Hi everyone! I hope all is well. Today I have another K-beauty sunscreen review and it’s no other than the very popular Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++.
What the brand says:
Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract is the key ingredient of COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream that soothes and moisturizes skin at the same time. The texture of COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is similar to a light moisturizer, unlike other sunblocks that leaves the skin dry and stripped. The hydrating sunscreen is absorbed into the skin fast without feeling greasy or leaving white cast. This sunblock can be worn all year long as it feels light during hot/humid summer and moisturizing in the dry season. Designed to be travel friendly, you can easily carry COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream anywhere and layer on sun protection anytime.
Type of sunscreen: Combination- a mixture of chemical and physical filters
Chemical filters- Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (UVB), Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (UVA, UVB), Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid (UVB), Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate (UVA, UVB)
Physical filter- Titanium Dioxide (UVA, UVB)
This was a bittersweet experience for me. This sunscreen is so popular and affordable so I was looking forward to using it. This is a cream formula which feels light on the skin. It also has a pleasant scent, not the usual sunscreen scent.
What I liked about it- it doesn’t leave oily residue on the skin and doesn’t clog pores. It’s quite soothing thanks to the aloe in it. If you have very oily skin, you could probably skip moisturiser and use this over serums and you would get enough hydration for the day. It spreads very easily. Other beneficial ingredients in this are Vitamin E, Aloe and glycerin
What I didn’t like- I found this pretty inconsistent. I use a lot of sunscreen: the recommended daily amount for face and neck (half of a teaspoon). This is a picture of it freshly applied and massaged in. It looks totally ok right?
But lets take a closer look, most days this left a very slight cast when dried in patches, especially around my hairline or cheeks.
I also found that it doesn’t layer well. Even though I’m working from home, I like to reapply sunscreen because my skin is vulnerable to sun damage due to other ingredients I use(acids) and I have hyperpigmentation and my skin is prone to it. Another layer of this feels heavy and piles when dry, you can see piling around my jawline in the picture below. Sometimes it settles into lines on my neck. It’s not the heaviest SPF I have used but it’s also not the lightest I have used.
I did not like using this sunscreen. For me, the cast was inconsistent from a distance it looks ok but come closer and its a different story lol.
After using this SPF, I have come to realise I prefer very watery/fluid and gel /mousse textured sunscreens. I also didn’t realise it had a physical filter before purchasing it. This probably explains the white cast. This is the amount of SPF I use daily over my face and neck and sometimes my chest area. You may think it is a lot but it actually isn’t. With sunscreen, less is not more, you need to use a good amount to get the FULL protection stated on the product
Will I recommend it?
This is very popular and it is for a reason but it didn’t just work for me. I think if you have very oily skin, you would like this because you can skip your moisturiser step. The cast comes with the amount you use, I use the standard half a teaspoon to get the full protection, there is no way I would use less and I won’t really recommend you use less either. When it comes to sunscreen less is not more and a little doesn’t go a long way!
I know this is an unpopular opinion about this sunscreen but this has been my experience. I look totally busted in these pictures lol so you don’t have to be! I was really hoping to like this but it just didn’t work for me!
I won’t repurchase.
CosRx Aloe Soothing Suncream SF50 PA +++ is £13.67 on Yesstyle