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Simply Her (Singapore) - - Beauty -

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.”

A Time-saver

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+.

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