Skinfood’s Tomatoe Sun Cream
Sun damage not only causes uneven skin tone, it also ages the skin. Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching.
Before we begin the product review, let’s discuss some of the major terminologies we read on most sun protection labels ok? I too, had not idea why spf 15, 30, 50 was needed on top of the PA pluses(++++).
So what is SPF?
SPF, or sun protection factor, is the measure of a product’s ability to screen or block the sun’s harmful rays. However, figuring out which SPF you should wear can be very confusing, especially with SPF numbers ranging from 2 to 100.
Here is a simple SPF guide when choosing sunscreens:
SPF 15 apply every 150 minutes or 2 and a half hours of protection
SPF 30 apply every 300 minutes or 5 hours
SPF 90 apply every 900 or 15 hours of protection
***The fairer the skin tone, the higher the SPF should be.***
So why protect the skin from UVA rays?
UVA are long waves that are less intense than UVB rays, but more prevalent and can penetrate through clouds and glass (even indoors the skin may still be exposed!). These rays reach the deeper dermal layers of skin and and can damage your skin’s collagen and elastin causing premature aging, & wrinkling. 90% of wrinkles are caused by sun damage!
UVA rays deeply penetrate the skin and can also penetrate clothing and glass. UVB rays are not as strong as UVA rays, but they are the main cause of sunburns and skin cancers and thus are just as damaging, if not more damaging, than UVB rays.-Accdg. to Dr. Oz.
So what does PA+++ mean?
PA means UVA protection. This is a Japanese or Korean rating system to show how much protection you are getting from UVA rays. You will see either PA+, PA++, or PA+++ on the label, with more + signs meaning a higher level of UVA protection.
PA + least amount
Types of sunscreen:
Chemical Sunscreen are formulated to absorb sun rays. This type of sunscreen has no white cast or streaks once applied on the face. Feels lightweight although not indicated for sensitive skin. Some ingredients of this type of sunscreen are: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.
Physical Sunscreen. This formula on the other hand is best for sensitive skin. It blocks or deflects the harmful sun rays. Common ingredients to find for this type of sunscreen are titanium oxide and zinc oxide. The only downside of this type of sunscreen is the white cast or streaks once applied onto skin which is a no no on flash photos!
Okay, so in a nutshell, just use a sunscreen with a decent amount of SPF. The higher doesn’t really mean the better. If you plan to spend the whole day outdoors, don’t just rely on SPF. Use a wide brim hat, umbrella or simply stay in shades. Using SPF on a daily basis while indoors is also a must. The sun’s harmful rays could penetrate through glass too! The sun’s harmful rays not only damages the skin, it dehydrates any living organism. Also, anyone over the age of 6 months needs sun protection.
Now that’s out of the way, sorry for the long intro. Let’s move on to the review.
Sun protection is always a must for my daily skincare. My skin tan’s easily but the thing the I most hate is when my sun burned skin starts peeling. So today’s something is. . .
Skinfood’s Tomatoe Sun Cream SPF 36 PA ++
Infused with tomato extracts, this cream not only protects your skin from the sun but also brightens and hydrates the skin. This non-sticky formula comes in a convenient squeeze tube that’s perfect to throw into your purse or beach bag so you’ll never have to go without it. For all skin types. Made in Korea. Purchased mine at Althea korea for $7.25.
How To Use:
After applying basic skincare, squeeze out a small amount onto hands and apply to face evenly avoiding the eye area, allowing it to sit for 10-15 minutes before exposure to sunlight for best results. Reapply as needed when you spend a lot of time outdoors.
Main ingredient: Tomatoe extracts
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene. A powerful antioxidant that offers many benefits for skin including protecting skin from UV rays, delaying skin aging and protection from skin cancer. Also known to clear acne, deep cleanse pores, fight premature aging and lighten skin.
The product came in a squeeze tube that easily dispenses the product.
My experience with the product:
Since it contained “zinc oxide, it was a chemical sunscreen which was better than okay for me since I have sensitive skin. As expected the cream had a white cast after applying. I only added a tinee tiny amount and blended it quickly since the formula dries up to a matte and powdery finish. The scent was not in any way tomatoes, but it smelled great!
This was my go to sunscreen for the past month and so far, it didn’t break me out.
When using this sunscreen, I prefer not to use any makeup on top of it. The powdery/matte finish didn’t last on my face and after an hour, my face started oiling up all over the areas where I applied the sun cream. I didn’t mind the “dewy look” for cooler places but just imagine how my face would turn out on hot and humid places. It may help in keeping my face from cracking up with dry patches. My face immediately looks brighter due to the white cream formulation. It does feel like a heavy cream in consistency so I had to dab just a few then blend it really well on my face to avoid streaks.
So I went out, walked around with by huge forehead exposed to the sun just to see how well this sun cream would perform under heat and sweat. As you can see, my forehead started looking like a grease pan. I took a snap while walking around. My face starting to sweat due to the heat and my evidently becoming “shiny” all over.
Overall, I liked it but not enough to re purchase it. It smelled really nice and protected my skin for a good 5 hours. This would probably work for lighter skin tones and dry skin types since it adds extra moisture as it sits on the skin especially on sweat. But I don’t recommend this for oily skin types like mine.
Product rating: /5
Effectiveness–. The sun cream protected my skin pretty well. I did like the scent but not really the consistency and formulation.
Packaging– Easy to use squeeze out tube. The product is dispensed in small amounts which gives great control.
Price-For the price of $7.25 for 50ml, it was a little too pricey for my range.
Availability–Purchased online but widely available on all skinfood outlets.