So I’ve recently fallen in love with Asian Beauty products. Being a regular lurker on Reddit Asianbeauty, I found many good and affordable brands that suits sensitive skin, and one brand I have been using religiously is Benton.
I’m in love with their highly rated Snail Bee line, and it works perfectly for my rosacea, sensitive, dehydrated skin type. Imagine my excitement when I heard about their latest sunscreen, the Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream SPF 38+++.
The Ingredients List
This is a combination sunscreen – containing both physical and chemical blockers. Highlighted ingredients have an acne trigger of more than 1 on COSDNA.
Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water(55%), Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glyceryl Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Panthenol, Carica Papaya Seed Oil(5000ppm), Glyceryl Caprylate, Stearic Acid, Water, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract (750ppm), Tocopherol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Papain(100ppm), Propanediol, Adenosine, Sodium Gluconate, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Algin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Bud Extract, Glucose, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Oil
As with the other products in the Benton line, the new Papaya-D Sun Cream SPF38+++ comes in a non-opaque squeeze tube packaging that is sturdy and practical. I admit though, I was rather surprised at the strong citrus scent that smells like lemons when I opened up the tube. Was a little sad that fragrance was included in the sunscreen as they do not include fragrance in their other lines usually.
The consistency is quite light and easy to spread. There was a slight white cast but it wasn’t as obvious as some other sunscreens I’ve tried. The citrus scent was quite overpowering but dissipated after 30 minutes of wear.
After a few hours, the cream felt kinda heavy and my face also got really oily. I had to blot 3-4 times, compared to once a day usually. At the end of the day, I did notice two new whiteheads and much more oil than usual.
Day 10 of trial
At the end of 10 days of continuous use, I could no longer keep up with the trial and have to stop using the product. My pores were more obvious, skin redness is more obvious, and I developed some new clogs and inflammed zits. It definitely points to the new sunscreen as the culprit as I didn’t introduce any other new products to my routine.
[Q&A with Benton]
At the start of my testing period, I also emailed Benton on some questions that I had regarding the product. They were very helpful in the reply, which I will share below:
1. Why a physical and chemical sunscreen? Isn’t a physical only sunscreen more suited for problem and sensitive skin? What’s the rationale for choosing both physical and chemical blockers? Do users need to reapply every few hours as chemical sunscreen will degrade after a few hours of application?
Benton: To some sensitive skin types, chemical susncreen might be irritating. However, physical sunscreen also can be a burden on sensitive skin types, for being not easily washed off. Sunscreens, either physical or chemical, might be irritating , but we recommend using sunscreen suitable to your skin, since the benefits outweighs the sun damage.
We created a hybrid sunscreen for effective sun protection, by making chemical & physical sunscreen agents can complement each other. Physical sunscreen typically leaves a white cast and provides less protection from UVA. We enhanced protection from UVA by adding chemical sunscreen agents on top of physcial sunscreen.
It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours outdoors, because sunscreens are likely to be smeared by sweat or sebum especially in hot summer.
Papaya-D Sun cream is designed for daily use, to use indoors or when you are casually exposed to the sun. (since UVA rays penetrate windows or curtains, it is recommended to wear sunscreen indoors, too)
2. I noticed a strong Citrus fragrance when I tested the product. Why the choice to include fragrance in this product when your other lines do not usually include fragrance? Will this Citrus oil included be suitable for sensitive skin?
Benton: Benton products mostly do not contain artificial fragrance, but we added essential oils instead because the ordor of its ingredients can be unpleasant. Lemon oil functions as fragrance, but it also protects skin. To some sensitive skin types, the pH of it might be irritating, but it is contained in a small amount. If you are worried, we recommend patch test to other body parts before applying to your face.
3. It’s mentioned the product has a moisturising component – do you have any statistics to share on percentage in increase of skin hydration after application?
(1. before application / 4. after application)
4. Why choose to do SPF38 instead of higher SPF numbers? Is SPF38 suitable for daily wear in the office or outdoor activities?
Benton: Papaya-Sun Cream is designed for daily wear and SPF38/ PA+++ is actually a good sun protection level. Higher SPF has its pros and cons as it can be a burden on skin. About higher SPF, please stay tuned for upcoming surprises :) !
I guess I really wanted to like this sunscreen cause it’s from Benton, which I have used products with good results, but this product does not seem to agree with my skin. I’d probably recommend this for those with dryer skin types and skin that is not so sensitive (due to this being a combination sunscreen and fragrance).
And so, the search for the perfect sunscreen continues.
Disclaimer: I’ve received this product for review purposes from Benton Cosmetics.
All comments/opinions are my own.