Hey guys! Today I have a review on a product(s) that has made its way - rather swiftly - into my everyday routine. Sunscreen is something I think is very important for the obvious reasons of protecting your skin from skin cancer, as well as preventing wrinkles/signs of aging and sun spots and freckles. I also have quite badly scarred skin so I don't want those to get any darker! One thing that Asians obsess over is sunscreen and protecting their skin (maybe that's why Asian skin typically doesn't show much ageing??), mainly to keep their paleness. So, you can definitely count on them having many SPFs with comfortable formulas and high factors of protection. One of the best-selling Asian sunscreens comes from Biore, of which I have two versions: the UV Perfect Face Milk and the UV Bright Face Milk, both of which containing SPF 50+ PA+++.
|Perfect face milk, Bright face milk|
Both come packaged in a small plastic tube/bottle with a nozzle that makes dispensation of the product easy to control, and unlikely to leak. Because the sunscreen is very liquid-y, the bottles come with a 'shaker' ball (or some sort of object) to help mix up the product. I always give them a good shake before use because they have the tendency to separate.
Like I said, the consistency of both versions is much the same being very liquid-y. To be honest, it's very difficult to discern much difference the two, but I can see a few differences and I do prefer one over the other. What is unique (to me) about these sunscreens is that they have a matte finish, and basically feel like nothing on the skin. Where a typical Western sunscreen is thick, creamy and oily at times, these are the complete opposite. I find when I wear these sunscreens, they act as a primer. I find they control oil extremely well and help prolong the wear of my foundation/base and reduce shine throughout the day. The very thin formula took me a while to get used to. I'm not totally sure how much I should use of this because they essentially absorb into the skin as soon as they're applied. I'm kind of left thinking, "is this enough?". I use about a five cent coin sized 'puddle' and it covers my whole face (from what I can tell). So far I haven't been burnt so it seems to be doing its job! One of the main ingredients is alcohol which you should be wary of. I assume that's what makes it so fast absorbing and oil-controlling. I don't find it drying at all, but if you have extremely dry skin you might not find this product works for you.
From what I gather, the main difference between the two formulas is that the Bright Face Milk has a slight pink tint aimed at brightening the complexion, which you can sort of see in the swatches. Once blended onto the skin, and then makeup applied on top, I don't notice much brightening at all. I don't believe this has any skin benefits in terms of brightening, so in my opinion, the bright 'tint' is sort of redundant. I also notice that the Bright Face Milk is slightly more creamy feeling? It still has the same consistency, but it feels less dry when you rub it into the skin. I also notice that the oil control effects are slightly worse with this one. For that reason, I personally much prefer the Perfect Face Milk.
I have to say, my first experience with Asian sunscreen has been a good one. They are so comfortable to wear and even act as a primer. I would definitely repurchase the Perfect Face Milk!
Have you tried any Asian sunscreens?