Which viral korean sunscreen is right for you?

Let's dive in to one of the most popular, sought after products in the skincare world - korean sunscreens!

Loved for their lightweight formulas and moisturiser-like textures, it's not a surprise that many korean sunscreens have gone absolutely viral on social media, particularly TikTok and Instagram. Whilst there are many Korean SPFs to choose from on the market, let's find out which popular Korean SPF is right for you. 

Perhaps the most viral sunscreen to date is the Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics SPF50+PA++++

Renowned for its hydrating and moisturiser feel, this suncream is adored by both K-beauty lovers and K-beauty newbies. A lightweight, chemical sunscreen, bursting with traditional Korean hanbang (herbal ingredients) such as Rice extracts and grain probiotics to brighten, nourish and hydrate the skin. The Beauty of Joseon sunscreen absorbs quickly and leaves no white cast making it suitable for all skin types and skin tones.


Round Lab Birch Juice Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF50+PA++++

The most popular sunscreen in South Korea! A 2-in-1 moisturiser and chemical sunscreen that harnesses the power of Birch Tree Sap to replenish, hydrate and protect the skin. This Round Lab sunscreen features 74 naturally derived minerals from the Ulleungdo Island sea water which keeps the skin filled with moisture. With the addition of Niacinamide and Adenosine, the Round Lab Birch Juice sunscreen brightens and evens out the skin tone and is suitable for all skin types including sensitve.

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+PA+++ - an oldie but a goodie.

The COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is a hybrid sunscreen that contains both chemical and mineral filters. The star ingredient Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract works to deeply soothe and moisturise the skin while improving the skin barrier and providing protection from UVA and UVB rays. A light and creamy texture that may leave a white cast on more darker skin tones. Ideal for those who have dry and combination skin types and are in prolonged sun exposure. 

Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel SPF50+PA++++

A light, hydrating sunscreen that is currently trending on social media, the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel leaves the skin soft and supple with powerful UV defense. Infused with 8 types of Hyaluronic Acid and soothing Centella Asiatica to balance oil-moisture levels in the skin. With the addition of Ceramides, this Isntree sunscreen improves dry and dehydrated skin by locking in moisture. Its light, airy formula absorbs well into the skin and leaves no white cast due to the use of broad spectrum chemical sun filters. The Isntree sun cream leaves a dewy finish, is fragrance free and is suitable for all skin types. 

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum SPF50+PA++++ -  a bestselling sun care product in Korea and the West.

A unique watery sun serum that is the perfect combo of hydrating and soothing properties. The SKIN1004 sunscreen provides effective sun protection with SPF50. It features Hyaluronic Acid and Centella Asiatica harvested in Madagascar to moisturise the skin, soothe and calm irritation and redness. This sun serum has a lightweight, watery consistency that doesn't leave a white cast or a greasy/sticky finish. Suitable for all skin types.

SOME BY MI Truecica Aqua Calming Suncream SPF50+PA++++ 

An expertly designed sunscreen from Some By Mi that protects and soothes troubled and acne prone skin. Formulated with a 79% aqua base including Panthenol, Trehalose and Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid to intensely hydrate the skin through its layers leaving a refreshed and supple feeling. Enhanced with Truecica, Aloe Barbadenisis Leaf Extract and Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract to compliment the calming effects, relieving irritation and sensitivity. Suitable for all skin types, ideal for dehydrated, sensitive and acne-prone skin. 

HaruHaru Wonder Black Rice Moisture AiryFit Daily Sunscreen SPF50+PA++++ is a daily chemical sunscreen that provides maximum protection against UV damage. Enriched with black rice (fermented black rice extract), a powerful antioxidant that intensely nourishes the skin. The HaruHaru Wonder Sunscreen also contains Adenosine, Heartleaf and Ceramide NP which soothes redness, irritation and breakouts while strengthening the skin barrier and locking in moisture. The combination of Black Rice and Niacinamide delivers anti-ageing and brightening properties to even out the skin tone and texture. This HaruHaru sunscreen has a light texture that blends seamlessly and is suitable for all skin types.

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