Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Skin Aqua Review: UV Watery Gel SPF50+ PA++++ & UV Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++

The meager selection of PA++++ sunscreens in the Malaysian market is bolstered by the arrival of UV Watery Essence and UV Watery Gel. Hopefully they will soon be the norm!

The milky Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel SPF50+ PA++++ (80 g) gives an ever so slight glow after it completely sinks in.

Skin Aqua UV Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++ (50 g) is watery like its name would suggest yet it dries off to a matte, almost powdery finish.

These sunscreens provide 16× more protection against UVA rays thanks to the presence of 6 UV filters. They are also formulated with Vitamin C to fight dark spots alongside Rona Care Ectoin from Germany and Golden Seaweed Extract from France to stave off photoageing.

If you have combination skin like myself, then you can apply these sunscreens straight after serum. They contain Hyaluronic Acid, which helps the skin to retain moisture, so they could technically double up as moisturisers. I like to downsize in the AM (the weather contributes to this decision) to avoid the stuffy sensation that I usually experience with excessive layers of products.

The bonus with the sunscreens would be their scents. They have a floral (with a hint of citrus) smell, so it helps with the illusion that I am smoothing a moisturiser on. Another advantage is how cooling they feel upon application.

UV Watery Gel is the tiniest bit more substantial than UV Watery Essence. They are not heavy, just not weightless like some of the PA+++ sunscreens. They possess light textures but they belong to the printer paper light category as opposed to the feather light category, if that makes any sense.

The only minor issue I see here is the need to blend well along the edges (jaw and hairline). Otherwise, they will ball up and we definitely don't want that happening. Nonetheless, I believe that this is a trade off that many would be willing to make in exchange for an exemplary PA++++ rating.

Overall top marks and the best of all, they are a very affordable RM 37.90 each at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets.

The full ingredient list for UV Watery Gel SPF50+ PA++++:

The full ingredient list for UV Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++:

Disclosure: Press samples.


Sarah @ Paths & Errands said...

Oh wow, I've never seen a PA rating that high! Will definitely put this on my list for the next time I'm shopping in Asia.