If you’re a skincare nerd, you know the importance of sunscreen. It is the number one anti-aging product out there that can reduce future wrinkles, sagging, and skin pigmentation, and it is a non-negotiable member of my morning skincare lineup.
As someone with rosacea, I frequently look for sunscreens with zinc because zinc has been shown to reduce the redness and inflammation associated with rosacea. Zinc soaps have antibacterial and antifungal benefits that can be helpful in treating the bumps and pimples of rosacea as well. Zinc in sunscreens is one of those ingredients that tends to show up with a white cast on the skin, which is actually something I prefer because the white cast helps to even my complexion. For me, zinc sunscreens promise a one-two punch of rosacea treatment along with effective, long lasting sun protection.
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What is it?
Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk is a daily use sunscreen with chemical and physical blockers. It is water and sweat resistant, and leaves a matte finish with no greasiness. Sunscreen should be applied as the final step in your morning skincare routine, and reapplied every 2 hours of continuous sun exposure.
- Size: 70 mL
- Price: $23.59 CAD
- Rating: SPF 50/ PA+++
- Texture: Milky fluid with light pink tint
- Scent: Light and fruity, slightly creamy
- Packaging: A flattened white bottle with a nozzle tip and pink metallic cap
- Longevity: ~2 months at 1/4 tsp/day
Dimethicone, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Alcohol Denat., Cyclohexasiloxane, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone/Vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, Hexyl Laurate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Methicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Althaea Rosea Root Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Butylene Glycol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Limonia Acidissima Extract, Methylparaben, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Iron Oxides, Iron Oxides, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.
CosDNA Breakdown. Stearic acid is flagged as a 2 for acne triggers, and dimethicone, zinc oxide, and butylene glycol are flagged as 1s. Alcohol denat comes in at a 5 for possible irritation. I’m not sensitive to alcohol in skincare, and it serves an appropriate purpose in sunscreens in my opinion, so it doesn’t bother me here. If it bothers you, consider another sunscreen.
This sunscreen also contains propylparaben and butylparaben, so stay away if you prefer to avoid parabens in your skincare. Again, I don’t personally mind them.
The bottle has a fairly minimalistic aesthetic, although I could do without the metallic cap which has the same sheen as dollar store costume jewelry. The bottle itself has this funny look, like it’s been squashed. I’ve never seen a bottle with that shape before, and I will say it fits easily in my bathroom counter skincare box.
The product is squeezed out from the bottle as a runny, milky fluid with a tiny hint of pink tint. To apply, I dispense between 1/8 tsp and 1/4 tsp into my cupped hand, and I spread it between my palms before patting it into my skin. It sinks into my skin quickly and easily, leaving no greasy feeling or residue. It dries down with a matte finish, and there’s no noticeable white cast that I can tell. This sunscreen can be drying, as most physical sunscreens are, so I do recommend moisturizing well before using this if you are prone to dry skin.
This sunscreen is most definitely fragranced, and it does stick around on the skin for a bit. I’ve seen a lot of people describe it as an overpowering floral smell, and there’s a good number of people who strongly dislike this product because of the fragrance. Guys, I love the smell of this sunscreen. Funnily enough, I don’t actually get any floral notes when I smell this, instead it smells lightly fruity and creamy. The image it evokes when I put it on, even though they probably wouldn’t smell at all comparable if I had the two things side by side, is a fresh melon-flavored milk tea. It’s delicious and refreshing and I love it.
I swear that my redness goes down and my complexion gets evened out when I use this. Maybe it’s the white cast of the zinc. Maybe it’s the tiny amount of pink tint. Maybe it’s the matte finish. Or maybe the zinc is actually being effective at treating my redness. I’m inclined to believe it’s the latter, since I can’t detect a tint or white cast when I apply this on my body skin, but I can’t truly say for sure.
Every time I use this sunscreen, I will catch myself in the mirror hours after I’ve applied it and I’m always incredibly pleased with how my skin looks. It’s honestly the most even-toned my complexion has been without the use of makeup. My skin just looks so calm and even and happy.
Would I Repurchase?
Yes. This is my favorite sunscreen that I’ve tried in my skincare journey thus far. It’s not yet reached Holy Grail status, and I do plan on continuing to try out other sunscreens, but I’m very happy with this one currently. I will definitely repurchase when this one runs out.