I’m sure many of you agree that one of the top beauty products for summer is sunscreen. I wish someone had told me about this when I was younger, because it was only a few years ago that I learned about its importance. Even when I was in college, I’d walk around the city (Manhattan) with a bare naked face, hence the freckl-ish dark spots on my cheeks- bummer. Well, I’m glad I picked up the habit before it was too late… better late than never, right? :)
Anyhow, so ever since I started wearing sunscreen under makeup, I had been on a search of a perfect sunscreen for face.. because there aren’t that many good ones, to be honest. One of the reasons why I had a hard time was probably because I didn’t want to spend a fortune on something that I use up so quickly, yet I didn’t want to sacrifice quality since it’s one of the most important beauty products that I use daily. It’s something that you wear EVERYDAY, including those gloomy days and rainy days- you need protection 365/year unless you are staying home all day. and with all that pollution, the ozone layer is only getting thinner, which is another reason why the use of sunscreen has become more widespread than ever. Being the naive girl that I was, I thought sunscreen was only for those who lived in sunny states, not the cool ones who lived on the East Coast where the sun rarely shows its face. :P It turns out you need to wear it wherever you are regardless of the weather. Btw, this post was inspired by one of my favorite beauty gurus on Youtube, Bebexo. Her tutorials are always to the point and easy to follow while being extremely wearable. This may sound creepy but I find her voice exceptionally soothing- sometimes I watch it for its calming effect. haha. Anyways, her recent video is on top summer beauty products in which sunscreen is a main element. In the video, she mentions that there are two types of sunscreens- one made with physical ingredient (Shiseido Extra Smooth) and one with chemical ingredients (Neutrogena Ultra Sheer series). Chemical sunscreen penetrates your skin to protect from within while the Physical type just sits on it to protect it from harmful rays. What freaked me out was that the chemical type sometimes has ingredients that can cause cancer later on… eek! According to many sources, the Physical Type which is made with either Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide (natural minerals), is gentler on skin, making it ideal for sensitive skin, such as mine which is combination skin & turns red easily. Apparently one of its drawbacks is the white residue that it leaves behind but with Nano Technology which breaks up the product into tiny particles, you no longer need to worry about this. “Natural pigments such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are good UVB and UVA blockers. In the past, sunscreens containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide were not popular because they were opaque and thus quite unsightly when applied to this skin. However, modern sunscreen formulations containing micronized versions of these pigments are now much more pleasing to individuals.”- from Univ. of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics website
So with that said, I would like to introduce a revolutionary sunscreen cream that I’ve been loving.
This is Atomy Sun Cream with SPF 50+ PA+++ that I have been using for the past two months. Its main ingredient is Titanium Dioxide (physical blocker) along with Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Grapefruit, and other natural ingredients. I also own the Shiseido one but it doesn’t even compare to this one (see comparison photos below). This one instantly absorbs into your skin leaving it matte and fully protected while evening out/brightening skin tone. It also moisturizes and ameliorates acne problems. oh and it smells amazing! smells like fruit/herb which I absolutely love. I just placed an order for a bunch which are scheduled to arrive next week. Taking orders now! It makes it even more awesome that they are only $20! Now compare that to Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream which is sold for $30+ with less SPF (it also takes forever to absorb into skin and even when it does, my skin’s far from being matte)!
after 20 seconds of rubbing it on skin (it’s actually quicker to pat instead- absorption speed isn’t so bad)- feels a bit heavy. It’s not oily, but feels oily even after it’s fully absorbed, which I didn’t mind when I first used it (because it was better than the other ones I had used), but it all changed when I met Atomy. haha
After 20 seconds of rubbing… tried patting, yet took much longer to be absorbed than Shiseido. Still there, still a long way to go. Whiter than Shiseido- you can definitely tell the difference in quality.
and here’s Atomy Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++
My skin feels so soft and ready for makeup, it’s just amazing how versatile and handy this little sun cream is. Come on, what kind of sun screen preps your skin and treats acne?! and all that for $20? crazy. If you’ve been looking for that perfect sun screen that you can use everyday, look no further. I got what you need. Taking orders now! Feel free to email me, tweet me, or however you want to reach me.
Note: I purchased all the products with my own money and these are my honest opinions. The Atomy Sun Cream was initially sent to me as a gift from my mother in law in Korea and I liked it so much I ordered a bunch to share it with the beautiful people in the states. They are not available in stores- this company does not advertise which helps to keep the price low. All their products use nano-technology developed by Korean Atomic Research Institute and are manufactured by Kolmar Korea and other selected major companies.
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