Friday, August 22, 2008

Shiseido Suncreen: A Wortwhile Spend

My skin is the Paris Hilton of the skin world: High maintenance, finicky, reactive and overall...annoying! I break out at the drop of a hat and am noticing some wrinkles I hadn't anticipated on dealing with until my 30's (at the earliest). I am truly kicking myself for not getting into a consistent habit of using sunscreen and advise you to avoid repeating my mistake.

Why was I so negligent about using sunscreen? Simply put, it was too greasy and made me break out. I wish I learned of Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 55 PA+++ sooner. This is the only sunscreen (and I've tried many) that is not oily on my skin (some find this more mattifying than others) and has not led to a single breakout. And while I do note a bit of a white cast, it isn't nearly as bad as with other sunscreens. I apply this with a foundation brush to ensure an even coating and to avoid that dry, filmy feeling it tends to leave on my fingertips. The cream version of this product (in a tube) is not recommended for oily, acne-prone skin. This sunscreen with an SPF 55 that works well for my skin type is a great purchase even at $37 for a 3.3 oz bottle.

In case you are curious, the "PA+++" indicates the level of UVA protection (the scale ranges from "+" to "+++") whereas SPF is a measurement of protection against UVB rays. The combination of the two makes for superior, broad scale protection against the sun. This sunscreen is water resistant and boasts of ingredients that improve the condition of your skin although frankly, I have yet to notice anything beyond it's superior power to prevent sunburn.

1 comment:

Christina said...

LOVE this product!
It's also great in that it's a physical sunscreen, so it doesn't have to be applied first so that it can sink into your skin.

I admit, I get lazy and apply this after my moisturizer because my skin dries out wayy to much if I apply it before!