The Best Sunscreen Based On Your Fave Outdoor Activity | Clozette


From individual activities to those better enjoyed with friends and family, the possibilities are endless when your goal is to have fun under the sun. But make sure you don’t forget about your skin while doing your favourite outdoor activities. Of course, using sun protection is a must, but it shouldn’t be just anything. We know how notorious skin dryness is when the sun’s out and certain ingredients in sunscreens can dry out your skin even more. So a moisturising sunscreen is a must. Pick one that’s hydrating yet lightweight — perfectly formulated to protect you depending on your outdoor activity and doesn’t dry you out. If you don’t know where to look, here are picks from Sunplay Skin Aqua.


Swimming


Sunplay Skin Aqua Super Moisture UV Mist SPF 50+ PA++++


Before you hit the pool or the beach, make sure you apply the Sunplay Skin Aqua Super Moisture UV Mist SPF 50+ PA++++, which gives you the sun protection you need, along with the convenience of re-application. This moisturising sunscreen, which contains snow fungus extract that hydrates the skin; nano hyaluronic acid that retains moisture; purslane flower extract that’s rich in vitamins A and C and Omega-3 Fatty Acids that helps ward off skin damage, and Bisabolol that enhances the appearance of dehydrated or damaged skin, comes in a refreshing mist formula that’s lightweight and water-like in texture. When not used for outdoor activities, it’s great for setting makeup, too.


Dining al fresco


Sunplay Skin Aqua Super Moisture UV Super Moisture Essence SPF 50+ PA++++


Picnics and enjoying food while lounging at the park or by the beach is surely enjoyable. The hassle of sunburn? Not at all. Before heading out, apply the Sunplay Skin Aqua Super Moisture UV Super Moisture Essence SPF 50+ PA++++. Aside from fending off the sun’s rays, it also has skin-caring benefits that keep the skin looking plump and radiant thanks to a combination of nano hyaluronic acid, super hyaluronic acid, amino acid and collagen — it’s especially moisturising (the most moisturising one from the range, in fact) yet very lightweight, making it perfect as a base for makeup. With its Light Endurance Technology, it extends the length of protection from the sun while keeping skin moisturised, allowing you more time in between re-applications. The best part? It’s water- and sweat-resistant.

Shopping


Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Gel SPF 50+ PA++++


Sometimes, the best deals are scored at places you least expect them, such as markets. This is especially so when you’re travelling. So when you go out and about under the sun, be ready to face the hustle — and haggle! — with the help of Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Gel SPF 50+ PA++++. This is perfect for when you need to walk a lot because it’s fast-absorbing, water- and sweat-resistant, and keeps your skin hydrated and luminous, on top of warding off the sun’s rays. It feels like water on the skin, too. It also contains nano hyaluronic acid, Super Hyaluronic Acid, Amino Acid and Collagen for that extra hydration. Plus, it has a mild formula that’s great for normal, dry or sensitive skin.


Get ready to feel at ease having fun under the sun with Sunplay Skin Aqua. Get yours here.
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It's no secret that clean beauty is taking over skincare and makeup isles. But did you know that it's also making its way into haircare territory? And the good news is that one of the leading hair-focused clean beauty brands, Act+Acre, just launched in Singapore via Sephora.



Last week, we had the pleasure of trying out their products at Kemistry Salon. The brand offers three main products: Cold Processed® Scalp DetoxCold Processed® Hair Cleanse and Cold Processed® Hair Conditioner. Called "The Essential Trio", these items contain powerful botanicals, vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids for optimal scalp health and a healthy, strong and luscious mane. According to Act+Acre, it doesn't matter what your hair type is, you can surely benefit from using these items. Naturally, we were excited to give these promising products a whirl.


Act Acre Singapore Launch

(Left - Sabrina from #TeamClozette with Act+Acre founder Helen Reavey; Right - Act+Acre The Essential Trio)


First, we were treated to a pre-cleanse using Cold Processed® Scalp Detox. With anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, this will help remove build-up, nourish, detox and balance the scalp. It was massaged onto the scalp and left for 15-20 min. Next, our hair was rinsed off using Cold Processed® Hair Cleanse and nourished with Cold Processed® Hair Conditioner, which helps lock in moisture. These products, which can also be used for an intensive detox, are recommended to be used weekly for best results. After completing the three-step process, we felt like our scalp was instantly refreshed and — wait for it — not dry at all despite having to do a double-cleanse. What could be their secret ingredient?


It turns out that, while all ingredients used are of premium quality, thus, making them essential to the formulation, the secret lies in the way they are processed. Founder Helen Reavey (who is also the hairstylist of Alicia Key and Harry Styles), explains more about the Cold Processed®, saying, "It’s the process of using cold water and high pressure to blend essential oil and other ingredients. This ensures that the active ingredients remain fresh and highly potent — just as nature intended."


Awesome, right? If you're interested in knowing more about the brand, you may check out their website here. But if you're looking to buy already, you can purchase online or visit Sephora ION Singapore.


(Cover photo from: @actandacre)


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Contrary to popular belief, even if it looks like acne, it may not be necessarily acne. Here’s what we mean: regular facial acne is caused by bacteria that would produce the zits we know — and love to pop but resist to do so. Fungal acne, on the other hand, is caused by excess yeast growth in the hair follicles found on your chest, back, and shoulders. To be more accurate, it shouldn’t even be called fungal acne. Its dermatological term is pityrosporum folliculitis or Malassezia folliculitis.


So what is it, really?


Malassezia folliculitis happens when there is a growth of excess yeast within the hair follicles, causing an imbalance in the bacteria-to-fungus ratio in our skin. The yeast, known as Malassezia, is a kind of fungi that are naturally found on our skin. This causes acne-like bumps to appear on the areas we’ve mentioned. "High yeast levels promote inflammation, which, in turn, manifest on the skin as pus bumps," according to Allure. Because it’s yeast-caused, tropical weather like that in Southeast Asia is the perfect environment for yeast growth. Since it’s also a fungus, it can be contagious.


Woman's Back in Bathtub


It differs from bacterial acne in that fungal acne is an inflammation of the hair follicle. Its placement on parts of the upper body and a noticeable intense itching in those areas also differentiate it from regular zits. Fungal acne is most often caused by wearing tight and restrictive clothing or sweating in your clothes and not showering right away, like after a workout, for example.

What does it look like?


The difficulty here is that it really does look like a regular pimple breakout. Look for clusters of small whiteheads, so small they can be a millimetre in size. As mentioned, they would primarily appear on your chest, back, and upper arms.


How do you treat it?


It’s always best to consult a dermatologist. They may prescribe something as simple as a body wash to oral medication depending on how bad your case is. If it doesn’t clear up after several weeks, you may be prescribed with anti-fungal medication.


How do you prevent it?


Woman Exercising in Gym


You can prevent fungal acne by cleansing your skin immediately and thoroughly after a sweat sesh, especially after workouts or scuba diving where you wear tight clothing. Change into clean and loose clothes, so your skin can breathe. Using a salicylic acid cleanser while showering can help remove excess oil and dirt from the skin — two things that promote yeast growth. If you don’t have time for a full shower, keep some cleansing towelettes with an exfoliating ingredient inside your bag for a quick wipedown.


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