End of Summer Thoughts on My Sunscreens 🌞

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Summer Sunscreens 2021

It’s the end of summer. August must’ve been the hottest month of the summer. Here are my thoughts on sunscreens I finished and am almost done with!

Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30:

I have about 1/4 left of this sunscreen. I haven’t been using it on my face. It burns my eyes, makes my face appear more oily, and irritates the crap out of my facial skin. Yes, my face is very sensitive right now. So I’ve been using it mainly on my hands. It works amazingly for the hands. I wash my hands so much in a day. After I dry off my hands, I use the Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30 to protect my skin from UV damage. It works for that! But I’m not repurchasing when I’m done with it. This is what I do when I’m trying to finish up a product that I don’t like. At least it works for something. Just not my face.

Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50:

This sunscreen is awful. I’m using it on my body when I’m working out outdoors. Maybe my nose is just sensitive, but Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50 has an terrible smell. It smells like plastic. Yuck! It also leaves a subtle white cast behind. Thank goodness my legs are super white anyways, so this sunscreen works on my legs, lol. Here’s to another sunscreen that I can’t wait to finish up and toss it out! I won’t repurchase this one again either.

Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+:

I finished a bottle of Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70+ this summer! I’m so happy! I used it mainly on my hands when I’m outdoors. It’s moisturizing, water-resistant, and has a high SPF of 70+! Too bad I can’t use this sunscreen on my face. It contains beeswax, so it clogs my pores. Yes, I have tried it on my face. It indeed clogged my pores pretty fast. Another sunscreen that doesn’t work on my face. I have one bottle left to finish, but I think it’ll be easy to finish. The texture of the sunscreen isn’t too bad, and I love water-resistant sunscreens. They stick to my skin and works to protect my skin! Love! But that’s all I really love about this sunscreen besides the high SPF, haha!

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+:

I went overboard and purchased a bunch of Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Stick Sensitive SPF 50+. I knocked out a couple of sunscreen sticks already, but I still have a lot left to go. This sunscreen stick is soft, moisturizing, and feels very smooth, so it leaves the skin feel extremely moisturized and protected. But it is too heavy on my facial skin. I’ve been using it around my eyes, ears, neck, hands, feet. I think those are the best places to use this product. I haven’t had any skin irritations using it. It’s pretty good for sensitive skin (as it states it is). Too bad it didn’t work on my facial skin. It’s extremely heavy and pore-clogging. That’s not the only reason why I’m not going to purchase this sunscreen again. It also leaves an awful white cast behind. It contains 20% zinc oxide. I’m not a huge fan of the texture and consistency of the product either. It feels terrible on the skin. I just didn’t like it.

Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence Super Waterproof SPF 50+ PA++++:

I always stash this sunscreen in my bag (my last Kose sunscreen!). It’s lightweight, absorbs quick, great for touch-ups (not the face). I use it mainly on my hands. This sunscreen is also water-proof and sticks to the skin well. I wished it worked on my face. It feels clean when applied to the skin. It’s like I’m not wearing any sunscreen at all. But I experienced skin irritation while using it. It made my skin itchy, red, and dry. It’s most likely have to do with the alcohol content. Well, it sure smells like it.

Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ (White):

I’ve been trying to use up Canmake in White for the past month, lol. This sunscreen doesn’t cause any skin issues like breakouts, redness, or other skin irritations, but the white cast is truly awful. It’s also super drying on the skin too. If you’re trying to choose which Canmake sunscreen you should buy, get the Clear. I’m so close to being done with Canmake White! ha!

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+:

I love how convenient this sunscreen is. It’s easy to use and goes on the skin smoothly. It’s moisturizing. But, it feels sticky and unpleasant on the skin. I’m having trouble finishing this sunscreen. I don’t use it too often due to the stickiness. I’m trying to, but it’s been difficult. I just don’t like the texture of this sunscreen. It feels gross on the skin.

Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30:

Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 used to be my HG sunscreen. I couldn’t find anything better during that time. I just stuck with it because I needed a sunscreen for daily use to protect my skin. So I tried this sunscreen again. It felt lightweight and moisturizing on the skin. It contains SPF 30, but honestly, I don’t think this sunscreen is that amazing. I remember using it and still burned while using it. I also developed a ton of freckles. I think it works better as a moisturizer than a sunscreen. I don’t think this product is available anymore. I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find it. Oh well. I stopped using it a while ago. I’m just trying to finish up what I have left. I can’t believe I still have it. lol.

