I’ve never tried any Neogen skincare before, so I was very excited when a sunscreen was included in a generous PR package StyleKorean sent over! With all the hype around this brand, I did have an expectation for Neogen’s Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence – that it would be a cosmetically elegant sunscreen with a ton of skin-beneficial ingredients!
If you’re interested in reading my review on the rest of the Neogen Dermalogy Probiotic Collection, check out the post here!
PR Sample sent for review purposes. This in no way effects my opinion of the products. My reviews are honest, always *casts doe patronus*
ABOUT NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE
Ditch greasy sunscreens for this water-based, gel type formula that fends off UVA & UVB rays with powerful SPF50+ PA++++ protection. Specially formulated to fight signs of aging, this sun essence is infused with superprobiotics to restore skin’s elasticity while three types of hyaluronic acid as well as milk protein extract offer long-lasting moisture.
Sunscreen Type: 100% Organic
Price: $27 USD
- Octocrylene (UVB some UVAII)
- Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – Octinoxate (UVB)
- Ethylhexyl Salicylate – Octisalate (UVB)
- Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane – Avobenzone (UVAI and UVAII)
- Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine – Tinosorb S (UVB, UVAI and UVAII)
AMOUNT OF PROTECTION:
- UVA: at least a PPD of 16
- UVB: ~60
Full Ingredients List: Water, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-30/10 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Parfum(Fragrance), Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Adenosine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Isopentyldiol, Xylitol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glucose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Milk Protein Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Hyaluronate
Neogen Probiotics Relief Sun Essence has several types of ferments in the formula at unknown concentrations – Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment. Fermented ingredients claim to help strengthen the skin’s barrier by increasing its moisture levels, while offering a brightening effect and softening the skin. In my personal experience using essences with a high concentration of ferments, I find the claims to be true! Considering the Neogen Probiotics collection is all about strengthening the skin barrier, it only makes sense to include these types of ingredients in sunscreen, the ultimate barrier!
There are also molecules that are naturally found in our skin also part of this formula:
- Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid (there are also its derivatives) are humectants that are part of our natural moisturizing factors
- Adenosine – helps with wound-healing and barrier repair, is also anti-inflammatory
Sugar molecules are also included which act as humectants – Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE
FRAGRANCE: Artificial sweet smell.
APPLICATION: Glides on very easily all over face and neck without issue. It almost looks like it takes on a gel form
FINISH: Glowy, it looks like there are small particles in the sunscreen that adds to the glow.
FEEL: Sometimes it stings a bit after application. Slightly greasy for initial feel, but it sets to a slight tacky finish.
STINGS EYES? Yes.
WHITECAST / TINTED? No, it does not contain any mineral filters or Tinosorb M, and it does not have an ingredient that creates a powdery film on the skin.
SKIN BENEFITS? Adds extra moisture to my skin.
UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity. On my drier skin type it sets to a tacky finish and I don’t produce a lot of oils or sweat.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE
- High protection – SPF50+ PA++++
- Easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
- Feels light
- Stings my eyes
- Fragrance is strong
- The shimmer – I like that they’re not glittery chunks but it also looks a bit much on the skin, especially with the amount needed to reach the protection as indicated on the label. I’m more wary of this because I have visibly textured skin, but I can see those with less texture and/or wear medium coverage foundations like this and not have a problem with it.
The Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence is a cosmetically elegant formula – no surprises here! Shame it stings my eyes, I’m not a fan of going in with a separate SPF on my eyes purely out of slight inconvenience. Also I really wish they didn’t add shimmer particles in it, it seems like it could’ve been glowy all on its own! For those of you who wear foundation more frequently and like using a luminous primer, you may be able to eliminate that step with just this sunscreen.
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As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!