Sun damage? Not here

Growing up in Australia, sun, sunburn and sun damage is something that comes up constantly. From the “tanning is skin cells in trauma” ads to the frequent physical vs chemical sunscreen debate, we all KNOW enough about sun damage and sun protection but I still feel we don’t act on it enough (my self included TBH). I just had to talk a friend through sunburn aftercare after she got badly burnt at an outdoor wedding we both attended. Being Asian I’m not as susceptible to burning as some however I have been sunburnt quiet badly a handful of times; mostly in “oh shit! I forgot you need sunscreen there” places like right up on your butt, on your boobs and near the hairline on the nape of your neck. But my burns only last 2-3 days and turn into nice tans and I never really thought much about it. That is until I took my mum for a facial not long ago and heard the esthetician discuss her sun damage with her, in my head an alarm went off like “shit son, that’s you in 30 years”. Since then I’ve taken sun protection a bit more seriously, investing in a few products that’ll make it a whole lot easier to be a whole lot more careful in the sun.

The IT Cosmetics CC cream with spf50 is such a life-changing product. It’s a tinted cc cream that seriously changes the game. It’s a ‘complete’ numerous-products in one for me. I just put this on with a blending brush after toner in the morning and I am good to go. I can skip serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, primer and concealer. Absolutely amazing for me as I HATE layering products in the morning, like ain’t no body got time to wait for all the layers to dry!? It’s got a ton of coverage (medium foundation level) and such a high SPF count that I’ve rarely found in any other cosmetic product. I find that on most days, unless I have a break out, I can get away with not even using any concealer at all, rare for a foundation let along just a CC! The only downside to this is that the product is a bit more ‘dewy’ than I like, most of my base products are oil free/matte etc. and I do find I need a bit of powder to set this for a whole day’s wear.

Peter Thomas Roth Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral SPF30 is another product that’s made me go “GAME CHANGER!” It’s a talc-free, mineral spf product that really helps to not only add sun protection but also mattifies the skin. Like I said above I hate layering a crap load of wet products on my face, especially for sunscreen because you need to reapply. This is just genius and makes those re-applications SO easy. It’s lightly tinted but I still prefer it OVER a base product rather than on its own. The only downside is the whack-af packaging, it seriously took me ages to figure out how to make the product work but once I figured the push/pull mechanism it’s worked a treat! 

As for the rest of my body I don’t have as many issues wearing/applying/reapplying sunscreen but I do have to say, Banana Boat’s Sport spf50 with ‘cool zone’ is absolutely amazing. Not only because they’ve made the application process a lot quicker but because the this version smells divine! It’s a really ‘high end’ scent that is crisp, clean and actually lasts ages. So much better than that classic talc-y sunscreen smell. It leaves a light moisturised feeling on skin and I have no problems layering this over tanning products. 

You don’t need to stress about it, you just need to make your makeup routine work harder!