26 Nov 2016

Review: Primera Skin Relief UV Protector SPF50+ PA+++, A Sunscreen Suitable for Pregnancy

Sometimes when you got pregnant, skincare can be a very challenging thing for you. There is a list of ingredients you shouldn't touch when you have babies. In fact, most of my friends literally go skincare-less when they are pregnant. I understand that, not everyone of us know how to read ingredients of skincare products or have the awareness of it. So, the safest option is to avoid it all together. However, pregnant women are more prone to hyperpigmentation and skin problems like acne, fine lines and increased sebum production due to hormonal changes in their body. Hence, it may not be best to avoid all skincare products.

The good news is, there are certain brand that addresses this issue. One of them would be Primera from Korea. I've talked about this brand before. It is a very natural (not organic) vegen brand utilizing the power of germination and translates them into skincare force. The best part about it is that it is suitable for pregnant women and it also has a range designed specifically for babies!

Sunscreen is very important. I have talked about this many times and I'm gonna repeat it again. But there are certain ingredients in it that you must avoid during pregnancy. A good example would be oxybenzone, an ingredient which is found to be able to penetrate your skin and research has linked it to low birth weights. So finding the right and safe sunscreen is very important to make sure that you are protected in a safe way.

This Primera Skin Relif UV Protector SPF50+ PA+++ is a great option to look for when you are pregnant or have sensitive skin. Since it contains loads of titanium dioxide, its texture is also on the richer side, making it a better choice for those with drier skin. Oilier skin may need to look for AMPM Sun Lotion I reviewed before.

It's made of sesame sprout and soybean sprout extracts, both of which are potent antioxidants for the skin. Sesame sprout extract can protect the skin from environmental pollutants, repair sun damage and delay aging. Soybean seed extract, on the other hand, have anti-inflammatory, collagen-stimulating and skin lightening effects. Both of which are great ingredients to repair sun damage and reverse aging associated with it.

Primera also claims that this UV Protector has moisture holding formula to offer a light-weighted and gentle application while keeping the skin moisturized. Its Balancing Powder Complex also can control sweat and sebum to maintain freshness.

Sounds like a great sunscreen for average to dry skin type or those living in a colder place. Given its ability to absorb sweat and sebum, it will also work perfectly for those with active sebum production, particularly pregnant women with dry skin but active sweat gland due to hormonal changes.

putting it on a oil paper overnight - see the white powdery particles?
(translated from the label)

Water, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Cyclohexasiloxane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Sprout Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Broussonetia Kazinoki Root Extract, Nylon-12, Silica, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, C14-22 Alcohols, Polyacrylate-13, Aluminum Stearate, Propanediol, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyisobutene, Stearic Acid, Methoxy Peg-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance


This sunscreen has a seemingly-complex but in reality simple ingredients. It has 4 sunscreen filters that compliment each other on UVA and UVB protection, which makes it a mixed filters sunscreen rather than pure physical sunscreen. Oily skin people who want a pure physical filters sunscreen can opt for Innisfree No-Sebum line.

Sunscreen actives used here are pretty commonly found ingredients like octinoxate, tinosorb S, octisalate, and titanium dioxide. Most sunscreen I reviewed contains at least 6 sunscreen actives so I this is rather minimalist. Except for octinoxate which research has raised concern about its bio-accumulating property and the ability to penetrate human skin, others are pretty decent and safe actives.

Skin-benefiting botanical extracts like rice germ extract, sesame sprout extract, soybean sprout extract and paper mulberry root extract. They may look simple but are all powerful anti-oxidants with anti-oxidizing, melanin-inhibiting and sun damage reverting effects. Rice germ extract works particularly well for flaky and chapped as a moisture-holding and nourishing ingredient whereas paper mulberry root extract is a great skin lightening and pores-controlling ingredient.

As for the rest, they are what I used to call the texture ingredients like surfactants, emollients, viscosity-controls, and so on. Personally, I don't like having a bunch of these stuffs on my skin. In fact, I don't find the texture of this sunscreen that flattering hence if Primera were to reformulate this sunscreen using lighter and less-bulky texture ingredients I think I would rush and go buy it.

Actually, Primera has come up with a renewed version. But after comparing its ingredients and product description, I would say that they are pretty much the same (even the name!) except maybe that this renewed one has a lighter texture compared to the original version.

A closer look at the texture. This has a creamy (denser than lotion) consistency which spreads smoothly on the skin with a soft, slightly tacky and shiny finish. The white cast will go away after 10 minutes but the shinny finish will stay for a few hours. Despite the powdery particles it claims to has, it is not drying like the Innisfree Eco Safety No-Sebum Sun Milk. In fact, it is quite moisturizing, a bit sticky I would say.

As for the scent, it has a pleasant and relaxing herbal ointment scent that reminds me of lavender and rosemary. But scent is a very subjective thing so what I like might not apply to you.

I also got a few miniatures from my purchase, which you can see via my first impression review of some of Primera products here.


In short, Primera Skin Relif UV Protector is a high SPF and PA sunscreen with a creamy and smooth consistency suitable for colder weather, drier skin and pregnant women. It may not be the most refreshing and light-weighted choice for those living in a hot and humid weather like Malaysia but I think it is still pretty acceptable. It would be in my repurchase list if I got pregnant.

About: sunscreen
Purpose: moisturizing, sun protection, sebum-absorbing, anti-aging
Pros: moisturizing, nourishing, quality ingredient, broad-spectrum sun protection, relaxing scent, great for pregnant women and sensitive skin
Cons: pretty price (close to RM 100 for 50ml), tacky finish, not refreshing or hydrating

packaging: ★★★
scent: ★
texture: ★★★
ingredients: ★★★★ (too much texture ingredients)
efficacy: ★★
overall impression: ★★★☆ (quite good and I somehow enjoy, will repurchase if necessary)

You can get this from: Koreadepart | ShopatKorea | Jolse 
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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