Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF 45 PA+++ (Review)

Wie einige von euch vllt schon auf meinem Instagram Account gesehen haben, habe ich mir vor ein paar Wochen koreanische Gesichtspflegeprodukte bestellt. Eines davon ist eine Sonnencreme von Missha, die All-around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF 45 / PA +++, zu der es heute eine Review gibt.
As some of you might have noticed on my Instagram, I purchased a few Korean skincare products a while ago. One of them is the sunscreen by Missha, the All-around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF 45 / PA +++, which I’ll review today.
A POUND OF LUCK

미샤 올 어라운드 세이프 블록 에센스 선 SPF45/PA+++
50 ml / ca. 6 € ( $ 6,83) at Roseroseshop.com (excluding shipping costs!)
Against animal testing. Made in Korea.

Meine Erwartungen:
Vor allem möchte ich Hautkrebs, vorzeitiger Hautalterung und Pigmentflecken vorbeugen. Ich hatte daher nach einer Sonnencreme für den täglichen Gebrauch gesucht, die einen hohen Schutz (vor UVA- und UVB-Strahlen) aufweist, sich gut auftragen lässt, gut verträglich (möglichst ohne Alkohol) und halbwegs erschwinglich ist.
My expectations:
First and foremost I want to avoid skin cancer, premature skin aging, and spots. Hence, I was looking for a sunscreen to use on a daily basis that would protect me from UV-rays (both UVA and UVB), apply easily, not break me out (and be without alcohol), and not be too expensive.

