Sunscreens are the most essential product one could possibly include in his/her skin care routine! If you want to start building your routine, start with a good sunscreen. A local brand called Skin Genie has this highly rated sunscreen! Want to know my thoughts?
▫️Skin Genie Healthy Sunscreen with Insect Repellent, Moisturizer, and SPF 75▫️
➡️PHP200 for 100mL⠀⠀⠀⠀
➡️Bought it on BeautyMNL
✨Claims: shields against harmful UV rays, repels insects, moisturizes, nourishes skin, perfect for outdoor use
🌱Ingredients: Alkaline Water, VCO, Cetyl Stearyl, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Oil, Glycerine, Citronella, Botanical Oils, Octcyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide
Being my first BeautyMNL purchase, I was really excited to try this out. There are a lot of great reviews about this product anyway. I bought this from a local brand as an everyday facial sunscreen. For the first few weeks, it seemed okay. It absorbs quickly and flawlessly, it does not leave a white cast, and the smell was tolerable for me. However, despite the SPF 75, I do not feel very protected with this sunscreen at all. Perhaps it might be because the ingredient "zinc oxide," which is a physical blocker, is at the bottom of the list and hence the lowest concentration. The directions also say that you should apply thinly, as opposed to the general sunscreen rule to apply at least 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of sunscreen on your face, ears, and neck to get the maximum protection that the product offers. I proved its ineffectiveness when I went on a day swim with my friends. I applied this on my face and body with the right amount (over all about 1 shot glass), reapplied every 3-4 hours as directed, but still got badly burnt. Note that I didn't really swim! Just out in the sun. I don't think this sunscreen is water and sweat resistant as well. It also has virgin coconut oil or VCO, which might clog your pores when used on face. Moreover, I tried to use this as a mosquito repellent while studying in my dorm lobby and it was useless!
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