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A lot of people who are outside of the k-beauty community might not have heard about this, but there was a huge sunscreen scandal last year (late November 2020, to be exact). It started with the Purito Centella Green sunscreen (which has a lower SPF than was marketed due to improper practices by the manufacturer) and, as a result of that, pretty much every k-beauty brand began to review and re-test their formulations. This situation resulted in a lot of uncertainty and skepticism – how do we know which products can be trusted, and how do they know that they have been formally tested? – but I’m here to help!
(Well, StyleKorean is… but I digress)
I was approached by StyleKorean to discuss their range of sunscreens. In order to help customers be more confident in the brands and products that they are carrying, they have worked to carefully curate (and even personally test) their sunscreens range. Aside from the advertised SPF ratings, they have also gathered the formal testing documentations for all of these products – which I will be referring to in this post too.
There’s a massive range on their site, but these are the k-beauty sunscreens that I’ll be discussing in this article:
- B1 Sunscreen (TOUN28)
- Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel (Isntree)
- Day-Light Protection Airy Sunscreen (Neogen)
- Aloe Soothing Sun Cream (COSRX)
- Mineral Sunstick (Benton)
- Truecica Mineral Calming Tone-up Suncream (Some By Mi)
- Vita Red Sunscreen (Tia’m)
And now, let’s dive right into the details!
NOTE: The listing of these statistics are according to the reports I have been given access to and, to some extent, are also dependent on my own understanding of the terminology. I do not claim to be a scientist or a skincare professional; just another customer fascinated by what I am presented with.
If you are unsure on how to read some of the listed results, please see the guide at the end of the article.