- Alcohol free
- Contains fragrance
Hello everyone! Can't believe we are entering October soon, and this is my post for the month. Well, I am still not too late for the month, I hope haha!
I'm reviewing an unusual purchase I'd say so myself, knowing I don't usually buy non-water-resistant sunscreen generally, but it was really inexpensive. Let's dig in!
It comes in white squeeze tube, 50ml volume.
It's creamy sunscreen. Alcohol free, and feels moisturizing on its own. You probably know I don't use moisturizer in the AM due to my oily skin.
It has white tea scent, it's not fragrance-free. Sadly, I dislike the scent, but it goes away after few mins, so it's not a big deal. The first time I used it I did sneeze upon sniffing the scent. Now my nose has gotten used to it though.
No white cast, even after reapplication.
It's quite shiny for my oily skin. Not a fan. It also remains tacky on my skin.
No pilling on fresh application or reapplication.
Yes, it stings my eyes, despite not applying on my eyelids, it slowly seeps as day goes on, unfortunately.
I applied the sunscreen on my left bare cleansed arm, took photos using UV camera (Sunscreenr). I let it set for ~30mins hour before taking the UV camera picture.
Shine Level and White Cast
It has no white cast. It has shine, though. The shine does improve after letting it sit, but it's not a matte sunscreen.
Sadly it also remains tacky to the touch.
It has very even coverage, as you can see below.
Rub Test and Removal
I rubbed back of my palm section under running water for ~30 seconds. These are the exact products that I used:
Using my gentle cleanser (Biore Mild Foam) takes off the sunscreen effortlessly.
On this swatch, I used my usual AM skincare underneath the sunscreen. This is what my usual AM routine looks like:
- DHC Cleansing Oil
- Finacea Gel
- Benzac AC 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Cream
- DIY - Niacinamide + Tranexamic acid serum in simple water and glycerin base
- Sunscreen of the day
I don't do any wait times. As the serum is my own concoction, I always make it very watery and leaves no emollient residue. By the time I apply my sunscreen, my face is hydrated, but not damp or wet for sure.
It's a glowy and tacky sunscreen, as you can tell from the photo. I experience some stinging on my upper cheeks area for 5 mins or so. I don't think I can recommend this to sensitive skin.
You can see the pictures below to see how it looks under UV camera. I also put check-ins as day went on.
My face gets oily as day goes on, nothing new. At 4 hours mark, I could see the sunscreen layer started breaking up due to the face sebum.
There you go! It's a decent sunscreen for the price. it's inexpensive and moisturizing on its own.
It's really unfortunate for the stinging it caused on my skin and eyes, so I am not comfortable to recommend it to sensitive skin.
I have since used this as hand cream and it does a good job, since my hand skin is drier than my face, it's tolerable.
Disclaimer: I only use the UV camera to see if a sunscreen disperses an even layer (or patchy and spotty); and if I miss out a spot during application. It's not by all means to measure the sunscreen protection level. Got mine from sunscreenr.com. It's compatible with android phone.