Beauty Of Joseon Relief Sun : Rice + Probiotics Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++ has gone viral on social media as one of the best Korean sunscreens. I was actually on a no-buy last month, but there was a sale so I grabbed the chance. And to be honest, you can never have enough sunscreens. Moreover, I had to see for myself what all the buzz is about, even though I was somewhat expecting what it would be like. Continue reading for all the details!

What is it: An organic (chemical) sunscreen.

Where to buy: This is available at Yesstyle (Use KBEAUTYNOTES for % off your order), Stylevana US / Stylevana EU (You can also buy it in a 1+1 set), Stylekorean, Jolse.

Price: $10-$21

Volume: 50ml (1.69 fl.oz.)

Application

Apply the sunscreen after your skincare has completely set and before makeup. Wait for it to form a protective film for a couple of minutes and then proceed with makeup. And remember, always apply a generous amount to get the labeled protection. A little doesn’t go a long way with sunscreen!

How does the Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics Sunscreen perform

Protection:
SPF50+ PA++++

Texture and finish:
Elegant lotion-like texture, not heavy and with great spreadability. At first it looks very moisturizing with a very noticeable dewy finish just like the Isntree sunscreen did, however, don’t be surprised. Within just a couple of minutes it feels absolutely weightless and it just leaves a beautiful natural sheen on the skin. On dry skin, it may even sink in completely and not be noticeable at all.

Does it contain alcohol?
No drying alcohols are included.

Fragrance/Scent?
No. There is no synthetic fragrance nor essential oils present in it. It makes a great choice for people that are sensitive to them.

Is it drying?
On the contrary, it is moisturizing. The level of moisturization will feel different for different skin types. Oily skin types in very humid weather would find this too much if they want to avoid shine. But it could work great for oily skin during winter and moisturizer can be skipped. If you have oily dehydrated, combination and dry skin it would suit you just fine in most cases. In addition, very dry skin may not find it enough, but that’s easily fixed with a separate moisturizer underneath.

Does it leave a white cast?
No. An inital hint of whitecast can be noticed due to the hybrid filter Tinosorb M, but becomes transparent once it sets completely.

Irritation or breakouts?
It didn’t break me out or cause any skin irritation.

Easy to re-apply?
Yes. Very easy to re-apply as it doesn’t clump or pill. Moisturizing sunscreens when re-applied can feel a bit more heavy than the initial application since, of course, you’re adding another layer. This can be an issue mainly for people with combination skin (especially in humid environment).

TIP: If that’s something that you experience, I’d recommend to remove the first layer by using a cotton pad with a mist you carry or by blotting the excess oil with blotting paper and then proceed with the re-application.

How does it work with makeup?
Sunscreens with this type of finish usually work amazingly well with makeup. Because they soften and smooth out the surface of the skin, makeup applies much smoother and doesn’t grab onto dry flakes. Perfect to use as a base for those with textured skin! Also, depending on your skin type and the finish of your makeup, it may add a bit more glow to the base.

Does it sting the eyes?

I haven’t experienced any eye stinging whatsoever. This is something I’m really appreciating about some Korean sunscreens more and more, because I mostly used to apply western sunscreens only close to the lower lash line and on the brow bone. Otherwise, the sting wasn’t bearable.

Ingredients

The UV filters in the Beauty Of Joseon Relief Sun : Rice + Probiotics are:
Uvinul A Plus (UVA), Uvinul T 150 (highest photo-stable absorption of all available UVB filters), Tinosorb M (broad spectrum – highly photostable), Iscotrizinol (UVB and UVA I).

Besides the UV filters, there are a couple of great ingredients in this formula: 30% Rice Extract for moisturizing the skin, Niacinamide for pores / anti-acne, and extracts that work as antioxidants like Green Tea and Ginseng.

It doesn’t contain alcohol, fragrance or essential oils.

Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract (30%), Dibutyl Adipate, Propanediol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Niacinamide, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Coco-Caprylate/​Caprate, Caprylyl Methicone, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/​Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Bacillus/​Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Monascus/​Rice Ferment, Pentylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Decyl Glucoside, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Lactobacillus/​Rice Ferment, Aspergillus Ferment, Saccharomyces/​Rice Ferment Filtrate


Final Verdict on the Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen

Pros

  • Moisturizing but not heavy.
  • Non sticky/tacky.
  • Smooths out skin texture.
  • Leaves a sheen on the skin.
  • Doesn’t sting the eyes.
  • No pilling.
  • Didn’t break me out.
  • Suitable for oily skin in winter, combination, normal, dry, sensitive skin types.
  • Works great with makeup.
  • Free of alcohol, fragrance and EOs.
  • Cruelty-free.

Cons

  • Not ideal for oily skin in humid weather, because it will add shine.

As I mentioned in the beginning I was expecting what this would be like to some extent. And my expectations were met! This sunscreen deserves all the love it’s getting. I have to say though that there are sunscreens out there that are just as good, it’s just a matter of which one is a better fit for you. The formula of this one is very elegant with no stickiness or greasy feeling. Fragrance-free, so sensitive skin can enjoy it, too. Those with drier skin would love how easy it is to re-apply this without getting heavy. Hey, it’s also affordable! In conclusion, if you’ve been thinking of getting this, definitely go for it!


Did you find this Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen Review helpful? What’s your current go-to sunscreen?


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