Face Sunscreen Guide 2019

Face Sunscreen Guide 2019

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Discover my Face Sunscreen Guide for this year 2019!

Hello, my name is Bonnie, and I am a pathological face sunscreen tester. My ultimate goal: finding the perfect everyday sunscreen! So I test a lot of them, all the time. Here is my Face Sunscreen Guide for  2019! 😉

As you know, I have already written it in many of my other articles, using sun protection for my face is something I do every single day.

I use a sunscreen every day of the year, winter or summer. And of course, I always insist that in Dubai, given the weather and the bright sunshine outside, I have no choice.

But quite honestly, even if I lived elsewhere, it would be the same. Yes, even if I lived in a northern country!

I don’t go outside without moisturizer during the day, and now (at least for several years now) I don’t go without sunscreen either!

Daily UV protection is certainly the most effective anti-aging thing you can do for your skin. Regarding skin aging, it’s definitely better to prevent than to cure, and daily UV protection is clearly excellent prevention!

And so I keep looking for the best sunscreen for me: effective of course, but also pleasant to wear and more complicated, which allows me to easily apply make-up on top!

So here is the result of my many face sunscreens tests for the year 2019!

Skincare Sun protection: Q&A and common myths Even if sun protection is relevant all year long, I definitely feel this topic interests more people at the moment, with summer just around the corner… Read more
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Chemical Sunscreens: Bioré, Purito, La Roche Posay, Klairs, Avène, Krave

How I choose my sunscreens (in 2019):

If it’s not already done, I strongly encourage you to read my sunscreen articles from last year. They’re very complete (if I can say so myself) and I answer many questions and preconceived ideas about sun protection:

Sun protection: Q&A and common myths

Sunscreen guide 2018

Buying guide: reef-safe sunscreens

Also, for this year’s guide, I would like to point out that, given the way I use it, I mainly chose products made for an everyday usage. Not all of these products are suitable to use on the beach or in the pool (especially if you are swimming, as they’re not necessarily waterproof).

The only face sunscreen I take with me if I know I will be outdoors for a while, and I will be more exposed than usual and/or swimming, is the  Shiseido Anessa essence UV sunscreen mild milk SPF50 .

It was one of my favorites last year, and I still use it a lot this year. It’s clearly my most protective sunscreen product! (I talk about it in more detail in my Sunscreen guide 2018).

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Mineral Sunscreens: Isntree, REN

My selection criteria for my face sunscreens have changed a little compared to last year.

I’m still looking for a product that filters both UVA and UVB filters. Most of the ones I tried have an SPF 50 (I don’t use those below 30) and they also have a high PA (3 or 4 +).

Last year, I favored mineral filters over chemical filters because the latter have a reputation for being more irritating for the skin. This year, I ventured much more on the side of chemical filter-based sunscreens, and I didn’t have a bad reaction with most of them (no breakout, no irritation).

Now, when I really need to be well protected (as I explained above), I always prefer formulas that combine chemical and mineral filters. Mixed formulas are more stable and offer a better protection spectrum. The Shiseido Anessa essence UV sunscreen mild milk SPF50 is a mixed formula, with both types of filters.

To know the difference between mineral and chemical filters, their advantages and disadvantages, you can take a look at my article Sun protection: Q&A and common myths.

Ideally, I prefer to use non-nano mineral filters because they’re supposed to be bad for the environment. I also try to avoid, if I can, the most polluting chemical filters: oxybenzone, octinoxate (these two have just been banned in Hawaii), enzacamene (or Parsol 5000) and octocrylene in particular. That being said, these requirements mainly concern my body products as I explain in my article Buying guide: reef-safe sunscreens

I appreciate when a sunscreen formula contains antioxidant ingredients because they have an interesting cellular protection (= anti-aging) action. Other skincare ingredients in the formula such as hyaluronic acid or niacinamide are always good too. But it doesn’t matter if there are none because I already use all these ingredients in my skincare routine.

