Thanks to the easy access to skincare knowledge and the rise of the skincare community and dermatologists, as well as aestheticians who kept reminding us about the importance of sunscreen, I believe most of us must know these three things by now:
- Sunscreen is a must in our AM routine
- We need to at least use two fingers of sunscreen (#twofingersrule)
- We need to reapply every two to three hours
Focusing on point number 3, apparently there are many ways to do it besides reapplying the same sunscreen that we use for first application. One is to use a sunscreen powder:
We can also use sunscreen stick:
Aaaaand my favourite, sunscreen spray:
Do you use a sunscreen spray? Well I do, for the sole purpose of reapplying, especially when I am outside. I don’t use sunscreen spray for first application as I prefer the typical liquid ones for first application. When I am home or when I do have time to cleanse my face during midday, I would cleanse my face and do the usual routine again, in which I use my usual liquid sunscreen again for the second time of the day. For the time when I am outside, I would reach for sunscreen spray 90% of the time. This is the sunscreen spray that I am currently using as of now:
Sunplay Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Spray SPF50+ PA++++
This is actually the spray version of this sunscreen:
I have read a number of remarks from skincare enthusiasts saying that this sunscreen is super popular in Japan. Before anything let us peek in the ingredients first.
Water, Alcohol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Triethylhexyl Trimellitate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Polysilicone-15, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Mica, Fragrance, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Red 30, CI 73360, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Blue 1, CI 42090, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Extract, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract.
This sunscreen has alcohol, and it is the second ingredient – eek! For those of you who are weary of alcohol and can’t really tolerate it, this would be bad news for you. Is this sunscreen a physical sunscreen or a chemical one? The answer is both! This is a hybrid sunscreen since it contains both physical sun protection agent which is Titanium Dioxide and chemical ones which are Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, and Polysilicone-15. This sunscreen spray also contains Mica which is a mineral powder that gives a pearl-effect (light reflecting) to skin.
Texture and Smell
As you can see in the video, the mist distribution is not too wide but not too narrow either. The mist particle is quite fine and upon spraying, there is no tacky feeling or uncomfortable filmy residue.
Unlike the essence, this spray form has a subtle tone up effect on me but the effect can be overpowering if I spray too much in a short time. More on this below in the Experience section.
It smells like a typical sunscreen but nothing too overpowering.
How to Use
If you want to use this for first application, just use it at the sunscreen step of the AM skincare routine which is at the last step. If you are like me and only use sunscreen spray for reapplication, this is what I do to reapply:
Blot my entire face with blotting paper, spray the sunscreen 10cm away ( I make sure to close my eyes) and pat pat pat with my hands into the facial skin. The instruction says to spray on to palm and pat the sunscreen in but I am not really comfortable with that so yeah, I keep on doing what I do.
I would suggest you to follow the instruction on Hermo website which is:
Shake 4-5 times and spray at least 10-15 cm away from skin and spread evenly by hand. If using on face, spray on to palm before patting on. Reapply regularly especially after sweat or towel drying to ensure maximum effectiveness. To remove, wash and rinse thoroughly with soap
I take this off with micellar water if I have no makeup on but when I have makeup on I use cleansing balm or cleansing oil.
I experience no bad reaction to this, no dryness, no redness or itchiness or breakout. I love that this does not leave a sticky or filmy residue and even though the finish is quite matte, it is not drying to my skin. Compared to my previous sunscreen spray, this one feels more comfortable throughout the day.
On a hot afternoon though, this can make my nose and forehead quite greasy so they need blotting. On days when I don’t put on makeup, this makes my complexion looks fairer and glowing and I like that tone up effect. It also performs quite well when I have makeup on as it doesn’t melt or move the makeup.
As I have mentioned above, this spray form has a lavender tone up effect that helps reduce yellow undertones to brighten skin’s complexion. This spray gives me a much subtler effect as compared to the essence but the effect can be overpowering if I spray too much in a short time so if you are using this, make sure to build it up as in spraying it onto your face little by little and let it set before adding on. The tone up effect however does not conceal much (but that’s probably because I spray it little by little)
All in all, I find this sunscreen spray to be really convenient and my skin seems to love it.
My rate: 4.5/5
Would I repurchase? Yes