On days I don’t wear base makeup like cushion foundation or base corrector for my redness-prone areas, I simply apply tone-up cream coupled with hydrating sunscreen so my complexion looks fresh and brightened up and protected from damaging sun rays! With that, my simple daily makeup at the office is done!
When it comes to these two types of products however, I always struggle to find the one that is right for my medium and currently dehydrated, normal to oily skin type. Some tone-up creams gave me an intense white cast making my skin appear unnaturally bright and some sunscreens actually made my skin feel even drier.
As I go over these two products from the recently launched South Korean brand; Face Republic, definitely watch out for Tips on how to work these essential products in your morning skincare routine as you read on.
CRYSTAL GLOW WHITENING CREAM
What’s Interesting about this cream?
A skin-perfecting moisturiser containing Niacinamide; known for its function to minimise pores, smoothing fine lines, and fading dark spots and Sodium Hyaluronate; water-binding ingredient that helps to hold the moisture in skin.
How to Use: Apply an adequate amount on the face and neck to lock-in all the moisture in.
Capacity: 30ml – About 1 to 2 months of daily applications.
Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Niacinamide; Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Carbonated Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Prunus Serrulata Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Flower Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Rosa Rugosa Flower Extract, Oleth-10, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Simethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Arginine, Sodium Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate , Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
The moisturiser comes in a minimally designed, medium-sized, opaque grey, plastic tube. The opening was sealed before opening and the size is just right for easy product dispense.
As shown above, there are simplified product descriptions printed at the back of the tube with shortened ingredients list. Note that there’s also the Malaysian distributor sticker too.
The Expiry Date was embossed at the top part of the tube in EXPYYYYMMDD (Year-Month-Day) format.
The cream comes in that opaque white but once spread evenly on skin, there is only the slightest white cast visible on skin. As you can see, the tone-up effect looks natural even on medium skin tone like mine.
The texture is lightweight so it is easy to spread on skin and I would say that the floral scent is quite subtle and doesn’t bother me at all.
Tip: It’s important to incorporate hydrating products in your daily skincare routine so while I mostly use brightening skincare products in the morning, I always layer hydrating toners before my tone-up cream or use hydrating sunscreen to seal my skincare routine for the day.
SUPER SCREEN SUN GEL SPF50+ PA+++
What you need to know?
A non-sticky, non-greasy and weightless sunscreen with broad-spectrum UV protection.
How to Use:
- Apply an adequate amount on the face and neck at the final stage of skincare.
- Apply generously at least 15 minutes before sun exposure (or makeup).
- Reapply frequently to maintain protection especially after sweating, swimming or wiping your skin off with towels.
Capacity: 50ml – about 1 to 2 months of daily use with reapplication.
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Mineral Water, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Fragrance, Silica, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexylglycerin
The chemical sunscreen comes in a minimally designed, medium-sized, dark opaque teal plastic tube. The opening was sealed before opened too and the size is just right for easy product dispense.
As shown above, there’s simplified product descriptions printed at the back of the tube with full ingredients list.
The Expiry Date was embossed at the top part of the tube in EXPYYYYMMDD (Year-Month-Day) format. I actually find it weird that both products from the brand don’t have PAO symbol on the packaging itself but note that sunscreen mostly can be used for 6 to 12 months once opened.
The sunscreen comes in that slightly transparent white gel and once spread evenly on skin, there is no white cast visible on skin. As you can see, the finishing looks slightly matte which is perfect for normal to oily skin people like myself especially in our hot and humid weather.
The texture is indeed lightweight so it is easy to spread on skin and I would say that the fresh scent is quite strong and can be overpowering to some as it does linger for quite awhile.
Tip: If you are using base makeup without proper UV filters contained it, it is imperative to apply sunscreen preferably in high SPF and broad spectrum protection prior applying makeup as sunscreen can provide a much more even protection. Go for chemical sunscreen with UV filters like Octocrylene and Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (EWG Grade 1-3) instead of Titanium Dioxide-containing sunscreen that can give you the unwanted white cast or flashback.
Overall, I give both products 4/5. I find them just above average as I definitely don’t prefer opaque packaging as it’s quite hard to check the amount of product left in the tubes especially when the cream is merely 30ml and both tubes are about the same size.
Also, I personally am not overly fond of the overpowering scent of the sunscreen but I am definitely not surprised when boys in my family actually taken a lot of interest upon it as they love the fresh scent.
While the tone-up cream contains multiple Fungal Acne triggers (underlined in the ingredients list) the sunscreen contains Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate; a UV filter that is quite known to be a little bit sensitizing especially for people with sensitive or sensitized skin like myself on top of damaged skin barrier. Although I’ll gladly report that neither of the products has given me any sort of bad reactions but of course, Your Miles May Vary.
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