Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk SPF 50+ PA+++ Review:
I’ve used up two tubes of the Missha Essence Sun when I ran out, only to find that they came out with more products within their sunscreen line. So being the curious cat that I am I bought the Missha Essence Sun Milk on a whim. I love the original Essence Sun so I know it’s going to be just as good if not more.
Missha recently changed the packaging of their old sunscreens and added more, so now there are a total of 5 different kinds of sunscreens for everybody out there. There is the Essence Sun SPF 45+ / PA+++, Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ / PA++++, Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+ / PA+++, Waterproof Sun Milk SPF 50+ / PA++++, and finally the star of this review: Essence Sun Milk.
Claims (from www.misshaus.com):
It’s recommended for:
“– Those looking for a sun protection product that has the moisturizing effect of an essence
– Those who desire outstanding UV protection with minimal white cast
– Those looking to care for skin damaged by UV rays and other environmental stressors”
It claims that it has a double layer UV blocking system that is both water and sweat resistant. There are 4 types of flower extracts to moisturize dry skin. The Antozone-Rose extract will protect you from environmental stressors and the Thanaka extract gives a cooling effect as well. I will be talking about ingredients later in the review.
Ingredients (from www.misshaus.com):
Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Helichrysum Arenarium Extract, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Silica, Althaea Rosea Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Limonia Acidissima Extract, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Potassium sorbate, Pentylene Glycol, Chrysanthemum Indicum flower Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract, Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Prunus Mume Flower Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Water, Calendula officinalis flower water, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Water, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Artemisia princeps Leaf Extract, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG-20/5 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Methicone, Betaine
Volume: 40ml/ or 70ml (mine is 40ml)
How to use:
Like all sunscreens, use as your last skincare step. They say to shake well and use a pea size amount but I would definitely recommend you should use ¼ teaspoon for your face and neck in order to get the most out of the sun protection.
My Skin type: Sensitive, combination dehydrated oily/dry, acne prone, light-medium skin tone.
Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk SPF 50+ PA+++ Review:
First let’s talk about the texture, shall we? The texture is a white cream type that doesn’t leave a white cast (on my light skin tone at least).As soon as you squeeze out the product it has a citrus and alcohol scent. The alcohol got me worried, but to my surprise, I find that it hasn’t made my skin worse after using it for almost 2 months.
The second ingredient is denatured alcohol (written as Alcohol Denat.) and is what gives that light weight, non-greasy feeling. There are contradicting views on whether denature alcohol is bad for your skin. Some say it releases free radicals while some say it can help to penetrate active ingredients deeper into the skin.
While I see the merits to both side I tend to avoid denature alcohol because a) I have sensitive and dry skin and b) just in case they do cause the release of free radicals, I don’t want to age my skin.
Next, the PA+++ is a Japanese system that measures protection from UVA rays, and the more “+”s the better. At this time, the most “+”s you can get is 4, so this sunscreen should do a good job at protecting you from UVA rays given that you use it properly.
SPF 50+ is stands for the Sun Protection Factor against only UVB rays, so it’s important that you look at both SPF and PA. A SPF of 50 means that it will block 98% of UVB rays. In North America and Europe the sun protection labelling standard is different, so they will usually say “broad spectrum protection” instead of having a PA. Keep in mind you do have to reapply to get the most out of the sunscreen.
If you haven’t guessed already from looking at the ingredients, this sunscreen is a chemical sunscreen- meaning the ingredients will absorb the UV rays instead of bouncing them back like a physical/mineral sunscreen would. The first few ingredients Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, and Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane are what makes this sunscreen a sunscreen.
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate and Octocryylene protect us from UVB rays, but the downsides are that there is some skin penetration and can be found in breast milk, and that hormone disruption is observed, so beware if you are breast feeding. Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane is good for filtering most UVA rays but is unstable so it needs the help of Ethylhexyl Salicylate to stabilize it.
It seems to be doing its job since I often go outside when the sun is at its strongest and I haven’t gotten any darker or sun burns. It wears excellent underneath makeup (my most important criteria when it comes to sunscreens) and gives me an extra boost of light hydration but isn’t greasy.
There are heaps of beneficial skincare ingredients so I like to think that they counter out or at least balance out the potential harmfulness of Alcohol Denat.
While I love texture of the sunscreen and there are skincare benefits, I can’t help but to notice some cons as well. I will continue to use this until it’s gone, but will likely switch to another sunscreen due the alcohol content.
Mineral sunscreens are more likely to be irritating so if you have very very sensitive skin then I would stay clear or try with caution.
I have sensitive skin but I’m still able to use it, but keep in mind that everyone’s skin reacts differently to things. Otherwise, it’s a solid sunscreen that moisturizes and doesn’t leave a white cast if you don’t care about alcohol in skincare.
Where to buy:
Have you tried Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk?
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