Althea's Petal Velvet Sunaway Review

December 16, 2018

Althea Korea: Petal Velvet Suaway Review

Living in a tropical country like the Philippines, sunscreen definitely seals its place as a top priority when it comes to skincare. All those routines would be basically for nothing if you forget this last and *most crucial* step. But what does it really do and why is it so important?

First, let's go back to the basics.

What are UV Rays?
The sunlight that reaches us is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA rays penetrate our skin deeply causing permanent skin aging and Persistent Pigment Darkening (PPD), while the UVB affects the outermost layers causing sunburns.

What are SPF and PA ratings?
SPF or sun protection factor indicates the ability of a product to protect our skin from the harmful UVB rays. SPF rating generally measures the amount of time it would take for a person's skin to get burnt. Without a sunblock/sunscreen, it takes just around 10 to 15 minutes upon exposure, so for example you apply a product that has an SPF15, it would then take 15 times longer to take effect as a protection. That's around 150 more minutes or 2.5 hours of guilt-free exposure to the sun. On the other hand, the PA (with plus signs) indicates the protection grade of UVA rays. Meaning, the higher SPF and more plus signs, the better sun shield!

In this case, the Petal Velvet Sunaway has SPF50 which prolongs your sun protection for up to 500 minutes (or roughly 8 hours), and a PA++++ which is the highest UVA protection. Perfect for long-wearing and all-day sun shield!

The Diary Queen: Petal Velvet Sunaway review

Key Ingredients: 

  • Zinc Oxide - naturally reflective, anti-microbial, non-comedogenic, strong sun protection
  • Titanium Dioxide - invisible after application, non-comedogenic, suitable for sensitive skin, effective UVA and UVB blocker (colorescience)
  • Damask Rose Extract - deeply hydrating and soothes irritations, leaving the skin feeling healthy 
  • Geranium oil - Gives the skin a radiant boost and heals acne

How to Use: Shake well. Then, evenly apply a generous layer onto the face in the morning or at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.

Application of Petal Velvet Sunaway
Although white in color, the Petal Velvet Sunaway remains invisible and doesn't leave a cast on the skin.

Petal Velvet Sunaway

At first, I was a bit iffy with the watery consistency because I was used to thick, cream-type sunscreens, but apparently, that was the best part! Compared to other sunscreens I've used, the Petal Velvet Sunaway is the most lightweight. It doesn't produce a white cast, and leaves a velvety matte finish, making a good base for daily use and even under a make-up.

It is best applied in the morning, right after moisturizing. I usually let it sit for about 2-3 minutes to let the product sink in before proceeding with my daily makeup routine. 

Despite being lightweight on the face, this product doesn't fall short on its other claims. The main focus which is sun protection ranks higher than other brands, and more plus points for its sebum-controlling and hydrating properties.

6/10 would recommend to people with normal/combination skin like me. I really love the powder-like finish and strong sun protection capabilities making it perfect for both daily and heavy uses. However, because of the velvet finish, it might be a bit drying for people with already dry skin, so back it up with moisturizer before using.

The rosy scent might also be a hit or miss for some. Personally, I don't mind, but if there would be a variant with a more subtle or no scent at all, that would be better.

For the price point, it's pretty decent since it's on average with other sunscreens. Overall, this is the most efficientinvisible, and lightweight sunscreen I've used. However, I'd personally prefer BB creams, cushions or foundation with similar SPF and PA ratings for its coverage. 

Althea Korea Petal Velvet Line
Petal Velvet Sunaway with Petal Velvet Powder in Translucent, Warm Beige and Pink Lavender

Where to buy?
Available in Althea for Php480

Disclaimer: Products were sent to me as part of Althea Angels Program.
All photos and opinions are entirely my own and not, in any way, influenced by the company and the brand.

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