Hi everyone, today I wanted to share with you a gentle, moisturizing sunscreen that suits normal to dry skin. It is the Atopita Moisture UV Cream 50, rated SPF 50 and PA++++. Quick review: PA measures effectiveness against UVA (wrinkle-causing) rays and SPF rates effectiveness against UVB (cancer-causing rays). PA++++ is the highest rating.
So, what makes this sunscreen gentle? Well, it's literally formulated for babies. I almost typed "from babies" whew that would be all sorts of wrong. It's free of alcohol (HALLELUJAH, this is heaven sent for my dry skin), parabens, fragrance, dyes, and chemical UV filters. The only active ingredients are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Additionally the formula is water-resistant and easily removable with soap.
I'm kind of disappointed because this post was originally supposed to be a sort of sober (alcohol-free) sunscreen smackdown between this one and the Shigaisen Yohou UV Cream 4+ (a Ratzilla Cosme favorite). Unfortunately, my order was cancelled by the vendor (Rakuten Sante Labo) 2.5 weeks after I placed it so there will be no battle of the sunscreens to witness today. There is this recent review by AsianSkincareBlog, but I won't be piping in on the Shigaisen myself. To be honest though, I'm very satisfied with the Atopita. Read on to find out why!
Where were we?
|sunscreen FOR babies not FROM babies|
Ingredients from CosDNA (coincidentally got it from Ratzilla Cosme)
Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Water, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, Hydrated silica, Stearoyl Inulin, Neopentyl glycol dicaprate, Aluminum hydroxide, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Cholesteryl Lanolate (thought this said cholesterol at first say what?), Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Acrylates Copolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Isostearic Acid, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Chloride, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate
|This is what 20g's looks like.|
The texture is also less of a milk and more viscous like a lotion. In the above photo, you'll see how it compares to the Mentholatum sunscreen I reviewed last. (tl;dr I like the Atopita better).
It's very moisturizing and spreads easily.
There is an initial white cast which goes away upon rubbing the sunscreen into the skin (on my light NC20 skin at least). It takes about 15-20 seconds before you look human again. After 30 seconds, you will look normal, but with dewy skin. It feels weightless after dry-down.
The finish is dewy (though not sticky). This may not suit people with oily skin or those who prefer matte finishes.
If you want to wear liquid makeup with this sunscreen you'll want to wait a few minutes. I found that if you put foundation or alphabet creams on too soon afterwards, it can look a bit like oil on water. If you wear powder or cushion makeup, you're good to put it on sooner than that, maybe 1-2 minutes after application.
Here's how it looks on my face. I've got NC20 skin.
|Top Left: Doin' the dew Top Right: Back to normal |
Bottom Left: Suited up for my run. Bottom Right: Maybe I'll run like this. Screw your social norms!
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Rakuten Global Market - only available source as of June 2015
20 grams is 850 Yen or roughly $6.19 without shipping.
Shipping costs are by weight. I paid $9.40 for shipping. Shipping costs almost always increase in smaller increments as you add more weight/product. Don't be a fool like me and order a few.
There was also a $0.46 foreign transaction fee from the bank.
The total came to $16.03
While you're here, check out my last sunscreen review: Mentholatum Sunplay Super Block PA++++ SPF 130.
Interested? Have any thoughts to share on your favorite sunscreen? What makes a good sunscreen to you?
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