Review: Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream SPF38+++

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

First Impressions

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.

First application

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 :) !

Overall Thoughts

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.

Review: REN Evercalm Cleansing Milk for Sensitive / Rosacea skin


Although Papulex has been working wonders for me for the past two years, I felt like trying something new to help with the redness I still experience with my Rosacea.

I’ve recently picked up a new cleanser, which took me a lot of courage cause I almost always break out with anything new that I use due to my sensitive rosacea skin type.

This cleanser is from REN and it’s one of their best sellers… the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk.

REN terms themselves as clean skincare, and their products excludes bad skin ingredients like parabens, sulphates, additives and more.

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Review: Indeed Lab’s Hydraluron for Sensitive / Rosacea Skin

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Indeed Lab’s claims that Hydraluron boosts moisture levels in one’s skin daily. It contains the purest form of hyaluronic acid – an incredibly hydrating ingredient that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water – as well as red marine algae – which mildly stimulates blood circulation – to provide maximum delivery of moisture beneath the skin’s surface.

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Review: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Hydrating Serum on Sensitive/Rosacea Skin


Recently, my skin’s getting kinda dry and tight. Maybe it’s work stress, and I have been breaking out more than usual as well. So I thought… what’s the best way to add moisture without changing my oil-free moisturiser that I absolutely love? Serums.

Serums are a concentrate that targets a particular skin problem, thus we often see serums targeting brightening complexions, fading scars, hydration and more.

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How to calm Rosacea flare-ups quickly

“Rosacea is known as a disorder of flare-ups and remissions, where symptoms come and go, so the goal is not only to decrease the severity and duration of flare-ups, but to maintain remission to increase the length of time between outbreaks,” – Dr. Julie Harper, clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Waking up with a Rosacea flare-up / breakout overnight isn’t the easiest thing to deal with… Here’s some of my tried and tested methods of how to get a Rosacea flare under control in the shortest time.

  1. Keep to the bare minimum
    My skincare only consists of a cleanser and an oil-free moisturiser, which is already the most basic. Some of us do have more intensive regimes filled with serums, lotions, oils, creams. Scrap them for the time being during a flare, and just stick to the bare minimum – which is cleanse and moisturise. This helps to let your skin breathe and also not make things any worse.
  2. Take fever medicine
    I discovered this when I got really ill some time ago, and realised that my skin cleared up with minimal redness. How strange! I usually look worse when I am ill. I looked at the meds and realise there’re two types of anti-inflammatory meds (one for sorethroat and the other being ibuprofen) that I took. It’s not really the most legit way but if taking fever medicine can calm a bad flush down, why not?
  3. Good quality sleep always helps
    When I say sleep, I mean good quality sleep. Sleep decreases stress levels and that’s something very important for someone who is stressed out with his/her outbreak. Do not overheat when you sleep. Many people tend to be addicted to warmth, meaning they wrap themselves up with a thick comforter even if it’s not really that cold. I am one of them. You’ll end up sweating while sleeping, leading to red, oily skin when you wake up in the morning. Keep ventilated and only use a thin blanket if it’s cold.
  4. Treat with an anti-inflammatory mask
    I use a highly anti-inflammatory mask when having a flare-up from Honeylab – Honevo Rosacea. Just spread a thin layer of kanuka honey and do my thing for a few hours, and the inflammation/redness is always greatly reduced. While doing the mask, try to relax, and drink a lot of water to flush out toxins.
  5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
    The most instinctive thing to do when one is flushing is to grab ice water and down it in an instant. But no, stay away from iced water. Your body uses more energy to heat up iced water, creating more heat in the body instead. Keep to regular temperature water. The trick is to drink and keep on peeing till your pee is clear. I notice when I have a flare-up, I will usually have dark yellow pee.

Even the strongest person can break down at times dealing with this condition. There is no cure. There is no remission forever. When it comes back, deal with it. Once you stop fighting, it consumes you – it doesn’t just stop there, it keeps getting worse.

Take care and keep fighting, fellow Rosaceans.

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So I recently took a break from work, and decided to try out Tea Tree Oil to help my sensitive, Rosacea skin that is prone to redness, surface dryness and breakouts.

I’ve heard a great many things about Tea Tree Oil and it’s antiseptic properties, and was excited about the benefits it could bring to my skin.

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Hakatere Conservation Park (Mount Sunday)

The set for Edoras, the main city of the Rohan people in Lord of the Rings was built on Mount Sunday. It’s not an easy feat climbing up this mountain and the winds were especially strong at the peak, but the scenery is definitely worth the effort.

Driving a camper van on raw gravel road for a good two to three hours is certainly exhausting and uncomfortable. Rent a small vehicle for a more comfortable ride.

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My skincare routine is simple – just cleanse, moisturise and doing a nightly medical honey mask and that’s about it for now. I don’t know where I found the guts to try out a new product but I’m glad I did.

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