[Updated on 07/27 to reflect the absorption factor of this sunscreen]
- What is it
- A lightweight moisturizing sunscreen with 56% organic prickly pear cactus extract, SPF 50+, and PA+++
- How I use it
- At the end of my AM routine every day, as you should with any sunscreen!!
- Best suited for
- All skin types, especially dry skin
- Key ingredients
- Organic prickly pear cactus extract, centella asiatica extract, portulaca oleracea extract, homosalate (UVB filter), octocrylene (UVB and partial UVA filter), avobenzone (UVA filter) – full ingredient list on CosDNA
- The chemical UV filters might irritate super sensitive folks, and this does have fragrance quite high up the list. Otherwise this is 6-free (no paraben, denatured alcohol, benzophenone, mineral oil, talc, or artificial coloring).
- A standard plastic tube. I’m feeling meh about the cutesy logo and the green color, but I get what they’re going for.
- A light fresh scent
- Definitely not a slush, which I imagine to be somewhat grainy. Instead this is a light watery gel that’s 100% grain free.
- A natural velvety finish. No pilling and plays nicely under makeup.
- What I love
- It’s very light yet hydrating, plus it leaves my skin very soft
- What I dislike
- This is a gripe with Korean sunscreens in general, but why no PA++++? I need all the UVA protection I can get!
- Size & Price
- $15-$17 for 50ml/1.69oz
- Where to buy
- Amazon (US), BB Cosmetics (worldwide)
I generally avoid Korean sunscreens due to their lower UVA protection levels, but I’m glad I tried the Yadah Oh My Sun Slush. Thanks to the 56% prickly pear cactus extract and other soothing ingredients like centella asiatica and portulaca oleracea, it’s hydrating without being heavy. If you have oily skin I’d even suggest skipping moisturizer and just using this sunscreen.
While soothing ingredients are nice to have, the most important ones in a sunscreen are its UV filters, and this sunscreen has 3 chemical ones. That means these filters absorb the UV rays, whereas physical filters deflect the UV rays.
- Homosalate – A UVB filter. This filter gets a lot of bad rep for potentially messing with our hormones and contaminating breast milk due to it getting absorbed into the sun. However, the formula of the sunscreen has significant impact on homosalate’s skin penetration ability (source). But if you are pregnant or lactating it might be best to avoid this filter.
- Octocrylene – A UVB and partial UVA filter. By itself it’s pretty weak, but it works wonderfully to stabilize and even improve the efficacy of other filter (source). There are a few studies that show potential DNA damage due to our skin absorbing it, but not enough to completely rule out its benefits.
- Avobenzone – A UVA filter. By itself it’s prone to degrading quickly in light (ironic huh?), but pairing it with other UV filters like octocrylene can improve its stability.
Personally I have no issues with the above 3 filters, as they are all FDA and EU approved (which means a lot of tests were done to confirm they’re safe when used at the suggested level). Plus they have a much more pleasant texture compared to physical filters, as evident by this sunscreen. Personally I’ve had no averse reactions – breakouts, redness, or tingling – to this sunscreen, but as always, YMMV.
07/27/17 update: In my most recent sunscreen guide, I discussed the importance of the formula being absorption proof to prevent ingredients from penetrating into your skin. After running the spritz test I found that this sunscreen is NOT absorption proof, which means the above ingredients can potentially penetrate into your skin. Yikes.
- The Story of Yadah Sun Slush – if you want to learn more about how they created and designed this sunscreen
- UV filters chart – a list of the common UV filters and how they work
- The Ultimate Sunscreen Guide – pretty much everything you need to know about sunscreen
- The importance of UVA protection – this is why I’ve got a stick up my butt when it comes to PA/PPD ratings