Is this the best sunscreen for every skin type? Krave Beauty Beet The Sun SPF50 PA++++ Sunscreen Review

Thursday 27 June 2019

Krave Beauty Beet The Sun SPF50 PA++++ sunscreen

People usually hate this skincare step, but some people love it! Sunscreen might not be your favourite step and there's a huge number of reasons why people don't use them - problems with using sunscreen under the makeup, white cast or even problem with finding ideal protection. Sunscreens can be tricky, but if I have to choose a sunscreen I've got a system - always go for Asian (Korean or Japanese) sunscreens and buy them from brands which you can trust, that's why this time I gave a chance to Krave Beauty Beet The Sun Sunscreen. 

Why do you need sunscreen in your routine?

During my quite short but still useful practice, I met only one woman wearing sunscreen every day (still, she didn't reapply it). In a previous post which I encourage you to check I wrote a bit about UVB, UVA and why we need sunscreens. Sunscreens don't only "slow down the ageing process" (in fact they just prevent free radicals from damaging your body - even on a DNA level) but also protect skin from skin cancer - obviously, it doesn't mean that if you wear sunscreen you won't have skin cancer because skin diseases just like other diseases aren't that easy to understand but if you protect your skin well the chance of getting skin cancer will be lower. If you have problems with acne and scars or pigmentation then using sunscreen should be obligatory for you - UV rays can make skin changes like dark spots harder to remove.

About Krave Beauty

The reason why I got interested in Krave Beauty is the fact that this brand was founded by Liah Yoo - a skincare blogger who helped many people treat their acne-prone skin. I think about her as an inspiration for my studies, you don't even know how many times Liah's videos were useful to me in contact with the client or even during exams - yes, I use skincare bloggers and their knowledge to pass exams because the Internet is full of amazing articles and some of them might not be true but there are also places where you can learn something new. The reason why I trust Liah and Krave Beauty is a focus not only on skincare but also lifestyle, the brand's motto #pressreset shows it the best since skincare is not only about the product but health condition, diet and lifestyle in general. The line of Krave Beauty product is small - it contains only 4 steps - cleansing foam, AHA (exfoliator), sunscreen and serum. The brand wants to focus on skin needs and transparent policy.  I feel like Krave Beauty doesn't have to buy ads online or in the press - people will help them with marketing because this brand is actually listening to them and understanding their problems well. 

Krave Beauty Beet The Sun SPF50 PA++++ sunscreen

Pro design

I can't decline that good design can be helpful. In Beet The Sun case the size and design are the reasons why I would buy it once again - the bottle might be a little, for some people 50 ml of sunscreen might be not enough but remember that usually sunscreen can be used for 6-12 months from the first use. I think about the size as an advantage because I can easily put it in my bag and it won't take too much space or put it in the pocket of my lab coat. I don't know why but the packaging reminds me of hospital and prescription drugs.

Texture and the scent

Typical sunscreen is white like milk and the texture is somewhere between serum and moisturizer - something like lotion. Beet The Sun is not a typical sunscreen, it's a gel-type sunscreen with a slightly yellow/green shade of the texture. 

Krave Beauty Beet The Sun SPF50 PA++++ sunscreen

SPF and PA

I hope you know what SPF and PA mean. SPF shows UVB protection while PA - UVA protection. Even if sunscreen has SPF 50+ on a label it doesn't mean that you won't have to reapply the sunscreen. In this case, SPF 47/50 and PA ++++ gives good protection - obviously, it's what I can see after seeing the data. UVA and UVB rays have different wavelengths, protecting ingredients don't always cover all wavelengths but they can complement each other. 

