OMI Menturm Japan Verdio UV Moisture Milk SPF50+/PA++++ was purchased by Cosmeperks.
When it comes to sunscreens, I admit that I’m quite partial to Japanese formulations. Due to their high SPF/PA ratings to block out harmful UV rays, cosmetic elegance, double function as makeup primers and availability in local stores, it’s no wonder that I always end up picking out one or two to try when I’m low on sun protection.
Hence, when I was approached by Cosmeperks to try out a recently launched sunscreen from Menturm, I was intrigued right off the bat and agreed almost instantaneously. Putting honesty at the forefront of all my reviews, did this sunscreen manage to flirt its way into my “forever repurchase” list?
+ Verdio UV Moisture Milk is a Japanese daily use sunscreen milk targeted to those with trouble-prone skin caused by external environmental factors.
+ Waterproof, high resistance to water, sweat and sebum – keeps your sunscreen performance for a long time.
+ A new type of sunscreen which blocks four external stimulations: External environmental damage from UV rays, dryness, pollen, and PM2.5.
+ Contains moisture-rich botanical ingredients such as Job’s tears seed extract, Moringa extract, Scutellaria root extract, aloe extract, and green tea extract.
+ With SPF50+/PA++++ strong sunscreen support even enough for outdoor sports.
+ Skin-friendly formula free from 5 common additives: No fragrance, no colouring, mineral-oil free, paraben (preservative)-free, alcohol free.
+ For face and body use.
+ Doubles as a makeup base.
+ Removable with face wash or soap.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Silica, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Coix Lacryma-Jobi (Job’s Tears) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Disodium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, BHT, Aluminium Hydroxide, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Phenoxyethanol.
Coix Lacryma-Jobi (Job’s Tears) Seed Extract: Often used in traditional Chinese medicine formulas, it is also well known as a “beauty food” in Asian skincare. Claimed to aid in smoothing and refining skin texture, treat and prevent pigmentation/dark spots as well as controlling acne breakouts and sebum production. May also provide moisturizing benefits for dry skin.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract: Extract from either Green Tea. Antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract: Also known as Baikal Skullcap. A natural antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Claimed to also have the ability to inhibit melanin synthesis and protect against sun damage.
Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract: The oil is often extracted to be used in cosmetics as it contains nutrients and antioxidants which aid in reducing the damage caused by free radicals on the skin. Also known to contain collagen which helps to reduce wrinkles and lessen blemishes. Claimed to also contain a large amount of omega-9 fatty acid which aids in moisturizing the skin.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: Best known to be cooling and soothing, and also helps heal wounds and/or inflamed skin. Possesses antioxidant properties so provides anti-oxidant benefits as well. Consists of 99.5% water.
Tocopheryl Acetate: Made up of a combination of the ester acetic acid and tocopherol, and is often used in replacement of pure tocopherol as it is said to be more stable and less acidic. A form of vitamin E and is known as an antioxidant, anti-aging agent, anti-inflammatory, and is also capable of enhancing the efficacy of active sunscreen ingredients and reducing transepidermal water loss.
Based on the ingredients, it can be observed that this sunscreen contains both physical and chemical sunscreen filters. In terms of physical filters, it contains both Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. On the other hand, its chemical filters are Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (AKA Octinoxate) and Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (AKA Uvinul A Plus).
How to use:
1. As the sunscreen is a bi-phase (two layer) type product, shake well before use.
2. Take an appropriate amount (recommended about ¼ teaspoon or two fingers worth of product for the face) of the sunscreen and spread it evenly onto the skin by patting it in gently.
3. Re-apply if using for outdoor activities or when deemed necessary.
*Always patch test products on areas such as inner wrists, inner elbows, neck and behind the ears to check for allergies or irritation before proper use.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
OMI Menturm Verdio UV Moisture Milk SPF50+/PA++++ Review:
Now, the claims for this one are really out there, aren’t they? Along with some generally normal statements, the ones about being ideal for trouble-prone skin and protecting it from four external stimulations definitely piqued my interest. Now, I don’t actually know how to measure this latter’s ability but I guess I’ll try my best.
However, before that, I do want to acknowledge one of their examples of external environmental damage and what it is exactly. Maybe I’m just unaware and/or a bit dim but I honestly had no idea what PM2.5 is prior to reading the claims for this sunscreen. So, let’s just clear that up, shall we? Who knows, maybe I’m not the only one unaware (hopefully).
