Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Review: Kose Sekkisei Sun Protector SPF50 PA+++

Product Information (source: kose website):

Protect skin with sun-shielding and whitening effect. A whitening sunscreen lotion with oriental mineral veil that gently envelopes the skin and protects skin from harmful UV rays.

Completely blocks UV-A that degrades skin's resilience and UV-B that causes sunburn. Maintains skin̢۪s health with supple moisture, translucency and fairness with SPF50+/PA+++.

Oriental herb extract moisturises and conditions skin, thus prevents skin unevenness caused by dryness of skin inflicted by UV damage.

For everyday use; gentle on skin and blends quickly enabling your skin to feel comfortable and smooth.

Long wearing and resistant to perspiration and water. Lasting sunscreen effect and can be used as makeup base effect that enable foundation to last.

For face/body (Special cleansing unnecessary)


Upon application, the Kose Sekkisei Sun Protector made my skin look really oily. It takes a while before the Sunscreen settles into my skin but the shine still remains on my skin. So I usually use a light two-way foundation cake with this.

I did not experience any white cast on my face when I use this sunblock, which is a good thing. I am also able to add more layers of Kose Sekkisei Sun Protector without looking like a ghost.

I wonder why in the product description on the Kose website it states no special cleansing necessary. I still use oil cleanser to cleanse my face regardless of what the website states.

The Kose Sekkisei Sun Protector is similar to Kose Sekkisei Lotion in two ways. Both have the signature Sekkisei Lotion scent that I like. Unfortunately, both also contain alcohol. While I am okay with alcohol in my toner/lotion, I don't like it when my sunscreen contains alcohol as I usually apply sunscreen at my undereye area as well, which tends to feel dry whenever I use sunscreens with alcohol. My undereye area is quite sensitive to alcohol and I won't recommend anyone with sensitive skin to use this product, or at least try it out before purchasing.

There is no significant whitening  effects from sunscreen per se. But I believe that sunblock is the best form of prevention for your skin as it helps prevent formation of pigmentation, loss of collagen and ageing, wrinkled skin. Although most articles say that SPF 30 is sufficient, I always purchase SPF50 just to feel more protected.

Price wise, it is comparable to most counter brands at around $46 for 50ml. I think I might purchase this again but I will be trying La Roche Posay sunscreen next, so I will be comparing the two for sure!

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