21 Jun 2017

Review: Laneige Aqua Sun Screen SPF 35 PA++

Ever wonder if your sunscreen can be as lightweight and as moisturizing as Laneige Water Bank Essence EX? Then you gotta try out this Laneige Aqua Sun Screen SPF 35 PA++! Actually it is called Laneige Aqua Sun Block SPF 35 PA++ elsewhere, but Sun Screen in Malaysia. I think that’s because by laws brand cannot call its sunscreen “sun block” in Malaysia. I think the use of “sun block” is also prohibited in US.

The one I got is its SPF35 version, but Laneige also carries another SPF50+ PA+++ with the label “Premium” with better sun protection power. The SPF35 one is more suitable for indoor activities or office lady (and gent of course).

The product comes in a round-shaped squeezable tube. The packaging and such reminds me very much of sunshine. I have no issue with the packaging whatsoever.

Consistency-wise, this feels like a slightly creamier version of the Laneige Water Bank Essence EX, but gets absorbed into the skin really well, leaving a soft and moist finish. You won’t feel that this is a sunscreen, more like a sun essence or moisturizing essence. I always thought Laneige sunscreen is kinda pricey for with a technology like this, I think it justifies the price you are paying for.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Lippie Citriodora Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, Polyacrylate-13, Aluminium Stearate, Alumina, Polyisobutene, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylgylcerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance


3 sunscreen filters are being used here, namely the octinoxate, titanium dioxide and tinosorb S. All these provide broad spectrum coverage against UVA1, UVA2 and UVB. However, since it is only labeled SPF35 and PA++, it is safe to assume that you are best not to use it under strong sun light or during outing. All these sun filters are very commonly used and safe sun ingredients. Octinoxate may get a rating of 6 on CosDNA’s safety scale, but it is found in literally all sunscreen, except for physical-only or very rich sunscreen.

Next, we will look at other ingredients in this sunscreen that makes it unique. We have althaea flower root extract, chamomile flower extract, lavender extract, lippie citriodora leaf extract (the flowering end of verbena), centella asiatica, aloe vera extract and many more essential minerals. We are familiar with althaea, chamomile, lavender, centella asiatica, and aloe vera because you see them in many Belif and Cosrx products. They are a commonly found soothing and anti-bacterial (thus anti-acne) botanical ingredients. Lesser known is lippie citriodora, which is taken from the verbena plant. This ingredient has a high hazardous rating on EWG and CosDNA does not carry its safety rating in its database. I am not sure will it cause irritation among certain individuals but it is doing fine on mine. Laneige claims that this ingredient is an astringent with skin refining and soothing properties though.

The rest of the ingredients are mostly texture-ingredients such as solvents, surfactants, emulsifiers, preservatives and so on. They are pretty commonly found too with little to no safety and acne-causing concerns.


I skip the performance part because I cannot tell whether or not this sunscreen is doing well unless if I have a machine to measure. But I believe in the ethics of Amore Pacific and its sub-brands so I’m not too worried about that.

In short, I really like everything this sunscreen has to offer. It is lightweight, super moisturizing, non-sticky, no white cast, and offers full spectrum protection. It also doesn’t contain alcohol if you are sensitive to alcohol. I think the only flaw I can find in this sunscreen is its price. It is about twice more expensive than normal sunscreen, and even three times pricier than Biore UV Aqua Rich Essence. I think unless if I see good discounts, I might not want to repurchase because to be frank the maintenance is quite high.

texture: ★★★★★
ingredients: ★★★★☆
general impression: ★★★★☆ (lightweight, broad spectrum protection, pricier than average)
worth repurchasing? ★★★☆ (if there is good discount) 

You can get this from: Laneige Malaysia | various Kbeauty retailers | Hermo Malaysia
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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