30 Dec 2017

Review: Innisfree Extreme UV Protection Gel Lotion 60 SPF50+ PA+++ (Water Based)

I'm not sure what my feeling truly is towards sunscreen. I don't like to wear sunscreen (and makeup, too). I don't like having that extra layer of "something" on my face. But I have this urge of trying out new sunscreen whenever they are launched. I'm not sure why. Maybe I am still trying to find my perfect sunscreen - a sunscreen that doesn't feel like sunscreen at all.

I bought the Innisfree Extreme UV Protection Gel Lotion 60 Water Base from Innisfree Malaysia several months ago. It was not cheap at RM 69, if compared to local brands. Now Innisfree upgraded its packaging again so this sunscreen looks a little difference than it was but the content was similar. It was launched during the summer time so I guess the "60" in its label was trying to imply that this has an SPF of 60. Now lets take a look at this Innisfree sunscreen!

The Sun Lotion is packed in a dark orange plastic tube. You need to squeeze the bottle to get the product out.

The product comes in a lightweight gel lotion that is very easy to spread. However, it is not the easiest to absorb and will leave a thin layer of greasy finish on your skin. You can also use this as makeup base since the greasy finish reflects light and has skin illuminating effect. It has a powdery sunflower scent to it.


Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Alcohol, Homosalate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Octocrylene, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Cyclomethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Aluminum Stearate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Bis-Peg-15 Dimethicone/Ipdi Copolymer, Glycerin, Sorbitan Oleate, Octyldodecanol, Polyisobutene, Behenyl Alcohol, Alumina, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Polysorbate 20, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Orchid Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract


This sunscreen uses uvinul A plus, titanium dioxide, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, and homosalate. Both uvinul A plus and titanium dioxide target mainly UVA whereas the others are meant for UVB. I think this sunscreen uses many UVB sun filters to screen out UVB light in hot summer. Alcohol is added to provide a lighter consistency given the amount of UV filters, especially titanium dioxide added here.

There are many emollient, fillers, and emulsifiers here. Real skin benefiting ingredients are what I usually call the “Jeju essence” like green tea extract, aloe vera extract, green purslane, sunflower seed oil, cactus extract, orchid, tangerine peel extract, and so on. These provide some additional skincare benefits, especially skin anti-oxidizing and soothing for the skin.


When I talk about performance of sunscreen, I normally mean applicability. It is hard for me to judge the efficacy of a sunscreen from naked eyes, hence how likely and how well I apply a sunscreen decides how much coverage I am gonna get from it.

Although I call it “lightweight”, but this is definitely not something I would use on a daily basis. I find myself reaching for it more whenever I am going out and will stay in the sun for longer hours. It is pretty waterproof so you don’t have to worry about reapplying it every few hours. It is also a great product for swimming and a day at the beach. Although it is quite waterproof, I wouldn’t consider it sweat proof as it will still “melt” when I sweat. I guess that’s because it is a water-based sunscreen hence it will melt when I sweat a lot. It is quite easy to tell when sunscreen melts - your sweat is white in colour!


This is an outdoor sunscreen in my opinion. Not that great for office use, especially if you are in a rush in the morning because the product takes some effort and time to get fully absorbed. The white cast needs some time to disappear. It is also quite greasy and you will feel sticky when applied the required ¼ tsp amount. I also don’t like how it stings my eyes when I apply too close to my eyes area. As an outdoor sunscreen this stuff rocks. It has a high SPF (60) with a lot of UVB filters used. It is water-based but water-resistant hence is perfect for summer activities. It also functions as a makeup base with its skin illuminating effect so you don’t have to use any primer or cushion on top. I am not sure will I repurchase because I don’t go travelling often and this is not that great for daily uses. But I will recommend this to anyone who wants a perfect sunscreen for all skin types in the summer.

- lightweight gel lotion consistency
- water-resistance
- high SPF coverage

- not cheap
- hard to absorb, leaves a tacky finish

Overall impression: ★★★☆
Repurchasing: ★
You can get this from: Innisfree Malaysia
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.

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