Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun

the claim

The Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun SPF 50+ PA++++⁣⁣ claims to be an all EWG Green Level (1-2) chemical sunscreen that leaves no white cast, does not irritate and is gentle around the eyes to deliver a refreshing and soft product without greasiness. Sun protection is enhanced with soothing centella extract and anti-aging tocopherol.
 
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun SPF 50+ PA++++⁣⁣
 

the science

Providing the bulk of the sun protection properties of the cream are high absorption, oil soluble chemical filters that enhance water resistance and also deliver excellent photostability. Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, provides UVA protection to minimise skin overexposure to ultraviolet radiation and Ethylhexyl Triazone is an UVB filter which helps to achieve a high sun protection factor (SPF).

Dicaprylyl Carbonate is one of several emollients in the formula, often used in sunscreen to enhance its spreadability. It exhibits a similar effect to silicones, leaving a dry, soft and comfortable finish. From a functional angle, it provides a protective film that assists to enhance the lipid layer, trapping in moisture. Other emollients that support this function include Dibutyl Adipate, Caprylyl Glycol and Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, the latter additionally enhancing the water resistance of the product.

Second in concentration, Butylene Glycol assists to increase penetration of other ingredients and hence boost their effectiveness. It can help to thin product consistency which may be useful in achieving a light texture. It can also draw moisture from the air back into the skin cells, adding support to prominent humectant Glycerin (position 3).

Some well respected ingredients are included to address skin tone, moisture and texture. Niacinamide, Vitamin B3, helps to brighten skin by inhibiting melanin production and easing hyperpigmentation to improve uneven tone. Hyaluronic Acid assists to hydrate the skin through an ability to bind to water and fill the spaces between connective skin fibres, achieving a plumping effect.

Soothing and anti-ageing ingredients complete the formula. Traditionally used in Asian medicine for its healing ability, Cica is a diverse ingredient offering anti-inflammatory benefits to ease irritation and acne while restorative behaviour stimulates new cell growth, builds collagen and improves circulation. Adenosine has proven anti-wrinkle benefits due to its ability to energize the skin’s surface, helping it to look smoother and younger. As it is naturally present in the body, it is a beneficial for all skin types.

Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antifungal properties in Lavender Oil make it a nourishing and hydrating treatment for problem skin. It has been shown to be an effective treatment for eczema and also acne, fighting the bacteria that causes it as well as helping to regulate sebum production. Similar properties give Chamomile Oil  its reputation as a soothing ingredient, capable of treating irritated, flaky, dry and eczema prone skin conditions as well as being a good minor wound healer.

Tocopherol (Vitamin E), boosts the antioxidant power of these oils to collectively deliver a potent free radical neutralising solution to help prevent premature ageing.
 

the ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dibutyl Adipate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Silica, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Chamomile) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin
 
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun Ingredients
 

the packaging

The Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun is presented in an opaque plastic tube with screw top lid. When brand new, an aluminum foil seal over the opening assures the product remains fresh. The sunscreen is stored in a recycled, eco-friendly outer package.
 
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun Packaging
 

the analysis

An ideal assessment is returned from both the CosDNA and EWG databases, rating the Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun an ideal, all green, low hazard with no warning flags.
 
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun CosDNA Analysis
 

the application

After finishing your skin care routine, apply the sun cream to the skin and follow with foundation if applying makeup for a perfectly radiant, dewy finish. Reapply as needed.
 
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun Directions
 

the scent

The sun cream has a light and pleasant herbal scent without any added fragrance.
 

the cost

The 60ml tube of sun cream costs approximately USD$19.00 (or AUD$27.00).
 

the availability

Purito products are available at Korean skincare boutiques. I received mine directly from the brand.
 

the expiry

The sun cream has a three year shelf life and must be used within 12 months of opening.
 
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun Expiry
 

the performance

Purito both talks the talk and walks the walk when it comes to being a green brand and implementing their Safe + Honest philosophy. Product boxes are recycled assuring an eco-friendly packaging solution, profits helping to support KFEM (Korean Federation For Environmental Movement). Furthermore, the formula for this sunscreen certainly achieves an all green rating as promised, confirmed by safe CosDNA and EWG assessments. The brand is 100% cruelty free (no animal testing) and 100% vegan with a portion of their profits also donated to the Best Friend Animal Society.
 