I’m hoping to finish these sunscreens by the end of the year. I wish I could use them on my face, but they are failed sunscreens for a reason. I hope my reviews were helpful! Have a good one. 😊

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Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Here are my 5th week results! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

At the beginning of the week, I started off with what I was doing before, which is using tret and lactic acid every other day. Turns out that was way too much for my skin. I couldn’t handle the dryness and peeling skin any longer. My skin looked terrible with sunscreen on. It would cling to every dry patch and flaky skin at every corner of my face. It just didn’t look good, and it was impossible for me to go through the day like that. I just can’t. I have to see and talk to people. lol. By the end of the week, I stopped using tret and lactic acid on my skin. I took a break. No exfoliants. Nothing. Just moisturizing my skin. My skin improved for once this week! It was peeling, looking softer and smoother, and just overall brighter! So yeah, there’s such a thing as over-exfoliating. 😬

Also, I ended up dropping some more skin care products from my routine. And guess what? My skin looked so much better without them. I think I may have been doing way too much. I wasn’t seeing results using a bunch of products either. Just a waste of time and money. My skin care routine has dialed down a ton, but I’m really liking it. It allows me to focus on letting my skin heal in its natural state (as much as possible) instead of having blobs of products on my face. I’ve also been trying to reapply sunscreen more often too. I did some updated reviews on Cetaphil mineral sunscreen products this week, don’t forget to check them out!

What I’m Using Right Now…

The sunscreen I’m still using is Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ Clear. I also have it in White. The White version is horrid. Don’t buy it. It doesn’t blend well into the skin and leaves a very noticeable white cast on the skin. I guess some people might like that type of look. I didn’t. I thought it was atrocious. It just looked terrible on my skin. Like white face paint. lol. The texture and consistency of the sunscreen is just like the Clear, but it just leaves an obvious white cast behind, doesn’t blend into the skin well, and dries out the skin a lot more. I’m currently looking for a better sunscreen. I like Canmake, but it dries my skin out when I reapply. I do wear moisturizer underneath and my skin still dries out after applying and reapplying the sunscreen. It gives the skin a dewy look but also feels like plastic silicone on the skin. Well, on my skin it does, lol. Also, I want a sunscreen that is water-resistant. It’s summer and sunscreen comes off much more easily during this time of the year. Canmake isn’t water-resistant.

So I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this sunscreen. Maybe I’ll keep using it. All I know is that it’s the only sunscreen that I have that doesn’t break me out. It might work better on days when it’s less sunny and when I’m not outdoors often. Because when using this sunscreen, I noticed that my face became a little tanner than usual. Hmmmmm. πŸ€” I’ll be on the search for another sunscreen in the meantime.

So what products did I remove from my skin care routine??

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence:

It took me a while to see if I wanted to remove this product or not. Looking back, I used it for a few years, I think it’s been about 2-3 years already. Honestly, it hasn’t helped much with hydration. It hasn’t helped with fine lines and wrinkles either. I don’t think it really did anything significant. Absolutely nothing. So! I decided to stop using this product. I didn’t see the point anymore.

The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5:

Here’s to another serum that I saw ZERO results from. It’s not even hydrating. I don’t even know why I’m using it anymore. It’s pretty much a waste of time using it. It didn’t break me out or irritate my skin. It just felt like I was applying expensive water to my skin.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence:

I had a chance to try this essence again. It felt very lightweight and soothing on the skin. I didn’t use it long enough to see the full benefits of this product (if there’s any). I used it, stopped using it. I didn’t notice any breakouts this time. I didn’t think this essence was super moisturizing. It’s somewhat drying on the skin. I think I’m over it. Apparently I still have it, lol. That’s why I tried it again.

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream:

I started using this cream last week but decided to stop using it. I know, it’s way too soon. But, this is another product that I don’t need. What’s the point in using it when I have other exfoliants and retinol/retinoid products? Also, I think it’s too moisturizing on my skin as well. I didn’t think it was working for me. FYI, I’ve used this product before in the past. I guess I stopped using it for a reason.

RoC Line Smoothing Daily Cleansing Pads:

I loved these cleansing pads, and they do work to cleanse the skin. I’ve been using them whenever my skin starts to peel. I think this is a good product, but it’s another product that I don’t necessarily need in my life. And I don’t feel like wasting my money on it anymore. I feel like the dead skin cells on my face comes off naturally as I continue to moisturize my skin and let it heal. I’m not into cleansing pads or even scrubs right now. It’s not my thing at the current moment, so I decided not to buy it again when I’m done with it.

That’s all I changed and have done this week. I spent the week mostly re-evaluating my sun care products and how I’m applying them (how often too). I’ve been eliminating skin care products from left to right too. My skin is still adjusting to tret after 5 weeks. In all honesty, I feel like this acne journey shifted from using tret to lactic acid. The results I’m getting from lactic acid have been amazzziiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnng! ✨

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