Monday, June 28, 2010

Sun Protection with Hawaiian Tropic


Everyone needs sun protection, no matter what color you are. Hawaiian Tropic has introduced a number of sunscreens with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. I'm not too familiar with the UVA/UVB thing, but supposedly UVA rays are the ones that have the greatest long-term effect on your skin, like wrinkles and skin cancer and UVB rays are the ones that you notice right away, the ones that BURN you.

So what's up with the SPF numbers? Higher is not always better. The numbers are based on effectiveness of UVB rays, NOT UVA. That's why it's important to have a good broad-spectrum sunscreen. If you're wearing SPF 15, that means that it would take 15 times as long to burn. So if it takes you 10 minutes to burn, it means after applying the sunscreen, you won't burn for 150 minutes. Supposedly.

I'm a medium complected Korean gal and I personally use Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense Facial Moisturizer SPF 50 on my face every day. It does leave a bit of a white cast but it absorbs quickly. Don't forget that you need SPF even when it's cloudy outside. For body I recommend a SPF of 20 or higher. If I go to the beach for the day, I'd take SPF 50. If I'm just going to be walking around in the sun for a little bit I'd take a SPF 30. I know I should probably wear it all over my body every day but I'm too lazy.

-Baby Creme Lotion SPF 50 ($11.29) - I don't have a baby. But that doesn't stop me from using this lotion. It's very lightly scented, it's hard to detect actually. I like that. It boasts being pediatrician and dermatologist tested and it won't run into your eyes (because everybody knows that sucks...) Very thick. Good if you aren't into scented sunscreen. Good for babies, so they say.

face candy grade: B+

-Mango After Sun Creme Lotion ($9.99) - Certainly one of my favorites. I tend to be not so diligent in applying sunscreen, but I'm always dousing myself in things once I'm home and out of the sun and occasionally in slight pain from sunburn. This is a delicious mango scented creme that moisturizes and softens skin. I still have some more research to do on whether this attracts bugs, because I HATE that. I'm a freaking mosquito magnet in the summer. No bueno.

face candy grade: A

-Sheer Touch Creme Lotion SPF 50 ($11.29) - This is a thick creme lotion with a new take on the classic Hawaiian Tropic Scent of coconut and flora and fruit extracts. It's water resistant, oil-free, non-greasy, formulated with SunSure Technology, which is tested in natural sunlight, using less chemical sunscreens and advanced UVA protection. It's on the thicker side and takes a couple minutes to rub in but turns out to be quite moisturizing.

face candy grade: B+

-Tanning Creme Lotion SPF 10 ($9.99) - This is a thick creme lotion with SPF that keeps your skin soft and moisturized. It has a classic Coconut fragrance and is infused with shea, mango and cocoa butters. I really like the scent of this one, it's subtle but a little bit coconuty and tropical. The formula is not as thick as the higher SPF ones and it absorbs very quickly. Also available in SPF 2, but I4, 6 and 8, but I think if it's under 10 or 15, you might as well not even bother.

face candy grade: B-

Overall my favorite sunscreen was the Sheer Touch Creme Lotion SPF 50 but I'll definitely use the Baby Creme Lotion too. I like the packaging, they're in fairly sturdy metal bottles with fitted plastic tops. I could throw this in my beach bag and not have to worry that its leaking. After perusing the Hawaiian Tropic website, I find myself wanting a number of their other products like the Lime Coolada After Sun Moisturizer, a kid's or baby Stick Sunscreen, and their two Lip Balms that contain SPF 45. My lips totally need SPF 45. I don't want wrinkles!

*Samples were provided by PR Company or Manufacturer. It did not change my opinion of this product.
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