Review: COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50+

Formulated with Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract, the daily soothing sunblock is so lightweight that is feels like a moisturizer, and it does not leave any white cast.

COSRX

I was really excited to try COSRX’s Aloe sunscreen, hearing a variety of positive reviews and trusting in many of the brand’s previous products. However, I soon found myself disliking this sunscreen, not so much due to its effectiveness, but rather for its application. Difficult to spread, blend (pills!), and leaving an unfortunate white cast, this product isn’t one I see myself repurchasing based on its application alone (despite its affordable price).

Ingredient Pros and Cons

Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, C14-22 Alcohols, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Triethanolamine, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA

Significant Pros

  • Glycerin (hydrating)
  • Butylene Glycol (moisturizing humectant)
  • Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (sunscreen)
  • Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid (sunscreen)
  • Titanium Dioxide (sunscreen)
  • Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (soothing, moisturizer)
  • Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract (soothing, but low on ingredient list)

Significant Cons

  • Alcohol (skin irritant)
  • Fragrance (skin irritant)

The Takeaway

Though the price ($11-16) is affordable, this product isn’t worth investing in. Aside from its unfortunate application, the low concentration of aloe in comparison to alcohol and fragrance make the sunscreen’s “soothing” claim somewhat dubious. I’d skip this product and opt for drugstore or Purito sunscreen instead.

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