Etude House Sunprise Mild Perfect Relief SPF30 PA++ Review:
Etude House has been one of my favorite Korean skin care brands for a long time, and also the first one that I tried. Admittedly I first bought their products not for their effectiveness but rather because SHINee were their advertising models. Not the best of reasons, but that’s okay, because I actually do like quite a few of their products.
Anyway, I picked up this sunscreen in Korea, when they were having a sale and the sunscreen I wanted to buy was out of stock. It seemed to be a new product and so I looked up the info and decided to try it since I was low on sunscreen anyway. What attracted this sunscreen to me was the fact that it uses physical filters and was in a cream rather than a liquid type of sunscreen.
– Inorganic UV protection ingredients great for sensitive skin
– Completed non-comedogenic test and dermatology test, thus, safe for acne-prone skin
– Mineral oil, tar colour, triethanolamine, imidazolidinyl urea and talc free – no harmful chemicals (for skin) are used
– Product applies smoothly on skin without shine or a sticky feel
– It keeps skin moisturized and naturally brightens skin
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Cyclohexasiloxane, Propanediol, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Aluminum Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide 3, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Bud Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Leaf Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Leaf Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Betula Alba Bud Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Bud Extract, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Nylon-12, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates/Stearyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Alumina, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disodium Edta, Fragrance
How to use:
Apply an adequate amount on the face and neck at the final stage of skincare.
My Skin Type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea.
Etude House Sunprise Mild Perfect Relief SPF30 PA++ Review:
The first physical sunscreen I tried from Etude House was great, or I thought so at first. But it was a very runny liquid and so I was worried that the physical filters might not always be present in the liquid I was applying at the moment. Plus, I found it very drying and dehydrating for my skin, so those factors made me look very closely at this sunscreen and it made me both cautious and unsure how well it would work.
The sunscreen itself comes in a tube that is in a cardboard box, the tube itself looks almost identical to The Saem’s Eco Earth Power Pink sunscreen. The Etude House tube is slightly smaller, but otherwise looks pretty similar on the outside. The sunscreen itself is a thick white cream, it feels quite heavy and feels quite sticky, as if it’d be hard to spread on your face.
Surprisingly despite the heavy, sticky feel I found that this sunscreen spreads quite easily, and is easy to pat across the skin. At first it does look very white – and odd against the skin, but this fades after some time for me, however it might still be a bit obvious if your skin is tanned or dark.
The sunscreen also smells like baby powder, but I don’t find the scent strong or that it lingers. However, I have read that the smell is very strong to other people. What I notice is that physical sunscreen scents don’t linger to me, but chemical ones do, I’m not sure why but that’s what I notice. Whenever I’ve tried to use chemical sunscreens, the scent bothers me the whole day, but it’s not the case for me with physical sunscreens.
As this sunscreen is a physical sunscreen it contains Zinc Oxide – which offers protection against both UVA and UVB although it is more effective for UVA. The sunscreen also contains titanium dioxide which is most effective against UVB. The sunscreen also contains a number of plant extracts including aloe barbadensis leaf extract and centella asiatica extract, as well as mushroom, hazel bud, walnut leaf, blackcurrant leaf and olive bud.
Aloe is used to treat and soothe sunburn, it can be good for healing and helping to moisturize skin as well, so it’s quite a good ingredient to have in the sunscreen, although only a small amount is likely to be in the sunscreen. Centella Asiatica is also a traditional plant used in medicine in many parts of Asia, and like aloe it can be used to heal and treat wounds.
I didn’t know what all of these plant extracts do, but it seems that hazel nuts have been used for a long time in Chinese medicine. They can be used to help lesions as well in the treatment of ulcers and ringworm. I assume the hazel bud extract is meant to be a soothing healing type of extract? However, if you are allergic to nuts it might be best to be careful with this sunscreen. Blackcurrant leaf extract seems to be high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.
The sunscreen also contains hyaluronic acid and ceramide 3, so it appears to have a lot of soothing, healing and moisturising extracts which is why it is called “mild perfect relief” I guess? I’m not sure the sunscreen contains enough of the extracts to do much, but it might help prevent some irritation to the skin?
As this sunscreen only offers SPF30 protection, I mostly use it in winter or on the cooler summer days when the UV levels are lower. I’ve used this sunscreen on and off since 2016, so I’ve used a few tubes of it. I didn’t use it all the time, but I often tested other sunscreen’s in between using this one, which is why I didn’t write a review until now.
Out of the various sunscreens I’ve tried, I’ve found that this one is the nicest one I’ve used (well on par with The Saem’s Eco Earth Power Pink Sun cream. It dries to an almost matte finish, and I find that it doesn’t move (sweat) into your eyes, and to me it feels moisturizing and light on the skin.
It can be quite hard to remove at the end of the day, which is both a good and bad thing. Good because it means it doesn’t get wiped off easily during the day – when you need the protection, but bad because it could irritate your skin if you have to struggle to remove it.
However, most oil cleansers can remove it so it’s not that difficult to remove. It does leave a white cast too, so for some people they might prefer to put BB cream or something over it, but the white cast does fade or look less obvious after 5 minutes or so. You can see in the swatches – how white it appears on my hand when I spread it out but didn’t rub it in. But once rubbed in – you can see a difference on my hand, but it’s not that obvious I think.
Most physical sunscreens are very drying, which isn’t great when you have dry and easily dehydrated skin like me. However, this sunscreen is not at all drying for me, in fact I find it so moisturizing that sometimes it is too much for the summer. Which is also why it’s perfect for winter for me, because it is moisturizing and it can help protect my skin from the UV and the cold dry winter climate.
This sunscreen would best suit someone with dry or normal skin, as it’s probably too moisturizing for people with oily skin. And it’s best for winter I think, unless the summer is very dry where you are. Personally, I like this sunscreen a lot – just not for the summer, but I do plan to repurchase it again.
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Have you tried Etude House Sunprise Mild Perfect Relief?
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