The next few days of sun protection week will be of me slathering a quarter teaspoon of sunblock on my face.
In Day 1, I mentioned that 2 milligrams of sunblock per cm² of skin is needed to get the SPF rating as written on the label. I don’t own a weighing scale sensitive enough to measure milligrams so I’ll be using the measuring spoon approximation.
A fellow sunscreen addict told me that it’s possible to apply that much with Biore UV Perfect Face Milk (and still manage to look decent.)
I freaked out when I poured the sunblock on my palm because it was more than I usually apply and I was set on actually going through my day with that much goop on.
Here’s what a quarter teaspoon of Bioré UV Perfect Face Milk looks like on my face. (Note: I am not naked here. I am wearing a tank top so the contrast between my face and body can be seen.)
Say hello to my pale lips.
I looked a bit shiny because of the lighting but my skin looked matte in person. As soon as the alcohol dissipated, I look like I just applied a generous amount of translucent powder on. My face wasn’t as white and greasy as I expected. Maybe people a few shades lighter than me can wear this sunblock on its own. For reference, I’m light-medium yellow-olive. Refer to the menu for my foundation matches.
I powdered my face to counter the ashiness. I didn’t need to blot off shine throughout the day (I will have to re-test in the warmer months).
A bottle of Biore UV Perfect Face Milk is 30 ml. Assuming you’re like me who also doesn’t re-apply sunblock every few hours during the day, that’s about 24 days of use (1/4 tsp = 1.25 ml.)
I bought this bottle from TPE Marketplace, behind Makati Medical Center, for Php 480 — not expensive, but consider that you have to buy it every month if you follow the quarter teaspoon rule (re-application not considered).
What worries me is the alcohol. I’m ok with a little bit of alcohol in sunscreen because it makes the product easier to work with. But 1/4 teaspoon of it felt like I was massaging rubbing alcohol on my face. This could be dehydrating to the skin if done long-term even if you’re oily.
Conclusion: 1/4 teaspoon is doable and realistic with this sunblock, but not recommended for dry skin types.