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I am a CeraVe fan girl but I also don’t love the AM SPF face lotion (the PM lotion is my holy grail)
On a rec from someone in the sub I recently purchased this sunscreen (it’s from a K beauty brand) and it’s amazing!
PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++ 60ml / 2 fl.oz Coral reef safe sunscreen, Sun cream for face, Cica, UVA1,2 UVB, Broad spectrum, Lightweight, Sensitive skin, Essential Oil Free [link]
Wear sunscreen on it anytime it isn’t covered by fabric. If you use a chemical (non mineral) sunscreen, it won’t have any white cast to it, but US-made options use filters that degrade when exposed to the sun. However, there are Korean sunscreens that use chemical filters that don’t degrade with sun exposure. These kind of sunscreens can’t be found in physical stores in the US, but surprisingly can be found on amazon. I highly recommend Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++. [ [link] ]. It’s not water resistant, though, so if you’re exercising or swimming, you may want to look for a Korean chemical sunscreen with water resistance. This one is intended to be used in the face, by the way (of course, it works on your body too, I just wouldn’t use it as your go to full-body sunscreen, because it would end up being pricey).
If you didn’t know, you are supposed to wear sunscreen on your face every day, even in winter, even indoors. And it’s hard to overstate how good that sunscreen is. Source: I’m a skincare nerd.
i have the same skin type as you (although i'm a lot less oily and dehydrated as of recent because and i've been monitoring my water consumption) and i recently started using purito's centella green level unscented sunscreen for about a week now. the niacinamide and centella in it help to calm my acne and fade scars, and i really like it! there's no white cast and it's not greasy. i bought it off of amazon.
Purito. I discovered it here! Feels like nothing, wears flawlessly under makeup (if you wear makeup), absolutely no cast, doesn't bother my sensitive type 2 skin, and not oily at all. I used La Roche Posay Anthelios before but it randomly started breaking me out and for whatever reason seemed to break down pretty easily. Purito is a perfect sunscreen, but it's also not the cheapest.
like the other commenter suggested seperating your makeup and your spf is very important, so you can get the full benefit of your sunscreen.
i highly HIGHLY reccomend the purito unscented centella sunscreen which you can find here
it’s lightweight, affordable, has good protection and has really nice soothing ingredients :) it may even help your acne a bit
for a makeup product to go over it, i’d suggest letting the sunscreen settle for about 5 minutes, and then going in with makeup! i like the haley’s beauty bb drops alot for a natural look
My only thought is patch test. Acne and ingredients is complex and everyone's triggers are different. I have sensitive skin and don't normally break out but a few ingredients will do it. When I started trying skincare, everything was problem but I know I can look at the ingredients and get some idea if there will be a problem. The unscented version has niancinamide. [link]
Oh man, if you're bothered by silicones, but want to try an all 2nd gen chemical filter sunscreen, check out this one, which has no silicones and two new sunscreen filters (Uvinul A+ and Uvinul T150). It's meant for everyday use and not outdoor activities or sports because it's not water-resistant, but the texture is beautiful:
If you're going to the beach, I honestly might just forego that product altogether until after vacation. It doesn't seem to be worth the risk for the irritation while your skin is still adapting to retinol. If you're purging it'll just make you worse during vacation anyway, and if not, I doubt using the product will speed up your recovery while you're on vacation anyway. I think, might as well hold off on it. Besides, maybe it might be a good chance to see if your blemishes subside quickly. If using it again makes you break out then it's a signal that your breaking out is from that product... does that make sense? My brain is a little scrambled right now haha.
In general I really, really loooove this sunscreen:
It applies soooo well. It feels like a light lotion, and when it dries it doesn't feel like I applied anything at all. For spf50, it's fantastic. It's good for sensitive skin, and doesn't have fragrance. (Be sure you get the non-scented version, which is the one I linked!) HOWEVER, it's not water-resistant so it's really not ideal for the beach. You'll burn for sure. I haven't found a good water-resistant sunscreen yet... :( You'll need to ask around for those. This sub has a ton of sunscreen suggestions you can pull up in the search history though. (The regular one that I recommended comes up a lot in this sub!)
I had horrible redness and found Centella Asiatics (also called cica or tiger grass) is an awesome ingredient in a lot of K beauty that helps. I like Purito's Centella spf 50 moisturizer, it's like $16 for 2 oz on Amazon and $12 on Yesstyle.
Dr. Jart has a cicapair serum that's also great, available at Amazon or Sephora, but more expensive and not cruelty free.
I currently got some laser peels done. It made my skin very sensitive and I showed my doctor a list of my skin care products and their ingredients. For my sunscreen she recommended that I use my PURITO sunscreen. These are the benefits
-It’s a mineral sunscreen
-it’s coral reef safe
-the ingredient list is simple but affective
-no white cast
- they have a non fragrance version (although the version with fragrance doesn’t have a smell to it either.)