I avoid if I can fragranced formulas (fragrance can be photosensitizing) and if I have sensitized skin, I put aside formulas that contain too much alcohol. It can be a little irritating over time, although it has the ability to considerably lighten the texture of the formulas.

Regarding my position on silicones, I completely changed my mind on the issue, and it doesn’t really bother me anymore if my sunscreen contains some of them. Not all silicones are created equal, and if the ones used in my sunscreen are volatile and lightweight, my skin reacts very well to them in general and I have no problem with them at all.

For the finish of my sunscreen products, I prefer when the product doesn’t leave a white cast.

And finally, the sunscreen product must be compatible with makeup, preferably. Some sunscreens tend to break the foundation applied on top (or make it peell) and/or make it look super oily only after a few hours.

So here are the different sunscreens I tried this year. I have classified them according to the types of UV filters they contain.

100% mineral sunscreens:

My favourites for the summer because they generally leave a matte finish (more than sunscreens based on chemical filters).

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Isntree Sensitive Balancing Sun Protection +

Isntree Sensitive Balancing Sun Protection:

∎ Price:
Between $13 and $19 for 60ml.

∎ Protection:
SPF50+, PA++++

∎ Made in:
South Korea

∎ Texture:
A lightweight cream, non greasy.

∎ UV Filters:
– Zinc Oxide: filters UVA and UVB.
– Titane Dioxide: filters UVA and UVB.

∎ Effects on the environment?
Low, it’s not a nano mineral filter.

∎ Ingredients list:
Water, Cyclomethicone, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate,1,2-Hexanediol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Pullulan, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Dipropylene Glycol, Allantoin, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Glycerin, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Phytosphingosine, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin.

∎ Silicone-free?
No.

∎ Alcohol-free?
Yes.

∎ Fragrance-free?
Yes.

∎ Anti-oxidants?
Yes: green tea.

∎ Other skincare ingredients in the formula:
Extract of Centella Asiatica and allantoin for the soothing and calming effect, some ceramides for comfort, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid for their moisturizing action.

∎ White cast?
Yes, a small one, but it’s not too obvious on my light skin.

∎ Irritant? Comedogenic?
No.

∎ Mattifying?
Yes.

∎ How does it look with makeup?
It’s a rather good makeup primer, the foundation can be easily applied over it. In addition, it helps to mattify my combination skin after a few hours, so my makeup lasts even longer.

∎ Would I repurchase?
Yes, absolutely, I think it’s great in every way! It provides good protection, is very pleasant to apply, can be used without any issue with makeup. It’s super cost-effective so, in short, it’s all good!

Isntree Sensitive Balancing Sun Protection +

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REN Clean Screen Mineral

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30:

∎ Price:
$36 for 50ml.

∎ Protection:
SPF30

∎ Made in:
UK

∎ Texture:
A cream that is a little thick at first but absorbs rather well if you massage it. The finish is quite “dry”, no greasy effect with this product.

∎ UV Filters: 
Zinc Oxide (22%): filters UVA and UVB.

∎ Effects on the environment?
Low, it’s a non-nano mineral filter.

∎ Ingredients list:
Aqua (Water), Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, Propanediol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Oryza Sativa Starch, Pongamia Glabra Seed Oil, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Behenyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Chloride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora Linalloliferum (Ho Wood) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Glucose, Parfum (Fragrance), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

∎ Silicone-free?
Yes.

∎ Alcohol-free?
Yes.

∎ Fragrance-free?
No.

∎ Anti-oxidants?
Yes: sea buckthorn berries, vitamin E, rosemary, passion fruit, cranberry.

∎ Other skincare ingredients in the formula:
Yes, moisturizing aloe vera and glycerin, and mattifying rice starch.

∎ White cast?
Yes, especially if you apply the correct amount (= a lot) to be well protected.

∎ Irritant? Comedogenic?
No.

