The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun SPF40 PA+++ Review

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The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun SPF40 PA+++ Review

Wearing sunscreen is a must whether you're going out or just staying indoors, especially for someone like me who lives in a country that everyone thinks of as "always sunny" lol. Using sunscreen is very important because it protects you from sun damage which is the number one cause of skin aging.
To be honest, I only started incorporating it in my daily routine last month. #biggestmistakeofmylife (loljk or maybe not) No one told me that sunscreen must be worn daily. When I was younger, I've always thought that you only need it during summer when you go to the beach and play under the sun all day to prevent sunburn. LOL Embarrassing, I know. Forgive me for the lack of knowledge, I was young and not that interested in beauty back then. lol Aside from not being fully aware of that fact, none of my friends uses it so I thought it's no big deal. Then a few years back I found out the importance of it, I knew about it and despite knowing, I still chose not to use it. Why? I'm lazy. lol I feel like I've been saying this a lot in my previous post but I'm always in a hurry every morning so I can't be bothered by using too much products every single day. I use skincare products at night most of the time. And yes, I do regret it quite a bit. My skin isn't really that bad, I'm not saying it's nice but I feel like it could've been better if I started using sunscreen early. Like what others say, you can always tell the difference between people who use sunscreen and those who not. That's why it's better to start early because an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
It's not too late, start using sunscreen now! That sounded like an ad, kind of.. lol But yeah, start using whichever sunscreen you prefer. I will start with the review now because this intro is getting longer and I'm being repetitive already. lol
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun SPF40 PA+++ Review

This sun cream which functions as a make up base, moisturizes the skin with chia seeds that retains up to ten times the amount of normal moisture and protect the skin from UV rays in addition to providing a matte finish look by controlling sebum with Korean native cotton seeds. With its gentle adherence to the skin, this sun cream makes the skin look smooth by hiding pores and balancing uneven skin texture.

Direction:
Apply an adequate amount on the face and neck at the final stage of skin care.
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun SPF40 PA+++ Review
The box. The Face Shop was nice enough to provide the important info in three different languages. Probably because they are one of those Korean brands that are well known in other countries. The full ingredients list can also be seen at the box, fortunately. Sometimes finding the ingredients list for a certain Korean product can be very difficult. #thestruggleisreal
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun SPF40 PA+++ Review


The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun SPF40 PA+++ Review
Packaging is a no-brainer. It comes in this squeeze tube which makes it hygienic and it's also easier to control how much amount of product you want to use. The one that I got contains 100ml of product but it is also available in 50ml. Both sizes are very travel friendly in my opinion. I'm sure you've noticed that the tube has a sunflower design to it and it's there for a reason, to indicate that it contains 1200 µg (microgram) of sunflower sprout extract which I will explain later when we get to the ingredients. Moving on, this has SPF40 PA+++ which I initially thought is quite low because most brands already came out with ones that boasts a SPF50+ PA+++. Just in case you're wondering, SPF means Sun Protection Factor and it always comes with a numerical digit which indicates or measures the amount of time your skin can be protected from sunburn that is usually caused by UVB rays. If I remember correctly, SPF 30 is already sufficient for daily use but then again it still depends on what activity you will do through out the day. On the other hand, the PA in sunscreens is an abbreviation of Protection Grade of UVA which indicates the level of protection from UVA. UVA penetrates more deeply to the skin than UVB and it plays a major part in skin aging and other long term skin damage that can eventually increase the risk or lead to skin cancer. If SPF comes with numerical digits, PA comes with the plus sign.  Basically, the more plus sign it has the more protection you have from UVA. So far, I have only seen PA+++ in Korean products.
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun SPF40 PA+++ Review
Expiration date is located at the top of the back of the tube. Make it a habit to check expiration dates!
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun SPF40 PA+++ Review
I added the ingredients in CosDNA for better analysis. Click HERE to check it out.
The Face Shop uses sunflower extract in their sunscreens, why? Because sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) sprout extract can help protect you from the sun and it is also a powerful anti-aging ingredient.
If you check out the CosDNA link that I provided, you will see that there are a few ingredient that are labeled as yellow and it may trigger acne or cause irritation. This contains alcohol so people with sensitive skin, beware! Alcohol Denat is fourth on the list and this type of alcohol can dry out the skin. As for me, I haven't experienced any break outs while using this for the past month. I have a combination skin, oily nose and dry to normal elsewhere, if you're curious. This certain sunscreen is catered to people with oily skin, hence the "Sebum Control" in the name but I've seen a youtuber with a sensitive skin (she avoids products with alcohol in it) include this in her monthly favorites video.
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun SPF40 PA+++ Review
This sun cream becomes quite watery when rubbed into the skin. It gets absorbed relatively fast, lightweight and gives off a matte finish as oppose to other sunscreens that makes your face look like a grease ball. This claims to moisturize the skin and yes, it does. I have been using an essence and it makes my skin a little dry resulting to dry patches on my cheeks, the appearance of it will be greatly minimized everytime I use this but it won't be completely gone so adding a good moisturizing cream in your routine is advisable. Other claims are hiding pores and balancing skin texture. While I'm not sure if it did balance my skin texture, I can definitely vow that this doesn't cover pores, zero pore coverage. Not that I'm complaining because this is a sun cream and we have other products that we can use to cover pores.
What I really like about this is that aside from providing sun protection, it also acts as a primer. I use this underneath my Mamonde Real Skin Founder and I noticed that my make up stays on longer and doesn't melt off easily even when doing outdoor activities. With that being said, I can now pass on using primer and have gained extra time to do other stuff, thanks to this. lol Another good thing about this is that it doesn't give you a white cast unlike other sunscreens, if anything it is unnoticeable. You won't also feel the need to avoid flash photography despite the amount of SPF this contains. #triedandtested lol As for the oil control, it's quite decent. To be honest, it's not that great which sucks big time because it's called "sebum control" lol. However, it is better than nothing.

