Monday, June 16, 2014

Hada Labo Air Aqua UV Fresh SPF50 PA+++

Harnessing the power of Sebonormine, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Agetect, Vitamin C and Super Hyaluronic Acid (to name a few of the many beneficial ingredients), Air Aqua UV in the variant Fresh offers an advanced defense system against UVA and UVB rays.

Name: Hada Labo 肌研 Air Aqua UV Fresh 肌呼吸極輕透美白隔離乳 SPF50 PA+++
Price: RM 49.90 for 30 g
Made in: China

True enough to the ultra light claim mentioned in the blurb, it does not feel like I am wearing anything. The milky formula absorbs quickly and truth to be told, I expected nothing less from Hada Labo. The matte finish is flattering but I would prefer it if it came without a sheen.

In spite of having the words oil control take centre stage, I noticed oil breakthrough around the three hour mark. It failed to make the grade seeing that my T-zone usually begins to secrete copious amounts of sebum after three hours anyways.

Without - With

Eyeballing the ingredient list tells me Air Aqua UV Fresh is most likely a chemical sunscreen (I could be wrong for I am no great shakes at telling apart sunscreens). In light of the reports of skin aggravation caused by chemical sunscreens, you may want to opt for a physical alternative, of which Mentholatum (Hada Labo is under the Mentholatum umbrella) has an abundance of. As with anything new, do proceed carefully to minimise adverse reactions.

I can only speak for myself when I say it does not cause any breakouts (my sensitive skin is very vocal about its likes and dislikes) nor is it accompanied by flashback during photography. Indeed, this is where chemical sunscreens triumphs over their physical counterparts!

Despite that one concern, I still find myself liking this sunscreen a whole lot. It is THE sunscreen I am chucking in my bags if when I go on a vacation. Both the Fresh and Moist variations are sold at all leading hypermarkets and pharmacies nationwide for RM 49.90 each.

The full ingredient list for Air Aqua UV Fresh SPF50 PA+++:
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyglycerin-10, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Dimethicone, Water/Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Butylene Glycol, Arachidyl Alcohol/Behenyl Alcohol/Arachidyl Glucoside, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Dimethicone/Dimethiconol, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 60, Water/Polyquaternium-51, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum/Hectorite/Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, 3-o-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Butyl Avocadate, Water/Butylene Glycol/Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Water/Butylene Glycol/Nephelium Longana Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Resveratrol.

Disclosure: Press sample.


Shasha said...

I've owned this for a while, but yet to use it. Too many sunscreens in the arsenal, lol! At the moment I'm loving the Shiseido UV Protector :)

Arya De Guzman said...

and this post makes me really sad that hada labo is not readily available in our country...dang!