I’m a bit unhappy because I discovered a brand new pigmented spot near the corner of my left eye. This, despite the skin care products I’ve been using! I’ve been mulling over the reason and I think I found the answer in a little window located to the left side of my bed. While it is covered, there is a little gap that lets in some early morning sunlight. I think that’s causing the damage. But the question is, why wasn’t there any noticeable damage before as the window has always been there?
I haven’t been very excited with L’Occitane of late but their new collection called L’Occitane Buriti do Brasil, a new natural sun care line which also includes 100% mineral sunscreen products to provide UVA/UVB protection certainly grabbed my attention. In fact, I dropped by their store to check up earlier but found that they will only be available in the Singapore stores next month.
If you’re buying sunscreen from a Japanese brand, you’re likely to come across the PA rating system.
PA stands for protection grade of UVA system and is the Japanese measurement of sun protection, which is based on the Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) reaction reading at 2-4 hours of sun exposure. According to info from the wiki, the Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD) method is a method of measuring UVA protection, similar to the SPF method of measuring UVB light protection.
If you go round the pharmacies, you must have seen the latest range of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer range consisting of Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+, Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF70 and Body Mist Sunblock SPF45 which all come with the patented Helioplex suncare technology. So what exactly is Helioplex and is it true that it gives up to three times longer UVA protection?
What is Helioplex?
According to the information I gathered from Neutrogena’s website, Helioplex covers the complete UVA/UVB spectrum by harnessing the full power of two sunscreens, Avobenzone and Oxybenzone.