I’m loving the cold weather but I had to set aside my watery sunscreens to keep my skin from drying out. Since I don’t like layering lotions and potions on my face, I started using alcohol-free cream-type sunscreens to serve as moisturizer-and-sunblock in one.
I sifted through the samples in my stash and saw this:
I used this for 2 consecutive days and applied it as I would any other moisturizer.
On the 2nd day, I was glad I remembered that I was doing the quarter-teaspoon experiment. What was left was half of a quarter teaspoon. Sorry!
Here are photos of my face, in the following order:
- Bare face
- After a thin layer of sunscreen (the amount I usually use)
- After adding all the sunscreen in the measuring spoon
The 3rd photo was taken after 30 minutes of letting the sunblock sink in. I can’t imagine how I would look like if I applied a quarter teaspoonful or if I used this in the summer.
I didn’t read the product claims prior to use, but since it’s oil-free*, I didn’t expect that the thinnest layer would give me a level of sheen beyond tolerable for
an oily skinned person like me.
I went through the day with my 3rd photo face, but not without powdering. I used Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder and a light dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light to bring back some sheen to the prominent parts of my face.
I stayed in a non-humid air-conditioned environment all day and I didn’t need to reapply the powder. But by mid-day, I needed to use a blotting sheet.
I googled for the claims and found them somewhat misleading. I do not find these to be true:
- Oil-free formula gives matte touch without oily or shininess giving a light usage feeling.
- Silicon polymer ingredients hide pores and silky powder with excellent sebum absorptive power absorbs sebum, maintaining sleek and refreshing skin tone.
- Clove oil and herb extracts control sebum secretion and soothes skin tone, leaving skin feel clarified and healthy.
I had to check if I was looking at the same sunblock variant.
For my conclusion on the teaspoon experiment: I’d say, if you’re set on following the quarter teaspoon rule, do not buy this. It’s not worth the effort of powdering and blotting considering that the UVA rating of PA++ is too low.
*Sometimes I forget that oil-free doesn’t mean anything. Most of the time, oil-free products have oil-like ingredients (e.g., butylene glycol, silicone) used as alternative.