Fall in love with the sun, no strings attached.

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Sponsored Review

Fall in love with the sun! And the best part, no strings attached!

You might be guessing what I meant by no strings attached right? Well, for people who are constantly exposed to the sun (or have a 'relationship' with the sun), they should be aware of how harmful the sun is to us!

Even when you don't go under the sun directly, UV rays can penetrate through the clouds and windows (therefore even when it's a cloudy day or when you're indoors in your office/room, you're not that safe from UV rays either!)

Without protection from the UV rays (UVA and UVB) a bad tan or being sunburned is definitely not the worst thing that can happen because we are unaware of (and unable to see) what actually happens under our skin!

"UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, has long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging)"
CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT. There you are spending hundreds on skincare products and botox WHEN YOU CAN PREVENT (or slow down) signs of aging by just using sunscreen!! Age is definitely a sensitive topic when it comes to girls, so its pretty obvious that no females (and even males) would want their skin to age faster than themselves (unless you have some sort of bone structure that ages you then FYL).

"UVA contributes to and may even initiate the development of skin cancers. UVA is the dominant tanning ray, and we now know that tanning, whether outdoors or in a salon, causes cumulative damage over time. A tan results from injury to the skin’s DNA; the skin darkens in an imperfect attempt to prevent further DNA damage. These imperfections, or mutations, can lead to skin cancer."
So first, when your skin gets darker and ages, you start looking haggard. Then your DNA mutates and you get skin cancer. Skin cancer + haggard looking + no hair = FML x13829381203.

"UVB, the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, tends to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer and a contributory role in tanning and photoaging. However, UVB rays do not significantly penetrate glass."

UVB is the evil-er one of the two rays because it does more damage to your skin (when you're outdoors, that is)! As you can see, even though UVA is the ray that penetrates deeper into the dermis, UVB rays are the ones responsible for burning your skin and skin cancer (Eg: red, burned skin & 3rd degree burns) because the Epidermis is where the cancerous cells 'sprout'.


My best friend when i was in Tioman were two bottles of Sunscreen. (Banana boat's for the body- as seen in previous post, and Sunplay's travel sized SPF 130 sunscreen for the face [stay tuned to find out how you can get a free travel sized bottle mailed to you]!) I swear i was putting on sunscreen everyday before we headed out of the chatlet like a bimbo because i didn't want to get tanned or develop skin cancer hahaha.

NOTE: Always apply your sunblock at least 30mins prior to going under the sun, and reapply after perspiring or swimming (:.

On a side note: Even if you do want to get tanned naturally, use a tanning oil instead of going to tanning salons or just lying under the sun. A fact that people always neglect is that even though tanning oils help you to achieve a tan, THEY ACTUALLY CONTAIN SPF to block out these harmful rays from penetrating deep into your lower dermis!

Tip: SPF essentially means sun protection factor. To calculate the amount of time you can stay under the sun before you start to burn, is to take the SPF x 5 = y minutes you can spend in the sun ^_^.

Therefore I was really thrilled when Elfaine from TSS emailed me saying that they (+ Sunplay) would like to sponsor me their newly launched SPF80 Bodymist Sunscreen and their best seller in Watsons: the SPF130 sunblock!! Of course i jumped at the chance to take up this sponsorship!

The package arrived at my house on Thursday and i was super excited to see the envelop as I knew the products arrived!

I was even more pleased that they arrived so quickly because after the tioman trip, the boys have been quite active with their fishing and I'm almost running out of sunblocks! No need to spend more money to buy hahahaha.

My bffl for sure.

See how they barely even take up much space in my bag? Even my brolly is bigger than them! They are very convenient to bring around!

Here beings my protection from the harmful rays thanks to Sunplay!

Bodymist first.

You must be thinking: This should be easy. If want use on face just spray on face right?

The answer is a big fat NO.

Why? ):

Read the instructions at the back of the bottle!!

Okay, sooo
Step 1: Shake the bottle

Step 2 (for use on body): Spray on body part directly

Step 2 (for use on face): Spray on palms and then apply on face.

I really liked the smell of the product and the fact that it gets absorbed really quickly by the skin. The product left no oily nor sticky residue (unlike some sunblocks)

(picture taken immediately after application of spray)
and is really easy to use! It also has a cooling feeling that is just oh-so-perfect for sunny Singapore. Even if you are already sunburned, you can still apply sunblock to lessen the damage! The cooling effect will definitely ease the burning sensation after being sunburned.

Application: 10/10
The spray dries on the skin without residue. No oily or sticky feelings.

Practicability: 9/10
SPF 80 is relatively a high number, and will be sufficient for people who are not extreme or hardcore sun lovers.

Scent: 10/10
Citrus-y smelling, and does not have the alcohol smell that i would except a spray to have.

Ease of use: 9/10
Generally easy to use on all parts of the body, besides the back, however that can be easily solved. Just get someone else to spray it on your back for you. Don't even need to have bodily contact!

Will i buy it: Definitely

Moving on,

Super block SPF130

My all time favourite sunblock. Even before i was into the whole beauty blogging thing, I had already been using sunplay's sunblock since i was Primary 4? The high SPF number caught my eye because it would allow me to be under the sun for the longest period of time with maximum protection of


Always read instructions!!

Shake shake shake shake. Be sure to shake well because it is an emulsion (which means that there are powder particles in the mixture)

and apply!

I really like that even though it's powdery and white now, it actually dries clear and absorbs really quickly without any residue on my skin!

Sunplay also has a full range of sunblocks, ranging to ones for children to whitening, daily ones! They are avaliable at Watsons so go check 'em out!

Application: 9/10
Dries slightly slower as compared to the spray. Might leave streaks if not properly applied. However it absorbs really quickly without residue or any greasiness.

Practicability: 10/10
SPF130 is probably the sunblock with the highest SPF you can find in the market out there. (Y)

Scent: 8/10
Doesn't have much of a smell, but it vaguely reminds me of the smell of pools for some reason.

Ease of use: 8/10
Easy to use because of the watery formula, therefore you can spread the sunblock over your body with your hands easily (:. However, the top bit of the bottle tends to not run clean, therefore you might want to always make sure to clean it with a piece of tissue.

Will i buy it: Yes

Want to get a travel sized bottle mailed to you for free like mine over here?

All you've got to do is to "Like" Sunplay's Facebook page, and then request for it



Okay la, I know that the sunscreen doesn't exactly work this way but y'know.......

Get MAXIMUM protection from the sun with Sunplay!

(Pictures during UVA/UVB intro and quotes in red from http://www.skincancer.org/understanding-uva-and-uvb.html)

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