Sunscreens are an absolute non-negotiable for me and I have tried my fair share of them throughout the years. My favourite for the past five of them has been Dr Jart’s Every Sun Day, which I keep raving about every other day or so. It’s just that good. Sorry not sorry. Sadly, it seems to have been discontinued. 😫 I can no longer see it in stores, which makes me think it might either have been kicked to the curb, or, as the optimist in me hopes, is being formulated or repackaged.
I have on occasion strayed – e.g. see my review on La Biotte’s sun stick here or Innisfree’s sunscreen/primer hybrid here – but for now, I am using up my Dr Jart, of which there is only little left. I am also excited for this Klair’s UV Essence sunscreen, which I have seen recommended over and over on social media, and especially after reading this blog review by Simply Saima.
Today’s review, too, is from when I strayed after reading rave reviews on Hwahae about this Innisfree offering. Innisfree is my favourite roadside style cosmetics shop in Korea and their products are usually well formulated. Innisfree has lots of different lines where the focus is on one ingredient – e.g. Blueberry, Green Tea, etc – but this sunscreen is from their Oat range: Oat Mild Moisture Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++.
I have often heard that oat is supposed to be a great skincare ingredient, and indeed, I love my Aveeno body lotion which contains colloidal oatmeal. Plus, there’s this Krave Beauty moisturiser that seems to be really cool. So yes, I was mildly hyped for this sunscreen.
・What it is: ・
It’s a sunscreen.
Too whitening; drying, felt heavy and gummy on my skin.
・Price & Availability: ・
Innisfree shops & online is where you can buy this one, I guess. I got mine for ₩9,000.
It’s a good sized squeezy tube containing 40 ml of product, which is a relatively normal (perhaps towards the lower end) price to pay for sunscreens of that size.
Interestingly, neither cosDNA nor Skincarisma throw up any red flags. Everything looks pretty much good to go. It is alcohol free, paraben free, sulfate free and supposedly is even fungal acne safe.
The sunscreens in this cream are zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which are physical sunscreens and supposedly are better for reactive or sensitive skin. Apparently, physical sunscreens protect straight away from when you apply them, whereas chemical sunscreens need some time to activate.
On the tube itself, Innisfree proudly claims that this cream contains oat kernel extract, propanediol and chia seed extract. I had a look around EWG and this is what I got:
- oat kernel extract: antioxidant, skin-conditioning agent – emollient, skin-conditioning agent – miscellaneous, and abrasive, rating: Fair (Source)
- propanediol: solvent, viscosity decreasing agent, and viscosity controlling, rating: Fair (Source)
- chia seed extract: not sure, but usually it is meant to bind water, plus it is a bit of a hipster ingredient
Cyclomethicone, Water, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Propanediol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetyl Diglyceryl Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate , Aluminum Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract , Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract , Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil , Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract , Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil , Pelargonium Capitatum (Geranium) Oil , Hydrogen Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate , Stearic Acid , Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate , Dimethicone Crosspolymer , Butylene Glycol , Phenyl Trimethicone , Fructooligosaccharides , Saccharide Hydrolysate , Pullulan, Ethylhexylglycerin , Octyldodecanol , Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone , Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
The packaging is very simple and functional and would, I think, be ok for bringing along on your travels, as the plastic tube is very light and flexible and it is also under 100 ml as per travel restrictions. The cap screws on well and the tube is relatively sturdy. I do find it to be a bit of a fingerprint magnet though. If you apply this to your face and then screw the cap on, you are bound to end up with it looking something like this:
・What the company says:・
Not sure actually, this is not available from Innisfree’s US site and I cannot find any English documentation. Their Korean website states the following:
강력한 자외선 차단효과와 함께 끈적임 없는
편안한 피부로 가꿔주는 물리적 자외선 차단제
which roughly translates to
high UV protection, non-sticky, physical sunscreen, comfortable on skin
This felt ok at first as it went on, however I noticed that over time, it seemed to gum up and somewhat harden on my skin. I am unsure what caused this, as all ingredients seem to point towards this being emollient and moisturising.
In fact, the texture is what I hated most about this. I wanted a soft sunscreen that would hydrate and melt into skin, however this ended up more feeling more like a modeling mask and less than a hydrating sunscreen.
It does not spread easily and kind of bunches up in places. You have to really work to get it to meld with your skin. Pro tip: add a bit of an emollient moisturiser to this to get the texture to smooth out a tad.
This did not have any specific scent to it, for which I was grateful. It makes sense seeing as this is being marketed as a mild sunscreen to be used for even babies.
I would recommend a full skincare routine to use under this sunscreen to counteract its drying effects. Throw all your hydrating, moisturising and emollient products at this if you really are hellbent to make it work.
While I do use other forms of sun protection in addition to the sunscreen – hats, parasols, sunnies, BB cream over sunscreen – I will admit that I never had a sunburn or any sun damage while using this.
On the other hand, it was also super whitening and made me look like a ghost unless I blended very, very carefully.
That being said, I found that not only did it feel gummy and heavy, even more so as they day went on, I also felt that it dried out my skin. Plus, if you have skin flakies, I would strongly suspect that this cream would cling and exacerbate those.
I used most of this but I did not bother cutting it up as I usually do with products that I like to get to the last drop. Even though I did not like it, I felt that I should not let it go to waste and decided to use my most emollient facial moisturiser that I normally use in the winter or at night. After a long skincare routine, mixing it with said rich moisturiser, and lots of patting and massaging, I would usually end up with a finish that I liked, and it looked like this:
I do not have enough patience for this product. Heavy, white, uncomfortable, drying, needs lots of work to make it… work. Next!