Sunscreen is the first beauty product to enter our lives. From a very young age, our parents will me smearing that white lotion over our chubby faces, as we try at all costs to run away and jump in the sea. As we grow older, we attribute the need for sunscreen to long beach holidays and a fresh cocktail (a dream that becomes rarer and rarer as we enter the workforce!). We all know the benefits of daily sunscreen: aside from preventing sun damage and premature ageing, sunscreen is a health care product in that it prevents skin cancer, all the more prevalent as the temperatures rise.
But, if we are aware of how pivotal sunscreen is to our health and overall skin condition, why do we keep on forgetting to use it? The answer is no rocket science. Imagine yourself applying sunscreen for 3s. What image comes to your mind? You're likely picturing an oddly fragrant and slick lotion that makes it impossible to go out of the house. For oily skin types, sunscreens may leave residue that causes more breakouts and accentuates inflammation, which is a no-go. At the end of the day, the truth is we don't like the way sunscreen feels and looks on the skin and that is why we may spend time covering ourselves in luxurious beauty balms but may skip the single most important skincare step (yep, sunscreen!). It makes me think that the sunscreen industry has a long way to go. But Missha has certainly found the formula.
Lots of people asked us to curate sunscreen products! And while we've been working non-stop to find the best Korean skincare, sunscreens were always on the disappointing side. Let me explain. Even though we live and die for sun protection, most brands have developed formulas that contain a series of irritating agents. Parabens and BHT are common substances in sunscreens, and we certainly didn't believe that was the way to go. That's why I was happy to comme across Missha All-around Safe Block Sebum Zero Sun SPF 50/PA+++. This anti-UVA and UVB lotion succeeds in many ways that traditional sunscreens do not. The formula is simple and contains 'physical' sunscreen agents instead of agressive 'chemical' agents. That makes a world difference! (Ps: the terminology physical and chemical is made to help customers differentiate between the two types of sunscreen. If you want a more accurate and scientific description of what distinguishes these two lines of sunscreen agents, check this post from Kindsofstephen, who prefers to call them organic and inorganic sunscreens!)
Physical UV filters are way less likely to trigger skin sensitivity and one of the reasons why Missha Sebum Zero Sun SPF 50 is suitable for troubled skin. The broad spectrum protection here of SPF 50 is afforded by a combination of zinc oxyde and titanium dioxide: the two main UV filters present in the formula are also naturally occurring minerals. Together these two agents absorb and reflect UV rays, shielding your skin from harmful interference. Physical sunscreens are also stabler and offer longer protection than its chemical counterparts. As per the EWG (a non-profit organization specialised in consumer safety), both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are among the best UV filters out there. These two substances present no skin allergy concerns and low toxicity, besides not causing hormone disruption (commonly associated with chemical sunscreen filters). The choice is simple. If you want to protect your skin without harming your body, titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide are the way to go.
The rule of thumb is: 1/2 teaspoon of high protection sunscreen will keep your face free of sun damage. That will last you a few hours, the reason why re-applying sunscreen is gold. Pat sunscreen with your hands and let it absorb. A common mistake we make is to rub sunscreen against the skin. That mostly leads to crumbles being formed and a not-so-pleasant result. Pat, dab, pat, dab, just that! To avoid forgetting this little buddy, carry Missha Sebum Zero Sun SPF 50 in your handbag and splash some physical filters whenever exposed to sunlight (even on cloudy days!). A reality check is to open your weather app for the UV index. You'll notice that even when the sun is hiding, UV rays are not! The struggle is real. And before I forget, this is a face and body sunscreen. We are often so concerned about our faces that we forget neck, chest and hands deserve daily protection too!
But when should you apply sunscreen? If you are a Kbeauty lover, you'll be wondering where is sunscreen supposed to fit within the layers of love and beauty you're feeding your skin with. Sunscreen should be the last step of your skincare, but needs to go before makeup. If you're wearing foundation of bb creams, sunscreens go before that. If your foundation or bb cream contains sunscreen, remember that you will be required to apply the same 1/2 teaspoon to get the promised sun protection. Now, let's be real, 1/2 teaspoon of most foundations and bb cream is likely to get cakey and overly done. For that reason, if you're not applying that safe 1/2 spoon of coverage, go on with sunscreen before and you'll be good! Another reason to rely on sunscreen products alone is that you're unlikely to re-apply 1/2 spoon of foundation or bb cream throughout the day. That's a job for sunscreen. If you're not convinced by now, just look at how cute this tube is!
Missha Sebum Zero Sun SPF 50 comes out as a creamy, white lotion, which is extremely easy to apply. This sunscreen is effective and keeps my skin fair as a fairy all day long, and that means the world to my overly sensitive skin. Most sunscreens tend to leave my skin reddish right away. That does not happen when using Missha Sebum Zero Sun. Not a single tingle. The sunscreen has a dry-touch type of formula and after a few seconds it's all in. That means it doesn't transfer easily and won't stain your clothes. Plus, the matte finish is sooo there. If you've been looking for a matte sunscreen, you've found it. One of the things that impressed me the most is that Missha Sebum Zero Sun SPF 50 prevented my skin from excess shine during the day. That's where the sebum zero truly stands out.
One thing you might notice in the picture is that physical sunscreen, despite all its glory, leaves a slight white cast. Sighs. But that's okay. The cast reduces over time and if you're going out, that bb cream or foundation will do the job of restoring your natural shade. If your skin tends to show redness and irritation, the cast is actually handy: it smoothes the surface of the skin and makes it a more uniform canvas for any subsequent product.
This is a keeper. Not only because sunscreen is essential to long-term skin health, but also because it is the perfect sunscreen for oily and combination types. Most gel-like sunscreens for oily and combination skin are chemical sunscreens, and while they look like there weren't even there, inside your skin is aching. Missha All-around Safe Block Sebum Zero Sun SPF 50 is the product you've been missing all along and that will stay in your cabinet for years to come.
You'll love this product if:
- you want an effective, sensitive-skin friendly sunscreen
- you have combination or oily skin
- you want a dry-touch, matte effect
- you want to learn to love daily sunscreen