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Saturday
Apr072012

Sunplay: A liquid sunblock to love this summer

I won’t be the first nor will I be the last to wonder, but what’s up with summer this year? It’s quite harsh. Even though I’m lazy with sunblock, I now make it a point to wear one all over my body and face every time I go out. In fact I’ve hoarded a few bottles in preparation for this very month!

 

Speaking of sunblocks, I want to talk about one that I’ve been using for a while now: Sunplay. I’ve had the chance to try it last May. While it took me some time and practice to get used to this fairly unique liquid sunblock, I ended up liking it a lot! Read my old review first. Done? Here’s why I stuck with this product:

 

  • It’s something I can use over my favorite moisturizer. I don’t like most sunblock lotions because they can get sticky and greasy, but before I thought it’s just something we all need to put up with. But with Sunplay, you can just apply the liquid sunblock over your moisturized skin.
  • This product is liquid and non-oily, so it feels light when blended in. It dries quickly and allows skin to breathe.

  • It’s easy to apply once I got the hang of it. The trick is to draw one or two lines across your limbs (so shoulder to wrist, thigh to ankle) and then spread it around from there. It does look rather white so you really have to blend, but after a few minutes the whiteness will fade. 

  • Sunplay comes in small bottles that are convenient to bring in your purse or bag. I like bringing it along whenever I’ll be out in the sun for long periods of time. Speaking of - you HAVE to re-apply your sunblock if you plan to be out all day. The protection wears off, especially when you sweat a lot or take a swim.

So yes, Sunplay is a great buy for summer. :) It’s pricier than other drugstore sunblocks (P349-399) for a small bottle), but I do think that it has a lot to offer. If you have to pick one, I would suggest you get the SPF50 Clear Water variant. It’s the easiest to blend of them all, since it’s less white. I believe it’s best for daily use.

The one with SPF130 has impressive protection and is designed for outdoor activities, but it’s harder to blend due to more sun-reflecting ingredients. Get that one if you’re going for a long swim or if you plan to do some sunbathing.

And that’s it. Don’t forget to Like the SunPlay Facebook Page at www.facebook/sunplay130. If you’re up for it, do join the Dare to Play with SunPlay Contest too!

This is a sponsored post. Opinions are all mine though, as I have been using Sunplay for a while now.

Reader Comments (7)

I've been looking for a sunblock that will make my skin breathe. :) will surely try this out. Thank you for this Ms. Liz. :)

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJD

I've been using this since last year I have d SPF 47 and SPF 65 variants love em...

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllura

hi! question, since its necessary to reapply sunblock every 2-3hrs, can you apply it over make-up? or do you really have to cleanse, tone, moisturize everytime before reapplying?

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentereve

Moisturizer first before sunblock?

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterILoveYouLiz

Hi, long time reader, first time commenter :)

I'd like to clarify the misunderstanding about the use of sunscreen. I find it quite concerning that people still believe that the higher the SPF the better. There are plenty of articles and helpful websites online to explain about SPF and sunscreen in which you can find easily - even the reasons why countries like Australia banned the use of word "sunblock" instead replacing with "sunscreen" because of the concerns that people can misunderstand the purpose as "blocking" out the effects of the rays completely.

In short, sunscreen will break down 3-4 hours after application, regardless of the SPF. As a general rule of thumb, SPF 30+ that covers UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) should be more than enough. Applying sunscreen with SPF that is too high can do more harm as it is harder to spread to all the areas you want to cover and can block the pores, which is undesirable for some.

Hope the info helps :)

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

@JD Do! It's pretty good. :)

@Allura glad you love it! Very handy no?

@eve if you plan to apply SPF over your makeup, it's best to use a physical sunscreen like a powder with SPF 30. :) No need to remove everything! Just use it to blot.

@ILoveYouLiz hehe like the name. Moisturizer first before sunscreen! But only if your sunscreen is liquid (water or alcohol-based). If it's cream, you can use it w/o a separate moisturizer if you feel it hydrates your skin enough.

@Chris Hi! Thanks for reading my blog. ;) I did write about that a bit in my first Sunplay review here: http://www.projectvanity.com/projectvanity/2011/5/16/sunplay-super-block-spf130.html

Thanks so much for the clarification though! :D :D :D

April 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

cool you have all of them ^_^. I only have the SPF65 one and I did a review here:

http://beautyanon.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/review-mentholatum-sunplay-sun-screen/

hope you check it out^_^

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrhen

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