Sunscreen Reviews and Application Tips

I admit it – I only got Coppertone Waterbabies Spray SPF50 (~$6) because I fell in love with the pink bottle and the baby. Lucky for me, this sunscreen is so much more than just a cute bottle.

The sunscreen contains Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (13%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (2%) and Oxybenzone (4%) for both UVA and UVB protection. Thanks to its super gentle formula that is clinically tested to be non-stinging even on baby’s delicate skin, it works great on my sensitive skin. It never dries out my skin or breaks me out. It does go on a little greasy but for someone with dry skin like me, it is perfect and I do not need another moisturizer underneath. I have also worn makeup on top of this and it never makes my makeup slide off, not even in the steaming Los Angeles weather.

Not to mention, you get a lot of product for its price. It comes in a huge 8oz. bottle that lasts forever and all you need is one pump for the face and two for the arm or leg.

No wonder supermodel Heidi Klum is also an avid user of this!

Flip through any Japanese magazine and you will definitely see Shiseido Anessa Neo Sunscreen SPF50 ($38) – yes it is THAT popular in Asia. So when it first came out in Hong Kong, I literally ran out and got myself a bottle. But sadly, that turned out to be a not-so-great idea.

Like most Japanese sunscreens, this goes on greasy but dries to a very matte finish and I mean very. In fact, it is so matte that it made my nose slightly flaky. Plus it gave my skin a ghostly white cast which was so not hot! So yes this may come with a high SPF and pretty models in their ads, but I will not be buying this again.

It has been absolutely sizzling here in Chi-town for the past few days so I wanted to do an entry on sunscreens and clear up some of the misconceptions about them.