Let’s be real — we’re all beauty fanatics here, and skincare is arguably the most important aspect of any beauty regime. Agree? Healthy skin = happy skin — and when it comes to getting your skin in tip-top condition, it all comes down to the basics.
By now, you’re probably familiar with one of the first rules of skincare — never skip on sunscreen (keyword: never). It’s clear that sun protection should be one of our main priorities, but the trouble of finding the perfect one has proven to be a difficult feat for itself. Yes, makeup with SPF does exist (and it’s totally convenient) but it’s tough to find one with anything over SPF30. According to Dermatologist and Sensitive Skincare Expert, Dr. Hiva Fassihi, he says “Research has shown that we do not apply our foundation thickly enough to give us the level of protection promised by the SPF. The only way to stay protected is to wear sunscreen under your makeup every day.”
Main point is: always apply an extra layer of sunscreen. For the perfect solution, enter La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50+.
ABOUT ANTHELIOS SHAKA FLUID SPF50+
Apart from the intense sun protection, one of the best features of the Anthelios Shaka Fluid is the fact that it’s extremely lightweight and absorbs into the skin almost instantly which leaves skin prepped for makeup application. Unlike other sunscreens I’ve personally tried, the Shaka Fluid leaves no residue and it almost feels like I’m not wearing anything (on my skin that is).
Application is also simple: just #shaketoprotect! Sunscreen works best when applied directly on skin, and this is by far one of the best I’ve used since it doesn’t compromise my beauty routine.
PROTECTING YOUR SKIN FROM UVA
Unbeknownst to some, there are 2 types of harmful UV rays that we’re exposed to on the daily: UVA and UVB — with UVA being the most harmful, it can penetrate the skin’s thickest layer, the dermis. Not to mention, up to 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, and windows serve little protection against them as well — basically, it’s also important to maintain good sun protection even when you’re indoors. To protect your skin from these harmful rays, choose a sunscreen like La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50+.
In an interview with Dr. Hiva Fassihi, he mentions, “UVA, the main cause of skin ageing, is present all year round, even on dull days. Sunscreens are the ‘best anti-ageing product you’ll ever use.”
With a formula that’s built with a PPD** of 46 (that’s 2.5 times higher than the standard requirement of PA++++, btw), the UVA protection in this sunscreen is said to be one of the highest amongst the other brands in the industry!
UV CAMERA EXPERIMENT — COVERAGE
La Roche-Posay also put its sunscreen to the test with an experiment where they covered the left side of the model’s face in Anthelios Shaka Fluid, while the right side was covered with their competitor’s product. The results indicated a stark difference between the amount of coverage each product had.
Evidently, with this layer of sunscreen, you can rest assured that you’ll be well-protected from the harmful UVA and UVB rays while you’re out and about in the sun.
UV CAMERA EXPERIMENT — LONG-WEARING
La Roche-Posay also conducted another experiment to test the resistance of the sunscreen on the skin — where they placed a test subject in a hot, humid sauna for two hours. The results spectacularly show almost no difference between the state of the UV protection on her skin before and after two hours in the sauna, clearly displaying the sweat and water resistance of Anthelios Shaka Fluid thanks to its Interlimer technology.
Dr. Hiva Fassihi says, “Anthelios Shaka Fluid provides the highest UVA protection while having a light, invisible and non-greasy texture. It is more resistant and less likely to be rubbed off the skin. It can, therefore, be very easily incorporated into your daily skincare routine.”
OTHER BENEFITS OF ANTHELIOS SHAKA FLUID SPF50+
Some of the benefits that Anthelios offer include:
- Filtering system adapted for people who are allergic to the sun
- 35% less ingredients — most minimalist formula compared to other brands
- 100% respectful of marine life — does not reduce the photosynthetic activities of micro-algae
- Does not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate — common ingredients found in sunscreens that can cause coral bleaching
But it isn’t always about choosing the right sunscreen. In fact, inculcating good skincare habits and the right application methods can bring you a step further to improving your sun protection. Dr. Hiva Fassihi says,”Studies have also shown that sunscreens are usually not applied thickly enough and certain body sites such as the ears are often forgotten. I always encourage patients to reapply their sunscreen every 2-3 hours when out and straight after swimming or towelling in order to maintain protection.”
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50+ is currently available at $72.90 for 2 at Watsons and Guardian stores! It originally retails at $46.90 and is available at all major Watsons, Guardians and hospital pharmacies, as well as online at Lazada and Shopee.
For more information, check out La Roche-Posay’s website and sign up to get a free Anthelios Suncare Trial Kit!