Anyway, doing a quick google search, PM2.5 is Particulate Matter/fine particles with aerodynamic diameter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (more than 100 times thinner than a human hair) and is formed as a result of burning fuel and chemical reactions in the atmosphere.
In terms of skin health, PM2.5 may cling to the skin and become lodged in the pores, possibly penetrating down to the epidermis. Hence affecting our skin’s health and worsening skin sensitivity. What’s worse is that the effects of pollutants such as PM2.5 increases directly proportional to heat, the sun, and UVA/UVB rays.
Anyway, I’ve yet to read more conclusive studies on the correlation of sun care products in relation to being a protective film to pollutants such as the aforementioned, so I’ll hold off on that, but just knowing that Menturm even mentions formulating this sunscreen to avoid all that at least puts my mind a little at ease. Later on, I’ll even mention a neat little test to check if your sunscreen’s absorption-proof and/or water-resistant.
Menturm’s Verdio UV Moisture Milk comes packaged in a re-sealable plastic with details written in Japanese front and back, so I did have to do some quick searches for translations, but definitely a very minor issue.
The sunscreen is housed in an opaque white cylinder bottle with light green twist off cap. I’ve thrown it in my bag to bring with me on-the-go a few times so far, and have not experienced any leakage issues, so that’s always good! But if needed, you can surely keep and use the original plastic packaging for extra protection.
As with most sunscreens with a milk-type formulation, you’ll definitely need to shake the bottle to allow the product to mix well before use. There is also a noticeable rattling sound made – as if there’s a ball inside the bottle. Tilting the bottle at a 45° angle and squeezing the bottle, the product flows out of the plastic nozzle with ease.
The liquid dispensed is white in color and depending on how much product is applied, may translate into a white cast on the skin at first. However, once evenly patted into the skin and left to absorb for a few minutes, the sunscreen leaves a semi-matte glow with little to no white cast. Though, it does sometimes turn into a matte finish, as noted in my last swatch picture.
In terms of texture, the sunscreen does feel a little oily at first, reminding me of the Sunkiller Perfect Strong Moisture, albeit less dense/heavy-feeling on the skin, and similar to the Sunkiller, the Verdio Moisture Milk also leaves a slight tackiness, making it work well as a makeup primer.
However, if applied too generously and without a bit of dry down time, I have experienced a certain “heavy”-feeling due to the sunscreen once I step out into humid air. It doesn’t make me sweat too much and/or feel suffocated as say, the Biore UV Nobi-nobi Milk, though. There is also not much of a scent, I think. At most, it gives off a mild cosmetic scent, but that’s about it.
Now, in terms of testing how absorption-proof it is or to garner whether it might be even the least bit water-resistant, you can do a simple spritz test. According to this post from Jenny Wu of the blog Geeky Posh, sunscreens are generally not supposed to absorb into your skin like other skincare products; hence why it is recommended to apply sunscreen as the last step of our AM routine.
As I also have the Yadah Oh My Sun Slush as Jenny, I did a quick spritz test comparison, and to my surprise, there is indeed a noticeable difference.
In the picture, you can clearly see that while my right hand is drenched with water with no droplets in sight, the Verdio UV Moisture Milk on the other hand is dotted with water droplets everywhere. When I rotate my hand here and there, the droplets don’t seem to budge an inch as well.
Hence, this suggests that the Verdio contains film-forming agents to minimize absorption and indicates that it may also be water-resistant. What’s also interesting to note is that while the white cast went away completely after the 15 minute dry time, it reappeared once I conducted the spritz test. Thankfully though, once I wiped off the water, the white cast went away in time.
All in all, I must say that the Menturm Verdio UV Moisture Milk is definitely a product I’d take with me on outdoor excursions. I can’t quite give it a full score as it does have a few drawbacks (lack of availability locally, the slight white cast/sometimes heavy-feeling on the skin), but it definitely deserves an exceptional rating of 4/5.
I’d also recommend it to those with normal to dry skin mostly as it might be a bit rich for oily-skinned folks. However, they do have an essence-type sunscreen from the same line, so those wanting a (possibly) lighter texture but with similar ingredients (though the essence-type purely consists of chemical filters), you might fare better with that.
Also, I do have to note that as a fellow trouble-prone skin sufferer, I did notice a bit of itchiness when I was testing the sunscreen over long periods of times. So be sure to wash off the sunscreen well at the end of the day (I’d really recommend double cleansing despite its claims) as I don’t think any more serious issues should arise if heeded.
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