What's inside Krave Beauty Beet The Sun

Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Dibutyl Adipate, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Alcohol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Glycerin,  Pentylene Glycol, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Polysilicone-15, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Methylpropanediol, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 80, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Sorbitan Oleate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Resveratrol

So what we can find inside? Let's start with sun protection. This sunscreen is a newer type of sunscreen because it contains ingredients such as Diethylaminobutoxybenzoylhexyl Benzoate also known as Uvinul A Plus - a chemical sunscreen, it protects your skin from UVA (320-400 nm). Another protecting ingredient is Tinosorb S also known as Bis-Heptyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyltriazine which covers both UVA and UVB (280-400 nm) and it's not allowed by the FDA which is sad because this ingredient became very popular lately in other parts of the world. Ethylhexyl Triazone is known as Uvinul T 150 protects your skin from UVB (280-320nm). The situation with Uvinul T 150 is similar to Tinosorb S.  Amiloxate is nothing else than another name for Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate, protects your skin from UVB (280-320nm). This one is also banned in the US. Polysilicone-15 also known as Parsol SLX and it helps with UVB (280-320nm). There are some stabilizers so your skin stays protected by sunscreen ingredients but there's also a huge number of emollients such as Dibutyl Adipate. The main star - Beet Root Extract also known as Beta Vulgaris Root Extract is very surprising, did you know that Beet Root Extract can be not only an antioxidant but also a good moisturizer? Another surprise is Epigallocatechin Gallate - EGCG, it's a polyphenol found in green tea. It's an antioxidant used in dietary supplements (still, I do not encourage you to try supplements because supplement overdoes really exist). Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is also there! It's a form of Vitamin C, why it's good? Because it boosts collagen production, it helps with pigmentation, dull skin and redness. Last but not least, Resveratrol - an antioxidant which we want more in skincare products because antioxidants are super good - especially after sun exposure! 

Krave Beauty Beet The Sun SPF50 PA++++ sunscreen

Difference between versions

Krave Beauty Beet The Sun has two different versions of the product - one for the Korean market and one for the US market. Why? In South Korea, you can buy Beet The Sun SPF 50+ PA++++ version, the one I got is a Beet The Sun SPF 47 PA++++ version which is also a Korean version but I think the SPF got changed between the time I bought it (I bought it almost after the release) and the time I published this review. The US version is the same as SK version but you won't find any information on SPF and PA on US version because in the US this product is not sold as a sunscreen but a protecting fluid, it's all about US law. In the US sunscreens are sold as drugs and they are regulated by FDA, Beet The Sun is not sold as a sunscreen because it contains Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine aka Tinosorb S - sunscreen ingredients which are not allowed to use in the US. The differences between places and sunscreens can be really surprising. 

How does Krave Beauty Beet The Sun work?

I feel like once you try Krave you won't go back to another sunscreen. I literally ended up my first bottle after 3 months of using this sunscreen every day (sometimes even using it to reapply). And I feel like there's no way back to any other sunscreen. It's a delicate gel formula, it won't leave any white cast on the skin, you won't even feel like it's on your skin since it doesn't leave any sticky film on the surface of the skin. My first days with it didn't work the best - I had problems with using cushion, sunscreen and moisturizer but it quickly turned out that the moisturizer was a problem. After changing the moisturizer the problem was solved. I'm aware that lots of people are annoyed with using sunscreen on eyelids - usually, it's a painful process but Krave is ideal for the eye area. It doesn't sensitize my skin and eyes, the scent is very subtle - it almost doesn't exist. It's definitely a sunscreen for dry and combo skin - or dehydrated skin, with oily, combo-oily skin there's a small problem but once I use sunscreen, foundation and mineral powder the problem is solved. It's a moisturizing formula. The size is a huge advantage of this product, I take it with me everywhere I go, even during my practice I was able to keep it in the pocket of a  lab uniform. It's easy to apply.

Krave Beauty Beet The Sun SPF50 PA++++ sunscreen

How much does it cost?

The bottle of Krave Beauty Beet The Sun costs $20, is it a low price? I wouldn't say it's low but I can't agree it's expensive, it's a price I can spend on a good sunscreen.

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