Happy Monday! Today I want to talk about a skincare product that I’ve been trying out for the past month and a half. This is the COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++, which I picked up in my YesStyle haul back in April of this year. I’ve been a fan of COSRX’s products for a while now, and I’m always eager to try their products, and this sunscreen is among them.
This tube sits on my vanity with my body sunscreen, and I reach for this on days when I’m running outside to do errands, visit my parents, and so on. So as I work from home, this isn’t a product I use every day at the moment, but I use it a couple of times a week on average.
So the packaging is a soft plastic tube with a hard plastic cap, and it comes packaged in a card box. I typically store boxes like these away in a plastic storage box for reference later, but otherwise the tube sits on my vanity.
The box itself has some claims on one side in English, which read as follows:
“This Aloe Soothing Sun Cream not only improves the skin’s moisture barrier, but also protect skin against UVA and UVB rays. This sun cream has light-weight texture, which absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling intensely hydrated. It’s suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.”
The rest of the box’s faces is printed in Korean, which I unfortunately cannot read. The claims are fairly simple, focusing mostly on providing moisture for the skin. For reference, I have oily-sensitive skin, and this sunscreen appealed to me because of its claims to be comfortable enough for sensitive skin types.
I don’t really worry too much about getting moisture from my sunscreens, so long as it’s comfortable enough to wear throughout the day. However, I do appreciate a moisturising formula, I just don’t seek it out specifically from my sunscreen as it’s not something I wear daily due to my current lifestyle.
As my skin is also on the oily side, sunscreens are a category that make me nervous, as I grew up using sunscreens for face and body that felt heavy and uncomfortable to wear. A lot of the time, I persevered through the heavy feeling because I knew the protection for skin was worth putting up with. However, skincare technology is really progressing amazingly, so now I’m more inclined to critique. So I want to find a sunscreen that is both great for sun protection, but not suffocating on my skin or prone to making my skin even more oily.
Returning back to the packaging, the tube is a soft plastic that’s easy to squeeze product out of. The tube itself is also about the length of my petite hands from the bottom of my palm to the tip of my middle finger, so it’s fairly compact and what I consider travel-friendly.
The hard cap is also easy to open but it also has a click to it when it shuts that’s really satisfying to listen to. I haven’t felt concerned about if the cap would break off or burst open if dropped, which is something I’m very reassured about.
The hole the product dispenses out of is also an appropriate size to control the amount of product that comes out, and easy to keep clean. Overall, the packaging is really easy to use and low-maintenance to keep presentable, which is a huge plus for me.
The sunscreen itself is a mix between a cream with a slight hint of gel-watery texture that gives it that light-weight feel and ability to blend so easily onto the skin. While it is a white cream, I don’t find it has a strong white-cast. What little white-cast it does have, fades by the time the 30 minute window for it to settle is up. I think the strength of the white-cast will really depend on your own skin tone, as I am very pale, so it doesn’t tend to look excessive or overly-noticeable on me.
It does have a very moisturising and supple feel on the skin, leaving my skin looking dewy and a bit shiny. In the summer, this left me feeling a bit insecure, as I do have a very oily skin type, but it’s easy to mattify my skin again with a primer, makeup, etc. But if you like that dewy look, you can achieve that with this sunscreen.
It does have a slight tacky feel to it immediately after application as it settles into the skin, but I don’t find this too problematic. It does impact how my base makeup applies, but so long as I give it enough time to absorb, this isn’t usually a negative thing.
Typically I apply my body moisturiser after this sunscreen as a short time window to allow the sunscreen to absorb before I move on from my skincare routine to my makeup. This is normally enough time for it to absorb enough, as I’ll do my eyebrows and eye makeup first.
Returning to the tacky feeling, I’ve found that as the UK’s weather is transitioning into autumn, I’m less and less bothered by it as the weather cools down. In the summer it was definitely something I didn’t enjoy, as it felt heavy on my skin. But now that it’s autumn, this initial slight tacky feeling is more bearable and comfortable.
From these experiences, I’m learning that this is a sunscreen that’s best fitted for my skin in autumn and likely winter, but for summer at least, it’s a bit too heavy. However, I suspect that if you have a drier skin type, it’ll be more appropriate for larger periods of the year.
I intend to keep using this throughout autumn and winter, but it’s not a product I’ll use during the summer. If I still have this tube when spring arrives, I’ll see how it feels on my skin. But I think it’s worth buying for specific times of year that your skin will agree with this formula.
Overall, this is a nice sunscreen, but as already discussed, is dependent on the time of year here in the UK and how the climate is. If we ever get a cold winter again, I can see this being especially great for my skin, but for our more warmer and humid summers, it’s a bit too oppressive. Bear this in mind to the kind of climate you live in.
Will I repurchase this in the future? I can see myself doing so. I likely won’t need to as I don’t use this frequently enough to work through the tube quickly. However, I can see myself picking it up in time for next autumn.
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