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ike most women, I have a love-hate relationship with sunscreen. While I understand why it’s necessary, I find it such a chore to use. It is often so thick and creamy that it takes forever to apply on my face, then it needs another 10 minutes to be absorbed, and leaves me with icky, sticky skin.
I usually end up blotting my face with tissue paper to get rid of the stickiness, likely taking off some of the sun protection as well. Some days, I just don’t have time to wait for the sunscreen to sink into my skin. I apply foundation too soon, causing it to pill, which means I have to remove everything and start over.
So it’s no wonder I’ve fallen in love with sunscreens that have a watery texture. They are more viscous than water, but much lighter than, say, a serum or emulsion. They’re also a lot less sticky than cream sunscreens.
Easy to Apply
There’s no need to overthink application techniques with watery sunscreens. Just smooth them gently and evenly onto your skin.
“Unless specified by the brand, there is no special way to apply a sunscreen except to ensure that you apply enough. Don’t massage it aggressively into the skin as overrubbing can cause some products to pill, affecting their performance,” says Dr Calvin Chan, medical director of Calvin Chan Aesthetic and Laser Clinic.
Glen Ek, training executive for Shiseido, adds: “It does not matter how you apply the sunscreen; just ensure that it’s applied evenly across the whole area.”
You get a smooth, matte finish almost instantly, so you can apply makeup right away – no waiting. And you’ll love how your skin feels ultra-smooth and non-sticky. As the watery texture glides over skin effortlessly, all you need are about three 10-cent-sized portions to cover your face and neck. Glen says there is no definite rule about how much you should use, as long as your skin is covered.
Get High SPF Protection
In the past, any sunscreen with a high SPF would be thick and gooey. But cosmetics technology has advanced so much that you can get very powerful sun protection even from a light, watery formula – PA++++ for UVA rays and SPF50+ for UVB rays.
UVA rays damage skin cells and cause premature ageing. The Japan Cosmetic Industry Association has determined that PA++++ is the highest UVA protection you can get in a sunscreen.
UVB rays over-stimulate melanin in your skin, causing you to tan. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using at least SPF30, which blocks 97 per cent of UVB rays. Watery sunscreens can do better than that, giving you a sun protection factor of 50+.