Wednesday 13 March 2024

Speed Review: Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+

Over the last year, I've really discovered and been impressed by Korean skincare products and notably SPF. Cosrx is one of the better known K-beauty brands here in the West, thanks to their cult snail mucin essence and they're also more readily available than some, for example, some of the brand's products are stocked in Boots so today, I thought I'd share my thoughts on their Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+.
Typically for a K-beauty brand, the packaging is fairly miniamalist and almost clinical in design although it clearly communicates what the product is. The directions are clear and state to apply the "proper amount" (although there's no quantification over what this is). As an SPF50+ it appealed to me as this is the protection I tend to seek. It offers PA+++ protection but I'd have preferred the reassurance of PA++++ as this relates to the UVA protection against aging rays. It's a hybrid mineral and chemical sunscreen and is presented in a 50ml tube which is both travel friendly and functional for use too. As the name suggests, Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+ has a fresh aloe scent which I found pleasant. The name also reflects the texture of the product, which is a thicker (white) cream than I was originally expecting (purely based on my experience of using Korean formulas). That said, I found it easy to work into my skin. The sunscreen didn't feel heavy on my skin following application but was more hydrating than others I've tried, such as the Beauty of Joseon SPF. This is reflected in the finish on the skin, which is left looking hydrated and healthy with a "real skin" finish. It's neither mattifying nor glow enhancing. The name also includes the word "soothing" and at a stretch, I'd say that it feels fresh and mildly soothing on application, although this could be psychosomatic because of the aloe scent! I personally experienced no issues with sensitivity when applying around my eye area (the packaging advises against this but I always use SPF around my eyes). The product layers well with other skincare products and makeup and I didn't notice any pilling, nor was there a white cast on my pale skin. I didn't experience any breakouts when using this on my acne prone skin. As tends to be the case with Korean skincare, I feel that Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+ represents good value for money at £14.

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