17 Jun 2017

Review: Missha Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+ / PA+++

I am actually very picky when it comes to sunscreen. I used approximately 40 different sunscreens in the past, and repurchased some of them several times, so I know exactly what I am looking for in a sunscreen and why. You can read my Sunscreen 101 (basic knowledge), Sunscreen 201 and 202 (overview of 36 sunscreens), and Sunscreen 301 (comparison review of 36 sunscreens) for more detailed information about sunscreen and how to pick and choose the one that best suited your skin.

If you read this Taiwanese article, you will know that many sunscreens out there in the market don’t have sufficient sun protecting power, even though they are all labeled SPF50+ PA+++(+). Since I don’t have any machine to measure those, I always make sure that I bought sunscreens from reputable brands, and apply a sufficient amount of it (1/4 tsp or 1.23ml).

Most of the times, I will check the labels and see if it contains some of the sun filters that I am looking for, such as zinc oxide, tinosorb S, meroxyl, and avobenzone. These are all effective UVA1 sun filters, which can prevent more dark spots and wrinkling of the skin. Sunscreen is NOT a skincare product so it cannot reduce existing dark spots on your skin, but it can prevent it from getting worse.

This Missha Sun Aqua Gel, is my recent favourite discovery. It not only contains some good sun filters, but is also extremely lightweight and cosmetically elegant to use. Read on to find out more about it!

Missha Aqua Sun Gel is formulated for normal, combination and oily skin. Unless if you are sensitive to any ingredients as listed, you’ll do fine with it.

It comes in a cute packaging (collaboration with Line Friends). The consistency of this sunscreen is delightful! Super lightweight, watery, and easily absorbed by the skin. No funky scent whatsoever. It feels like a lightweight lotion for me. A Korean version of my beloved AM+PM Sun Lotion I must say. It doesn’t burden my skin in any way even if I apply ¼ tsp of it in one go.


Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Alcohol Denat., Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Dipropylene Glycol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract, Limonia Acidissima Extract, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG-20/5 Dimethicone, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 80, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance


Sun filters used in this sunscreen are octinoxate, tinosorb S, octisalate, avobenzone and octocrylene. These 5 ingredients together offer a broad spectrum UV protection against all UVA1, UVA2, and UVB. This is a chemical-only sunscreen, without titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, so you are advised NOT to use any sunscreen with the two ingredients to avoid destabilizing the avobenzone inside. In other words, multi-screening is not recommended for this sunscreen.

In term of skin-benefiting ingredients, we have ice plant, rutaceae leaf, and rosa davurica bud extract. A lot of these are texture ingredients, among which BHT is a controversial preservative sometimes found in Japanese sunscreen. Ice plant is an antioxidant packed with skin moisturizing components and are commonly used to soothe and regulate sebum on the skin. Rutaceae is a brightening agent used to even out the complexion, whereas rosa davurica is an antioxidant that can scavenge free radicals’ activities on the skin. These together provide sufficient cooling, anti-oxidizing and brightening benefits we need to fight against sun damages.


I think it is fair to call this my holy grail sunscreen. It fulfills everything I want in a sunscreen: UVA1 protection, lightweight, and cheap. Not to mention how hydrating it is. Individuals who use it must keep in mind to stay away from titanium dioxide and zinc oxide and avoid mixing it with other sunscreen to be safe. Love it, would repurchase!

You can get this from: Missha Malaysia | Gmarket | Shopee 
[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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