∎ Mattifying?
Yes, I wouldn’t recommend it for dry skin because it enhances dry skin areas.

∎ How does it look with makeup?
Beware of dry areas, which it tends to enhance and that makeup usually accentuates (especially powder). On the other hand, base makeup lasts longer with it thanks to its mattifying effect.

∎ Would I repurchase?
Maybe. I found it drying when I used it in the spring but I may appreciate its mattifying effect in the middle of summer. However, I find it quite expensive compared to other sunscreens I’m currently using.

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30

My review of the REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 (with photos).

100% chemical sunscreens:

Their textures are often very pleasant to use, as they are quite lightweight and unnoticeable on the skin. They’re usually invisible. They can leave a slight sheen on some people, so be careful if you tend to have a shiny T-zone during the day.

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Avène Fluid Very High Protection

Avène Fluid SPF 50+ (fragrance-free version):

∎ Price:
$14 for 50ml.

∎ Protection:
SPF50+

∎ Made in:
France

∎ Texture:
A very fluid cream that is easily absorbed and dries in a few minutes for a “dry” effect without leaving any heavy feeling on the skin.

∎ UV Filters:
– Tinosorb S: filters UVA and UVB.
– Tinosorb M: filters UVA and UVB.
– Uvasorb HEB: filters UVA and UVB.
– Avobenzone: filters UVA.

∎ Effects on the environment?
Avène claims that this product is reef-safe and biodegradable.

∎ Ingredients list:
Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol [Nano], Water (Aqua), Diisopropyl Adipate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Silica, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Decyl Glucoside, 1-2-Hexanediol, C10-18 Triglycerides, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Benzoic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium Edta, Glyceryl Behenate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Glyceryl Stearate, Oxothiazolidine, PEG-100 Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Glucoside, Tribehenin, Xanthan Gum.

∎ Silicone-free?
Yes.

∎ Alcohol-free?
Yes.

∎ Fragrance-free?
Yes (in this version, but there’s also a fragranced version).

∎ Anti-oxidants?
Yes, vitamin E and oxothiazolidine.

∎ Other skincare ingredients in the formula:
Soothing Avène thermal water.

∎ White cast?
Yes, despite the fact that it contains chemical filters, it leaves a small white cast (even on my fair skin, so it may not be ideal for darker skin tones than mine).

∎ Irritant? Comedogenic?
No, this product didn’t cause me any break out or irritation.

∎ Mattifying?
Yes, it has a dry effect upon application, and it helps the skin to stay matte for several hours.

∎ How does it look with makeup?
You can easily apply make-up on over it. Be careful, however, if you have drier areas, it tends to enhance a little because of the “dry touch” effect.

∎ Would I repurchase?
Why not? Despite the white cast, I find that this product is not too bad. It offers good protection against UVA and UVB rays. The filters used are not irritating, they’re also biodegradable and the formula isn’t breaking me out! I appreciate its matte finish, and I love the packaging with the super practical pump! The brand also communicates on the right amount to apply on the face and neck, and it’s 7 pumps. It’s waterproof, so you can use it at the beach or pool, which is a good point. I appreciate the fact that it’s available in several versions (without or with fragrance, and it also exists in a tinted version). Finally, the price is affordable.

Avène Fluid SPF 50+

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La Roche Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid

La Roche PosayAnthelios Shaka Fluid SPF 50+ (fragrance free version):

∎ Price:
$18 for 50ml.

∎ Protection:
SPF50+

∎ Made in:
France

∎ Texture:
A very liquid fluid that you have to shake before applying it and easily absorbs into the skin. It dries super quickly without leaving any heavy effect on the skin.

∎ UV Filters:
– Octisalate: filters UVB.
– Uvinol T 150: filters UVB.
– Tinosorb S: filters UVA and UVB.
– Avobenzone: filters UVA and UVB.
– Mexoryl XL (by L’Oréal): filters UVA and UVB.
– Mexoryl SX (by L’Oréal): filters UVA.

