The summer essentials: VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport sunblock

Being a certified beach bum and diver, using sunblock is something I do automatically. I have three requirements for my sunblock:

  1. It shouldn’t be greasy or leave a greasy feeling on my skin.
  2. It should provide excellent protection and the sun.
  3. It shouldn’t have a strong smell.

I’ve tried several brands over the years with varying results. Hawaiian Tropic never even touched my skin because I found the smell so disagreeable. Banana Boat was too greasy. Until recently, Coppertone Sport (SPF 30) was my sunblock of choice for years because it met criteria #1 and 3, and moderately met #2. Coppertone Sport was it, until I discovered VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport 70.


This sunblock is just awesome. Firstly, it’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic so no nasty redness or breakouts for me. Second, the formula is very light and non-greasy. My skin had a matte feel even immediately after application. And don’t let the name discourage you: even though it’s tagged as a “sport sunblock” with SPF 70 to boot, it’s light enough to be worn underneath makeup. And finally: no smell! You can apply this on your face and not have to put up with the overpowering scent of other sunblock formulas.

The only thing I don’t like about this product is its hefty price tag: the 185 ml tube in the picture cost almost P2,000. But if you’re out in the sun often and have particular needs, this sunblock is definitely worth it.

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