A’PIEU Pure Block Natural Daily Sun Cream Review:
After reading rave reviews about A’PIEU Pure Block sunscreen on various websites, I was delighted to find it sold for such an affordable price tag. As such, I immediately skimmed through the ingredient list thinking that it was fairly safe for me and was worth a shot. However, did it live up to its budget beauty fanfare?
- It has gotten a prize for a Sun Screen Blind Test in the famous Korean Beauty Show, Get It Beauty.
- With high adherence, it helps skin look natural without being too white (I think this indicates a claim on little to no white cast).
- Minimized burdensome components, A’PIEU’s pure block mild system maintains skin to be comfortable.
- SPF45/PA+++ provides strong protection against harmful UV rays.
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Cirtus Aurantifolia, Cetearyl Olivate, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Prunus Persica Flower Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Nylon-12, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Hydroxide, Pyrus Malus, Dimethicone, Polyacrylate-13, Panthenol, Polyisobutene, PEG-100 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Punica Granatum Flower Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Oryza Sativa, Malpighia Emarginata, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Prunus Avium, Citurs Aurantium Dulcis, Citrullus Lanatus Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 20, BHT, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Flavor/Fragrance.
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- Natural Aloe Vera Leaf Extract: Mild on skin and has moisturizing & soothing effect.
- Berry Blossom Complex: Protects skin from harmful environment and makes skin clear and bright.
- Dessert Watermelon: Helps to calm flushed skin due to UV rays and protect skin from harmful environment.
Based on the ingredients, it can clearly be observed that this is a purely chemical sunscreen with chemical filters such as Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane aka Avobenzone, and Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazaine aka Tinosorb S.
Hence, if sensitive to any of the chemical filters mentioned (or chemical sunscreens in general), please steer clear of this.
Volume: 50 ml
How to use:
- At the end of skincare routine, take an adequate amount (recommended ¼ tsp, but this is arguable) and spread it all over the face. Tap gently for absorption.
- Also apply it to body parts that are exposed to sun such as neck, arms and legs.
- Reapply if exposed to sun for long hours.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
A’PIEU Pure Block Natural Daily Sun Cream SPF45 PA+++ Review:
The sunscreen is packaged in a decently sized matte white tube and feels comfortably light in my hand due to its plastic packaging.
Twisting open the cap, a very strong orange/citrus scent is evident even before emptying out any of the contents. So this is obviously not something sensitive nose folks would enjoy, I assume.
Squeezing the tube gently, a white, watery cream oozes out onto the back of my hand. If I had to describe it, the sunscreen is light-medium texture-wise and is definitely not a pain to spread onto the face (or hand) at all.
As I usually pat on my sunscreen (and as most should to ensure maximum coverage), I found that it is as easy as to spread onto the skin, it is also able to quickly absorb into the skin via patting. So that’s a definite plus!
After patting it on, I found that the sunscreen leaves a bit of shimmery finish instead of the matte finish I was expecting. It does leave a bit of a moisturizing finish as well, which would be great for drier skin types.
Also – and most importantly – the A’PIEU sunscreen does not leave a white cast at all, no matter how much I apply onto my face (yes, I’ve experimented). So, to medium-dark skin tones, this is definitely a blessing.
Overall, despite its obvious perks, I do think this sunscreen is not the most suitable for me. For one, as I have a combination skin type, I feel that this is a tad too oily for my liking, even after I allow the 15-20 minutes dry time advised for chemical sunscreens.
I also feel that my skin may be sensitive to purely chemical filters because I have noticed my skin turning red/flushed after applying this onto my face. My skin’s pretty finicky though, so I don’t doubt that it actually does work (and might be Holy Grail status) for some folks. YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary), as always!
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