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun Safety
 
Attractive in appearance, this sunscreen is packaged like many other Korean products of this nature, in a squeeze tube with controlled opening and screw top lid. It’s highly portable, the narrow design and plastic casing making it easy to slip into a handbag without adding bulk or spillage risk. It retains the palest of yellow hues and a light creamy consistency. The natural herbal scent is refreshing and pleasant, the smell mostly attributed by lavender essential oil. The product offers the highest available protection rating for both UVA and UVB radiation, PA++++ and SPF50+ respectively.
 
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun Texture
The small opening is perfect for controlling the amount of product to dispense. It applies so easily, gliding on smoothly and sinking in effortlessly. Its lightweight nature will please even oily skin types, while its ability to also add moisture back into the skin will resonate with drier complexions. It takes just a few minutes to fully dry down to a matte finish, leaving no noticeable residue behind. There is no hint of greasiness or tackiness which is very satisfying. Having a chemical UV filter, it pleasantly lacks a white cast. Makeup isn’t a problem either as it doesn’t interfere with foundation, rather if anything, enhancing it as it provides a dewy canvas for application.

There are notable ingredients in the formula that provide skin the additional benefit of a moisture boost. These include Hyaluronic Acid and a good concentration of Glycerin. After application, my face definitely feels moisturised, much like the outcome of using an emulsion. There is no occlusive feeling, as such, it is light and refreshing without clogging the pores or creating congestion.

Cica contributes a soothing effect however, as I don’t suffer acne or inflammation, I couldn’t really put this to the test. Suffices to say, this ingredient has proven healing properties. However, just as I wouldn’t rely on this product alone to moisturise my skin, I would suggest a similar approach for skin healing too. My advice would be to apply it over other anti-inflammatory layers as needed to enhance these benefits rather than solely relying on the sun cream to provide them. After all, this is a sunscreen (with soothing and moisturising capability) not a dedicated moisturiser or serum designed to calm the skin.
 
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun
I didn’t observe any brightening or anti-ageing benefits that niacinamide plus tocopherol and adenosine respectively promise but also after using this for less than a fortnight, I didn’t expect such outcomes. Similar to the soothing and moisturising effects, I would not be relying on this sunscreen alone to deliver such benefits.

Another aspect of this sunscreen that I really appreciate is that it doesn’t adversely affect the eyes. No stinging! As such, I apply it over my eyelids, literally covering my entire face, excluding my lips (only because I don’t want to ingest it). It really is a lightweight, easy to use sun cream that is gentle, safe and effective.
 
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun
 

the conclusion

The Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun is a beautiful product. It does everything I expect from a sunscreen effectively and elegantly. I love this product and have no hesitation recommending it for all skin types.
 
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun
 

the summary

Pros Cons
Provides a high level of sun protection Only available online for Australians
Suitable for all skin types
Elegant, hygienic presentation
CosDNA approved; EWG green safety rating
Doesn’t interfere with other layers or makeup
Gentle enough to use on the eyelids
No stickiness or greasiness, no white cast
Fast, near matte, dewy finish

the references

Purito website
Dicaprylyl Carbonate Truth In Aging
Butylene Glycol The Dermatology Review
Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate Drug Bank
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene Truth In Aging
Quantification of Sunscreen Ethylhexyl Triazone in Topical Skin-Care Products by Normal-Phase TLC/Densitometry Anna W. Sobanska & Jaroslaw Pyzowski
Sodium Hyaluronate Truth In Aging
Centella asiatica: The miracle ingredient your skin needs Oh Lolly
Lavender and skin safety Truth In Aging
10 Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil for Skin and Recipes for Each Laura Sumner
Chamomile Skin Benefits, Super Ingredient = Excellent Results Perfect Image

 


the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.
 
This product was provided to me free of charge by Purito for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by Purito, any of its representatives or any other third party.
 


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