A POUND OF LUCK (1)
Das behauptet Missha:
Sonnenschutz und Pflege werden vereint in der MISSHA all-around Safe Block Essence. Die sanfte, natürliche Formel mit Aloe, Tee und Rosen Extrakten sorgen für die Pflege der Haut, ihrer Versorgung mit Feuchtigkeit und essentiellen Nährstoffen. Die Essence hat eine feine Textur und zieht schnell ein.
MISSHA Safe Block Essence bietet Ihnen eine Mineralöl-freie, milde Rezeptur, die Ihre Haut dank Ihrer Inhaltsstoffe schützt.
Der Feuchtigkeitshaushalt Ihrer Haut wird versorgt, für eine gesunde Haut und einem erfrischend angenehmen Hautgefühl.
Die Inhaltsstoffe sorgen für Ihre Haut: Die Feuchtigkeitsversorgen und der nährende Effekt der Essenz verleihen Ihrer Haut ein gesundes Strahlen. (shop.missha-deutschland.de)
Missha’s claims:
Use the gentle, water resistant All Around Safe Block Essence Sun all year round to hydrate and protect skin from stress, UV rays, and harmful environmental factors.
The oil-free, mild formula contains Oriental Tea Newplex to protect the skin. Antozone-Rose and Thanaka ingredients hydrate and help maintain healthy skin. Aloe, Luffa Cylindrica, Morus Alba, Licorice, Portulaca Oleracea, and Witch Hazel Extracts soothe and relive skin, while also providing brightening, moisturizing, and nourishing effects. (misshaus.com)
A POUND OF LUCK (3)
Verpackung:
Eine hübsche rosa Pappverpackung und die ebenfalls rosa Tube mit silbernem Verschluss, das macht schon was her. Wenn sich die Creme dem Ende neigt, kann man die Tube einfach aufschneiden und verschwendet kein Produkt. Prima!
Packaging:
Pretty baby pink cardboard packaging and the also baby pink tube with the silver cap look very appealing. Once the tube gets empty, you can cut it open to avoid wasting product. Love it!
A POUND OF LUCK (5)
Anwendung und Konsistenz:
Das Produkt kommt aus einer schmalen Öffnung heraus: sehr löblich, da man so exakt dosieren kann. Sonnenschutz sollte immer als letzter Schritt der Gesichtsroutine (und vor dem Makeup) verwendet werden, weshalb ich vorher mein Serum und eine leichte Tagescreme auftrage. Dann kommt der Sonnenschutz und hier gilt: nicht sparsam sein! Der Schutz fällt geringer aus, je sparsamer ihr das Produkt auftragt. Die Konsistenz der Missha Creme liegt zwischen cremig und gelig, auf jeden Fall überraschend leicht und sehr angenehm und einfach zu verteilen. Es klebt nichts, es weißelt auch nichts. Direkt aus der  Tube kommend ist sie noch weiß-gelblich, aber aufgetragen ist sie praktisch unsichtbar. Sie zieht so schnell ein, dass ich sie gar nicht spüre. Das Finish ist weder glänzend noch matt an mir, eher sehr natürlich gehalten. Als Makeup-Unterlage ist sie übrigens sehr gut geeignet und ich glänze mit der Creme nicht schneller als sonst auch. Was mir auch gut gefällt: sie läuft nicht in die Augen und brennt daher auch nicht.
Der Duft ist ziemlich subtil und angenehm frisch, zumindest nicht der typische Sonnencremeduft, den man sonst so kennt.
Application and consistency:
The product comes out of a pointy dispenser – quite handy as you can easily apply the amount you need. Sunscreen should always be the last step of your skin care (and before your makeup), which is why I apply my serum and moisturiser before using this. Don’t use sunscreen sparingly! The less you use, the less will be the protection. The consistency of the Missha sunscreen is between gel and cream, it’s surprisingly lightweight and so easy to spread. It’s not sticky and doesn’t leave a white cast, either. When it first comes out of the tube, it looks white with a yellow undertone, but once you spread it, it’s not visible. It absorbs so fast I don’t even feel it. The finish is neither shiny nor matte on me, just very natural. It performs very well underneath my makeup and it doesn’t make me look oilier than usual. What I also like: the sunscreen doesn’t run into my eyes, hence it doesn’t burn. The fragrance is rather subtle and a bit fresh, at least not the typical sunscreen scent we all know.
A POUND OF LUCK (2)
UV-Schutz (& INCI):
Der Wert des SPF (oder LSF für Lichtschutzfaktor) gibt größtenteils den Schutz vor UVB-Strahlen an, die u.a. für die Bräunung der Haut, aber auch Sonnenbrand verantwortlich sind. Die Abkürzung PA (protection grade of UVA) wird hauptsächlich in Japan und Korea genutzt, um den Schutz vor UVA-Strahlung anzugeben, welche vorzeitige Hautalterung verursacht. Es gibt PA+, PA++ und PA+++, wobei letzteres für den höchsten UVA-Schutz steht.
Die Missha Sonnencreme hat einen SPF 45 und PA+++; ich denke, dass ich damit ganz gut geschützt bin, auch, weil hier u.a. Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine enthalten ist, auch Tinosorb S genannt, ein chemischer Filter, der “zurzeit verlässlichste UVA-Filter” laut magi-mania.de.
Zu den INCI: ja, es ist Silikon enthalten und auch “fragrance“, also Parfüm/Duftstoffe. Diese stehen allerdings weiter hinten bzw. ganz hinten. Ich vertrage die Creme dafür ziemlich gut und glaube, dass ich damit ganz gut leben kann. Hierbei  belasse ich es mal, da es dort draußen sicherlich Menschen gibt, die sich besser mit INCI auskennen als ich.
UV protection (& ingredients):
The SPF indicates how much protection the sunscreen offers against UVB rays which are responsible for our skin tanning, but also for sunburn. PA (protection grade of UVA) is mainly used in Japan and Korea to rank the protection from UVA rays which cause premature skin aging. It is rated PA+, PA++, and PA+++, the latter one being the highest protection from UVA rays.
The Missha sunscreen has SPF 45 and PA+++; I think I’m well protected with that, also because it contains Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, known as Tinosorb S, apparently a reliable UVA and UVB absorber. The ingredients: yes, it contains silicone and fragrance. However, they are both listed at the very end. The sunscreen doesn’t break me out and I think I can get along with that. I’ll leave it at that as there are certainly people out there who are much better informed about ingredients than me.

