Isehan Sunkiller Perfect Strong Moisture SPF50+ PA++++ Review:
Promising a light texture with no drying alcohols in sight, and as I was searching for a waterproof sunscreen – or, at least, something that is more likely to withstand my country’s insane humidity levels – I decided to pick up this pocket-sized sunscreen from my local drugstore/pharmacy, hoping for the best. With some promising claims and a reasonable price, I admittedly glossed over my usual “check the reviews!” step, and dove right in. So, how did it fair?
|Advanced Milk Type Sunscreen||Lightweight, gel like texture giving a smooth & comfortable finish.|
|SPF50+/PA++++||Provides protection against UVA & UVB.|
|Waterproof||Resistant to water, sweat and sebum, suitable for daily use or sports and outdoor activities.|
|Beauty Serum & Moisturizing Ingredients||Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Brown Seaweed Extract with Minerals, provide a long lasting moisturizing effect like serum.|
|Can be Removed Easily with Soap||No special cleanser required despite its waterproof ability.|
- Spreads on clearly over the skin, remains transparent without turning white.
- Can also be used as make up base.
- Subtle fragrance.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Triethylhexanoin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Triemethylsiloxysilicate, Laruyl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Octocrylene, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Soluble Collagen, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, BHT.
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- Sodium Hyaluronate: A humectant which (ideally) draws H2O from the surroundings into the skin. Absorbs moisture 1000 times its weight. Plays an important role of providing sufficient moisture to the skin, and helps bring back elasticity and luster back to the tired and sensitive skin.
- Fucus Vesiculosus (Brown Seaweed/Bladderwrack) Extract: Helps to restore and maintain skin’s moisture levels, improves skin texture and elasticity, and blocks certain enzymes that cause skin damage. May also help counteract negative effects of UV rays.
- Soluble Collagen: Aims to increase collagen production in the skin as a means to anti-ageing benefits, however research has shown that soluble collagen in cosmetics are rarely absorbed by the skin. Hence, benefit would merely be as an additional moisturizing ingredient.
Based on the ingredients, it can clearly be observed that this is a purely chemical sunscreen with chemical filters such as Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene, and Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate. Hence, if sensitive to any of the chemical filters mentioned (or chemical sunscreens in general), please steer clear of this.
How to use:
- Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.
- Put an appropriate amount onto your palm after skincare, and spread evenly over the skin.
- Reapply at least every 2 hours.
- When removing, be sure to lather up face wash or body soap sufficiently before giving skin a thorough wash. (Note: Double cleansing is recommended, in my opinion)
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Isehan Sunkiller Perfect Strong Moisture SPF50+ PA++++ Review:
As I have had this sunscreen for quite awhile (I’m almost finished with the bottle!) and was prone to carrying it around in my bag recently, it seems that most of the front label details have worn off. So, if curious, please do click on the Purchase Links below to have a look at what the actual packaging looks like with the gold details in tact!
Packaged in a small, opaque white bottle, the sunscreen fits neatly in the palm of my hand. As it only contains 30mL of product, it is also fairly lightweight, but no worries as the packaging is quite sturdy. As noted previously, the gold details on the front of the bottle have worn off almost completely, but the details on the back are still in tact.
To open the bottle of sunscreen, you would need to twist the cap rightwards with a firm grip. This may be either a pro or con depending on how you view things, I guess. I find this good most of the time as it confirms that no excess product would leak through as I rummage through my bag mid-day. Once opened, there is a dropper-like applicator which dispenses the product when you squeeze the body of the sunscreen bottle. However, before dispensing the product, be sure to shake the bottle well!
The sunscreen itself is white in colour, and has a gel-like consistency. However, it is very runny so I find myself always dispensing an estimated appropriate amount in the palm of my hand instead of on the back of my hand as I usually do for most sunscreens.
Spreading the sunscreen, it can be seen that the product turns clear and feels quite oily texture-wise. However, once patted on, the oiliness gradually fades and turns into more of a satin finish. Bonus point: no white cast at all!
On my face, I do find that the sunscreen still leaves a satin finish, but it definitely borders on oily. As the sunscreen claims to be somewhat of a “moisturizing serum”, I find this to be true. So I would definitely advise those with very oily skin to stay away from this sunscreen.
There is a bright side to this, though. After waiting the recommended 15 minutes, I find that the sunscreen dries down relatively matte. While my skin does still feel quite moisturized and a bit oily, it does not necessarily look too oily, if you get what I mean.
So this could be some sort of consideration for normal to combination skin types who shudder at the thought of looking too greasy. But do note that it will not leave you completely matte-looking as there will be at least a bit of sheen.
I would give this sunscreen 4 out of 5. Overall, despite being a purely chemical sunscreen, I find that throughout my time using this and properly cleansing afterwards, that I did not break out much (if at all) while using this sunscreen, which was honestly quite surprising.
I also find that while it is oily at first, it dries down quite well for me. However, I do have to note that I do usually follow up with makeup or at least powder as I prefer my face more matte in general. I probably will never recommend this to super oily-skinned folks, though! But YMMV, I guess.
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