My Journey in Finding the Best Sunscreen
Before I start talking about sunscreen, let me sum up the key points about sun protection with the skin fasting method that I already discussed earlier. If you don’t know what I am talking about, please read the previous posts that discussed UV protection.
- If you are under the sun for only 5-15 mins, you may not need any sun protection.
- If you anticipate exposure to UV for longer than 15 minutes, protect your skin with a hat, sunglasses, or an umbrella for low to moderate UV. When you are unable to use these items, you will have to use a mineral/physical sunscreen.
- If you are somewhere with high UV exposure, such as the beach, use sunscreen as well as a hat, sunglasses, and an umbrella for the extra protection.
As I mentioned in the first post, Dr. Utsugi recommends using a specific sunscreen that is made with white petrolatum. But as far as I know, there is only one company in Japan that makes such a product and it is not very convenient to order because they only accept orders by email or fax. Likewise, in the U.S., I can’t find any similar products at all.
He said it was ok to use a mineral sunscreen as an alternative if you couldn’t find what he recommended. So I will discuss mineral sunscreens for now until I find a petrolatum-based sunscreen that is available in the U.S.
What is a mineral sunscreen?
Mineral sunscreens (or physical sunscreens) use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients which sit on top of the skin to deflect UV rays away from the skin. They are usually more gentle on your skin than chemical sunscreens.
However, mineral sunscreens are very difficult to use at times. Here is why.
- They are usually thicker and require more effort to rub in.
- Leave a white cast on the skin that shows even more when sweating or getting wet.
- Less protective if not properly applied to all areas of the skin.
I’ve tried a lot of mineral sunscreens, but haven’t met one that works perfectly on my skin. But so far these two were the best out of all the products I’ve tried.
Several beauty YouTubers recommended these items, so I gave them a try. The results were that they both left a little bit of white cast to my tanned skin and I didn’t like it very much. Everything aside from the white cast, including the texture, and scent were good. If you have a lighter complexion, these might work.
One solution I found that helped, was placing a matching face powder similar to my skin color or even a little darker shade on top of the sunscreen. This helped to blend in the color.
Can I Use Tinted Sunscreen?
I also tried a tinted version of SkinMedica hoping that would solve the problem. It looks a little too dark on my skin, so I mixed it with the non-tinted one to get the perfect color for me.
It didn’t leave any white cast. The tone looked great on my skin. But on second thought, I felt that there might not be much of a difference between a tinted sunscreen and a liquid foundation. And liquid foundations are not recommended as apart of this skin fasting method because they contain more harmful ingredients than powder foundations. So I stopped using it. I will save it for a special occasion when I must use sunscreen but don’t want to look like a ghost.
I will keep looking for the best sunscreen that is safe and easy to use. If you know any good mineral sunscreens, please let me know.