- not drying to the skin
- vegan and cruelty free
I naturally have sensitive skin and I have not had any issues with it. I’ll post a link to where you can buy it on Amazon and read the ingredients
Each bottle lasts me for about 4-6 weeks and I apply my sunscreen 2-3 times a day
I just found the PURITO sunscreens on Amazon, and I am so impressed with the advancements in Korean sunscreens. The ingredients list contains niacinamide and centella extract. It's also unscented.
No problem! Glad I could help. And I hear you on the sunscreen. I have dark skin, and have never had a sunburn in my life, so I never wore sunscreen because I didn't think it was necessary. I've only regularly started wearing one in the last two months since I got serious about having a skin care routine. Many of the active ingredients that I've been using to try to help my acne and hyperpigmentation sensitize you to the sun, so I figured it was important to use one. The sun also darkens existing hyperpigmentation, so it would've been counter-productive for me not to use one. Plus I wanted to protect myself from future wrinkles and skin cancer. If you do decide to try a sunscreen, I recommend the Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun. I use it, and it's affordable, gentle, moisturizing, has calming ingredients, has no scent or essential oils, and leaves no white cast. I wear it daily. However, the finish is a little dewy, which you might not like since you get oily.
The UV elements has a darker and more yellow/orangish tint, while the UV physical has a lighter tint which is more pinkish. I am not sure about the other tinted ones. It might be worth sending them an email and asking if there is any way to get samples.
I know that Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are considered the best filters for rosacea, but I couldn't find any sunscreens with these that I liked, so I've been using the Purito Centella green level unscented sunscreen, which goes on transparent and hasn't irritated my skin yet, even though most chemical filters do.
Purito’s sunscreen also comes in an unscented version: [link]
I would recommend the PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++. It’s lightweight, oil free, and fragrance free.
Came to say the same item, got it on Amazon even.
I ended up deciding on the Purito centella unscented sunscreen! It's a chemical sunscreen, but has only modern filters, so it should be pretty stable and not cause any skin allergies. And the great thing is that it can be bought on Amazon!
I highly suggest this one as well. You can buy it from amazon since they are a certified seller there: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V31W954
Hi! I would love to help with this! I dealt with uneven texture, dryness, sensitivity, and acne for many years and very few things worked for my skin. What I found worked best was working to repair my skins moisture barrier! If your moisture barrier is damaged it can lead to more oil production, more acne, and more rough skin patches. I would recommend getting a good skin regime together and sticking to it for at least a month to see how your skin does. I would say to stick with more gentle cleansers, but also more moisturizing ones.
I love everything by the brand GlyDerm. Their products are gentle but deep cleansing, and they really help with resurfacing the skins texture. For the moisture barrier, I would suggest the brand Rovectin. It was created for people in chemotherapy that have very dry skin, so it moisturizes SUPER well. The brand Krave also makes a really good moisturizing serum I love.
Here is my routine with links if you are interested in trying them!
•Wash face- GlyDerm Gentle Face Cleanser 0.2%
•Serum- Great Barrier Relief
•Sun screen- Centella Green Level Unscented Sun
•Wash face- GlyDerm Gentle Face Cleanser 0.2%
•Treat- Rovectin Treatment lotion
•Moisturize/exfoliant- GlyDerm Hydrotone
•Double moisturize (I normally let the hydrotone sit for a bit and put this on directly before bed) Rovectin cream concentrate
I have been to MANY dermatologists, and these were the things that finally changed my skin for the better. They are sensitive enough to not piss of your skin, but also moisturizing enough to help calm it down and build back your moisture barrier. I hope this helps!
Super late response but I use Purito Centella Green Level Unscented. Pretty affordable, 50 spf PA++++ and seems to keep the tretinoin flakes at bay lol
Is it in your red areas? That could be papules. Personally, the routine that works for me is:
Morning: no cleansing OR just cool water. Moisturizer/sunscreen: Purito Green Label Unscented sunscreen lotion OR Cerave AM moisturizer with sunscreen OR Cerave moisturizing cream and Australian Gold Botanical tinted mineral sunscreen if my skin is very dry
Night: Cleanser: Cerave Hydrating Cleanser (if you wear a lot of makeup or the Australian Gold sunscreen, you'll need to double cleanse - I use Unscented Pond's cold cream first and then the Cerave cleanser) and moisturizer: Cerave PM moisturizer or Cerave moisturizing cream if my skin is super dry.
Maybe something like that could work for you? Just make sure everything is fragrance free and super gentle!
- Naturium Niacinamide Serum (AM)
- FAB Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer (AM)
- PURITO Centella Green Level SPF 50 (AM)
- Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water (PM)
- La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Cleanser (PM)
- Tretinoin Gel 0.05% Rx (PM) - MWFS
- SkinMedica GlyPro Renewal Cream (PM) - TuTh
- The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peeling Solution (PM) - Sunday
- Same FAB Moisturizer used in PM
Is PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++ better or Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence ?
