I’m loving the cold weather but I had to set aside my watery sunblocks to keep my skin from drying out. Since I don’t like layering lotions and potions on my face, I started using alcohol-free cream-type sunblocks to serve as a moisturizer-and-sunblock-in-one.
I sifted through the samples in my stash and saw this:
I couldn’t find the ingredients from the Laneige website, but in cosdna, the first 4 ingredients listed are: water, butylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, bisethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine. Further down the list is titanium dioxide.
I used this for 2 consecutive days and applied it as I would any other moisturizer.
On the 2nd day, I was glad I remembered that I was doing a teaspoon experiment. What was left was half of a quarter teaspoon. Sorry!
Here are photos of my face, in the following order:
- Bare face
- After a thin layer of sunblock
- After adding all of the sunblock in the measuring spoon
This is how I look like when I get nose allergies — teary-eyed and rudolf-nosed.
The 3rd photo was taken after 30 minutes of letting the sunblock sink in. I can’t imagine what I would look like if I applied a quarter teaspoonful or if I used this in the summer.
I didn’t read the product claims prior to use, but since it’s oil-free*, I didn’t expect that the thinnest layer would give a shine that is beyond tolerable for
an oily skinned person like me.
I went through the day with my 3rd photo face, but not without powdering. I used Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder and a light dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light to bring back some sheen to the prominent parts of my face (not photographed).
I stayed in a non-humid air-conditioned environment all day and I didn’t need to reapply the powder. But by mid-day, I needed to use a blotting sheet.
I googled for the claims and found them somewhat misleading. I could not agree with these:
- Oil-free formula gives matte touch without oily or shininess giving a light usage feeling.
- Silicon polymer ingredients hide pores and silky powder with excellent sebum absorptive power absorbs sebum, maintaining sleek and refreshing skin tone.
- Clove oil and herb extracts control sebum secretion and soothes skin tone, leaving skin feel clarified and healthy.
I had to check if I was looking at the same sunblock variant.
For my conclusion on the teaspoon experiment: I’d say, if you’re dead set on following the quarter teaspoon rule, do not buy this.
*Sometimes I forget that oil-free doesn’t mean anything. Most of the time, oil-free products have oil-like ingredients (e.g., butylene glycol, silicone) used as alternative.