Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream SPF38 PA+++ Review:
I debated whether to write a review about this product or not. Lots of you have already read the reviews for this cream, and many of you have tried it, since Benton is a relatively big name in the AB community. But since I had more information on this sun cream (because at this point Benton didn’t release only this sun cream but also another, stronger one) I thought I should still review it. Note that this is a review for the Papaya-D sun cream, D stands for Daily. So, honestly the low SPF and PA didn’t really surprise me, and I purchased the product anyway.
From the website:
-For daily use. Protects the skin while giving a moist texture, nourishes and moisturizes. Sun protection and skin care at the same time.
-Physical and chemical sun protection, making it effective. Papaya extracts vitalize your skin. Contains Aquaxyl as the moisturizing agent.
Benefits these types of skin:
Skin exposed to everyday UVs. Dull skin lacking suppleness. Skin that wants a light and moist sunscreen. Skin that wants protection against UVA/UVB with a minimal white cast.
Contains: papaya fruit water (55%), papaya seed oil (5000ppm), papaya fruit extract (750ppm), papain (100ppm)
Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water(55%), Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glyceryl Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Panthenol, Carica Papaya Seed Oil(5000ppm), Glyceryl Caprylate, Stearic Acid, Water, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract(750ppm), Tocopherol,Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate,Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Papain(100ppm), Propanediol, Adenosine, Sodium Gluconate, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Algin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Bud Extract, Glucose, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Oil
How to use:
Apply a suitable amount evenly in your last skin care step. Apply evenly to the face and other body parts before sun exposure. Reapply as needed when exposed to strong sunlight.
My Skin Type: Oily T, dry U, sensitive, blemishes easily, and allergic. Dry, sensitive and allergic lips. Very thin, dehydrated and oily eyelids.
Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream SPF38 PA+++ Review:
This was taken right before I opened it! Lots of people commented that their sun cream appeared to be half empty, and that usually either means the company is deceiving their customers or that the pack is too big.
Since it happened to a lot of people, and since I have other same-brand products that weight the same I can say almost certainly it’s really the package that’s too big and no one should worry about that. You still get your 50g of product!
The cream comes with a “don’t accept if seal broken” sticker on both sides. On the top side (left photo) you can also see the shiny sticker with the bar code that should be some sort of authenticity certificate.
This is one of the many reasons why lots of us like Benton, so I must mention it once again: yay for cruelty free! Cute bunny ears making a heart shape. I send hearts right back at you for that, Benton.
For those in doubt: cruelty free means there was no animal torture implied. Which means no animal testing. It also means that no animal was killed or harmed.
Of course whereas snail products are arguably cruelty-free, this product has no animal products and was not tested on animals!
The only downside of cruelty-free stamps is that there is no official regulation regarding that so we can only believe the brands on what they tell us. But I am one of those who believes.
The container is simple, I guess there isn’t much to say about it. It came with that silver colored protective covered. I forgot to take a photo, apologies. But it’s nothing special, really!
Anyway, this container dispenses the cream in a clean and simple manner, there’s really nothing to say about it.
The sun cream texture is… like any other sun cream at first. You will see later that it spreads easily and does indeed melt easily into the skin.
At this point you can feel the smell. It’s a gentle scent of citrus, but not… too lemony. After reading the ingredients list I think it’s because whereas it does indeed have citrus, it also has xylitol so it intensifies the fresh scent without making it feel acidic.
I bought this sun cream after reading several reviews. The reviews spoke of sebum production, and breakouts, but I am a person who likes to adapt her skincare and reading those reviews I thought “if I don’t have any breakouts, then this sun cream would be a good way to make my daily routine shorter by using it instead of my moisturizing cream” and that’s what I did.
The sun cream spreads well on the skin, and in my case there is no white cast but I think it’s because of my skin tone. On the white cast issue I have read reviews saying that it exists on darker skin tones, and other people saying that it exists at first but it gets absorbed quickly and disappears afterwards. So, I can’t help on the white cast question because in my case I didn’t see it.
So, my routine at this point was a first essence, toner, eye cream, lotion, and sun cream. To keep it short for the hot and humid Korean summer.
Here is the immediate course after application. I didn’t apply any sebum powder, nor any other sebum reducing agent. The sun cream did indeed make me produce some sebum, but honestly not more than I usually have when I don’t apply sebum powder.
And after 2 hours, and then throughout the day, I didn’t produce any more sebum than that.
On this other day I went to school at 10 am, did a lot of errands under the burning sun (heat hour lasted around 3 hours, starting at 11am). I obviously sweated a lot, all you see on the left photo is sweat, not sebum, because on that day I had applied sebum powder.
The photo on the left was at around 1pm, when I was on the subway heading home. Since when my skin is properly hydrated and moisturized my sweat isn’t acidic and I get no allergies, I thought it better not to touch my face and let it settle.
I know it’s a little gross, but I wanted to see how it would hold without any touch up – besides sometimes we don’t have the chance to touch anything up, right?
After I arrived home at around 2 and changed into comfortable clothes, and my skin was also so comfortable that I almost forgot to take a photo! So when I did remember to take one, to my surprise my skin looked like after applying the cream and topping it with the sebum powder.
I had no break outs with this cream, and it really helped me reduce some of my day time routine, for which I am thankful.
It is not a perfect sun cream for outdoor activities, but for someone who was walking around with a cap on, and sweating as if there was no cap at all, my skin was still very protected.
Now, would I purchase it again? I bought it on promotion, and in a similar case I would definitely get it again.
However most Korean brands’ sun creams cost around 20$ (same as this) and I would not pay that money for any of them for I think it’s too expensive if we still have to struggle with the product (well, I had the advantage that I read lots of reviews and tested it before I bought it, but we don’t always get those chances).
I think, however, if you have dry (or partially dry – like mine) skin, this is a good way to make a shorter skin care routine.
Where to buy:
Have you tried Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream?
Do share your thoughts in comments 🙂
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