I tend to go quite light on the skincare, no complex 20 step regimen for me. Now I’m swimming in a surplus of samples and shit, but my ideal regimen for morning would be like: water cleanse, pat dry, er, most likely this sunblock, and then make up. So like, a one step routine since I would wash my face when I brush my teeth.
So what’s this magical sunblock?
(Sorry it’s a rainy day today, bad lighting.)
3W Clinic is a very budget, no frills brand from Korea. They don’t have particularly nice packaging, and they produce a large range of make up and skincare. They’re not very exciting, brand wise, but if the other stuff are like this sunscreen, it absolutely delivers.
The exterior first…. it comes in a no nonsense tube with a nozzle. Great for dispensing precise amounts.
For the actual product, it’s a water-based cream, or a thicker lotion. This means that it’s not thick or greasy, but still undeniably a cream and not watery like the Biore sunscreens. It has a faint errrrr, light flowery and clean scent, but it’s not very strong at all. It absorbs pretty fast, moisturizes well, and leaves only a very slight white cast if you really cake it on (because we’re supposed to.) Plus, (and this is a super huge plus) it is one of the few sunscreens I can apply to my eyelids indiscriminately without issue. No stinging, no irritation. In fact, this sunscreen is very soothing on my skin.
A look at the ingredients:
Water, EthylhexylMethoxycinnamate, Titanium Oxide, 1.3-Butylene Glycol, 4-Methylbenzylidene, Camphor, Dicapryl Carbonate, Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3Methylglucose Distearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceridde, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbansis Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Red Ginseng Extract, Propylparaben, Disodium – EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Arbutin, Betaine, Perfume.
As you can see, it’s a water based cream which makes it very light. The main suncreen actives are Ehylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, which is a slightly unstable chemical filter, and Titanium Oxide, a physical filter. The EM, which probably gives it SPF 50 with its characteristic light texture, is not ideal as it is unstable and degrades over light exposure. However, it has SPF 50+, which is plenty for everyday use, so I don’t mind that too much. Plus, the texture is very light, so I use a pretty large amount every time, which gives me closer to actual SPF50 rather than the 1/3 protection that you usually get from a standard application. You may want to religiously reapply should you be using this for a day at the beach, for example, but for everyday it is perfectly fine.
Other than that, there is nothing much of note, mainly boring cosmetic ingredients. There is Camphor, for some unknown reason, but I have never felt any irritation from it even in my eyes. There is actually Allantoin, Arbutin and Betaine, which are all great skincare/brightening/lightening ingredients, but they are all in tiny amounts.
So this is a pretty nice sunscreen, but what makes it my HG is the PRICE. You can’t beat it. I bought mine at ~$3 previously but our exchanges rates suck now so it’s slightly more expensive. I have used up at least 1 or 2 tubes so far and you can see this tube doesn’t have too much left. I have a couple of backup tubes, and I will definitely repurchase when those run out. I seriously have not felt a need to look at any other sunscreen ever since I found this. I guess that’s what it means by a HG product 🙂
For my daily routine in humid here, it’s plenty moisturizing enough. This may or may not be true in my dry office, IDK, I have yet to test it out since I’m finishing up another sunscreen. It works beautifully under make up too! When I use powder foundation (usually on the very light make up weekends) I always make sure to apply this sunblock liberally to give me a good moisturized base to apply powder on.