14 Aug 2017

Review: Huxley Sun Cream; Stay Sun Safe SPF50+ PA++++


Huxley comes out with its own sunscreen!!! How exciting is that? I am a fan of Huxley products, from its toner, essence, to cream. They smell heavenly, use quality ingredients and have nice texture! So I am really intrigued and excited when Huxley launches its makeup and sunscreen line. Currently, there is only two sunscreens (one with toning-up effect) and a concealer available, but there will definitely be more in the future! Let's read on to see how Huxley incorporates its luxurious cactus seed oil into sunscreen!





I bought this from Sweet Corea about a month ago when it was having a 50% discount. I also saw it on Wako Beauty later, for slightly cheaper price (too bad I already ordered from Sweet Corea). Others shops carrying it includes Kurator, Glow Recipe, Stylekorean and Jolse.


I have been using this sunscreen consistently over the past few weeks and feel that I am ready to talk about it right now.


Huxley claims that this is a PEG-free and gentle sun cream designed for all skin types. It has a wide spectrum protection of SPF50+ and PA++++. A lot of sunscreen claims that they have high SPF and PA but since not all sunscreens are created equal I always take this label with a pinch of salt.

INGREDIENTS
(translated from the Korean labels on the packaging)



Water, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Polysilicone-15Ethylhexyl Triazone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Squalane, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hottuynia Cordata Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Nymphaea Alba(White Water Lily) Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Arachidyl Glucoside, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Panthenol, Silica, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sucrose Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid Octadecanoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alumina, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Butylene Glycol, Maltodextrin, Fragrance

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


This sunscreen uses uvinul A plus, polysilicone-15, uvinul T 150 and titanium dioxide as its sun filters. These provide insufficient UV protection because it doesn't really filter out UVA1 that is far more damaging and far-reaching than UVA2 and UVB. I have no idea why Huxley doesn't want to use tinosorb S though, which offers wide spectrum protection and has a EWG rating of 1/7.

Main ingredient is Indian fig, a type of cactus where its sap is widely used to treat skin conditions and inflammation. It is rich in vitamins, proteins, minerals and are found to have smoothing, moisturizing and protecting benefits on the skin. It is also a potent antioxidant that can prevent free radicals damage. We also have a bunch of emollient and occulsive oils such as jojoba seed oil, purple viper's bugloss seed oil, squalane, cactus seed oil, and sunflower seed oil. These are all nourishing oils with anti-oxidizing and skin protecting benefits. Sunflower seed oil is commonly used in sunscreen for its ability to fence off radicals damage and repair UV-induced skin damages. We also have green purslane extract, centella asiatica extract, cornflower extract, white water lily flower extract and so on soothing ingredients.

Although the side dishes (the extracts and emollient oil) look really delicious, but its lack of sufficient UVA1 filter worries me so I don't think this is a nicely formulated sunscreen.

PERFORMANCE

I shall talk about the texture and application of this product in the performance section. After all, we cannot really measure the sun-protecting ability of a sunscreen, so its texture decides how much we put on our face, how likely we are to reapply, and whether or not it will stick to your face thorough the day.



The product comes in a convenient tube design, so you can actually apply your sunscreen by making small "dots" on your skin and then blend it out. Doing so ensure that you apply the sunscreen evenly and minimize wastage (some of the product might get absorbed by your fingers).


If you want a more accurate amount, use a measuring spoon like me. Make sure you apply 1/4 tsp every time. More isn't always better, as it will grease up, but definitely not less to maximize sun protection.



This sunscreen is a lightweight sun cream so you can expect it to feel like a cream, not gel or lotion. It will leave a little bit of white cast and might ball up a little so always try to apply it on a damp skin. Apply it as quickly as possible also minimizes pilling when the product is still moist and fresh out of the container. It smells like all other Huxley product, which is an enticing fresh grass scent.

CONCLUSION


I like Huxley products, I feel that they are all high-standard product using quality ingredients. However, this sunscreen is a little bit disappointing. You cannot really get a sufficient UV protection unless your sunscreen contains filters against UVA1, and UVA1 is the culprit behind your freckles and wrinkling. Another downside about this sunscreen is its creamy consistency. It is not rich, but might be a bit greasy when you apply all the 1/4 tsp in the shortest period on your skin. I also find this sunscreen a little bit pricey, it only offers 35ml of product at KRW 28,000. Even at RM 65, you also need to pay RM 2.30 per use, which is pricier than L'Oreal Paris Perfect UV Aqua Essence so I would consider this a high maintenance product.

Given these reasons, I don't think I would repurchase.

Pros:
- elegant, convenient, and practical packaging
- great, enticing scent
- lightweight creamy texture that gets absorbed pretty well into the skin

Cons:
- not very affordable (low CP)
- insufficient UV protection, particularly UVA1
- might pill up or ball up


Overall impression: ★★★★
Repurchasing: ★★
You can get this from: Sweet Corea | Wako | Stylekorean | Jolse
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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