Fazit: Wer bis jetzt ungern Sonnencreme benutzt hat, der sollte sich die von Missha unbedingt mal genauer anschauen. Kein Weißeln, kein klebriger Film auf der Haut, kein typischer Sonnencremeduft! Sie bietet ausreichenden Schutz vor UV-Strahlung, hat eine tolle leichte Konsistenz und lässt sich prima auftragen. Außerdem ist sie bezahlbar und relativ günstig zu haben, wenn man sie z.B. über ebay (ich würde hier nur koreanische Verkäufer mit Sitz in Korea wählen, um den Kauf eines Fakeproduktes zu vermeiden) oder auch Roseroseshop kauft. Ich persönlich vertrage sie sehr gut, benutze sie sehr gern, bin aber auch immer offen für neue Sonnencremes mit noch besseren Formulierungen.
Conclusion: If you have been avoiding sunscreen by now, you should definitely take a look at the Missha one! No white cast, no sticky feeling on the skin, no typical sunscreen fragrance! It protects from UV rays, has a lovely light consistency, and applies like a dream. Plus, it’s really affordable if you buy it from e.g. ebay (choose a Korean seller located in Korea to avoid purchasing a fake product) or Roseroseshop. The Missha sunscreen doesn’t break me out or irritate my skin and I like using it, but I’m always eager to discover new sunscreens with even better formulas, too.

Wie wichtig ist euch Sonnenschutz? Benutzt ihr täglich Sonnencreme? Wenn ja, auf welche schwört ihr und von welchem ratet ihr ab?
How important is suncare to you? Do you use sunscreen on a daily basis? If so, which one is your holy grail and which one did you dislike?

18 responses to “Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF 45 PA+++ (Review)

  1. This sounds like a good sunscreen! I’ve been using sunscreen diligently since last year (I owe my skin an apology for years before) and I’m almost out of it so I’m looking for a new one. I’ll probably give this one a try😀 Thanks for the review!

    • You’re welcome! Me too, I feel bad thinking of the years when I went out without sunscreen in summer .. >_<
      What products have you been using? I'm also curious about one sunscreen by Innisfree, I heard it's really good..

  2. need me a new SPF too! *sighs* but the choice!…
    lots of xx, Annie | Annie’s Beauty

    • I know, there are too many! But this one is so convenient to use as it really feels like a light moisturiser, I think you’d like it🙂 I just got home from the drugstore and bought two other sunscreens by Piz Buin which were on sale (ah, needless to say all I wanted to buy was some rice milk..😀 ) xx

      • I had some Piz Buin, in spray form! it did the job well, though I found it too sticky!
        well, that was years ago I have to say it!..
        lots of xx

      • Oh I see.. I got the moisturising lotion, I tried a sample of it on my skin and it didn’t feel sticky at all🙂 I also got the Ultra light Dry Touch Fluid which my sister uses on her face, she’s really been liking it so far, so I thought I’d give it a try🙂 I might review these two as well..
        I think Bioderma also has some good sunscreens if you find that easier to purchase! My sister tried their products and she seemed pleased.

      • they might have changed the formula… I haven’t tried them since!
        please, do write a review soon lovely!
        both Bioderma and Piz Buin are readily available here in Ro, but never thought giving Bioderma sun care a go before.
        thanks for the heads up!😉
        I had the Laroche-Posay Anthelios and a Shiseido and some Kiehls last year. they al were great… but I won’t use whatever’s left this year as well… I did tried with Shiseido which was SPF 40 or 50 and I got burned… so a new one is definitely in the cards for me!😉 xx

      • Ok, just put a review on my “to do list”🙂 Really curious how they’ll perform in the long term..
        Ohh, you should contact Bioderma! My sister did so and she was sent a few little samples to try out.. maybe you’ll get some, too?🙂
        Aww, you still got a sunburn?😦 That sounds painful.. I just got into this whole “sunscreen, sun protection” topic, it’s sooo huge and there is a lot to read about.. maybe you should look for certain UV filters? Google “Tinosorb S”, it’s one of the best filters used only for European/Asian products (don’t know why it’s not in US American sunscreens, though).. at least that’s what I’ve read. It seems you should stick to EU/Asian products for that reason as they have better/more efficient filters..
        I’ll definitely look into that topic and ingredients more and if you like, I’ll keep you updated!🙂 xx

      • please do! is always nice to learn new things!
        American Health Dept has issued a list of not tolerated ingredients that were prohibited to be used in certain products as they’d supposedly cause certain affections…
        I have to stick to my Eu stuff since I’m from Eu anyway… LOL not even if I wanted to try American products I couldn’t… hence me always complaining about not getting to use products like Tarte, Josie Maran, MArc Jacobs etc….😀😉😛 xx