∎ Effects on the environment?
La Roche Posay claims that this product is reef-safe.

∎ Ingredients list:
Water, Alcohol Denat, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/​Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol,Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Perlite, Tocopherol, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol,Hydroxyethylcellulose, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid,Triethanolamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate.

∎ Silicone-free?
Yes.

∎ Alcohol-free?
No, (and it’s the second ingredient, so there’s a lot of it).

∎ Fragrance-free?
Yes (in this version, but there’s also a fragranced version).

∎ Anti-oxidants?
Yes, vitamin E.

∎ Other skincare ingredients in the formula:
Some moisturizing glycerin.

∎ White cast?
No, it’s completely sheer.

∎ Irritant? Comedogenic?
If you have sensitive or sensitized skin, I wouldn’t recommend it because of the high alcohol content. That being said, the brand claims that it’s tested to be applied near the eyes.

∎ Mattifying?
Yes.

∎ How does it look with makeup?
You can easily apply makeup on top, it’s perfect as a primer and it even helps the makeup to last longer.

∎ Would I repurchase?
Probably. I think this is the first time I’m using a French sunscreen product that has obviously been designed for everyday use, not just for holidays! As a result, the texture is really nice, it reminds me a lot of my favorite Asian sunscreens. The protection is very good, on both UVA and UVB rays. It’s also perfect as a makeup base. A little downside, its high alcohol content which gives it such a light texture but which can be potentially irritating on some skins, especially used every day. It’s waterproof, so you can use it at the beach or pool, which is a good point. I also appreciate the fact that it’s available in several versions (without or with fragrance, and it also exists in a tinted version). Its value for money is really excellent!

La Roche Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF 50+

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Krave The Beet Shield

Krave The Beet Shield/ Beet The Sun:

∎ Price:
$20 for 50ml.

∎ Protection:
SPF50+, PA++++

∎ Made in:
South Korea

∎ Texture: 
A fluid cream that is relatively easy to absorb.

∎ UV Filters:
– Uvinul A Plus: filters UVA.
– Tinosorb S: filters UVA and UVB.
– Uvinul T 150: filters UVB.
– Amiloxate: filters UVB.
– Parsol SLX: filters UVB.

∎ Effects on the environment?
I couldn’t find any information from the brand on this subject.

∎ Ingredients list:
Aqua/water, vitis vinifera (grape) fruit water, dibutyl adipate, isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate, c13-15 alkane, glycerin, propanediol, crambe abyssinica seed oil, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (avobenzone), glyceryl stearate, c20-22 alkyl phosphate, ethylhexyl triazone, c20-22 alcohols, titanium dioxide, benzotriazolyl dodecyl p-cresol, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, caprylic/capric triglyceride, parfum (fragrance), 1,2-hexanediol, phytosterols, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, sodium hydroxide, palmitoyl grape seed extract, vitis vinifera (grape) juice, citric acid, o-cymen-5-ol, picea abies wood extract, tocopheryl acetate, xanthan gum, polyhydroxystearic acid, jojoba esters, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, citronellol, geraniol, linalool (232/003).

∎ Silicone-free?
No.

∎ Alcohol-free?
No.

∎ Fragrance-free?
No.

∎ Anti-oxidants?
Yes, beet extract, a vitamin C derivative, resveratrol, and EGCG (which comes from green tea).

∎ Other skincare ingredients in the formula:
Moisturizing glycerin, soothing allantoin, nourishing Macadamia nut oil.

∎ White cast?
No.

∎ Irritant? Comedogenic?
Unfortunately, if I apply it several days in a row, I have small break outs that appear all over. I tried it several times to be sure, and unfortunately, my skin doesn’t like it 🙁

∎ Mattifying?
No, it tends to make me look shiny during the day.

