[* Benton has kindly provided the product for review. All opinions are my own.]
The papaya fruit is one of my favorites. It’s sweet, succulent and has a boatload of benefits not only for the body but also for the skin. It’s no wonder Korean brand Benton Cosmetics is using it for their newest sunscreens.
But first, a little background information on the brand:
THE BENTON STORY
‘Benton’ is inspired by and named after the movie ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ in which Benjamin Button grows younger with time. In the movie, Benjamin has no choice but to leave his love, Daisy as he becomes younger. What if Daisy could also turn back time on her physical appearance, wouldn’t she be happier?It may just be a fictional movie, but wouldn’t most people have the same desire to be young again? Benton desires to restore your skin back to its original, healthy condition with healthy recipes, rather than to give temporary effects with harmful ingredients. Also Benton, presents freshly made products by sticking to small batch production.
PAPAYA VS. THE SUN
Benton’s Papaya-S Sun Cream is Benton’s second physical & chemical suncream designed for outdoor activities. Papaya-S Sun Cream has the highest sun protection factor available in Korea, SPF50+/PA++++. Mixed with chemical and physical sunscreen agents, the suncream effectively blocks both UVA and UVB, and helps to protect skin from external stressors. Also niacinamide and adenosine in the formula help to achieve a bright and smooth complexion.
The Papaya-S Sun Cream comes in a simple white squeeze tube with orange accents, clearly a nod to the papaya fruit. It contains 50 g/ 1.76 oz of product. It is both a physical and chemical sunscreen (I’ll discuss that on later). Now let’s get to the scent. Ugh, I love it so much. It’s a subtle, sweet, citrus scent that doesn’t last long. It lingers around a few minutes after I apply it but then gradually fades out.
Here are the ingredients of the product:
As you can see, it has 43% of Papaya Fruit Water that keeps the skin healthy because the fruit is very much rich in vitamins, antioxidant polyphenols minerals and papain. Papain is actually an enzyme, a protease to be exact, that is effective in pore care, sebum control and exfoliation. Further research shows that it is being used to lighten skin, moisturize and fight free radicals because of its antioxidant content. This suncream also contains Papaya Seed Oil which helps make skin supple and smooth since the oil helps retain the moisture in the skin. With these 2 top ingredients, it’s no wonder that my skin feels so smooth to touch.
With its SPF50+ and PA++++, you can be assured it can give protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Physical sunscreen uses UV filters like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to block the sun’s UV rays while chemical sunscreens absorb UV radiation. That said, this product is suitable and ideal for outdoor use. So if you’re into sports or working out in the field, this is for you.
And after carefully reviewing its other ingredients, this sunscreen is very much a skincare too in the sense that it helps make the overall complexion better over time. There are no visible results now but with the presence of niacinamide and adenosine, I’m hoping after some time, I’ll be able to note some changes. Niacinamide is famous for its effects in improving large pores, fine lines and acne marks. Adenosine, on the other hand, has been used for its anti-aging property.
It’s not altogether too greasy or sticky to touch but it does look shiny. Give it a moment and the shine simmers down a bit. It does leave a white cast but not too noticeable. I had to apply the cream on half of my face to really take note of it. Despite it looking quite greasy and shiny on the skin, it didn’t make my skin more oily over the course of the whole day. I love how it plays so well underneath makeup, be it primer, liquid foundation or just powder.
Papaya-S Sun Cream applied on the skin. Note the white cast as compared to the area where the sun cream was not applied.
The sun cream after a few minutes. Not much white cast is noticeable now.
Benton says that this is recommended for the following skin types: skin exposed to frequent outdoor activities; skin that wants a natural tone-up; dull skin lacking suppleness, skin that wants a light, moist sunscreen; skin that wants protection against UVA/UVB with a minimal white cast. In my opinion, I think this is okay to be used by all skin types. Those with dry and dull skin would especially love this. And if it were up to me, being a dermatologist who advocates the use sun protection all the time, we can all use something to protect us against UVA and UVB.
So if you think that you’re just getting some sun protection with this Benton sun cream, think again. Or better yet, maybe you should try it out for yourself. Thank you Benton for this!
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