MAKE P:REM Blue Ray Sun Gel Review:
I have always been keen on searching and testing for new products that contain innovative formulation and that works. My journey to find the holy grail sunscreen has not yet ended. I am still looking for my muse, my force and my inspiration to remind me that I need to protect the skin from the UV rays.
In mid of 2017, I found out that Make P:rem released a new sun care range: “UV Defense me. Blue ray”. This time the range offers 3 different sunscreens with different names. (I supposed it is because of the texture of the products) We have Blue ray sun gel/cream/fluid. The products became virally common in Korea.
Brief about the product: Released around April, 2017, this sun gel claims that it can reduces the effect of IR. There has been yet any IR filter to block the radiation from damaging the skin, but what this product do is to bring the skin’s surface temperature by up to 4.7ºC. I will talk more about this in my detailed review
+ Broad spectrum SPF 50+ PA++++ UVA/UVB protection
+ Reduce the effect of IR by cooling down skin’s temperature by 4.7ºC
+ The moisturizing refreshing essence sun gel protects skin and keeps it healthy with patented plant-derived ingredients that lower skin temperature while providing strong dual UV protection effect against both UVA and UVB.
Parabens, Sodium Lauryl & Laureth Sulfates, Synthetic dyes
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Fragrance, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Pullulan, Adenosine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betula Alba Juice, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Xylitylglucoside, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Rubus Arcticus Callus Extract, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Glycerin, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Glucose, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Alcohol, Lecithin, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Phytosterols, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lysolecithin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid
How to use:
At the last step of basic skincare, evenly apply on areas vulnerable to UV rays such as face, neck, arms, and legs.
My Skin Type: Oily skin
MAKE P:REM Blue Ray Sun Gel Review:
I have only got my hands on the sun gel and my conclusion is that: As much as I love the ingredient list and the philosophy of the product, we do not belong to each other. ☹ I used to have a bad history with chemical sunscreen. However, I decided to give this a try. For more reasoning, please check my “ingredient list analysis” down below. My skin (still) does not like chemical sunscreen, but at least I did not overcome any breakouts. ☺
Brief about the brand: make pr:em is the combination of Make – Pragmatism – Remedy. The 3 core values are: good ingredients, genuine effects and reasonable prices. Their philosophy has the key message of practicality, which means the produce convenient and effective products with good ingredients. The value of practicality is conveyed by focusing on user convenience and incorporating the Scandinavian environmentally friendly mindset.
Let’s take 2 minutes for science stuff about IR:
The selling point this time is the emphasis on the effect of aging agent called IR (infraed radiation). We are all familiar with the aging agents known as UVA and UVB (ultra violet radiation), but we tend to overlook the effect that IR has on our skin.
To make it easy to understand, IR appears whenever you are exposed to sources of the heat or the warmth (your hair dryer, at the sauna, the heat of the Sun, etc.) IR is called an aging agent because it can penetrate into deeper layers of skin. We all know that UVA has a long wave length, well, IR has a wave length longer that that of UVA. What IR do is that they will break down the collagen structure of the skin and hence, the skin is more vulnerable and prone to inflammatory reactions.
First I will tell you what helps this product reduce the temperature of the skin surface. That is the water lily extract (Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract): a skin soothing ingredient.
Second, I am now convinced that my skin cannot tolerate chemical sunscreen. I have already tried another chemical sunscreen from Nivea and my skin reacts negatively to it. Much hype has been as the sun gel may receive, I am regret to tell you that my experience with this sunscreen is not pleasant.
Now let’s jump to my detailed review:
I ordered the product online and when I saw it, I love how it looks – every single part of it (the cover, the bottle design and the pump). I love the packaging so much that I took tons of pictures of it. I even carried the bottle AND the packaging in my backpack .
Sometimes I would take them out and just admiringly looked at them. The theme color is light blue and white, which speaks perfectly for the cooling effect that the product brings. Another point that I love about the packaging is the handful amount of information provided BOTH on the outside and distinctly, on the INSIDE of the packaging (although more than 50% of the information is in Korean).
The sun gel comes in a bottle with an air-tight pump. This is one more plus point for the product. It is really easy to get the product out without worrying that you may take too much.
The plus point that I have not yet seen at any other product is make p:rem leaves a space for you to write down the open date. We all know that beside expiration date, manufacturers always recommend that you use up the product within a certain period of time from the date you unseal the product. This is obvious yet clever idea, right? Rarely anyone can remember the date when they open a product without writing that down somewhere.
Texture and applicability:
It is something like gel serum and watery consistency. Upon applying it on my face and blend it out, it is like the gel “melts” into water and it leaves a slight sheen and glow. No whitecast for sure.
However, I found the glow appearance tempting at 1st stage, throughout the day, my skin stayed that same oily dewy look and I feel like uncomfortable with that. Much like my prediction, after I cleansed my face, I would notice 1-2 small zits appear – this shows that my skin had been suffocated.
I have checked the ingredient list of the rest 2 products from this same range and they all have mostly the same list. However, it seems that all of the skincare benefits and good stuffs have been biasly added to this sun gel. With Niacinamide and a stack of wild berry extracts, the sun gel has done its great job to create the perfect combination between antioxidant and sunscreen.
In cosdna terms, all of the ingredients are safe and skin-friendly. You may be hindered by the appearance of alcohol but it stays at the bottom of the list, hence you should not bother. Much as I admire the combination and the formulation, my skin cannot tolerate chemical sunscreen. This makes me feel a little bit sad, especially this sun gel is such a good sunscreen in terms of formulation.
Yup. You saw it. Fragrance is in the house. However, my personal experience is that the scent was not overpowering. It is floral-based and leaves on your skin throughout the day. The scent afterwards was actually calming and pleasant.
As I mention several times above, I believe the sun gel did it job to block the UV rays. Regarding the claim to reduce the skin surface temperature, I confirm it could. One day I decided to apply half of my face with the sun gel and the other half with another chemical sunscreen. It was noticeable that my half with the sun gel is cooler than the other half, especially when I sit in the room temperature and it was noon outside (the heat was at its highest of the day).
Moreover, if you wish to improve your skin tone so that it is brighter, you may want to consider the physical sunscreen or the combi sunscreen (physical and chemical). It is normal if you applied the chemical one and it seems to even darken your skintone.
2/5 (for those who have dry/combination/normal skin, you should really give this sun gel a try! )
My rating system:
1 – I would never repurchase this and I would recommend everyone not to. It even did not perform its primary job.
2- It caused me many problems. I would not repurchase this.
3- Neither good nor bad. (I may only use this in case of emergency. If anybody gives me as a gift, I would use it. I will not buy it myself hehe)
4- Pretty good. I will buy again unless I find some better option.
5- I’ll repurchase this. I will even buy extra ones as I do not wish disruption because the product is used up.
Where to buy:
Have you tried MAKE P:REM Blue Ray Sun Gel?
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