Those who knows me, I’m not too much of a fan of hot summer and the whole sun-bathing culture. The idea of being roasted alive turning to an undesired colour shade of burnt copper brown which doesn’t suit my off-yellow Asian skin, I burn very easily mainly on the shoulders, back of the neck, prone to freckles on the face and a fair share of bad tan lines, and yes I get teased a lot from friends and siblings. Can’t help the fact that I’m going to Australia with my family in December, which is a peak summer month in Southern Hemisphere, meaning that we’ll be spending a lot of our time doing fun stuff out in the open.
I won’t leave my house without applying sun protection, there are so many products to choose from and it’s confusing. After a few years of research and money being wasted on numerous products and disappointments, not so keen on the idea of having chemicals and man-made synthetic formulas absorb into my skin and bloodstream. I have quite sensitive skin, particularly in summer months, I used to have atopic eczema when I was a kid, terrible flare ups behind my knees, lower calves and inner arms when exposed to prickly heat, sunscreen and sweat, hence why I’ve never enjoyed summer and preferred staying indoors.
So, 2 years ago, I decided to go organic.
Most of the products featured on this post were purchased from Amazon, FeelUnique, Boots, Holland and Barrett, and Innisfree in Hong Kong (they ship to UK too), and they are the ones that really works for me. Here are my go-to sun protection and after sun products, mostly organic, and how I use them.
|| Sun protection ||
Korres Sunscreen Face Cream 30 SPF – my go-to brand and repeat purchase for daily sunscreen, made from Greek edible yoghurt! It’s not greasy, no white caste, leaves no residue unlike other sunscreens. Gives you natural sheen as well, perfect as a base under primer and make up. I wear SPF 20 during winter, when it’s sunny, or reflecting sunlight.
Korres Sunscreen Face & Body Emulsion 30 SPF – another favourite sunscreen of mine and repeat purchase, great for travel if you don’t want to keep 2 products in your day bag.
Korres Hair Sun Protection – having ditched the hair colour and returning to my natural jet black locks 2 years ago was no easy task. Numerous DIY hair and scalp treatments, and hair sun protection to prevent anymore damage. Using the right organic products for your hair type is key to healthy locks.
Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Sun Lotion 25 SPF – or 30 SPF, this is more of an intensive sun protection, I’d use it when spending time outdoors during the harsh midday sun. It has 99.9% bio active aloe vera and other natural active ingredients, soothes skin from prickly heat and refreshing with cooling effect, helps to repel blood sucking mozzies as well.
Dr.Organic Aloe Vera Lip Balm 15 SPF – I started using sun protection lip balm last year when I noticed dark spots appeared on my mouth. Thankfully, I had it checked out, it was nothing but freckles. The lips often likely neglected when it comes to sun care, even on cloudy days. Love the sweet smelling lip balm from aloe vera, it’s colourless, moisturising, soothing and nourishing. I use it before applying my favourite lipstick, also dab lightly around the eyes too.
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Multi-protecting Hydrating Mist 30 SPF – extra sun protection over make up or sunscreen when I’m on-the-go, it won’t clog pores, defends against UV, pollution and oxidation. Love the fine mist, but hate the smell. If you have any suggestions on inexpensive, organic or eco-friendly makeup setting mist with SPF, feel free to leave a comment below.
|| After Sun ||
Caudalie Grape Water Facial Mist – I’m obsessed with Caudalie grape water facial mist, I keep it in my bag all the time, especially when I’m out shooting on location on a hot day. It’s refreshing, moisturising and calms the redness, and 100% organic and no nasties-nasties. My niece loves it.
Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel – one of the best organic after sun, all-purpose aloe vera gels out there, for me. It’s cooling, soothes sun burn, heat rash, insect bites, eczema, and great for hair treatment. I keep a travel-sized tube in my bag for emergency, best to pop it in the fridge to enhance that cooling, soothing feeling as it sinks on your skin. Aloe vera gel is best applied after a bath or shower to get rid of the city grime gunk, rinse off sunscreen and body lotion.
Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum – won’t do 8-10 step skincare routine without this little diamond, I use it after toner or brightening essence and under moisturiser day and night, but this green tea seed serum is a lifesaver for anyone who suffers from sensitive skin, prone to redness from prickly heat. The concentrated serum is packed with 100% green tea and green tea seeds from Jeju Island, amino acids and minerals, very hydrating and moisturising, and it helps to relieve skin irritation. I highly recommend this product.