Creams, scrubs, powders, glosses… If you couldn’t already tell, I love beauty products. A serum promising more radiant skin? I’m all over that. A deep conditioner that will rehydrate fried strands? Sign me up. A cream that gives you instantly firmer skin? Okay, kind of skeptical… but in it goes into my basket!
One product, however, sticks out in my mind as abhorrent no matter what I do nor which ones I try…sunscreen. I loathe everything about it from its smell, stickiness, the oily looking finish, the horrid white sheen…and that you need to go through it all over again every 2 hours. Ugh.
My detestation for the white gloop means I don’t wear it nearly as much as I should, which is embarrassing since the importance of sun protection has been drilled into our heads in the same way that we have been taught to floss as kids. But if the threat of skin cancer isn’t enough, I’ll make a plea to your vanity and remind you that the sun WILL cause pre-mature aging in ways that no serum or cream can completely reverse. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and staying in the shade or throwing on a hat isn’t enough.
Before a recent trip to a music festival, I stumbled upon a jewel in the form of the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen. I was going to pick up a spray sunscreen, but I’ve always hated how expensive they end up being since I can whip through one can over a long weekend—even less if you have to share. I’m obsessed with moisturizing, as you may know, so it intrigued me that this product does double duty as both a sunscreen and lotion.
It comes in an upside-down squeeze bottle, which attractively displays the swirls of cream and light brown while indicating how much product you have left. The product isn’t sticky which makes it very easy to dispense and although I usually prefer pumps for lotions and creams, I appreciate that the flip top cap ensures a secure seal when tossed into your beach bag.
WHAT’S IN IT?
The “ultra-luxurious hydrating silk ribbons” don’t just refer to the swirls of sunscreen and lotion because the cream contains silk proteins, which are used in cosmetics to prevent the dehydration of skin. I was skeptical of its claims of containing “nourishing antioxidants” and “exotic botanicals”, but a look at the ingredient list reveals the use of shea butter, mango seed butter and aloe vera leaf juice as well as papaya, taro root, mango, purple passionflower, plumeria and guava extracts.
APPLICATION / FINISH
This is where the product impressed me most. It isn’t overwhelmingly thick or too runny (it’s about the consistency of a thick cream) and the fact that it isn’t at all sticky makes application a breeze. It spreads easy and absorbs rapidly, melting into your skin as an ordinary moisturizer would. There is no tacky or greasy residue and you’ll find zero evidence of that shiny, white layer sitting atop your skin.
I really like the smell of this and would say that company’s description of it as a “warm tropical fragrance” is pretty accurate. It doesn’t have the overpowering and artificial smell of coconuts found in other sunscreens, but instead has a milder coconut scent with some tropical and floral notes. The effect is light and pretty, and it won’t overpower any fragrances you decide to wear that day.
It is broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) and is available in SPF 12, 30 and 50. Its active ingredients are Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (6%), Oxybenzone (4%) and it is water resistant for 80 minutes. Though it’s perfect for lounging on the beach, my only gripe with this would be that it’s not completely waterproof. I’d be very diligent about applying every 2 hours if you’re swimming or doing water sports, but its easy application means this isn’t that much of a hassle.
I would definitely recommend this to all my fellow sunscreen haters out there because this is what I’ll be reaching for whenever I plan to spend time under the sun!
Check out my handy dandy image below to find out how much to use. For easy application of all sunscreens, rub the lotion between your hands and pat each area to disperse the product before spreading. Reapply every 2 hours and remember that we should be wearing a minimum of SPF 30 everyday, even when cloudy!
Have you come across any fantastic or horrible sun protection products? I’d love to hear about them so leave a comment below!