Tuesday, June 10, 2014


There are so many advertisements and articles that preach about the benefits of wearing a sunscreen. But still, many of us still skip wearing sunscreen. 

Well you know what honey, if you can give 10-30 minutes of your time putting makeup on your face DAILY, why not give at least few seconds applying sunblock. Afterall, makeup won’t protect you from UV rays.

One of the reasons why people don’t wear sunscreen is because we lack information. My mom never told me to use sunscreen daily. We only use sunscreen during summer especially for swimming. And so here I am dedicating one entire post to share with you the things I have learned about wearing sunscreen. 

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Sun gives off invisible rays called ultraviolet rays. There are two kinds of Ultraviolet ray that penetrate the atmosphere.

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  • UVA – Longer rays; penetrate more deeply than UVB and affects the DNA of the cells in the dermis.  This can penetrate clouds and glass. This causes skin aging and wrinkling. 
  • UVB – Short and has high-energy wavelengths. This causes sunburn and skin reddening. UVB rays do not penetrate glass

Both are said to cause skin cancer. This is why wearing sunscreen every single day is important. 

Sunscreen is effective in blocking both UVA and UVB. There are two kinds of sunscreen: Physical and Chemical or organic sunscreen.

  • Physical Sunscreen works by blocking the sun’s ray, that’s why it is often referred to as sunblock. It acts as shield to protect your skin from the harmful rays.
  • Chemical sunscreen, on the otherhand, works by absorbing the sun’s ray. 
  • Physical Sunscreen is thick and opaque in consistency, and it is quite difficult to work with on the skin. It tends to leave white cast. Hence, physical sunscreen is not really a photo-friendly product.
  • Chemical Sunscreen is colorless and odourless. Unlike Physical sunscreen, this is usually runny.

How to know if you're using Physical or Chemical Sunscreen?

UV Filters/ Active Ingredients for Physical Sunscreen
Titanium Dioxide (for UVB and UVAII) and Zinc Oxide (UVB, UVAI and UVAII)

UV Filters/ Active Ingredients for Chemical Sunscreen:
Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Oxybenzone, Oxtinoxate, Menthyl Anthranilate, Oxtocrylene

My makeup already has SPF, is it still necessary to use a separate sunblock?

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Yes. I read in one article that the protection we get from makeup with SPF is not enough. SPF is for UVB only. So, if you are only using product with SPF, you might not get protection from UVA which penetrate deeper into the skin and causes premature aging. 


SPF or Sun Protection Factor refers on how well a sunscreen will protect the skin from UVB rays. It does not measure how well a sunscreen will protect you from UVA rays. 

SPF is converted to allowable time exposure through this formula, 

Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number 

Say, normally without sunscreen, your skin burn after 10 minutes. Then, products with SPF 15 will allow you up to 150 minutes (10 minutes x 15) without burning. But of course, this is not always accurate but it’s an acceptable formula to estimate allowable sun’s exposure. 

Dermatologists recommend using at least SPF 15 daily. Also, avoid exposure to sun between 10am-4pm because this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. 

What is the equivalent measurement of SPF for UVA?

There are no international standards yet to measure UVA but Japanese Cosmetic Industry Association develops a system to measure UVA protection, which is commonly used in Asia nowadays. 

UVA before uses only 3 PA (Protection Grade of UVA) : PA+, PA++, PA+++. But recently Japan Cosmetic Industry adopted the new UVA method and was officially used in 2013. The new PA system will now be 4 levels. Kanebo and Shisheido have released products with PA++++. 


Okay now that you’ve learned the importance of wearing sunscreen, are you willing to add sunscreen on your skincare routine? Well, honestly, I only started wearing sunblock again just recently. Although, I’m aware of the importance of sunblock, I never really liked how it felt on my skin. Sunblock feels, ugh, greasy, sticky and heavy on face.  

Here's good news for you guys: I have recently discovered a good sunblock that feels light, not sticky,  very travel-friendly and can protect my skin from both UVA and UVB. 



Size: Php 75 ml
Price: Php 245.00

Regatta’s sunscreen is a hybrid sunscreens that contain both physical and  chemical sunscreen actives.
It contains:
  • Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate / Octinoxate – this is used to absorb, reflect or scatter UV rays. This filters UVB rays but does not protect against UVAB
  • Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane / Avobenzone – this absorbs full spectrum of UVA rays
  • Benzophenone-3 / Oxybenzone – also a chemical sunscreen agent that functions as photostabilizer and sunscreen. It absorbs UVB and short UVA rays but is a relatively weak chemical UV absorber. 
  • Titanium Dioxide – is a physical sunscreen agent that lacks UVA spectrum protection.
The consistency of this sunblock is very liquidy, which is why spray bottle is the perfect packaging for such.  
What I normally do: I spray generous amount of product on my hands (opps, don’t forget to shake well before use) and apply it on my face and body. I let it set on my skin before applying makeup. I like to use makeup with SPF for added protection.
This sunblock feels nothing on my skin. It’s very light that I sometimes forget I’m wearing it. I like how my skin absorbs the product quickly. 


Overall, I am head over heels with this sunscreen. I do not leave the house without wearing it. I even bring this with me because the packaging is so travel-friendly. 

This sunscreen feels light. Above all, this contains both physical and chemical sunscreen agent. Physical sunscreens are more skin-friendly than chemical sunscreens as some of these can easily irritate skin. However, physical sunscreen tends to leave white cast after application. If you like taking pictures or selfie a lot, wearing physical sunblock is not a good idea. In additional, Physical sunscreens do not offer as much protection to UVA. 

I highly recommend this sunscreen from Regatta because it offers best of both Worlds. It gives your skin protection from UVA and UVB without having to worry about the sticky, heavy-feels of a sunscreen. You can even wear it for photo sessions as it doesn’t leave white cast on my face.

  • can be purchased at Regatta’s store nationwide for only Php 245
  • proudly made in the Philippines
  • FDA approved
  • Travel-friendly
  • contains both physical and chemical sunscreen agent
  • feels light on skin
  • not sticky
  • not greasy
  • can be worn underneath or on top of your makeup

  • can't think of any

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  1. The reason you can't maximize your makeup's SPF is that we need to apply a certain amount of sunscreen to get its full benefits. Applying just a bit won't cut it. Since we can't apply a dollop of foundation on our faces unless we want to look clownish, we can't actually benefit that much from our makeup's SPF. Also, there's no sense in relying solely on makeup for your sunscreen needs and leaving the rest of your exposed skin unprotected, right? Thus, sunscreen is necessary.

  2. i find this too white for me... and too hard to apply... and the more i spread it on my skin, it dries up and it crumbles and looks like "libag"... and it's not just me.. hubby and my sister used it too... and we got the same results... now i'm wondering if i got a bad batch...

  3. Check the manufacturing date at the bottom sis. For me, it sounds like you got the old stock of this sunscreen.
    So far, so good naman ang experience ko. I never had any trouble spreading it out, and nagdidisappear on my skin once applied. I make sure to shake it well before use.

  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Aviva.This is very helpful, thanks!

  5. Sis san m nbili to? Kung san2 nq naghnap maski online wla aq mkita. .T.T huhu

  6. Hi, regatta store. Sa mga malls available to sis


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