∎ How does it look with makeup?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on me at all. I tried to apply several foundations on top of it and each time it looked quite patchy and it enhanced my pores quite a bit.

∎ Would I repurchase?
No, and that’s unfortunate because I love Liah Yoo, the creator of Krave Beauty and I really wanted to support her. But after several unsuccessful attempts, I feel that my skin doesn’t like it at all. Too bad, because the ingredients list is rather nice!

Krave The Beet Shield/ Beet The Sun

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Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence

Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence:

∎ Price:
Between $17 and $23 for 80ml.

∎ Protection:
SPF50+, PA++++

∎ Made in:
South Korea

∎ Texture:
A very nice gel-cream that absorbs very well and leaves the skin comfortable and hydrated.

∎ UV Filters:
– Uvinal A Plus: filters UVA.
– Uvinul T 150: filters UVB.

∎ Effects on the environment?
I couldn’t find any information from the brand on this subject.

∎ Ingredients list:
Water (Aqua), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Dibutyl Adipate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Silica, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Panthenol, Beta-Glucan, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil.

∎ Silicone-free?
Yes.

∎ Alcohol-free?
Yes.

∎ Fragrance-free?
Yes.

∎ Anti-oxidants?
Yes, vitamin E and niacinamide (which is also a great multi-tasking skincare ingredient).

∎ Other skincare ingredients in the formula:
– adenosine and panthenol: repairing effect (and anti-aging for the adenosine).
– hyaluronic acid,  beta-glucan, and glycerine: hydrating.
– allantoin: soothing.

∎ White cast?
No, it’s completely sheer.

∎ Irritant? Comedogenic?
No, on the contrary, I love to use it when I feel that my skin needs more comfort.

∎ Mattifying?
No, rather the other way around, it tends to make me look a bit shiny.

∎ How does it look with makeup?
It’s a good makeup base, my foundation applies well over it but I have to use some powder when I use it because it tends to make me look shiny more than usual.

∎ Would I repurchase?
Yes, probably. It does the job and it’s pleasant to use. It’s a good value for money, especially for its size (80ml). It’s not waterproof, however, so I don’t recommend it if you plan to go swimming.

Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence

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Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun

Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun:

∎ Price:
Between $15 and $21 for 60ml.

∎ Protection:
SPF50+, PA++++

∎ Made in:
South Korea

∎ Texture:
A very pleasant and fresh cream-gel, which absorbs very well and leaves the skin comfortable and super calm.

∎ UV Filters:
– Uvinal A Plus: filters UVA.
– Uvinul T 150: filters UVB.

∎ Effects on the environment?
I couldn’t find any information from the brand on this subject.

∎ Ingredients list:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dibutyl Adipate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Silica, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

∎ Silicone-free?
Yes.

∎ Alcohol-free?
Yes.

∎ Fragrance-free?
No (but the brand works on a fragrance-free version for the future).

∎ Anti-oxidants?
Yes, vitamin E and niacinamide (which is also a great multi-tasking skincare ingredient).

∎ Other skincare ingredients in the formula:
Centella Asiatica: soothing, repairing, healing, anti-aging…
– adenosine: soothing and anti-age.
– hyaluronic acid and glycerin: hydrating.

∎ White cast?
No, it’s completely sheer.

∎ Irritant? Comedogenic?
No, on the contrary, I love to use it when I feel that my skin needs to be soothed.

∎ Mattifying?
No, rather the other way around, it tends to make me look a bit shiny.

∎ How does it look with makeup?
It’s a good makeup base, my foundation applies well over it but I have to use some powder when I use it because it tends to make me look shiny more than usual.

∎ Would I repurchase?
Yes, it’s already done, it’s my second one! I find it super pleasant to use, it’s soothing, and with my skin being sensitized by the use of retinol at the moment, it’s just perfect! It’s also a good value for money. It’s not waterproof, however, so I don’t recommend it if you plan to go swimming.

Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun

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Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence 2019 Version

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence (2019 version):

∎ Price:
Between $9 and $15 for 50ml.

∎ Protection:
SPF50+, PA++++

∎ Made in:
Japan

∎ Texture:
A very fresh gel-cream that absorbs very well and leaves the skin comfortable and feeling hydrated.

∎ UV Filters:
– Octinoxate: filters UVB.
– Uvinul T 150: filters UVB.
– Uvinul A Plus: filters UVA.
– Tinosorb S: filters UVA and UVB.

∎ Effects on the environment?
Octinoxate is suspected to have a potentially harmful effect on the environment (feel free to do your own research if this topic is important for you).

∎ Ingredients list:
Water, ethanol (alcohol denat.), ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, ethylhexyl triazone, isopropyl palmitate, (lauryl methacrylate / Na methacrylate) crosspolymer, diethylaminohydroxybenzoylhexylbenzoate, hydrogenated polyisobutene, bisethylhexyl oxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, palmitic acid Dextrin, BG, xylitol, (acrylate / alkyl acrylate (C10-30)) crosspolymer, dimethicone, alkyl benzoate (C12-15), glycerin, glyceryl stearate, propanediol, glyceryl behenate, (vinyl dimethicone / methicone Silsesquioxane) crosspolymer, cetanol, agar, sorbitan distearate, isoceteth-20, polyvinyl alcohol, (dimethicone / vinyl dimethicone) Suporima, stearoyl glutamate, arginine, hydroxide K, hydroxide Na, royal jelly extract, hyaluronic acid Na, phenoxyethanol, EDTA-2Na, BHT, fragrance.

∎ Silicone-free?
No.

∎ Alcohol-free?
No (and it’s the second ingredient, so there’s a lot of it).

∎ Fragrance-free?
No.

∎ Anti-oxidants?
No.

∎ Other skincare ingredients in the formula:
– Royal jelly extract: repairing effect.
– Arginine: repairing and soothing.
– Hyaluronic acid, glycerin: hydrating.

∎ White cast?
No, it’s completely sheen.

∎ Irritant? Comedogenic?
It contains a lot of alcohol, so be careful if you have sensitive or sensitized skin. It’s not a problem for me, though.

∎ Mattifying?
Not really, but it doesn’t make me look more oily during the day.

∎ How does it look with makeup?
It’s an excellent makeup base, the foundation literally glides over it and it doesn’t make me look more oily during the day.

∎ Would I repurchase?
Yes, why not. It is very pleasant to use, my skin can tolerate it well. Its texture is great, it is perfect under makeup. It protects well against UVA and UVB filters. It is waterproof, which is a plus. And above all, it is really cheap as well! And given my high consumption of sunscreen, it’s really interesting. So yes, clearly, it’s not the cleanest formula in the world, but for me, it’s rather secondary as a criteria, I’ve already said it several times 😉

Bioré UV Watery Essence

Mixed formulas (mineral + chemical filters):

The “heavy-duty” formulas.I use them when I want to be sure I’m very well protected, if I know I’m going to be out in the sun. These are also the ones I choose if I’m on vacation.

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Caudalie Anti Wrinkle Face Suncare

Caudalie Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare SPF50:

∎ Price:
Between $23 and $25 for 50ml.

∎ Protection:
SPF50

∎ Made in:
France

∎ Texture: 
A comfortable cream texture, but it feels quite heavy on my skin.

∎ UV Filters:
– Amiloxate: chemical filter that filters UVB.
– Avobenzone: chemical filter that filters UVA.
– Uvinul T 150: chemical filter that filters UVB.
– Tinosorb S: chemical filter that filters UVA and UVB.
– Titane Dioxide: mineral filter that filters UVA and UVB.

∎ Effects on the environment?
Caudalie claims that this product is reef-safe and biodegradable.

