Mentholatum has been around for ages, but I never really got into the brand. The products are great if you’re on a budget and other than their lip balms, nothing really stood out to me. That said, I’ve never been into lip balms and that’s why I didn’t pay much attention…. until, I was sent these Sunplay Skin Aqua sunscreens – UV Watery Essence SPF50+PA++++ and UV Watery Gel SPF50+PA++++. Yup, note all the ++++!!
“The new Skin Aqua UV Watery Essence SPF50+PA++++ and Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel SPF50+PA++++ are formulated with the new Solarex-3 technology to provide consumers with photo stable protection against the sun’s damaging UV rays which is proven to resist photo-degradation 3x better. Both UV products now come with PA++++ protection, offering 16x better protection against UVA rays to prevent premature aging. It also contains Vitamin C which reduces melanin formation, effectively lightens freckles and dark spots as well as evens out skin tone for a more even and radiant skin. Solarex-3 is another key formulation which makes the Skin Aqua UV effective. It contains RonaCare Ectoin, Antileukine 6 and hyaluronic acid. These 3 ingredients work together to effectively moisturize, repair and enhance the skin’s ability to shield itself from UV rays as well as protect the skin’s DNA from damage.”
I couldn’t word it better myself. Both these sunscreens are very light in texture, a little watery (hence the name I suppose) and feels like nothing on the skin. I was impressed at first application! There’s a very subtle floral scent to the sunscreen, but I find it pleasant instead of intrusive. The sunscreen is not sticky and is not greasy at all. I could re-apply with no hassle, and it does not feel eeky at all. Man, drugstore brands are really stepping up their game!!
As you can see, Watery Essence and Watery Gel are different in texture, but upon application, both absorb just as quickly and apply just as comfortably. The Gel is supposed to give a matte finish, and if I had to scrutinize, the Essence can be just a tad bit sticky before absorbed into the skin like a few seconds later. You know, if we really have to nit pick. Both retail for RM37.90 but the UV Watery Essence has 50g of product while Watery Gel has 80g. These 2 new sunscreens have been available since last month. Have you tried any of them? If you’re on a budget, go for these. I approve 🙂