Now that we’re nearing the second quarter of 2021 and to be honest, it isn’t that much of difference compared to 2020 where we’re sticking to the new norm of keeping up with our personal hygiene, monitoring our daily health and of course, maintaining the social distance. With the holiday season getting nearer, I’m looking forward to my small family gatherings as it’s always fun to catch up with friends and family members; no matter how short the meetings will be.
I’m not sure about other families but I guess family gathering during the day is part of the new norm as well so that means more sunscreen for me. Staying home for many months for most of the time has made my skin brighter than ever; I can even shop one shade lighter for foundation which also made me more obsessed with trying more UV protection products especially from Japanese brands like Allie by Kanebo. I’ve picked up all the variants of sunscreens from the brand so the first one that I want to share is the most basic sunscreen from the brand, EX UV Protector Gel.
What’s Great about this Sunscreen?
Basically, it’s water-resistant sunscreen with lightweight gel texture but that’s not all! This product claims to be friction-proof too so I won’t be worrying about accidentally rubbing my face and neck.
How to Use:
- Apply an adequate amount on the face and neck at the final step of skincare.
- Apply generously 15 minutes before sun exposure (or makeup).
Capacity: 40g (mini) – About 2 to 3 months of daily applications.
Water, Zinc Oxide, Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Triethylhexanoin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Glycerin, Sodium Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate-80, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Phenoxyethanol.
The sunscreen comes in a plastic packet like that with Japanese wordings all over it but not to worry because there is ample product information printed on a label at the back of the packet in English. This product is available in mini size of 40g which is great for people like me who love trying and testing different sunscreens prior buying their full-sizes.
The Manufacturing Date is printed on a a sticker at the lower part of the back in DD Mon YYYY (Day/Month/Year) format on the official distributor; Kanebo Cosmetics Malaysia Sdn Bhd sticker.
As shown above, the sunscreen comes with a simple screw cap with a small tube-end for easy product dispense and there’s whole (I’m assuming) product descriptions printed at the back of the tube although in Japanese.
If you look closely at the top of the tube, there is the product Batch Code of N0003319 embossed which translates to 26 of November, 2019 via Cosmetic Batch Code around the Internet which also close to what has been stated on the official distributor sticker above.
The sunscreen comes in that almost opaque white and gel-like cream but once spread even, there is quite a bit of white cast visible on skin thanks to the physical sunscreen agent; Zinc Oxide. It does take a little bit of time to blend along my facial area .
The texture is lightweight indeed so it is easy to spread on skin whether you’re using fingers or air puff like me. I would say that the scent is quite strong to some but it doesn’t bother me at all.
The finishing is looking slight dewy or just a touch of sheen to it but I totally don’t mind that and it does feel nicely hydrating on skin.
Now, when it comes to the amount of sunscreen, there’s no exact rule of measurement of how much you’re going to need for your whole face but for easy reference, you can use your fingers and squeeze the tube along; 2 fingers for face and add 1 finger for neck area but if you’re wearing hijab like me then do apply some to the back of your hands or other exposed skin area.
As you can see in the above photo, that’s the finished look with the sunscreen and loose powder on top. I’ve used 2 fingers and there’s almost no noticeable difference when it comes to the white cast once powdered down with loose translucent powder so this is the kind of physical sunscreen to my preference.
Overall, I love having this sunscreen in my daily skincare routine as it’s easy to apply and reapply the sunscreen throughout the day plus it works well with my currently dehydrated normal to oily skin. Also, this sunscreen doesn’t further sensitise nor irritate my sensitive facial area which is great because I’ve been working hard in keeping up with soothing and hydrating skincare products especially in my morning routine.
From the finish after each application to how comfortable my skin feels all day long, I do think that this Japanese sunscreen worth the try and I’d be sure to repurchase the jumbo size in 90g once I’m done with this mini size.
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