I'm looking for something I can use with my daily regimen of Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
And if no one knows, can someone just tell me if you put vit c serum on first, then sunscreen, then moisturizers? Or sunscreen first then vit c serum then moisturizers? Or light moisturizer first, then sunscreen, then vit c serum, then cream moisturizer?
Ordered it here [link]
The texture just seems very off to me based on the research I did on this sunscreen. Very gel like/silicone texture
hey! i also have reactive, acne-prone skin. i'm also a woman of color so a sunscreen with no white cast is important to me!
my first suggestion would be, if it feels greasy, is to skip moisturizer if you're wearing sunscreen. the active ingredient in a sunscreen is the zinc, titanium, avobenzone, etc. and is usually in a carrier, in this case, a moisturizer. if a sunscreen has moisturizing ingredients it makes my combo skin much happier to skip my usual moisturizer in the morning and just use sunscreen.
these are ones i've personally tried and have liked: the purito sunscreens, both the centella unscentened sunsafe and comfy waterblock leave minimal white cast. one is a chemical sunscreen and one is physical only. i prefer physical sunscreens as they are less prone to irritating your skin, but the purito sunsafe was very, very pleasant. i just got the sundaze c-shells in the mail and i tried it on my skin; it doesn't leave a white cast!
these are sunscreens i've researched that are said to not leave a whitecast, or a very very minimal one: versed guard's up sunscreen, black girl sunscreen, and krave beauty's the beet shield.
OK I just re-read the list of the things you bought. Do you have a routine yet? It doesn't seem like you have the basics of skincare in your list. :(
At its most basic routine, you just need a face wash, a moisturizer, and sunscreen.
Something like a serum that you bought is supposed to go under a moisturizer, after you've washed your face. Serums are mainly just supplemental to whatever your routine is. That Neutrogena serum (the blue one, right?) has hyaluronic acid which is fantastic because it'll draw moisture into your skin. It's a great ingredient! However, it pulls moisture from whatever is on your face, therefore it's best to apply while your skin is damp so it pulls water the water from on top of your skin. If you apply it while your skin is dry, or if you don't seal it in (with a moisturizer), it'll actually draw moisture out of your face and into the air and it'll dry you out! This is why it's important to know what the ingredients do in your products.
Don't overlook spf! I think like 80% of aging is from sun damage, or something crazy that. Sunscreen sucks, but these subs have helped me discover a sunscreen that I actually really love to use and that has great ingredients too.
It'll probably be the only product I'll recommend here: The Purito Centella Green unscented spf50 has changed my skin routine around. It's $16-18 for 2oz, which sounds like a lot, but if it's within your budget, I highly recommend it. You can see there's a lot of Youtube reviews on it. It applies like a light lotion and dries like you're not wearing sunscreen at all. :)
I highly recommend this wiki page from the r/SkincareAddiction. It's fantastic: https://www.reddit.com/r/SkincareAddiction/wiki/sca_routine#wiki_cleanser
If you scroll down there's links for recommended cleanser, moisturizer, and spf.
Sourcing can take some effort to navigate. This is by no means an exhaustive list since I'm still figuring it all out, but here's what's on my radar so far:
Honestly, one of the best tactics for me so far has been keeping an eye on r/skincareexchange or r/asianbeautyexchange. I'm cool with buying a partially used product since it's usually cheaper, I don't have to do research on where to buy, and I don't have to deal with international shipping – especially if it's something new to me that I'm not sure I'll like.
There are a lot of Asian sunscreens and other skincare products on Amazon. A lot of peeps avoid ordering cosmetics from Amazon due to concerns about counterfeits. Personally, I am usually OK with it as long as it's fulfilled by Amazon and the seller: a) is an authorized retailer of the brand, or b) has good reviews and/or others on skincare Reddit have said the seller is legit.
For example, the seller PURITO KOREA is the official Amazon seller of Purito, so if I'm going to order Purito Centella Unscented, I'd order from this listing.
There are also a lot of legit sites that ship K-Beauty internationally. Pricing is in USD, but of course shipping will take longer: Yesstyle, Jolse, RoseRoseShop, etc.
Euro sunscreens are a bit harder to find on Amazon US. I know that Heliocare is on there right now, and I think this Daylong is legit?
I recently ordered the Riemann P20 Kids SPF50+ and a couple other things from Cloud10 Beauty. They also have Bioderma, Ultrasun, etc. Pricing is in Euro, and shipping is €4.95 per order. Ships from Ireland, they say 10 business days to US. I placed an order five days ago, tracking is active but it hasn't "crossed the pond" yet.
