Wearing sunscreen became higher in my hierarchy of skincare to-dos when I turned 30. But I have to admit that even so, my criteria for what makes a good sunscreen has not become bigger. That has made it hard for me to find a holy grail. On the flip side, it’s a great excuse to try out as many sunscreens as I can.
The latest one I put to the test is the Fresh Jeju Aloe Ice UV Sunblock. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and have taken it with me on a quick trip where the sun is in full view. Here’s my review.
Packaging, scent, texture
Much like many other sunscreens, the Fresh Jeju Aloe Ice UV Sunblock comes in a tube. But this one’s a bit more eye-catching because of the aloe vera and ice illustration that gives you a hint of what it promises. Scent-wise, it doesn’t smell like the usual sunscreen; it has a scent inspired by aloe vera (or cucumber). As for the texture, the product claims it’s a watery essence. It’s more like a watery cream for me, though.
It stung a bit when I first applied it, so if you have really sensitive skin, do take a patch test first. My skin got used to it quickly after that though. I apply it every morning after my cleanser and moisturizer — yes, even indoors. (You can watch my minimalist morning skincare routine here if you’re interested.) I apply two fingers’ worth, in layers.
The sunblock feels sticky upon initial application but the feeling does go away once it dries down. It also gives off a cooling effect, but it’s hardly noticeable. (The Cathy Doll sunscreen I’ve tried in the past has a more menthol-like feel to it than this.)
If you’re worried about using it under makeup, it’s worth noting that it does leave a white cast, but it dissipates after a few minutes.
Claims, final thoughts
The Fresh Jeju Aloe Ice UV Sunblock has SPF50 PA++ claims to give “superior sun protection” while keeping the skin cool and hydrated. I agree. I was under the sun last weekend with this on and my skin didn’t get burnt or discolored.
Do take note to wear this when you won’t be sweating. I put it on a couple of times before doing chores and it stung my eyes as I sweat. So this is a no-go if you’re heading out for a run or doing any type of outdoor activity that doesn’t involve immersing in the water.
Plus points that this didn’t break me out!
If you’re on a budget but want to diligently protect your skin from UV rays, go for this product that retails for P299 a tube. I got mine through Lazada.
P.S. If you’re ordering online — I mean, we all are at this point, right? — you can get some cash back when you use Shopback! Get P100 when you sign up using my link.