Lovely imprint of my IM2010 race number due to 12hours of sun exposure.I love my tans. Those who know me via this blog or in person would know I am a ferocious sun-seeker. I am blessed with creamy white skin that tans easily and they will “regenerate” and become creamy white again after a month or two. Having this combo of “liking tan vs. getting fair” is pretty irritating as that would meant I need to spend more time out under the sun just to maintain those tan.
However, with the increased awareness of skin cancer and pigmentation due to overexposure to the sun, I have been asked by wifey to consider some level of protection.
Here is the truth. I hate sunblock. It reminds me of those sticky chemical liquid one smear over their skin. Add that with sweat, you get a sticky feeling and if applied over the face, it gets into your eyes and blind you.
Not forgetting you will smell like a badly cooked meal.
Over the years, I’ve tested and applied sunblock on my skin. When it first happened, it was like a “coming of age” thingy. It is like wearing your first jeans (and not pants, felt like a rebel at 15). Having allowed to put sunblock meant parents’ consent for you to be at the beach!
A few days ago, I put an update on my Facebook and asked my friends what type of sunblock they use. Most came back with the usual expected brand. Even myself has been using one with super ultra high SPF of 120! The only reason why I like it is because it is water based and non-greasy.
Sexy hairy thigh with nice sexier tan lineOf course there are other ways of blocking off the sun if usages of sunblocks are not preferred. Just like Uncle Rahim in the photo below, he uses arm socks that provide protection as well. I am no fan of restrictive clothing and I don’t think I can cycle with long sleeves or with long tights.
Ocean Potion before until today. I then consulted my best friend, Mr. Google, and found out heaps about Ocean Potion.
Ocean Potion is one of the fastest growing sun and skin care products from Florida, USA. Founded in 1989, they now have a complete range of in-house product and even packaging. It is common to see most of the sunblock lotions available in the market to claim to originate from the country of origin, only to be made and packaged somewhere else.
Ocean Potion claim to be produced and packed in the USA, fully!
Per reported by Malaysian Cancer Statistics, in 2006 alone, there was 531 new cases reported for skin cancer. There is no indication how many that wasn’t reported and we all know as Malaysians (or human), we are always in denial!
So, it does come as some sort of assurance that Ocean Potion sun care line is endorsed by The Skin Cancer Foundation (in the USA) as effective sunscreen.
Ocean Potion is very new. They were introduced in the market end of 2009 and in less than a year, have established a chain of network that sells their products in most, if not all golf clubs or specialty shops. They are now available in Watson and major pharmacies in the country too.
Ocean Potion Marketing Manager, Jadelyn Goh (whom I met) believes that the line of products has great potential with their broad range of products that fits any lifestyle and skin type. The pricing structure that was shared with me was very affordable and on par, if not cheaper (by volume and functions) that major brand or competitors.
I found out that Ocean Potion products are also easy to apply, subtly fragrant and GREASY feeling free! They are also easy to apply. The non-greasy feeling was because Ocean Potion products have no mineral oil or any petroleum by product in them like the other non-water based sunblock.
I was given, or selectively given products based on my activity and how relevant it is to my lifestyle.
Evenly tanned shoulder and arms!The lotion stayed on and without any greasy feeling when I sweat. In fact, I did not feel that my skin felt “clogged”. It "breathes" easily without any feeling that the sweat was struggling to come out.
The Dab-On was most useful as it could be applied with one hand. I am not one person that would take both hands away from the handlebar, so, having something that my fingers or hand won’t come in contact with and can be applied to the face is definitely good!
By the end of the ride, I still felt the lotion to be working. No greasy feeling and I did not smell like some badly grilled meat. It did not stain my bike jerseys or leave marks on the bike from the sweat that drips down onto the bike. I say this is good!
Then I have to buy it la.
The Kids Spray SPF50 comes in 6oz (RM36.80) is a quick drying sunblock spray that is also non-greasy and has no petroleum or mineral oil in them. The Kids spray actually smells nice. It smells of Watermelon though subtlety and leave no marks behind. I smeared the sunblock after spraying and it dries up pretty fast without any oily feeling.
And tested on the kids during Sunday Terry Fox run, they absolutely love it!
Ocean Potion-ed!Thank you to Ocean Potion for the opportunity and thank you Trinity Mercantile to bring in these awesome sunblocks.
There are a whole range which I only saw, but has no privy to test them out. The Face/Lips range, which also include Lip Potion and even Dab-On for kids.
They even have the Anti-Aging sunblock that has protection from SPF15 to SPF70! I supposed these anti-aging would be good to be used with make up too. Most expensive of the Anti-Aging range is actually the SPF70 which comes in 3oz size at RM30.80 (RM/oz price ratio wise).
Ocean Potion range could be found in Watson’s, selected pharmacies and sport clubs, and also specialty outlet. They also have a Facebook page where you can find more of their range and they have a giveaway too! So, add them into your list of “friend” and hope to be one of the many lucky winners!
Ocean Potion is carried by Trinity Mercantile. I found out that they have a range of organic baby products called Nature’s Baby Organics and a range of organic shampoo and conditioner called Organix. Both these products are from USA (produced and packed). The only none-US product they have is a foot therapy bag which promises smooth and soft feet called BeautyFoot. They even have the famed Chong (as in Pamela and Vanessa of the Amazing Race Asia) as the spokesperson.
As for Ocean Potion, Myself and wifey will be using it again this weekend during the Powerman race. :)