Hi guys! Today I would like to introduce you to another sunscreen which I’ve been using and also really liked a lot (a very close second to my holy grail!) – the Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen Super SPF 50 PA ++++ (seriously.. what is it with Japan and their weird super long product names?!). As usual, let’s check out its ingredients below.
CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, WATER (AQUA), ZINC OXIDE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, TRISILOXANE, ALCOHOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, POLYGLYCERYL-3 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, HYDROGEN DIMETHICONE, DIETHYLAMINO HYDROXYBENZOYL HEXYL BENZOATE, ISOSTEARIC ACID, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, SILICA, MICA (CI 77019), TOCOPHEROL, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, POLYQUATERNIUM-51, BHT, HYDROXYAPATITE, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT
You should note that this sunscreen has both physical as well as chemical filters.
How does the Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen Super fare?
As I’ve mentioned at the start of this post, I really liked this sunscreen. Firstly, it is a broad spectrum sunscreen providing both UVA and UVB protection and it is also SPF 50. Secondly, it has a very light watery texture typical of Japanese sunscreens, which means that I can use about 1/2 teaspoon (about 2.5 ml) for my face and neck without feeling like a sticky greasy mess. In fact, the texture of this product is even more runny than my favourite Shiseido Anessa sunscreen. Thirdly, it provides a nice base for my makeup without any whitish cast to my face. I’ve been really enjoying this sunscreen as the temperatures in Singapore rise even further because the texture is so light despite its protective powers.
I put this to the test by using it in the sun while on construction sites and I didn’t burn at all, or even turn pink. However, I did notice that I gained a little colour to my face which doesn’t usually happen when I use my Anessa sunscreen. Therefore, I like using this sunscreen at times when I’m just staying in the office the whole day or when I’m going out with my friends or family during the weekend where I’ll be mostly in the shade. In short, I highly recommend this product for daily use if you do not need to be in the sun too often.
Note: As this product is very water resistant, you’ll definitely need a makeup remover to remove it thoroughly.
Where can you find it?
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I chanced upon Stratia’s Liquid Gold when I was looking for a moisturiser with ceramides which would help my skin to better resist the drying effects of the retinol treatments that I was using, especially after my disastrous experiment with Differin and Benzoyl Peroxide. I was looking for something which would repair and fortify my skin since I believe that my skin barrier was compromised due to that experiment. This post on Reddit on Asian Beauty convinced me that I need Stratia Liquid Gold in my life.
As usual, let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?
Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Niacinamide, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Rosa Mosqueta (Rose) Hip Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Squalane (olive-derived), Cetyl Alcohol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA.
Stratia’s Liquid Gold contains 3 different types of ceramide which are namely Ceramide NP (Ceramide 3), Ceramide AP (Ceramide 6) and Ceramide EOP (Ceramide 9).
How did the Stratia Liquid Gold fare?
I’ll preface this review by informing you that this is a really small indie skincare brand. The products are literally made by the founder and owner herself, mixed from scratch. Therefore if you are leery of it, please look away now. However, if you want to give it a chance, please carry on.
Stratia claimed that their Liquid Gold is a lightweight but powerful moisturizer that fortifies your skin’s moisture barrier to help heal, hydrate, strengthen, and soothe. Liquid Gold is formulated with ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids to mimic and strengthen your natural moisture barrier. By healing your dehydration and replenishing that fatty mixture in your stratum corneum, you can address the symptoms of a damaged skin barrier and discover healthy, bouncy, resilient skin.
Now, when I first started on this moisturiser, my skin’s barrier was compromised due to my experiment with Differin and Benzoyl Peroxide. I had stopped all my actives in order to concentrate on repairing my skin. When I used this moisturiser the first night, I really liked its light texture and how it absorbed easily into my skin. Even though this moisturiser has a light texture, I find that it’s nourishing enough on its own. However, one method which I’ve been enjoying recently is to mix a few drops of my La Belle Lune Organic Skin face oil with it and apply it to my face. Finally, I would apply a layer of Jane Scrivner’s ‘OO’ cream over it to seal everything in. It didn’t break me out and I believe that this product is key for repairing my moisture barrier within just a week of using it. My skin looks and feels healthy after incorporating this product into my skincare regime. Another thing which surprised me about this product is that my skin feels unbelievably smooth after using it for around one month. This is despite the fact that Liquid Gold doesn’t have any silicones in it. Stratia’s Liquid Gold has formed part of my core skincare products. Even if I experiment with other products, I would still keep backups of this product in my stash. The only con I could think of with this product is that I cannot use it in the daytime because I find that it tints my skin slightly orange/ yellow since I’m quite fair. This tint is due to the inclusion of two types of sea buckthorn oil, so you don’t have to worry that the tint is due to a product dye. I love Stratia’s Liquid Gold and I’m so glad that I found it when I needed it the most!
Where can you find it?
I bought this product from Stratia’s official website. They also ship worldwide.
It retails at US$24 (60ml sized).
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