∎ Ingredients list:
Aqua/water, vitis vinifera (grape) fruit water, dibutyl adipate, isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate, c13-15 alkane, glycerin, propanediol, crambe abyssinica seed oil, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (avobenzone), glyceryl stearate, c20-22 alkyl phosphate, ethylhexyl triazone, c20-22 alcohols, titanium dioxide, benzotriazolyl dodecyl p-cresol, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, caprylic/capric triglyceride, parfum (fragrance), 1,2-hexanediol, phytosterols, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, sodium hydroxide, palmitoyl grape seed extract, vitis vinifera (grape) juice, citric acid, o-cymen-5-ol, picea abies wood extract, tocopheryl acetate, xanthan gum, polyhydroxystearic acid, jojoba esters, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, citronellol, geraniol, linalool (232/003).

∎ Silicone-free?
Yes.

∎ Alcohol-free?
Yes.

∎ Fragrance-free?
No (and I know, it’s a matter of personal preference, but I hate its fragrance, it’s super strong and it lingers).

∎ Anti-oxidants?
Yes, vitamin E, grape juice rich in polyphenols, spruce extract.

∎ Other skincare ingredients in the formula:
Hydrating glycerin and jojoba esters, nourishing cocoa butter and crambe oil.

∎ White cast?
Yes, it leaves a small white cast (even on my fair skin, so it may not be ideal for darker skins than mine).

∎ Irritant? Comedogenic?
No, I didn’t find it irritating and it didn’t cause me any break out either.

∎ Mattifying?
No, more like the other way around. I think it’s probably more suitable for dry skin because on me, I look really shiny just after the application and it gets worse during the day.

∎ How does it look with makeup?
I can apply makeup on top but it looks super shiny after a maximum of 2 hours. The makeup doesn’t last well at all. I don’t think this product was designed for everyday use, but rather with the idea that it was a cream to take with you on holiday.

∎ Would I repurchase?
No, and I’m probably not going to finish it. I hate its fragrance and I look like a disco ball with it so; despite its good points (high protection, nice formula), it’s a big no for me!

Caudalie Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare SPF50

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Rohto Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Milk Pink

Rohto Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Milk Pink:

∎ Price:
Between $10 and $14 for 40ml.

∎ Protection:
SPF50+, PA++++

∎ Made in:
Japan

∎ Texture:
A very liquid fluid that you have to shake before applying it and that easily absorbs into the skin. It dries super quickly without leaving any heavy effect on the skin.

∎ Color:
This product is light pink. It’s a “tone-up” sunscreen product, a very popular concept in Asia, which consists in lightening the complexion to give the skin an almost opalescent glow. This type of hybrid product can be used alone but in general, they are considered more as a protective makeup primer (with a color correcting effect). However, this kind of product only works on fairly light skin.

∎ UV Filters:
– Octinoxate: chemical filter that filters UVB.
– Uvinul A Plus: chemical filter that filters UVB.
– Zinc Oxide: mineral filter that filters UVA and UVB.
– Titane Dioxide: mineral filter that filters UVA and UVB.

∎ Effects on the environment?
Octinoxate is suspected to have a potentially harmful effect on the environment (feel free to do your own research if this topic is important for you).

∎ Ingredients list:
Cyclopentasiloxane, water, zinc oxide, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, BG, diethylhexyl succinate, polymethylsilsesquioxane, ethanol, hydrous silica, lauryl PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, lauroyllysine, titanium oxide, diethylamino Hexyl hydroxybenzoylbenzoate, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, hydrogen dimethicone, triethoxysilylethyl polydimethylsiloxyethylhexyl dimethicone, methyl paraben, EDTA-2 Na, acetyl hyaluronic acid Na, hydrolyzed collagen, arginine, bisethylhexyl hydroxy dimethoxy benzyl malonate, Polyglyceryl-2 triisostearate, iron oxide, tin oxide, Al hydroxide, dimethicone, tocopherol, mica, talc, red 226

∎ Silicone-free?
No.

