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I love a good sun stick - it’s a quick and easy way to reapply sunscreen. Even better - my kids don’t fight sun sticks nearly as much as they do traditional creams. To be perfectly fair, I don’t think any sun stick offers enough sun protection by itself, and I still reach for creams to reapply during beach days. But during the normal course of non-summer life, sun sticks are a great way to top off sunscreen without ending up with greasy fingers or upset kids. I always have one in my purse.
Abib Airy Sunstick Smoothing Bar SPF50+ PA++++ is available on Amazon, YesStyle (reward code KBHOBBIT), and Stylevana (code INF10KBH). It has a semi-matte finish and waterproof formula with no white cast.
How to use
Glide over the face and body before sun exposure
Reapply as needed
The marketing materials promise soothing, hydrating, and complexion improvement. I personally don’t look for those things in sunscreen - I only want a good SPF. But if there are some additional benefits, then that’s a cherry on top.
I always do a good base layer of more traditional sunscreen, but use sticks for quick touch ups throughout the day, especially if I’m out more than usual or if I’m touching my face a lot and disturbing that initial SPF application.
Surprisingly, I don’t see much about this Abib sunstick online. The first one in the black packaging was all over my social media and in several PR packages, but I hated the greasy, heavy formula. The Airy formulation is pretty close to perfect. I can still somewhat feel it on the skin, but it’s not bad, especially considering it’s waterproof. I see no white cast on my pale skin and no unwanted greasy finish. I can reapply several times without developing a layer of gunk on the skin.
The brand uses the shape / curve / size of the Airy Sunstick as a selling point - to me it’s not significantly better or different from straight, smaller sun sticks. I have no issues with either of the shapes. If anything, the smaller ones are easier to tuck into purse pockets, but it’s not a deal breaker either way.
If you are in the market for a good sun stick, Abib is a worthy choice.
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Abib Airy Sunstick Smoothing Bar ingredients: Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Homosalate, Silica, Isoeicosane, Octocrylene, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Phenethyl Benzoate, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Polyethylene, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Lecithin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Allantoin, Ectoin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables