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The biggest skin care “secret” I have heard over and over again is the importance of wearing sun protection daily. Like most things that are beneficial to your body, it can be a hard habit to maintain. The best way I found to jump start wearing sunscreen daily is to try beginning in the summer. The heat and sun everyday will be a constant reminder to slather on some SPF in the morning and continue doing so throughout the day. Once you start doing it for a month or two, it naturally becomes part of your daily routine.
I usually have bottles of sunscreen lying everywhere. Whether I love the formula or not, if I always have it on hand, I’ll apply it. Most sunscreen products falls in the mediocre range for me. I have ones that I really like, and then ones that have white cast or greasiness that I don’t mind using but most likely wouldn’t repurchase. I thought I’d share the 4 current sunscreen products I am using and share my thoughts. Check out the Instagram videos for swatches and how well each one blends.
Missha’s All-Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk (70ml, ~$22USD) has broad spectrum 50+ protection and is a combination physical chemical sunscreen. The formula is very thin and water-y but it isn’t hard to apply. I normally gravitate to sun products with this texture because they wear super lightweight and tend to feel less greasy. The finish is semi-matte, which is perfect for my combo skin. There is a visible white cast but if you really blend it in, most of it disappears. Makeup layers over it perfectly fine. The product is supposed to be sweat, water, and sebum-proof. I don’t notice much in terms of sebum control but I have worn it through strenuous activity and found it held up against sweat. Overall, it is a good choice for those who prefer a lightweight sunscreen that is slightly magnifying on application. (I would recommend patch testing if you have skin that is sensitive to alcohol or fragrance). Available on Amazon, Target, and the Missha website
Neogen’s Day-Light Protection Sunscreen (1.69oz, 50ml, $30USD) has broad spectrum 50+ protection and is also a physical and chemical sunscreen. The product page on Sephora highlights its lightweight and hydrating formula, which I can attest to. It does not leave your face greasy but it will function as your moisturizer in the summer if you have combination skin. It has a very light fragrance and no visible white cast. The finish gives you a nice base to apply makeup. It works well but it does come with a hefty price tag, so although I do like it, I don’t think I would repurchase. Overall, an option for those looking for lightweight hydrating sunscreen with no white cast. (I would recommend patch testing if you have skin that is sensitive to essential oils or fragrance). Available on Amazon, Sephora, and SoKo Glam.
COSRX’s Aloe Soothing Sun Cream (1.69oz, 50ml, ~$14USD) contains SPF50+ and is a chemical sunscreen. It is supposed to soothe and moisturize skin. Of all the sunscreen I am currently using, it is the thickest in consistency. It does apply very easily and leaves the skin a bit dewy, I don’t notice any change in redness/skin soothing capabilities. The scent is strong but I think it smells nice and fragrance doesn’t irritate my skin. I usually let this dry down for 10-15 minutes before applying anything on top, there is no white cast. Makeup is a bit of a toss up. I find that light to medium coverage makeup wears fine over this but full coverage makeup doesn’t even if I wait for it to set completely. It feels a bit heavier than the first two I’ve mentioned but it applies and wears similarly to the Neogen SS on me. The verdict: good option for those looking for an affordable hydrating sunscreen with no white cast. Available on Amazon, YesStyle, and Wishtrend.
PeriPera’s No Sebum Milk Sun Cushion (0.5oz, ~$12USD) contains SPF 50+ and is a physical sunscreen. The product is supposed to control sebum and oil and give a “makeup effect” that can be applied before or after makeup. The formula is very thin and applies easily with the puff. The cushion makes it easy to bring around and reapply. This product does have a scent, but it is fresh smelling and doesn’t linger after application. The finish is matte, which is perfect for me when I need to touch up throughout the day because it acts like a blotting sheet. If you have normal to dry skin, you may not like how this applies over makeup. My biggest issue is the white cast, which was passable in the winter but not anymore. Overall, this is an option for those who are on the oily side that don’t mind the visible white cast.
Of the four, I would most likely stick with the COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream. It works well with my skin in the summer months and it's very affordable. I have yet to find an HG sunscreen that ticks all my boxes. Let me know some of yours!