∎ Alcohol-free?

∎ Fragrance-free?
Yes.

∎ Anti-oxidants?
Yes, vitamin E and RonaCare AP.

∎ Other skincare ingredients in the formula:
Yes, moisturizing glycerin and hyaluronic acid, and repairing and soothing arginine.

∎ White cast?
More or less, rather a slightly light pink than white, but this is actually the desired effect for this product.

∎ Irritant? Comedogenic?
No, I didn’t find it irritating and it didn’t cause me any break out either.

∎ Mattifying?
Not really, but it doesn’t make me look more oily during the day.

∎ How does it look with makeup?
It is an excellent makeup primer, the foundation glides perfectly over it and it doesn’t make me look more oily during the day. And I like the glowy effect it gives, very pretty if you have fair skin!

∎ Would I repurchase?
Why not. The protection is very good, on both UVA and UVB rays, and it’s waterproof. It’s perfect as a makeup primer, and even has a very pretty color correcting effect. It’s not a very “clean” formula, but it doesn’t bother me too much. It’s quite cost-effective (on the other hand, it’s a small 40ml bottle).

Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Milk Pink

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Best Of Face Sunscreens 2019: Shiseido, La Roche Posay, Klairs, Purito, Isntree, Etude House

In conclusion:

So, my top 3 picks:

– coming in first, the one I use the most because its formula meets all my requirements is the  Isntree Sensitive Balancing Sun Protection .

– as equal second, the Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun

and the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence because they’re super pleasant to use, very protective, and they both have nice formulas with good skincare ingredients. Honestly, they feel like moisturizers!

– in the third position, the  Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF 50+ (fragrance-free version) because it’s very protective, easily accessible and not too expensive.

It also has a cosmetically elegant texture, which is always pleasant to use daily.

As I said at the beginning of this article, if I want “heavy-duty” protection, I’m always faithful to my Shiseido Anessa essence UV sunscreen mild milk SPF50 which I told you more about last year in my sunscreen guide 2018.

And another product I discovered last year, and that I still love this year, is the  Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish I told you about in my article An overview of 3 Korean sunscreens.

The brand just released it in an Olaf limited edition and when I saw it in store in Korea, I just couldn’t resist!

This is where I am right now with my face sunscreens tests. I’m not going on holiday this summer, so I won’t have the opportunity to test body sunscreens (in Dubai, the heat outside is unbearable in summer, so I won’t go outside for the next couple of months) which means I don’t think I’ll be writing another body sunscreens guide this year.

The one I wrote last year is still relevant though, I don’t think the brands I’m talking about in this article have reformulated their products:

Skincare Buying guide: reef-safe sunscreens As you probably know, I take sun protection very seriously. And when I go on vacation, I’m particularly careful when I choose my body sunscreens. I want them to provide effective UV protection but also to be environment-friendly. Read more

Finally, I went on holiday to Korea a few weeks ago, and you know me, I didn’t come back empty-handed! I couldn’t help but pick up several Korean sunscreens while I was there. So I’ll continue my tests and if there are some gems in the batch, I promise to tell you more about them here! 😉

4 Comments

  1. Natalia says:

    Fantastic article Bonnie! I’m excited to try the Purito Centella Sunscreen, I just got it yesterday and haven’t used it yet. I’m also going to read last year’s guide, so thank you so much for taking the time to be so thorough.

  2. louise scott says:

    Thankyou for producing such a comprehensive sunscreen guide. I’m dark skinned so never really paid attention to the need for a daily SPF, I was mainly put off by the white cast the sunscreens I’ve used caused, so only bothered during my annual holiday. I now know better!! I’ve purchased three of the Koreans sunscreens that you’ve reviewed so I look forward to trying them all out. Thankyou

    • I’m so happy my guide was useful to you! 😄
      I hope you’ll like these sunscreens as much as I do, and please, feel free to come back here to tell me what you think of them 😉👍

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