Before dashing out your front door in the morning, don’t forget the very important ritual of putting sunblock on your face.
The importance of using a sunblock, especially on your face, has been discussed and shared countless times. The dangers of excessive sun exposure have been brought to light, so to speak.
In our youth, the more suntanned we look, the better looking we think we are. While it is undeniable that sunbathing can be good for you because it improves bone health and lowers blood pressure, to name a few of its benefits, be mindful that your sun exposure is not excessive.
Eventually we realize that excessive sun exposure accelerates aging. To avoid excessive sun exposure try to stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm. During those hours, the invisible rays of ultraviolet light (UVB and UVA) are strongest.
This has created an entire industry of cosmetic and dermatological products to protect people from the sun.
Different types of facial sunscreen
In the beginning, one type of sunblock was used for the body as well as the face. In recent history, South Koreans started the the sunblock alphabet craze with BB creams. Also know as beauty balms or blemish balms, these are the workhorses in a woman’s arsenal of beauty products.
Then came the CC creams. CC stands for “color corrective” which addresses redness and swelling. BB creams are heavier and are more like a foundation as compared to CC creams, but both BB and CC creams contain important ingredients that include anti-aging, tint (to even out discoloration and blemishes), and more importantly a sunscreen.
BB creams also double as a sunblock if they incorporate the right sunscreen ingredients. This you will know by checking the label to see if they have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, while having an SPF of 30 is ideal. The best facial sunblocks are broad spectrum ones which protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
Before, only international known brands were available in the local market. Luckily today, there are a handful of good homegrown products to suit different skin types and budgets.
Here is the lowdown on what’s available in the Philippine market today:
Founded by the uber popular Dr. Vicky Belo, her line of commercially available Belo products have made beauty and skin wellness within reach for Filipinos. She has several sunblock products but the Bel Intensive Whitening BB Cream is one of the more popular ones.
It’s perfect for the face as it has a tint that evens out the skin tone. In addition, it has whitening agents, Kojic Acid and Tranexamic Acid, which whiten and reduce the appearance of dark spots.
The best part about being “Belofied” with this product is that it is very affordable at just P144.75 for a 10ml and is sold in stores like SM Department Store, Watsons, and some leading grocery stores.
From the makers of popular over-the-counter medicine (UNILAB) comes a line of skin care products called Celeteque DermoScience.
It’s a no-nonsense brand that assures you your skin is protected. They claim that their products are effective and “proven and backed up by a double blind clinical trial conducted among women aged 35-60 years old.”
At the same time it is a matte moisturizer, which is not very common for facial sunscreens. What it lacks is the tint that BB and CC creams provide.
The price is also reasonable at P230.00 for 50ml. You can find their products at Mercury Drug Store and other drugstores, supermarkets and department stores nationwide.
Lastly there is VMV Hypoallergenics. It is a brand started by Filipina dermatologist, Dr. Vermen M. Verallo-Rowell.
Today the brand has quite a cult-following in Asia, North America, the Middle East and Europe!
With the eye-catching interior of their stores, world-class package design, cute product names and more importantly - effective products, it’s widely popularity around the world.
An interesting twist to the regular BB cream is VMV Hypoallergenic’s BBBB cream which stands for “BB But Better.” This product stands out with its “dewy look” promise. Like all BB creams, it promises to even out skin tone and to provide sunscreen.
It’s a bit pricey at P1075 for a 50ml bottle but it’s worth every cent.
VMV Hypoallergenics products are available in leading department and drug stores, but we recommend shopping in their stores for the enjoyable experience.
The only downside to buying from their stores is the temptation to buy other products not on your shopping list!
With these proudly Philippine-made sunscreen products widely available in the market, women have no excuse to skip their daily skin regimen. All it takes is a less than a minute to apply these miracle products and then when you step out of your house you’ll be beautiful and protected.
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