The scorching heat outside, , kiddie floaters and portable swimming pools selling in the malls, drugstore displays are suddenly flooded with infinite brands of sunblocks and the likes…are telling us that summer is here.
Of course you dont just put sunscreen during summer or when you go to the beach. You need to put on sunscreen everyday and in all seasons. To know more about the proper amount and what to look for in a sunscreen click here to find out how and why.
Anyway here is my review of the sunplay sunscreen lotion variants:
The company boasts of their Solarex-3 new advanced technology providing 3in1 UV defense to help protect against sun damage, skin aging and dryness caused by UV rays.
- photostable, broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection – combines 5-6 UV filters that does not break down or degrade easily
- protects against photoaging – has ectoin and golden seaweed extract
- intense hydration with hyaluronic acid
- watery light texture
- water resistant
- no colorant or mineral oil. low irritation.
ingredients in blue are mildly comedogenic, red are comedogenic/acne irritants, in bold are irritants to sensitive skin types, in yellow might cause acne/irritants/sensitivity to some but not applied to everyone. Sunplay clear water whitening SPF 60 PA+++
Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel SPF 50+ PA++++
Ingredients – water, alcohol, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid, diethylamino hydroxy-benzoyl hexyl benzoate, propylene glycol, dicaprylate/dicaprate, cyclopentasiloxane, arachidyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, arachidyl glucoside, aloe leaf juice, citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, silica, disodium phenyl dibenzimidazole tetrasulfonate, ethylhexyl triazone, sodium hydroxide, butylene glycol, methylisothiazolinone, methylparaben, propylparaben, phenoxyethanol, sodium citrate, propanediol, portulaca olearacea extract, polysorbate60, tremella fuciformis polysaccharide, methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, xanthan gum, fragrance, glycerin, soybean seed extract, disodium EDTA, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium hyaluronate, caprylic triglyceride, laminaria ochroleuca extract, citric acid, ectoin.
smell/color/texture – flowery scent but upon application you can smell the strong alcohol it contains, milky white in color w/ light watery texture with no white cast when applied unto skin. sinks in and absorbs quickly by the skin.
ph level – 7
verdict – this has a very ideal UV protection. sinks in quickly and has absolutely no whitecast. For oily or combination skin people like me would love this since it does not contain any comedogenic ingredients. Unfortunately if you are very particular about alcohol, this might irritate sensitive, mature or dry skin types, you can literally smell alcohol upon application. Even if the product claims to give hydration the hyaluronic acid this contains is not enough to compensate for the high alcohol content. As I currently would want to eliminate alcohol in my skincare since im not getting any younger, this wont work for me in the long run. This is ok for a body sunblock though and I use it occasionally when I’m planning to just run an errand or two outside then rinse it after since its not waterproof so i dont need to do an oil cleanse to wash it off then do a full morning routine afterwards.
rating – 3/5
Sunplay Clear Water Whitening SPF 60 PA+++
Ingredients: water, cyclopentasiloxane, c12-15, zinc oxide, polyhydroxystearic acid, triethoxycaprylysilane, alcohol, cyclomethicone, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, triethylhexanoin, polymethyl methacrylate, glycerin, trimethylsilosilicate, lauryl peg/ppg-18/18, methicone, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, ethylhexyl triazone, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, tocopheryl acetate, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, fragrance, methylparaben, butylene glycol, aloe leaf extract, lotus extract, sodium hyaluronate, ectoin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, laminaria ochroleuca extract, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate.
smell/color/texture – typical sunblock smell that is milky white in color, very runny in consistency almost like water. very easy application no need to rub rub rub just to take out that white cast. dries quickly and is waterproof.
ph level – 7
verdict – this is slightly tolerable and more gentle than the watery gel variant but this still contains alcohol, still ph level of this is very high so you would want to make sure that you are always using products that are in the ph5.5 range so its more gentle on your skin and wont dry you out or irritate you. Still is a great sunblock if you are in a hurry since it requires no wait time, it simply dries down upon application, then you can immediately proceed with your makeup application. This one did not gave me breakouts as well. Also great for oily, combination and acne prone skin.
rating – 3.5/5
Sunplay Watery Cool SPF 75 PA+++
Ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane, water, zinc oxide, triethoxycaprylysilane, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, triethylhexanoin, alcohol, cyclomethicone, trimethylsilosilicate, titanium dioxide, aluminum hydroxide, hydrated silica, dimethicone, methicone copolymer, polymethylsilsesquioxane, glycerin, lauryl PEG/PPG-18-18 methicone, menthol, polyglyceryl-2 trilsosterate, dimethicone, peg10/15 crosspolymer, ethylhexyl triazone, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, fragrance, methylparaben, disodium EDTA, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, aminaria ochroleuca extract, sodium hyaluronate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ectoin.
smell/color/texture – smells like menthol feels like menthol. milky white in color w/ almost watery like consistency. no white cast and dries down easily has a cooling effect upon application.
ph level – 7
verdict – this has almost the same consistency, feel, and ingredient list as with the clear water variant the only difference is that this has higher SPF rating and has a cooling effect upon application.
rating – 3.5/5
Sunplay water kids SPF 60+ PA+++
Ingredients: water, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, titanium dioxide, diethylhexyl carbonate, polyglycerl-6 polyhydroxystearate, caprylyl methicone, butylene glycol, arachidyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, arachidyl glucoside, polymethylsilsesquioxane, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, dispropyl sebacate, ethylhexyl triazone, phenoxyethanol, ethylexylglycerin, hydroxyethyl acrylate, sodium acryloyidimethyl taurate copolymer, squalene, polysorbate 60, sorbitan isostearate, xanthan gum, inulin lauryl carbamate, bisabolol, hectorite, cellulose, disodium EDTA, propylene glycol, sorbitol, chamomile extract, methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methroxyphenyl triazine, citric acid, laminaria ochroleuca extract, caprylic triglyceride, sodium hyaluronate, ectoin.
smell/color/texture – almost unnoticable chamomile scent. the thickest of all the 4 variants. also milky white in color, no whitecast as well when spread unto skin.
ph level – 5.5 perfect!!!
verdict – ah!!! alas we found a winner in this batch. this does not contain any ethanol, it has the perfect ph level, its gentle for me, for sensitive and dry skin types and of course for kids. its not too thick that when you apply it will give you that horrible white cast, this has no white cast at all. its like your just putting another layer of light lotion. sinks in quickly and beautifully. You need very little wait time to put on makeup. I even use this on my 3 year old and he just loves it. He has sensitive skin that when you use SLS’s on him even at the right ph will still give him rashes immediately. This did not give him any irritation at all. There are no artificial fragrances, colorants and mineral oil. It is water resistant and did i mention it is affordable? oh yes it is! What more can you ask for in a sunscreen? oh if only you have a higher PA rating i wont look anywhere else and use you forever.
rating – 4.5/5 (higher PA rating please and you would be my perfect sunscreen forever!!!)
how about you any favorite sunscreen suggestions?