After a number of months of MCO, nature was allowed to heal and when the interstate travel ban was lifted during RMCO, I had the opportunity to take a trip to the beach for a quick dip. Hence the search for coral reef-friendly and/or marine life-friendly sunscreen began… and inevitably ended with me splurging for this baby from Anessa. And because I have sensitive skin, of course I’d pick the Mild version that’s alcohol-free.
So, was it worth it? Let’s find out!
(Also, read till the end for bonus ASMR worthy calming waves. )
Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Triethylhexanoin, Butylene Glycol, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dextrin Palmitate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, Sodium Chloride, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Thymus Serpyllum Extract, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Silica, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Tocopherol.
Contains both physical/mineral/inorganic and chemical/organic UV filters, ie:
- Zinc Oxide (physical/mineral/inorganic)
- Titanium Dioxide (physical/mineral/inorganic)
- Ethylhexyl Triazone (chemical/organic)
- Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (chemical/organic)
- Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (chemical/organic)
*TIP! The main culprits of coral reef bleaching to avoid are Oxybenzone, Octinoxate and Octocrylene, which Anessa omits. However, jury’s still out on whether the Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide used are non-nano!
MANUFACTURING DATE / SHELF LIFE:
15 November 2019 / 60 months
*TIP! Unlike Korean products and some Western brands, Japanese products don’t often come with a Period After Opening (PAO) symbol, but they should have a batch code that can be used to insert into a cosmetic database like checkcosmetic.net or cosmetic.momoko.hk where you can then gauge a comfortable PAO – eg. 12 months in general for SPF.
Matte, cream-coloured bottle (though it can look gold under certain lighting) with a little sheen to it and a futuristic slanted top design. Has a twist-off cap and fine-tipped nozzle dispenser. FYI: if you hold the bottle against direct light, you can actually see the remaning product level.
Originally, the sunscreen bottle does come in a plastic ziploc packet. And if you buy it locally (as I did), then there should be English instructions slapped on.
HOW TO USE:
Apply evenly to your face, neck and body. Re-apply frequently to maintain protection, especially after perspiring, swimming and toweling.
*IMPORTANT TIP: Shake well before use! As with most other Japanese milk sunscreens, you must shake the bottle before squeezing the body for application to ensure that the formula is mixed evenly. When you do, you should hear a sort-of “metal ball” sound clicking about, as heard in the video below.
Mild chemical scent.
White, milky-powdery fluid consistency. Easy to spread and absorbs quite well, though there is definitely an initial white cast present. Leaves a matte, powdery finish and after a few minutes, provides a nice tone-up effect. Though, this does depend on your skin tone.
MY SKIN TYPE:
Sensitive (prone to redness and irritation), combination-dry, acne-prone and dehydrated.
OVERALL THOUGHTS & EXPERIENCE:
True to its claims, the Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Mild Milk feels lightweight and airy on the skin, and if you have normal to combination skin, the matte finish is just right. However, you do have to be a little patient during application as the initial white cast (more visible if you have skincare layered underneath the SPF) can be a turn-off, especially if you have a darker skin tone. This is common for heavy-duty, waterproof, alcohol-free Japanese milk sunscreens though, so I’m not too fussed. Also, do apply this sunscreen on a dry face to avoid potential product pilling!
All in all, this sunscreen served me well and lasted me throughout my swim at the beach with no issues AND I love using it for occasional jogs in the park. It also reapplies well, and I’ve never experienced any burning or stinging sensations, even when applied near my eye area.
The cons? Of course, it’s the exorbitant price. But I’d definitely get it on sale if I needed it for a beach trip in the future as it does hold up well on its countless claims overall. But please do practice the double cleansing method to remove this baby because honestly, if you’re prone to clogged pores and acne like me, the claim of it “easily removed with soap” does not ring true.