Old friends are like your favorite sunscreens: They make you feel beautiful (not oily or flaky), and they’re always there when you need them. Two years in a row I’ve decided to buy an old friend sunscreen as part of her birthday gift. Last year I chose CeraVe baby sunscreen, because she has sensitive skin. Unfortunately, she found that one to be a bit too thick and pasty for everyday use. This year, I decided to make up for that one by buying Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50+ PA+++ Sunscreen, a Korean sunscreen that has gotten a lot of good reviews online. Plus, she’s a fan of puns, so I thought she’d get a kick out of the name (and un-sunprisingly, she did!).
Read her review of this Korean beauty sunscreen below.
Why I chose Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50+ PA+++ Sunscreen
I quickly scanned through the ingredients of this sunscreen, and thought they looked interesting. The active ingredients in this sunscreen are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, making it a physical sunscreen.
Note that Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50+ PA+++ Sunscreen contains alcohol, which is often used as a solvent to dissolve sunscreen actives. This increases the effectiveness of the formula, but may irritate some people with sensitive skin.
In addition to a bunch of natural extracts and oils, Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50+ PA+++ Sunscreen contains hyaluronic acid (to help balance out the drying effect of the alcohol?) and centella asiatica (tiger grass) extract, which is anti-inflammatory and helps soothe the skin. Another soothing ingredient in this formula is portulaca oleracea extract, which includes linolenic acid and alpha-tocopherol, and has been shown to be effective at reducing inflammation in patients with psoriasis. This ingredient was also included in Curesys Trouble Clear Toner,
Etude House Sunprise Airy Finish SPF 50+ PA+++ Sunscreen ingredients
water, cyclopentasiloxane, zinc oxide, alcohol, dicaprylyl ether, dipropylene glycol, titanium dioxide, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, viscum album (mistletoe) leaf extract, portulaca oleracea extract, centella asiatica extract, opuntia ficus-indica extract, carex humillis root extract, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, pinus sylvestris leaf oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, euterpe oleracea fruit extract, malpighia emarginata (acerola) fruit extract, terminalia ferdinandiana fruit extract, echium plantagineum seed oil, adansonia digitata seed oil, hyaluronic acid, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cardiospermum halicacabum flower/leaf/vine extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil unsaponifiables, vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer, peg-10 dimethicone, cyclomethicone, magnesium sulfate, polymethylsilsesquioxane, methicone, 1,2-hexanediol, aluminum hydroxide, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, caprylyl glycol, octyldodecanol, dimethicone, stearic acid, glyceryl caprylate, polyglyceryl-6 polyricinoleate, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, microcrystalline cellulose, butylene glycol, triethoxycaprylylsilane, cellulose gum
My friend’s review of Etude House Sunprise Airy Finish SPF 50+ Sunscreen
True to its name, it really is a “sunprise” just how lightweight and airy this product is. The texture is more lotion than sunblock. The product leaves zero white residue and leaves no sticky sensation: just glides on with your fingertips and immediately absorbs in. I have very sensitive skin and at least for now am seeing no adverse effects. Limited shine, as well on my combination skin, even on the T-zone! As with all sunblock, it causes irritability if it runs into your eyes, so avoid the eye area.
Looks like I did better this time around! My friend likes the consistency of Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50+ PA+++ Sunscreen and since it does not commit the most common sunscreen mistakes:
- it does not leave her skin looking ghostly white
- it glides on easily and doesn’t leave any sticky residue
- it does not break her out or leave her oily
- it does not cause any irritation to her sensitive skin
However, it does run into the eyes and is not formulated to be water- or sweat-resistant, so you’ll have to look for another option if you plan to sweat or swim outdoors. Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sunscreen is rated PA+++, which refers to the PA+++ falls into the UVAPF range of 8–16, according to this table. PA+++ is not as high as PA++++, but it’s still pretty high. This rating refers to UVA protection factor (remember, UVA rays are longer-wavelength rays that cause aging/sagging skin, and hyperpigmentation), while SPF measures UVB protection (the rays that cause sunburn).
So if you’re looking for a cosmetically elegant sunscreen that has high SPF and UVAPF ratings, check out Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sunscreen—or give it to an old friend…it might just be the perfect way to show that you care about them.