Amazon UK has a lot of options, but the exchange rate is a bit steeper since it's in pounds. Here's the P20 on there. I think DHL shipping is usually around £14.95, but I've heard it's really fast.
Also Cocooncenter is recommended a lot for Euro sunscreens, but I haven't explored it much yet. I'm still trying to find somewhere reasonable to order the La Roche Posay Shaka Fluide, as I guess Cocooncenter doesn't ship LRP internationally right now.
Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF 50+ PA++++ is a truly next-level sunscreen, and I highly recommend you try it. Not only does it have an amazing SPF level and advanced chemical filters that never sting, smell, or photo-degrade, but it even has a special trick up it’s sleeve: a high concentration of Centella Asiatica extracts. Centella can soothe the skin and help acne and wounds heal, stimulate collagen in your skin, and it’s even an antioxidant. It’s also got niacinamide, which everyone loves.
The sunscreen is 60 m for ~ $14, give or take. It’s free of alcohol and fragrance, and it just goes on like a lovely moisturizing lotion. It has a neutral to slightly dewy finish.
This sunscreen is virtually flawless, except it isn’t water resistant. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out. I can promise you with a great deal of confidence that you won’t regret buying it. There has never been a skincare product I recommend so enthusiastically — I even buy it to give away as gifts!
Here it is on Amazon
Here it is on YesStyle
I like the purito centella unscented sunscreen, I also have acne prone skin, and it has a gel/cream formula.
amazon purito centella
PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++ 60ml / 2 fl.oz
This has chemical filters (Uvinul A Plus, Uvinul T 150, Octyl Triazone). Together they form a broad spectrum screen with tested UVA screen. Amazon page shows test results.
If your skin is sensitive to chemical filters they also have a physical filter SPF.
[UNSCENTED] PURITO Comfy Water Sun Block SPF50+ PA++++ 60ml/ 2 fl.oz EWG All Green Ingredients, 100% physical sunscreen, UVA1,2 UVB, Broad spectrum,Lightweight,Essential Oil Free
Here is my routine on a google doc, for the point of reference. I had dry, dehydrated skin & I have harsh winters where I live.
Morning: -Splash with cold water -Jojoba oil for moisture (sometimes CeraVe hyaluronic, but I'm going to ditch it) I would suggest wearing sunscreen as well. I use the krave beauty barrier and purito sunscreen. I think if you go with the purito unscented sunscreen, it will change your life. Your skin will be glowing. Also, it a no-hassle protecting from the sun, it would work as a sunscreen and moisturizer. It doesn't have any questionable ingredients at all. You may be able to ditch the jojoba oil, or just use less of it. If you like the hyaluronic acid, you could simply add a HA toner. (I listed someone on my google doc.)
Evening: -Wipe with Stridex pad and let dry -Clay mask (1-2x weekly, Neutrogena charcoal clay) (rinse off with water) -Oil cleanse with jojoba and sometimes a little argan -CeraVe hydrating cleanser -More jojoba and/or argan oil for moisture, with Vaseline over top
What Stridex strength? Just curious. If it's working, then let it be haha. Your charcoal clay mask, I couldn't find it -- but if you're using Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Clay Cleanser/Mask - YESSSSS this is a great mask especially for your skin. It has kaolin clay which is better for dry skin folks. The bentonite clay (Aztec) for dry people will jack up our skin.
Do you like the Cerave Hydrating cleaner? If so, keep going for it. It does have some parabens -- which has limited research saying it's kinda bad for overall health. If you are curious about different cleansers let me know. But if you're comfortable with cerave, then keep using it - cause it's an overall good cleanser.
Oh my gosh that sounds horrible. I came back to say to please be careful with my product suggestions and patch test them before using them on your whole face. Whenever I get something new, I like to take a bit of product and put it on the inside of my forearm and leave it there for a few hours to test for allergic reactions. If that goes well, I put a little bit on my jaw near my ear and leave it for a few hours. If that goes well, then I use it on my whole face. That method has worked well for me personally, but you can do longer (multi-day or multi-week) patch tests as well.
I’m not sure what category of makeup you’re referring to, but most foundations have sunscreen filters in them also, which could be why you have a reaction to them.
If you would like to try to find a sunscreen that works for you, I would try going towards all mineral sunscreens (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide filters only). You could get something inexpensive from Target or Walmart like the Aveeno Baby Mineral Sunscreen, patch test it, and if it causes a reaction, you can return it. If you’re feeling bold, you could try a chemical sunscreen from Asia or Europe that doesn’t have any of the US sunscreen filters in it. I’ve been using the Purito Centella Unscented Sunscreen which has only Uvinul A Plus and Uvinul T 150 as the sunscreen filters, and I love it. Neither of these filters are in sunscreens manufactured in the US, so it’s unlikely you’ve been exposed to them before. They could work for you. Good luck!