Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45/PA+++ Review:
If I’m not mistaken, in 2018, Missha repackaged their sunscreen line, giving them a more minimalist face lift. And while I’m not entirely sure if some of them were reformulated, I’ve checked the ingredients for this one, only to spot no difference – or none too drastic, at least. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this review, shall we?
+ Missha All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun gives skin care effect while protecting skin from UV rays. It is also added with skin calming plant-derived ingredients.
+ Strengthened with SPF45/PA+++ that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, this sunscreen comes in a lightweight, non-sticky formulation that feels refreshing on skin.
+ Certified hypoallergenic: Conducted by The Clinical Trial Center for Bio Industry at Semyung University, the All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45/PA+++ has undergone patch testing/clinical testing and is proven to be hypoallergenic according to skin irritation tests.
+ Contains 6 types of essence that offer rich moisture and nutrients to reddened skin caused by the hot summer season.
+ Cares and protects skin comfortably; improved with milder ingredients: Moisturizing petal water combines “Relief Water” and “Oriental Tea Newplex” to protect and keep skin comfortable.
+ Water-resistant, sweat-resistant and oil-free.
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virgiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Limonia Acidissima Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Water, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Water, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Polyacrylate-13, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyisobutene, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, BHT, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 20, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ehylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance.
Some notable ingredients:
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract: Extract from either Green Tea or White Tea. Antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
Morus Alba Fruit Extract: Also known as mulberry extract. Rich in antioxidants, and also contain resveratrol which protects the skin from harmful UV rays.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Best known to be cooling and soothing, and also helps heal wounds or inflamed skin. It also has antioxidant properties so provides anti-oxidant benefits. Consists of 99.5% water.
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract: Primarily used as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant due to licochalcone, a molecule in licorice root which aids in controlling oil production and soothing acne-prone skin. May also help in brightening skin.
Cucumis (Cucumber) Fruit Extract: Composed of 95% water, so has great hydrating properties. Naturally cooling which helps soothe sensitive and/or irritated skin.
Panthenol: Also known as pro-vitamin B5. Used primarily as a humectant as it has the ability to attract and retain moisture.
Based on the ingredients, it can be observed that this is a purely chemical sunscreen with chemical filters such as Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (AKA Octinoxate), Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (AKA Uvinul A Plus) and Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyltriazine. Hence, if sensitive to any of the chemical filters mentioned (or chemical sunscreens in general), please steer clear of this product.
Volume: 50ml / 1.69 fl.oz.
How to use:
1. After completing the rest of your skincare routine, spread a generous amount of product anywhere your skin is exposed to UV rays, including face, neck, arms and legs.
2. Lightly pat into skin until fully absorbed.
Used a fixed amount for each use: For the face, use an amount equivalent to the length of one knuckle of your finger (I personally use the length of my index and middle fingers). For other areas of the body, squeeze out an amount equivalent to half your palm.
For best protection, apply 30 minutes before sun exposure to ensure that the sunblock ingredients permeate into the skin.
Recommended to reapply a sufficient amount of sunscreen any time your skin is exposed to significant water or sweat, and more often between the hours of 10am to 2pm when UV rays are the strongest.
Wash off thoroughly at the end of the day.
Use throughout all seasons of the year.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45/PA+++ Review:
I’ve seen and read a lot of generally positive reviews for Missha sunscreens, so when I ran out of my previous sun protector and saw them all on sale from a local reseller, I decided to pick one up to try. It took a lot of searching and cross-checking on Hwahae to make sure I wasn’t getting one with drying alcohols (just my preference), so I definitely had my fingers crossed that this would be good for my sensitivity-prone skin. This has a slightly lower SPF/PA rating than my usual picks, but still good enough, I think!
Anyway, before I get into the actual review, I thought it’d be nice to expand a bit on Missha’s extended sun protection line. Now, I must admit that I find it a bit weird to see how some international shops haven’t updated their Missha sunscreens to the latest packaging (hence why I felt the need to cross-check with Hwahae for confirmation), but according to the official South Korea Missha site, it’s interesting to see so many choices.
Besides the “normal” sunscreens being divided into two collections (one being in bottles, while the other in tubes – the latter including my sunscreen), it’s interesting to see other options like sun sticks, sun tension pacts, and even a sun water! Asian cosmetics’ innovations never cease to amaze me, really.
Alright, now on to the actual review.
Packaging-wise, the Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45/PA+++ is simple enough. It’s a basic plastic white tube with an opaque body and a slightly shiny twist-off cap, with a nozzle dispenser. Product is easily dispensed by squeezing the tube, and as the nozzle is quite small diameter-wise, it’s easy to control.
In terms of the scent, I find there to be a moderate citrus scent, which can be a bit too strong for my liking depending on how sensitive my nose is on that particular day. For the average user, I don’t think it’d be too much of a problem. From the scent alone, it actually reminds me of a sunscreen I’ve used in the past – but more on that later.
This sunscreen has a very smooth, light cream texture and is white in color. As such, it spreads easily on the skin and leaves a slight cooling/”minty” sensation at first, hence might be a bit worrisome for when the skin is more sensitized, but should be alright otherwise.
It absorbs nicely into the skin and leaves a slightly moisturized yet matte finish. In terms of white cast, if a lot of product is applied at once, there may be some, but usually, once the sunscreen is fully absorbed (not much of a wait time, no worries), I don’t notice any glaring issues at all on my medium skin tone.
Now, as I’ve indicated before, the overall feel of this Missha sunscreen reminds me a lot of another – namely, the A’Pieu Pure Block Natural Daily Sun Cream SPF45/PA+++, which I’ve used a couple of years ago. However, I much prefer this sunscreen over the A’Pieu as it works much better with my skin, and I also enjoy the finish of the Missha more. So, if you’ve had a similar experience with the A’Pieu as I did, maybe give this one a try instead – especially if you liked everything from it BUT the shiny finish.
Possible cons? I’m not too sure if this sunscreen causes sensitivity issues for me, honestly, as my skin’s been quite finicky due to some allergy and stress problems, but I have experienced moments where I’d get itchy reactions. However, for the most part, I do think it works decently with my skin, which is great as I do like more matte finishes if I were to go out sans makeup.
Overall, I’d rate this sunscreen a great 4/5. While I don’t see myself repurchasing it anytime soon because I just want to try out other sunscreens, I feel that it’s still a great option for most. Just be sure to check the ingredients list for any possible triggers first, and if everything’s alright, you should be good to go!
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