Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF 35 PA+++ – Review

I think this is one of the oldest Korean sunscreens; I had been postponing buying this sunscreen for years, as I knew it would be just like many other mineral-only sunscreens – drying and ashy. 

This sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, not micronised, as well as iron oxides that help to protect from the visible light. It has ratings of SPF 35 and PA+++, which is a good ratio. We can find in this formula green tea, portulaca oleracea, and centella asiatica extracts, which provide antioxidants and soothe the skin. The worrying ingredients include fragrance which is in the middle of the list and citrus unshiu peel extract. As all citrus peel extracts/oils, it can irritate; fortunately, there isn’t much of it here.

The sunscreen is dedicated to oily skin, as the name indicates. I will admit it does control oils and not only that. It will draw moisture out of your skin. This product will accentuate the tiniest patch of dry skin to a level that someone may think that you never use any moisturiser. It’s made for the super oily people; I cannot imagine how someone with dry skin would use this product. Another thing, as the filters are not micronised, the sunscreen leaves a white cast. The product is slightly coloured with a pink-peach tint, which I actually appreciate more than the orange pigments that are usually used in mineral sunscreens. Despite that, if you apply about half a teaspoon of this product, you will end up with an ashy-looking face and no amount of BB cream will make it look better. The only amount of this sunscreen which would make it look acceptable is what I like to call a YouTuber’s drop. It’s a drop of sunscreen that YouTube makeup artists apply before doing makeup and claim that their skin is ‘so protected’. It may work under makeup, but for sure doesn’t provide a lot of sun protection. Speaking of makeup, this sunscreen can serve as a great base for anything colourful. If you apply a very thin layer of it, you get a good primer for oily skin. Though make sure you moisturise a lot beforehand, so it doesn’t suck all the moisture out of your skin and make your makeup look cakey. 

Nonetheless, as a sunscreen, I wouldn’t use it on a daily basis, and especially during summer. There’s no way you will apply the right amount of this product, meaning you will get only a small portion of the protection on the label. You could use this sunscreen as a primer, but not on days when you plan to stay outside for a long time. Unfortunately, I do not recommend this product. 

Ingredients: CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, WATER, ZINC OXIDE (CI 77947), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, SILICA, MICA (CI 77019), DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, GLYCERIN, CYCLOMETHICONE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, ALUMINUM STEARATE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, METHICONE, STEAROYL INULIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, FRAGRANCE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PROPANEDIOL, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, POLYGLYCERYL-6 POLYRICINOLEATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, CELLULOSE GUM, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) LEAF EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE (innisfreeworld.com)

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