Why Asian skin needs suncream too

Ultrasun Professional Protection high SPF30 face cream

You might think that sun cream is the reserve of the pale
and interesting and those who turn lobster-coloured in the sun.  But think again, Asian skin needs just as
much protection as anybody else. 

Granted, our chances of sunburn and skin cancer are lower,
and we are less prone to wrinkles than our Caucasian counterparts, but the sun
can inflict other unpleasant side-effects on desi girls. 
I think the biggest issue for Asian women (and men) is the
thought of getting darker.  That age-old
issue of us brown folk not wanting to look too, erm, brown.   We seek shade when it’s sunny, and pick a
foundation that’s too light for us.  I
know this because I was one of those people, before I discovered that avoiding
the sun can lead to vitamin D deficiency.  
Now I let the sun toast my arms to charcoal.  As for the lighter foundation, I’m still
working on that.  
However, I still try to wear sun protection on my face.  This is because too much sun gives us Asian
girls age spots and freckles, and an uneven skin tone.  And over-exposure can also leave a desi girl
looking leathery.
It’s no secret that less sun damage = younger-looking
skin.  And apparently the SPF in your
moisturiser won’t cut it; you need an
sun cream, that’s intended for purpose.
However, one of the big issues with using sun creams on your
face is that most of the products on the market are greasy, thick and melt even
the most waterproof makeup.  I know this
first hand as I spent years using Ambre Solait, Soltan and other brands which
were just sticky and made me feel even hotter.  And as for being picture perfect – forget it,
many holiday snaps have been ruined by a shiny face.
Also, as most sun creams advise reapplication every few
hours to reap the full benefits, they’re pretty impractical for the face –
especially if you’re wearing makeup, as nobody wants to spend their day
applying and reapplying sun cream over a made up face.     
So I’ve always come to the conclusion that you are faced
with a choice – protect your face or look fresh-faced, you can’t do both.     
However, I recently discovered a sun cream for the face
which actually stays matte under the skin, and you only need to apply once a
day.  Ultrasun SPF 30 for Face is sold at
QVC and is a great little discovery.  I
apply it in the morning over my moisturiser and under my makeup, and my face
stays shine free all day.  I was super
impressed by this product, as so many others which are intended for the face
still left me feeling gloopy.          
The Ultrasun face cream also achieves a rare thing, you
don’t feel like you’re really wearing it. 
OK, I’d be lying if I said that I feel bare-faced, but I certainly don’t
feel like I’m wearing a sun cream.
However, at £20, you may be put off by the price.  There is a cheaper alternative out there,
Superdrug’s Solait’s sun cream, which I’ve reviewed here.  But as you’d expect for a fraction of the
price, it’s not quite the same – it doesn’t have the same wear-ability and goes a little dewy after a few hours.  However, on a budget, it’s still a much better
alternative than using a sun cream for your body on your face.              
So ladies, however deep your pockets, invest in a sun cream
and keep freckles, age spots, patchy skin and leather at bay.  
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About the Author


I’m not a makeup artist, chef, lifestyle guru or stylist. I’m just me. And like you, I’m trying to make the best of most things, only I’m sharing my warts-and-all thoughts along the way.

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