I started this series right after Starting Tretinoin. You must use a sunscreen every day if you are going to use Retin-A/tretinoin. The problem is in finding a sunscreen that works with your other skincare products and makeup. You also want a sunscreen that doesn’t leave your skin looking white or greasy and shiny. Not to mention the need for great, full spectrum protection. You can learn about other sunscreens I have tried here, here, here, here, and here. Yes, I have tried a few.
I received this 3W Clinic UV Intensive Sunblock Cream in a Beauty Beyond Borders subscription bag. This was an Asian Beauty subscription that is now discontinued. I started using this during my Month of Asian Skincare. I used it that whole month and have been using it for a month or so this time.
This water-based concentrated sunblock is good for all skin types including sensitive skin. It’s non-greasy and moisturizing texture gives your skin a satin smooth finish with no white residue. SPF50 PA+++ protects your skin from UVA and UVB. It also contains aloe extract that relieves skin irritation and prevents from it. How to use: Right before applying make-up, apply a thin layer on your face and neck area. Since it’s so concentrated you will need to use only half the amount of other sunblocks. Can be used as a make-up base.
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Oxides, 1,3 Butylene Glycol, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Bees Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 methyl glucose distearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed collagen, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Arbutin, Betaine, Perfume, Red Ginseng Extract
My skin is normal with oily shine in warm weather. I am post menopausal with fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
As you can see it is not a thin, runny texture at all. It is a lotion-like texture. I massage it in for a few minutes before it is fully absorbed. Once it is massaged in there is a satin like finish, Once it dries down I can’t tell it is there at all. It does not make my face look white or greasy.
It layers well over my skin care and under my makeup. That is important to me and this sunscreen does not let me down at all. It also works very well in its intended function. It protects my face from the sun. My skin is the same tone it was when summer started so it is working. I did not experience any breakouts, redness, or irritation from this sunscreen.
Did I mention that you can pick a 70 ml tube of this up for less than $10 on Amazon? This is a really good sunscreen for an incredible price. It works on my prone to shiny face so well. It plays well with my skincare and makeup. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all. And it is an effective sunscreen. I will repurchase this one. I can’t see any downside to it at all.
This is in the top 3 of the sunscreens I have tried. I like the feel and finish of Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Tinted the best of all I have tried but it isn’t full spectrum coverage like the Asian sunscreens all seem to be. This 3W Clinic Sunblock is as good as the Nivea Sun Protect Super Water Gel SPF 50/PA+++. They are both in the same price range making them about 1/2 the price of the Elta MD. I recommend this one.
Have you tried this sunscreen? Did you like it? What sunscreen do you use? Any recommendations?
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