For Beloved One (or “FBO” as its aficionados fondly call it) is a popular Taiwanese beauty brand that shot to fame with its top-selling bio-cellulose masks. I have seen this brand around in Sephora but never dwelled on it much, mainly because the more glitzy, ever-changing displays in the front of the stores grabbed my attention better. So it was really nice when Amy called me up one day, and offered to introduce me to the brand and its products. I also had the chance to try out some of its latest products, and I’d love to introduce you to For Beloved One’s Melasleep Whitening High Sunscreen Protection SPF50**!
The latest addition to FBO’s Melasleep Whitening skincare range, this is no ordinary sunscreen. It contains the proprietary ingredient Lumiskin™, which is able to prevent the formation of melanin and thereby keeping the skin free and clear of dark spots. In addition, it contains Pentavitin® to deeply hydrate, and Phytosoothe™ to soothe and repair.
The high sun protection factor of SPF50** ensures all-day protection from sun damage, and is ideal for outdoor use. This sunscreen is lightweight in texture, goes on easily and dries down to a semi-matte finish that does not leave the skin feeling greasy nor sticky.
What I liked about this was the fact that it is available in a beige tint that is effective in reducing the appearance of any redness on the skin! This is a very sheer, natural-looking color, that is not really meant for coverage. However, it is very useful when you are going about doing sports (or outside doing some chores) and don’t want to be wearing makeup, but still would like to have some sort of complexion booster. I was very excited when I first tried this as it is reminiscent of my beloved La Mer The Fluid Tint which had seen me through a period of really terrible skin that could not take any form of makeup, but has been discontinued.
For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening High Sunscreen Protection SPF50** is also available in a slight green tint to further counteract redness and brighten dull-looking skin. There is also a white version that comes with a lower SPF32** which is better suited for indoor use. This later version has a thinner, more runny consistency, and more lightweight.
The only thing that is making me hesitate in running out the door and buying this up by the truckloads, is the incorporation of chemical blockers in the formulation. As I had briefly alluded to in an earlier sunscreen comparison, the use of chemical sunscreen is highly controversial. Once widely used, but now the industry has transitioned to more physical blockers (common ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide). Chemical sunscreens have the benefit of a lighter, more pleasant texture. Advocates claim that they are generally safe, and earlier studies involving mice overexposed to Oxybenzone is not conclusive of the impact on humans. However, even these advocates agree that chemical blockers penetrate the skin, whereas physical blockers are generally too large to be absorbed. Chemicals that are absorbed into the body have the potential to cause various problems such as skin allergy and hormone disruption, in addition to potentially having toxic breakdowns. The 2 chemical sunscreen ingredients present in FBO’s Melasleep Whitening High Sunscreen Protection SPF50** are Octyl Methoxycinnamate and Octocrylene, with EWG Hazard Score of 6 and 3 (on a scale of 0 to 10) respectively indicating moderate hazard level. You can read more about them here.
On a separate but curious note, these chemical blockers are not listed in the ingredient list printed on the back of the box.
They are, however, printed on the back of the tube itself. Given the tube is not visible prior to purchase, I thought it useful to show it here. (I believe this practice may not be consistent with US FDA-regulations.)
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to try out For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening High Sunscreen Protection SPF50**. It was a lovely first introduction to the brand, and I did enjoy the texture and finish of this sunscreen. I definitely appreciate having a high protection factor. However, being cognizant of the potential risks of chemical blockers used in the formulation, I am a little wary. Granted there are no conclusive studies done that affirmatively prove these ingredients cause bodily damage, my personal preference is to live as wholesome as I can.