Fully Armored

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.

(sorry about the yellowness- it’s the bathroom lighting)

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)!

Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream for Face SPF36 PA+++: $30+

Consistency: watery, a bit heavy

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

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 70: $10

You can see two separate products- oil and the rest… not good. :P

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+++

so clean! very creamy consistency, with no separation nor oiliness. :D

after 20 seconds… btw, please pat it instead of rubbing! So soft & evened out!

This is me these days… Atomy Sun Cream, BB Cream, and a little bit of face powder are all I wear. not bad considering that I have no foundation on… and that I’m not 20, or 25 for that matter! hahah

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.

© 2010 – 2011, Tomi. All rights reserved.

  8 comments for “Fully Armored

  1. janice gabuat
    July 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Hi! I was looking for a review about ATOM sun cream and good thing I’ve stumbled upon your page! I’ve also used Neutrogena sunblock before but it stung my eyes like crazy so I stopped using it. I’m using Nivea at the moment. I have combination skin and I’m also into BB creams (I have Skin79 and Elianto). It’s hard to pair a sunblock with a BB cream sometimes (without your face looking pasty)…however, I think you have achieved a really nice, flawless look :) Will buy this product too! Great review.

  2. Tomi
    July 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Janice,
    For some reason your comment was classified as spam so I only read your comment now- I apologize. I know what you mean by “hard to pair a sunblock with a BB Cream” because the combination tends to make your skin feel a bit pasty (not sure how else it can be described), which is actually not the case with Atomy products. The sunscreen is the lightest I’ve ever used and it leaves your skin looking dewy yet matte. I started mixing their BB cream with my Laura Mercier oil free foundation lately which ends up providing the best of both worlds- coverage and protection (whitening effect as well in this case). Let me know if you are interested in the sunscreen and/or the BB Cream as I have a few left in stock. thanks for visiting and commenting! :)

  3. August 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Hi, my skin is super oily and acne prone too.. Can u s
    recommend me a good sunscream and bb cream.
    Thank you

  4. Tomi
    August 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Meg, I’d recommend Atomy sunscreen that I wrote about on this post. It dries matte while providing maximum protection from the UV rays. It’s also made w natural ingredients which is a plus. As for BB cream, I’d recommend Dr Jart Silver Label which is for oily/combination skin. I wrote about it last week on my blog so be sure to check it out! Hope this helps. ;)

  5. December 2, 2011 at 1:18 am

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  6. July 30, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Hi. Great post. I’m an American living in Korea, where would I find this sunscreen? Thank you!

  7. min
    March 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    my mom is a seller of atomy products so i had the opportunity to use a lot of atomy skincare products. I love their toner, because it’s really gentle and seems to restore balance to my skin after washing my face with whatever cleanser. However, their sunscreen is something I cant use on my face. I have to use a tiny amount on my face or I’ll get a greasy cast on my face. But the worst part is that i swear this is what is breaking me out. Everytime i’ve used this product i had small breakouts and itchy skin. I really wish my skin liked this product but it doesn’t :( glad it works for you!

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