On Rotation: Sunscreens Again

Wow, this series is a total fail because I just don’t update at all. I guess I have to schedule a few of these at one go, so that I have content every week. I already planned what to write – it’s just a matter of writing it. Heh. Anyway, today, I want to talk about sunscreens again. Well, it’s because they’re important, and also, because I’m forever trying new sunscreens, to satisfy my curiosity. I go through them rather quickly, so I get to test quite a few ๐Ÿ™‚

Hada Labo came out with 2 new ones a few months ago, and they areย Hada Labo 5-in-1 UV Perfect Gel Moisturiser (RM94.90) and 5-in-1 UV Gel SPF50+ PA++++ (RM52.90). I love that these are PA++++ but I’m not so sure about the 5-in-1. They are marketed as essence, makeup base and face primer as well. The moisturizer has SPF50+ so I guess if you have dry skin, this will be good under your sunscreen. However, if the moisturizer already has SPF50, does it mean I don’t have to use another sunscreen on top? For me, I ALWAYS use a sunscreen on top of moisturizer so this one is redundant. The UV Gel sunscreen is great though. It’s lightweight but not drying at all. Of all the Hada Labo sunscreens I tried (together with other Japanese drugstore brands’), this is the most moisturizing. I can see how it’ll be good for drier weather. In this humidity, those with oily skin might not like it so much.



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I bought these 2 Avene sunscreens (about RM89 each) after reading Tracy’s review. We only have these 2 in Malaysia though. When I tried it the first time, I thought I loved it! However, I applied it when I was in the car, with the air condition at full blast. Once I got into the sun, it was a different story. I want to find a mineral sunscreen that’s not too heavy, but after many tries, I have to say this Avene one is super thick. If you have medium skin tone, the tint will make you look grey. It’s fine on me, but when I applied it on Ashlyn before her swimming lesson, she was bopping around like a grey ball. Hahaha! Also, she hated the smell. There isn’t any artificial fragrance, but it did smell weird. It did have excellent protection though. After an hour’s swim, when Ashlyn come out of the water, she still looks greyish. (ROFL!) I need to really scrub her down to get rid of the sunscreen. So, I use it exclusively on her body before swimming. On her face, I use something else that smells better.



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The orange bottle has similar smell but not as pungent. There’s a very light floral scent to mask it, I guess. This one is lighter, and goes on without a tint. I can use this on my face, but if I have makeup on, the base will slide after a few hours. I have normal skin, so maybe those with very dry skin might appreciate it better. Still, I use it when I decide to skip foundation. I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase any of these because of the price. It’s expensive for a drugstore brand, and I’m not in love with either of them. The mineral one though, I’ll definitely use that when I know I’ll be out in the sun for a longer time.



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Oh, I just bought this last week. We were at Guardian pharmacy and we found this one for kids! Tried it on both Chloe and Ashlyn and they seem to like it. Haven’t really tested it yet, but what can go wrong, right?






What’s your go to sunscreen? Do you just stick to one, or do you like to experiment like me?



xoxo Lily



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  • Oh well! Sorry they didn’t work for you! I like that mineral one because MAN it stays on and I never burn with it on! But I only use it on my face, not all over. The other one I like for all over. I don’t really notice a bad smell with either of them though.

    • Lily

      The mineral one does stay on, like a champ! If the weather here is cooler, I think it would be awesome for the thicker texture

  • I want to experiment now. I have 2 on rotation – the Japanese Biore one and a 3W korean one. It’s hard to find brands of sunscreen to try that isn’t just the usual American stuff. There are stores that sell Asian ones but they’re way overpriced!

    • Lily

      I hear you. Canmake and Kate are overpriced here as well, but they’re makeup. Thank goodness we still have the very affordable sunscreens from Sunplay and they work well enough!

  • The Hada labo line sunscreens are something I really try for myself soon. Right now I’m using the U.S. version of Hada Labo stuff and I love it as much as the Japanese ones (they are pretty much the same).
    I think all mineral sunscreens with high SPF are generally thick and heavy (I haven’t seen any exception!). From now on, I will buy Japanese all mineral if I want some. They are realistically numbered like SPF 36, btw. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lily

      I don’t think I’ve seen a Japanese all mineral one here. I need to pay more attention from now on. Maybe I totally missed it!

  • I like to stick with one when I find it, lol, and I’m happy with the Neutrogena all-mineral versions I have now (for face and another for body). I have a Tatcha one to try too, though, and I have high hopes for that, even if it has chemical sunscreens in it.

    • Lily

      I should stick to one but the one I want to stick to is expensive. So I stray ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Before I left for Hawaii I tried a LOT of sunscreens! I had like 6 on rotation at all times, with new ones constantly being added. Right now I’m back to using Glo-Therapeutics for my face and no sunscreen for the bod anymore (everything’s covered now anyway as fall is here).

    • Lily

      Lol well if you live in my country then you’d have probably be experimenting with more sunscreens than I have! And I think it’s a good thing.

  • HaHaahahahaa Lily your descriptions about ashlyn as just hilarious!!! I remember something awhile back about her turning green?? Anyway, yeah i’m also wondering th same about moisturisers with high SPF ratings!!! Do I still need another sunscreen over it? Well i suppose i do since I don’t apply quite as much moisturizer as I need to get the true sun protection… right?? Hmm…..

    • Lily

      Yes, when Ashlyn didn’t use sunscreen, she turns green! And now that I bathe her in sunscreen, she’s grey. HAHAHAHA!