      • Will do!🙂
        I thought so, but then again, I wonder if not all or a big part of sunscreens contain one or the other critical ingredient..?
        First I wanted to get an “organic” sunscreen with physical filters because I thought it’d be healthier.. but most of them contain alcohol which is not good at all ..
        The Bioderma Photoderm Sensitive SPF 50+ seems to be quite interesting as it has UVB protection 50 and UVA protection 50 as well🙂 They also have products with SPF 100 (!), but those have lower UVA protection..
        Anyway, whatever sunscreen you’ll purchase, let me know when you’ve bought it and how it works for you!🙂

      • SPF 100?! really?! that for me sounds a little too much to be a “healthy” one!
        I definitely recommend physical sunscreen because it’s more gentle on the skin. a physical sunscreen bounces off the sun rays while chemical sunscreens absorbs the sun rays and transforms them at that level, which at a certain point might harm sensitive skins!
        and believe me even if Alcohol is one of the ingredients, that shouldn’t put you off from using them! if it’s in the back of the ingredients list even less reasons to worry! if it’s not in the first couple of ingredients it means that the quantity is minor! and probably won’t trigger any reaction!
        you should keep that in mind for all the products you’ll buy!
        and that natural/organic might not always work!

        but enough rambling already! LOL
        I will definitely get something soon and let you know! I might play safe and get again something I know it works for me!
        lots of xx, Annie | Annie’s Beauty

      • Yes, SPF100 sounds crazy, I’ve never heard of it before..
        Ah, that’s so confusing😀 Everyone says something different, some say one should use products with both chemical and physical filters for best protection ..
        It’s just that I recently tried a sunscreen on my arm (where I’m usually not so sensitive) and it caused some really itchy reactions😦 I had to wash it off because it didn’t feel nice at all.. Alcohol denat. was listed as 2nd or 3rd ingredient, so I assumed it was because of that .. that made me really hesitant to buy products containing it:/
        I often read it has a drying effect on your skin, especially in the long term.. and it’s just what I personally also have experienced when I e.g. used my cleanser which contained alcohol – it makes my skin feel really dry, which is why I currently use an alcohol-free one..

        Just too many opinions on it, I find it a bit hard what to believe.. >.<😀

      • Yes alcohol does dry but if you use an alcohol-based product!
        Anyways…
        You’d better do some more research first! I gladly recommend a good browse through Caroline Hirons’ blog and Paula’s Choice!

        They can explain things better than anyone!

        Also keep in mind that whatever works for someone might not work for you! That’s why there are so many opinions! In my defence, I only told you what sunscreen worked for me!😉

        Lots of xx

      • Here you have my two-thoughts on the matter! It’s pretty much a summary on all the research I did on the matter!

        http://anniesbeautyblog.com/2014/08/28/sunscreen/

        I hope you’ll find this somewhat helpful!

        My sources were the ones I mentioned and some others like Dr. Marko Lens from Zelens, some paper work from US Health Dept, some EU researches as well..

        Enjoy lovely! xx

      • Thanks for the link!
        I’ve read Paula’s Choice’s take on alcohol in cosmetics.. that article and a few others (some of them which sounded even more “strict”) actually made me restrain from too much of “the bad” alcohol in products..😄
        Yeah, I guess that’s the fun (and sometimes not so fun part to me at the same time) about cosmetics, skin care and the like: you have to try it yourself.. *sigh*
        Sometimes I wish all I had to do was just snap my fingers and voilà, the perfect and complete skin care would appear right in front me😀

  3. Ah Korean Skincare😉
    Hört sich sehr interessant an! Ich benutze von Paulas Choice einen Sonnenschutz mit Moisturizer, leider weißelt der etwas. LG

    • Der hier weißelt gar nicht, ich bin (immer noch!) jeden Tag überrascht, wie einfach der sich verteilen lässt und wie schnell der auf der Haut verschwindet. Wäre vllt auch was für dich..? 🙂 Auf ebay gibt’s den aktuell für unter 7€ inkl. Versand.
      Ich will demnächst noch einen von Innisfree ausprobieren, der soll wohl auch gut sein.
      LG

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