Nobody like a higher SPF sunscreen that feels sticky on the skin. I certainly don’t. I stopped using sunscreen that are anything higher than SPF35 a few months ago where my face is relatively much more oilier than it was before. I’m very much into applying sunscreen on my face no matter what therefore to completely stop using sunscreen just because it’s sticky is not an option for me. I can live without cream base moisturizer but not sunscreen.
Nothing makes me happier than receiving sunscreen product. For some reason I’m obsessed with trying out all the sunscreen products available. I think we should all gift everyone sunscreen for all occassion lol. Enough of the rambling. Let’s see if SENKA Mineral UV Essence SPF50 PA++++ fits the bill for me shall we?
SENKA together with it’s philosophy “The Skincare Made With You” is developed by Shiseido that aims to fulfill customer’s skincare needs that are gathered through a survey. Although it is made available to consumers through retailing at drugstores nationwide, do no underestimate its quality and efficacy. You get the same if not better quality as any premium or counter brands. I always said it and I’m going to say it again. Japanese made the best skincare products. Don’t you agree? 😉
Now. SENKA Mineral UV Essence SPF50 PA++++ came in the simplest packaging but this time round it came in a bright orange tube! This sunscreen was developed after Shiseido Japan did a survey of 100 people and through the survey, they found out that women are concern about dehydration, aging and sagging besides dark spots and freckles. Basically its the signs of aging that we women are afraid of 😀 . I know how confusing it is with all the UVA, UVB and so on so to make your life easier, just remember this. UV rays is the skin’s worst enemy because:
- UVB cause sunburn to the skin if you’re exposed under the sun for too long.
- UVA is able to penetrate deep into the layer of the skin AND it accelerates the process of aging.
At first when I received SENKA Mineral UV Essence, I thought it’s an essence aka skincare. The name is in such way instead of the more obvious is because it is made from 100% Mount Fuji Mineral Water. I’m half right on this product being an essence as it is indeed an anti-aging sunscreen serum that blocks out UV rays and at the same time help in preventing any premature skin aging that as you know are caused by being under the sunlight for a long time, hectic lifestyle, stress and environmental aggressors.
The tube is pretty handy. It is soft and mushy to touch, unlike other similar packaging. Feels odd at first. The slim nozzle opening makes it easier for me to control the amount I need. I know some people give a big hoo haa on shaking the tube before opening. I on the other hand would prefer to shake the tube before opening the cap. I like how everything printed on the tube is in Japanese but its definitely frustrating not to be able to read what’s on the tube especially if I accidentally threw away the card that came with the product. Anyhow it doesn’t really bothers me since I keep the original packaging until I finish the whole product.
Let’s talk about the texture. This is the crucial part for anyone who is fussy with sunscreen. The consistency is thick. It stays put on the back of my hand without budging. It is not in creamy white color but it has a yellowish tint to it. If I spread it out a little bit I can see a yellowish shadow sitting on top of the skin. Just a tiny bit. However it doesn’t seems to leave a tint when I really spread it onto the skin evenly. It doesn’t have a distinctive scent to it, only the typical sunscreen scent. So this would be perfect for those that are sensitive towards scented products.
For a SPF50 PA++++, I’m surprised that SENKA Mineral UV Essence is not even a bit oily. I usually dispense some product onto my palm, spread evenly on both palm before applying onto my face. The product immediately turned into velvety satin on my palm even before touching my face. I do find that it would be oilier if I dispense too much on my palm. So it’s the matter of how much I apply. On the face without makeup on, it gives my skin a soft and velvety smooth finishing. It does feels like powder to touch even until mid day. When my T-zone starts to oil up, it doesn’t feel oily or tacky to touch. Its weird though. Somehow the sunscreen change the oil texture into something else, as if I have a translucent powder on.
What about with makeup on? You know how much I hate higher SPF sunscreen that feels heavy and makes the skin oilier on faster rate. This one? It doesn’t do any of that. I have to give credit to the 100% Mount Fuji Mineral Water that gives the sunscreen a light texture. Of all SPF50 PA++++ sunscreen that I’ve tried before, this one feels like as if I’m wearing a SPF30 sunscreen. It is not oily, doesn’t make my makeup slip by the end of the day and it makes a good makeup base as well 😀
SENKA Mineral UV Essence contain Coenzyme Q10. This particular ingredient is a moisturizing ingredient that is able to uphold elasticity of the skin while providing a superb protection and repairing to the skin. Sodium Hyaluronate is also added in to further infuse the skin with sufficient moisture. It is mineral oil free, fragrance-free and artificial coloring free 😀
SENKA Mineral UV Essence is suitable to be used on the face as well as on the body. Although SENKA said that you can remove this sunscreen with just cleansing form, I would suggest removing it properly if you do have acne-prone skin, sensitive or oily skin. You know, just to be extra careful 😀 . But of course you can always remove it with cleansing foam especially if it has always been your usual routine and it doesn’t cause any harm to you.
So what are you waiting for not putting on sunscreen? Stickiness is no longer an excuse now that you have a superior SPF50 PA++++ protection sunscreen that not only has lighter texture but also helps in preventing premature skin aging.
Disclaimer: Product was sent to me for review consideration. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.