Saturday, September 26, 2015

Biore Aqua UV Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA++++

Biore makes it easy to stick to the habit of applying sunscreen every day with their water-based sunscreen product called Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence (whew, what a mouthful). I had my doubts at first because my benchmark has always been the sunscreen gel I buy at the Dermatologist's office -- clear and lightweight, with no trace of the heaviness that silicons bring. And usually when commercial brands say "gel", there's still a cream part of it thus making me feel coated. 

Thankfully, Biore's version (though not an exact dupe of my Derma's creation) is close enough. Kao Biore and I have gone a long way as I first discovered the brand in grade school and have been a staunch user of their facial scrub. I was sad when they left and now I'm wondering why it took so long for them to stage a comeback. 

Contains unique Aqua Micro Capsules with UV block ingredient to provide superior SPF 50+/PA++++ protection while keeping skin cool and refreshed. It is enriched with Hyaluronic Acid & Citrus essence to hydrate and soften skin. Its water-based texture spreads easily and get absorbed easily without a white cast. Suitable to be used on face.  
Price: Php 500~/50g
Where to buy: Watsons and other beauty stores 
Being a Japanese brand, the finish is more suited to our tropical country and thankfully, this variant doesn't have any whitening claims plus doesn't give that awful white cast. 


The formulation is very lightweight and 100% non-greasy to me with no apparent sheen. I am very pleased with this because although it does contain silicons, it's so light and dries to a matte (almost powdery) finish. Be wary though as alcohol content is high on the ingredients list, though it does give a dose of hydration to those with combi-oily complexions. Don't be fooled by the photo above, it looks white but it is a gel and becomes transparent once applied.

As for the sunscreen part, it boasts of SPF 50 PA++++ meaning it can protect against UVA ad UVB. It uses the UV filters Octinoxate, Tinosorb S, Uvinul A plus, Uvinul T150 which I gather are relatively stable sunscreens. Of course a product like this is not perfect, the caveats are it is not resistant to sweat, sebum, or water. So you can't use this for extreme sports or swimming, and if you're walking around the whole way and perspire a lot, you have to reapply.

Other key ingredients include sodium hyaluronate, grapefuit, lemon, orange extracts which are all low on the list but still before phenoxyethanol which means they could still be relevant to the formulation.

If you are looking for a lightweight sunscreen or perhaps a makeup base, then I recommend this product. If you have great skin (lucky you!) then you can use this as is, the high SPF will give you adequate protection assuming you perform normal, day-to-day activities. This is definitely not for continuous and prolonged exposure to the sun.  

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