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 are only two sunscreens (a normal and a tone-up versions) as well as a concealer in the line but I am sure there will be more coming soon!

Let's read on regarding how Huxley incorporates its luxurious cactus seed oil into beautiful sunscreen products!

(Updated on August 23, 2018)



I bought this from Sweet Corea about a month ago when it was having a 50% discount. I also saw it available on Wako Beauty 2 weeks after I made the purchase. Others shops carrying it includes Kurator, Glow Recipe, Stylekorean and Jolse so you can compare prices if you are interested in getting one.


I have been using this sunscreen consistently over the past few weeks and feel that I am ready to talk about it right now. After all, without a machine to measure its sun protecting ability, texture and application are the keys to determine its usability, right?


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

{sun filters, botanical extracts}

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


(I wish to correct my previous comments on the sunscreen ingredients for this sunscreen.)

Despite my previous research which states that uvinul A plus is a UVA2 filter, further research claims that it can provide full UVA protection for a maximum of 354 nm (UVA1 wave ranges between 340-400 nm), which makes it an UVA filter. The correction is also proposed on the CosDNA database, which initially label this ingredient as UVA2 (cannot cover full spectrum UVA rays) filter. Uvinul T 150 often accompanies uvinul A plus and offers decent UVB protection. As such, people who are allergic to octinoxate can free themselves from it with this sunscreen. The sunscreen also uses polysilicone-15 and titanium dioxide to ensure proper UVB protection.

Other ingredients include indian fig, botanical oils, botanical extracts and panthenol. Indian fig is 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.

A luxuriously formulated sunscreen using uvinul A plus, titanium dioxide, and so on "safer" sunscreen filters for your skin's health. I notice a lot of potentially acne-causing ingredients flagged on CosDNA so individuals with oily and acne-prone must patch test or be extra cautious when using this 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. I used to be disappointed when I saw Huxley uses univul A plus but that disappointment goes away when I found that the original article where I got the information on was incorrect. Univul A plus works even better than avobenzone and is stabler in sunscreen. It might be a bit inferior to zinc oxide in term of wide spectrum protection but if that means better texture and application, I will give it a pass.

On the other hand, I still find this sunscreen a bit pricier given its quantity. Yes Huxley products are never cheap, so it is expected. A sunscreen of 35ml can probably last me for 28 uses if I don't reapply throughout the day. Even so, it is still RM 2.30 per use, making it one of the priciest sunscreen I have tried, after Kiehl's. I think if you want to avoid octinoxate, Make P:rem makes a really great ones at cheaper prices and larger product volume. You can also read my previous mega sunscreen reviews if you are unsure which one to choose.

Finally, I think this is a sunscreen that is worth-trying if you are a Huxley product lover. Otherwise, you might have to budget your priority and budget before buying. Of course, you can always use this in place of your morning moisturizer as this contains enough moisturizing factors for morning consumption, so weight your needs and be creative.

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)
- might pill up or ball up a little

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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