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There’s no such thing as too much sunscreen. I use it every day, no matter the weather, and consider SPF to be the most important step of a skincare routine. One of my current sunscreens is Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Natural Sun Cream, available on Amazon, YesStyle (reward code KBHOBBIT), Stylevana (discount code INF10KBH), Jolse, and StyleKorean.
This is a mineral sunscreen (zinc oxide) that also contains beneficial ingredients like niacinamide and panthenol to help with pigmentation and the overall condition of the skin. The main function I look for in an SPF is sun protection, but any added benefits are nice to have as well.
Please note that Isntree recently redesigned their product packaging. To the best of my knowledge, the contents are still the same; the only difference are the labels. My tube is the older packaging version, even though I’ve only had it for a couple of months.
How to use
Apply all over exposed areas at the end of your skincare routine (before makeup, if using)
Reapply during prolonged sun exposure
Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Natural Sun Cream promises a soft, matte finish without a white cast. I do not notice a scent. To me, the finish isn’t overly matte, and depending on the lighting it can appear a bit dewy (for example, in my bathroom lighting), but it’s nothing a layer of translucent powder can’t handle. It’s definitely not sticky or greasy, which is a bigger deal for me than shine. The Natural Sun Cream is not as dewey as the Isntree watery sun gel (review here).
I’m very fair / pale, so evaluating white cast isn’t always easy. I think Isntree Natural Sun Cream does have a bit of a white cast. On me, it’s minimal and just makes my skin tone look a little more even than it actually is. However, on deeper skin tones it may be more noticeable.
I use this around the eyes as well and have no problems with irritation.
This is definitely a nice sunscreen, especially for people with dry skin and those who prefer physical filters. I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and for me, this would be a perfect Fall / Winter formula. It’s a little bit too moisturizing for the hottest days of the summer, especially while reapplying.
I do not wear much makeup on a daily basis, but I tested this formula under makeup for the sake of the review and had no pilling or other issues. The slight white cast almost works like a camouflaging primer for me.
I have no complaints about this, other than I prefer lighter formulas for summer. And I think physical sunscreens that feature both zinc and titanium might offer slightly better protection than zinc alone, however I am not a chemist or a dermatologist, so don’t quote me on this.
Overall, I will keep using this until it’s out and will keep it in mind as a good option for the colder / dryer months.
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Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Natural Sun Cream ingredients: Water, Zinc Oxide, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Propanediol, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Isododecane, Polyglycery1-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Caprylyl Methicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane,1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Lauryl Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Inositol, Panthenol