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Thursday, October 24, 2013

In the Limelight: Island Basics Sunshield Spray SPF 45+ All Natural Sunscreen Product Review

I admit, I have never been religiously using sunscreen for the past 29 years of my life even though I came to know the importance of using one for the skin. I have tried a few but for some reason, my face gets red just a couple of minutes upon application. Plus, my skin easily gets oily greasy especially with the Manila heat and humidity. The greasy part, I can easily just use a touch up powder but the redness it causes, that's something that has been baffling me for a while now. Applied sheerly, it still gets red and I sometimes even experience prickly heat especially when I'm under the sun. So I just skipped using sunscreen overall and relied heavily on makeup and skin care that offers some protection only to a certain extent even though I am certain that that isn't enough. When Soie Lisse sent me one of their packages, the Island Basics Sunshield Spray was included.. Of course, I was hesitant to use it given my history with sunscreens but what the heck, I still gave it a try. And after using it for 3 months now, I am ready to give it a review.



What I like:

  • The texture. It isn't think like most sunscreens that I know of (except the one from Sunplay which is watery). It is runny though still creamy.
  • The nozzle spray is a nice touch. It dispenses just the right amount I need as I have control over how much product I will spray from it.
  • As I have atopic dermatitis and my skin is dry, I use Palmer's Cocoa Butter because it helps so that's something I can't just skip. What I do is spray a generous amount on my palm and mix it with a dollop of Palmer's and apply it all over my arms, legs, feet, and ears. Yes, my ears get itchy too.
  • On my face, I mix a little with my facial moisturizer so it can be easily absorbed by my skin. I am currently using iWhite Korea Aqua Moisturizing Gel (which isn't whitening and reminds me so much of Neutrogena Hydroboost at a fraction of the price). The good thing is that I don't get red and no prickly sensation which is good. I usually concentrate and apply more on my forehead as it's usually the first to get darker/redder.
  • It is water-based so it also gets easily absorbed by the skin on its own.
  • Its packaging - a spray bottle with cap - makes it easy to bring wherever you go for re-application on the arms, or whatever body part you feel like applying this to. 
  • Very affordable for Php 160/100mL bottle.
  • Oh, a product of the Philippines too.

What I don't like:
  • The scent is a tad too strong for my liking. That's another reason why I mix it with Palmer's Cocoa Butter because the latter neutralizes the strong scent. I still smell it but no longer as strong when used alone. Plus when I apply it on my face, I have to breathe through my mouth. It's probably just my sense of smell. 
  • I don't feel like the protection it offers is enough especially if you're the outdoorsy type. But that's just a supposition on my part.

Overall rating: 3.75/5 The scent is the deal-breaker for me. But I'll keep using this because I like the consistency and my face doesn't get red with it which gets a big fat thumbs up from me.

Will I buy again? I would unless I find something that works just the same without the strong scent.



See the ingredients list below.
The Ingredients


What's your favorite sunscreen?

Have a happy Thursday, everyone!

Cheers,
Disclaimer: Product received for review purposes but does not in any way affect my opinion on the said product.

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