Affordable Sunscreen Favorites

and the importance of daily sunscreen

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Sunscreen is a very important step of any skincare routine and should always be the last product to apply in your morning routine. It helps to prevent dangerous skin cancer and is essential to fight premature skin aging due to sun damage. If you ask me, it’s the most effective thing you can do in terms of “anti-aging”. There’s not really something to keep your skin from aging and also, there is nothing wrong with mature skin. But we can still do our part to at least prevent premature aging and keeping our skin as healthy as possible.

Products mentioned

  • COSRX Aloe Soothing Sunscreen
  • Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun
  • Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence

Why do you need sunscreen?

In general you should get at least SPF 35, preferably more though. I like to choose products with SPF 45 or 50. This is an important aspect because you have to apply a certain amount of product to achieve this level of protection. Hence, the less protection the product offers, the higher the risk of not applying enough and getting any significant protection.

But I’m already using a BB cream/foundation with SPF 15, isn’t that sufficient? No, sadly it’s not sufficient at all. Like mentioned you would need to apply A LOT of that cream/foundation to even get the protection level of 15 and even if you did, SPF 15 is not enough to protect your skin. Powders with SPF are even more useless, because who would even apply that thick of a layer? And if you did, it would not give your skin a particularly nice look, so just do the sunscreen step properly and save your make up.

What I look for in a sunscreen

What do I look for in a sunscreen? Well, apart from giving me SPF 45 to 50 protection, I also prefer sunscreen that don’t actually feel like sunscreens. I have acne prone combination skin and like to wear some kind of base make up on most days. Whether that’s BB cream or a light foundation depends on my mood and my overall skin condition, but my sunscreen has to work beneath any kind of covering layer and not start crumbling on me. I like

  • lightweight sunscreens
  • that doesn’t leave an annoying whitecast
  • or greasy feeling.
  • The less work it takes to apply it the better.

During the winter months it’s great to have a sunscreen with moisturizing effect to avoid any dry patches. And of course affordable options are always welcome.

Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++ ~12€

The Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sunscreen is a product that ticks all of the mentioned boxes. I especially recommend it for colder months or even skip the moisturizing step if the routine is hydrating enough without it. The formulation is not as gentle as some of the others, but I didn’t get any irritations from it.

Ingredients of Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sunscreen

Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Alcohol,Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, C14-22 Alcohols, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Peg-100 Stearate, Silica, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Edta

Where to buy Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sunscreen?

International shop:  Yesstyle (Use the code: SKINSOUL for up to 5% off *affilitated*) 

Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45 PA+++ ~10€

This is the most common product to be the entry door into the world of Asian sunscreen. It is very easy to find and is even available at some drugstores in Germany. Even after trying numerous sunscreens I still think this is a great and easy staple to have. It works very well and didn’t cause me any breakouts. So while I’m not excited to repurchase it for now, I already used like 3 or 4 of these, it’s worth to try it if you haven’t already.

Ingredients of Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun

Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Polyacrylate-13, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Polyisobutene, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Limonia Acidissima Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Panthenol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Propylene Glycol, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Morus Alba Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Alcohol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Water, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Water, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Sodium Benzoate 0418

Where to buy Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45 PA+++ ~10€?

German shop: Missha

International shop: Yesstyle  (Use the code: SKINSOUL for up to 5% off *affilitated*) 

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50 PA+++ ~10€

Amazing lightweight sunscreen. Japanese sunscreens are just performing on a whole other level when it comes to an effortless formulation. It’s the most lightweight from this selection and feels divine to apply.

Ingredients of Shiseido Recipist UV Essence

Water, Ethanol, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl triazone, Isopropyl palmitate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, Hydrogenated polyisobutene, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, Dextrin Palmitate, BG, Xylitol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, alkyl benzoate (C12-15), Glycerin, Glyceryl stearate, Propanediol, Glyceryl behenate, Vinyl dimethicone / methicone Silsesquioxane crosspolymer, Cetanol, Agar, Sorbitan distearate, Isoceteth-20, Polyvinyl alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Arginine, Potassium hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Royal jelly extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, EDTA-2Na, BHT, Fragrance

Where to buy Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence?

International shop: Yesstyle  (Use the code: SKINSOUL for up to 5% off *affilitated*) 

Please note: This blog post was originally posted on 31st March 2020 and updated on 17th December 2021. Discontinued sunscreens such as the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence and Secret Key Repairing Snail Sunscreen were removed from the list.


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