3 Korean Sunscreens You’ll Love to Wear Everyday

It’s February. While the warmth is long gone (especially for New Yorkers), the sun is still damaging our skin! But finding a sunscreen that is effective, comfortable, and compatible with our skin type and makeup can be a challenge. That’s why I’ve tested dozens of sunscreens and rounded up three Korean beauty brands that you’ll love to wear. Whether you have oily, dry, or sensitive skin, these sunscreens will keep you safe and glowing all season long.

First up, we have the Isntree Onion Newpair Sunscreen, ($16 USD) also known as the Purple Protector. This sunscreen was created by Cassandra Bankson, a popular acne influencer and licensed medical aesthetician, in collaboration with Isntree, a vegan and cruelty-free brand. The Purple Protector is a chemical sunscreen with SPF 40 and PA+++, which means it offers high protection against both UVA and UVB rays. It contains 5% Korean Muan red onion extract, which helps to soothe redness and reduce the appearance of acne scars. It also has silica, which gives the sunscreen a silky finish and helps to control oil. The purple tint of the sunscreen is designed to neutralize discoloration and blend in invisibly on all skin tones. The texture is lightweight, hydrating, and non-sticky, and the formula is fragrance-free and non-irritating. If you have acne-prone or oily skin, this sunscreen is perfect for you. You can hear Cassandra talk more about the Purple Protector here.

Next, we have the Scinic Enjoy Super Mild Sun Essence, ($8 USD) a hydrating and refreshing sunscreen with SPF 50 and PA++++. This sunscreen is also chemical, but it uses only new-generation filters that are safer and more stable. It has a watery essence texture that feels like a moisturizer and leaves no white cast or greasy residue. It contains panthenol, glacial water, and seven plant-based extracts to instantly cool and calm sun-irritated skin. It also has niacinamide, which brightens the skin and improves the skin barrier. This sunscreen is suitable for all skin types, especially dry or dehydrated skin.

Finally, we have the iUNIK Centella Calming Daily Sunscreen, ($16 USD) a mild and gentle sunscreen with SPF 50 and PA++++. This sunscreen is also chemical, but it is organic and reef-safe, meaning it does not harm the marine environment. It contains 49% centella asiatica extract, a popular ingredient in Korean skincare that helps to heal and repair damaged skin. It also has beta-glucan and adenosine, which moisturize and smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The sunscreen has a cream texture that is unscented and non-sticky, and it leaves a natural finish without a white cast. This sunscreen is ideal for sensitive or irritated skin.

These sunscreens are not only affordable but enjoyable to use… You can find them on various online platforms, such as Amazon, Stylevana, YesStyle, and iHerb. Don’t forget to apply generously!