you stay indoors or outdoors?  If you’re planning on an outdoor activity, wear one that is at least SPF 50 PA+++.  Reapply every three hours. If staying indoors, then one with SPF 30 PA++ is reasonable.  Apply a quarter-size amount twice onto your face to ensure coverage.  Too little of it will weaken its protection.

The second part you should consider is whether your skin likes physical or chemical sunscreen.  Most products on the market contain both. Physical sunscreen, or sunblock, are UV filters that deflects light but does not completely block out UVA (photoaging!). Their properties are generally stable and doesn’t cause free radicals; however, Titaniaum Dioxide may be the culprit for breakouts.  Another drawback is its unfavorably thick, white and opaque texture.  Chemical sunscreen absorbs light, but can cause free radicals and premature aging.  It can be more irritable to skin and cause allergic reactions.  The positive side is its colorless, runny, easy-to-apply texture.  It is also more effective against UVA/UVB rays.  Many chemical UV filters have not been FDA approved, therefore sunscreen sold in Asia and Europe can contain newer ingredients even when they carry the same product names.

Read the labels, study the ingredients before you purchase your next sunscreen.  Test out a few different brands to see what works best for you.

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