Pros:
Travel friendly (available in 50ml and 100ml)
Lightweight
Fast absorption
Matte finish
Moisturizing (quite, might not deliver great results for people with extremely dry skin)
No break outs
Make up stays on longer
Decent oil control (could have been better tbh)
No white cast
Cons:
False claim (hiding pores lol)

Overall, I really liked this and I honestly can't think of any bad thing about this aside from that hiding pores claim and not having better oil control. I can see people with combination skin liking this product and I won't be recommending this for people who have sensitive or extremely dry skin but you can still try it out if you want and brave enough to take the risk. Like I mentioned earlier, a youtuber who is sensitive with products that contains alcohol raved about this so it might work for you too. I'm not sure if I'm going to purchase another tube. While I did like this a lot, I still want to try out other sunscreen from the same brand because I might find something that is even better than this one.

Get yours here:
The Face Shop Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun SPF40 PA+++ 
The product mentioned was sponsored by Ibuybeauti.  Opinions expressed are based on my own experience and 100% honest
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What sunscreen are you currently using?
If you know something better than this one, do let me know! I'd be happy to try it out. :)


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24 comments

  1. I really do like this packaging with the sunflowers for a suncream. And although it doesn't hide the pores I like the fact that it has a matte finish. Nice review :)

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  2. I might start using a factor 50+ as a moisturiser for my face. I'm nearly 30 but hadn't really thought about sun again before but I need to be more aware of it.

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  3. That packaging is beautiful! I find it so difficult to use just sunscreen on my face, I try and find a moisturizer with sunscreen already in it as I feel like sunscreen just gets super oily. The fact that this has a matte finish is very intriguing!

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  4. This sounds like a great sunscreen! I love my Biore Watery sunscreen, but it's so hard to find in the States, and I live next to a Face Shop. So I'll definitely be giving this a try.

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  5. never heard of this sunscreen, but seems really great! I'm really careful with what type of sunscreens I use, cuz some of them have broken me out badly, but this one seems really great! Thanks for sharing ^^

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  6. This was very informative. Thank you for sharing this xxx

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  7. Sounds like a great product. I can't stand moisturisers where they leave your face shiny.

    Kerri @ Beauty & Things

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  8. I use the original version of this sunscreen which has SPF50. Its very affordable and doesn't have that oily thick formula most sunscreens do. I might have to try this one out since I have oily skin!

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  9. LOL the false claim, so many products state that is what they do with pore hiding x

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  10. This sounds like a really good product, I love that is has a matte finish too xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

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  11. this sounds good. i wouldnt mind trying it. ill have to get it on my next trip to asia

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  12. Sounds like a great product ♥ I love the packaging!

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  13. Cute packaging! It seems quite nice! :)

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  14. This slounds good. I wear a moisturiser that has SPF, so never wear a separate sunscreen unless I'm actually sunbathing, which is very rare! x

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  15. The packaging reminds me of the Body Shop, not sure why.

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  16. I love the packaging, especially the colours they've used. Nice review, always in the hunt for sunscreen :D

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  17. Hmm, never tried this brand but seems like a great product!

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  18. Ohh I have been wanting to try more products from The Face Shop! ^ ^

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  19. I've tried a sample of this before and i love how light weight it was
    i will definitely get this in the summer!
    thanks for sharing!
    hope you stop by<3
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