This Mentholatum Skin Aqua line is relatively new, introduced in spring 2008 (the other older line is Sun Play). But up until now, I was still trying out different sunscreens out there, starting with Sofina Perfect UV, then Allie Comfortable Sunscreen EX (both Perfect and WaterTouch). So I guess I'm totally ready to try something new.
See the list of ingredients translated from Japanese.
I like this sunscreen a lot, but I only use it for my neck and chest area even though the packaging says it is for both facial and body use. It is unscented, which is great, but the alcohol content is a bit much for my taste - I can smell it the instant I pump out some into the palm of my hands! But then again, toners are fancy cosmetic-grade alcohol too with some other things thrown in, right? While I'm not above using products with alcohol (I do use toners sometimes and the sunscreen I wear every day has alcohol in it!) and my skin is not particularly sensitive to alcohol, this sunscreen with its puny SPF27 PA++ is not enough to warrant even more alcohol to dry out my already skin. And plus when I tried applying a little bit on the back of my hand, it didn't feel like it would be moisturizing enough for my face anyway.
For my neck and chest though, it is a good daily use sunscreen. It gets so humid here that anything else will turn into a sticky and sweaty mess in an hour or so. Neutrogena was a total disaster. Clarins had zero substantivity. Lancome was okay for dry weather but couldn't deal with humidity. California Baby and Badger were both impossible to rub in. The European ones had excellent protection but again, turned icky with humidity. Anything Japanese that was waterproof required an oil cleanser to remove, and I really didn't feel like slathering cleansing oil all my neck and chest too in addition to my face.
I still don't, which is why this Skin Aqua UV Moisture Gel is so great for daily use on the body. Mind you, I'm NOT recommending this stuff for swimming or other outdoor activities that requires prolonged sun exposure or contact with water under sun exposure. I normally stay out of the sun or make effort to cover up anyway, but in the occasion when my shirt is cut a bit low, etc., at least this gel provide some protection for those errand runs, shopping or even a short walk through the park. Other benefits include the fact that it doesn't need an oil cleanser for thorough removal but at the same time, substantive enough to withstand the heat, the wetness, and all the sweating that comes with the former two. The texture is a super light skim milk-like gel that absorbs instantly and is cooling to the touch.
It is also worth mentioning that while visiting my parents, with no other sunscreens handy at the time I used this Skin Aqua UV Moisture Gel prior to an impromptu paddling activity in a lake. Remember this backyard?
Yep, we were having lunch at my in-laws when someone suggested we all should go paddling in that beautiful lake. And we did. My mum, my sister, my sister's best friend who was there with us, and I all used this sunscreen on our necks, arms, and legs, wherever we were exposed to the bright sun. After a whole hour spent up in mile high elevation with little atmosphere to block the UV rays, under the clear blue sky with not even a cloud to shade the sun light, none of us were burned or even tanned (I was wearing a tank top and had no tan lines!). Hubby, on the other hand, was having too much fun to stop and put some sunscreen on and boy, he had lobster arms and neck for the next few days. Poor thing *chuckles*