[REVIEW] Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF35 PA+++

Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF35 PA+++ Review:

Sunscreen is the most vital part of a skincare routine, isn’t it? Not only it is one of the most effective methods of anti-aging, it also prevents the appearance of sun spots and hyperpigmentation. Innisfree is a popular brand that I personally like a lot. I have previously tried several of their products before and not only they are inexpensive, they’re also effective.

They released a while ago a new line of sunscreens, hoping they would be as good as the previous ones I’ve tried from the brand, I bought the No Sebum version. No Sebum, you say? We’ll see that.


What it is:

+ A clean and matte oil control UV protection cream with a special sunflower formulation. Sunflower oil and Jeju green tea extract protect your skin against UV rays.

+ 100% mineral filter gently takes care of your skin, and porous powder prevents your skin from getting greasy with sweat to ensure a clear, matte finish.

+ Portulaca oleracea and centella asiatica extracts soothe your skin that has been exposed to UV rays and other harmful environmental conditions and offer a strong astringent effect.

+ Free of animal ingredients, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, tar dye and talc.


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

Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF35 PA+++ Review

Volume: 50 ml.

How to use:

At the last stage of your skincare routine, evenly apply onto easily exposed areas of face.

My Skin Type:

For reference, my skin is combination: oily and dehydrated. I’m also acne prone and have sensitivities to certain ingredients. My skin tone is NC15-20, but darker in my hands and arms.

Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF35 PA+++ Review:

Let’s start with the formulation.

This sunscreen is labeled as a mineral product since it contains inorganic filters, namely zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which makes it a perfect product if you’re sensitive to organic filters like avobenzone or oxybenzone. Also it’s a good option if you’re planning to take a dive in the ocean, since these ingredients, while not completely harmless for coral reefs, are less harmful than other UV filters.

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The most highlighted ingredient by Innisfree is the sunflower oil. Sunflower seed oil contains oleic and linoleic acids. In some studies, sunflower seed oil has been shown to preserve the skin barrier integrity and improve hydration.
It also contains good levels of tocopherols (forms of vitamin E).

So is sunflower oil, as Innisfree claims an ingredient that protects from UV rays? While it is said that Vitamin E may protect both animal and plant cell membranes from light-induced damage, it hasn’t been actively proven in any scientific studies that natural oils offer a significant UV protection. Moreover the amount of sunflower oil present in the formulation is too small for it to contain the necessary levels of antioxidants. The same applies for Green tea extract.

Ultimately, you should not be relying on sunflower seed oil or any other natural oil for UV ray protection. Organic and inorganic filters have plenty of proof of their efficacy.

Remember how I mentioned this product contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide? If you’re familiarized with these ingredients in sunscreens you’ll know one thing: They may or may not give you a hell of a white cast.

Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF35 PA+++ Review

While I was aware of this I figured the tint in the sunscreen could mask or minimize the white cast, as the color of the product looks quite nice coming out of the tube. Sadly it didn’t.

Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF35 PA+++ Review

I mentioned that my skin tone is around an NC15-20, my face being the lightest but even when applied on my face the white cast is noticeable. On my arms and hands it’s even more dramatic, as they are about an NC25-30, ending up with a pink-greyish tone and patchy texture.

It also has a rather noticeable scent, I sense a mix of baby powder and orchid, not unpleasant for me but it takes a while to go away, even after a few minutes of application I could still catch whiffs of it.

Before I get considered an Innisfree anti, let me praise a characteristic of the product that surprised me: it is incredibly mattifying. No Sebum for sure.

While the application on my hands when patchy and messy, on the face it becomes a perfectly matte finish, even velvety. The matte finish lasted for a few hours on me and while it does tend to sink on fine lines or wrinkles it wasn’t too noticeable.

Will I repurchase? Unfortunately, no. The white cast is a bit too much for my liking. I will reserve this for the fall-winter season and use other product on my body.

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I think this product would be suitable for people with a light skin tone, particularly those with a cool undertone to their skin, anything lighter than NW20 or NC15.

For people with oily skin they could find the matte and velvety finish of the sunscreen rather pleasant, although I recommend to have a very moisturized skin as it tends to sink on fine lines.

I wouldn’t recommend this to people with dry skin as the formulation would be too drying on them.

Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | eBay | Cosmetic-love

Have you tried Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum?

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