A great sunscreen or a floop? | Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen Review

Wednesday 31 May 2023

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen

It's sunscreen season and Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen is one of the most interesting new releases this year. It's a product that surprised me since its first use, but is Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen worth it? Or maybe you should try another sunscreen instead? 

What's UV?  

UV stands for Ultraviolet, it's nothing else than the selected range of frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum. UV rays are not visible to humans but it doesn't mean that they don't exist. Each type of UV - UVA, UVB and UVC has different wavelengths and different properties.     

UVA, UVB and UVC - what does each of them do and where you can meet them?   

I'm sure you know about UVA and UVB but UVC or the difference between UVA2 and UVA1? Let's start from the shortest wavelengths - UVC (100nm - 280nm) exist in space and it's absorbed by the ozone layer, it can kill bacteria that's why on Earth you can find it in germicidal lamps - you might ask me, but these lamps are usually visible to a human - it's because they are made in a way that makes them safe for you and other people - you shouldn't enter the room when the UV lamp is on and make people aware that the lamp is on we add other substances so the lamp has a blue/purple colour when it's on. This technology is used for example at labs and hospitals. We all remember UVB (280nm –315nm) because it is told that B in UVB stands for BURN. Indeed, this UV length is responsible for sunburns, but it also helps with the synthesis of Vitamin D - a vitamin which we all need because lack of it can lead to osteoporosis. UVB is focused on the epidermis aka the outer layer of the skin while UVA (315nm –400nm) can penetrate through the epidermis and dermis so it penetrates your skin deeper. A in its name stands for Aging. The bad news is that UVA can penetrate glass, and both UVA and UVB make lots of damage including skin cancer and oxidative stress.     

Should I wear sunscreen at home?   

We already know that UVA penetrates through the glass so do we need to use sunscreen at home? Yes, especially if you spend lots of time working near the window then it's better to put on a layer of sunscreen in the morning and have any type of protection at home as well. But you can also use window films to reduce the risk. The choice is left to you, what I do is keep my blinds on the window during the entire morning and when the sun is not that intense because my windows are situated on the Eastern side the light usually starts to fade afternoon - usually by afternoon I already have sunscreen on, few times reapplied.     

What's the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreen?  

It depends on which side we look at this topic. Mineral sunscreens are sunscreens that don't contain any carbon atoms - this automatically makes them inorganic sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens contain carbon atoms, which makes them organic substances. The main difference is that mineral sunscreen usually leaves a white cast, and it's better if we use both Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide for a broad spectrum of UV protection. Chemical sunscreens don't leave a white cast, and they have more sophisticated formulas. Both are amazing, in some cases, PIH (hyperpigmentation), mineral sunscreens, and natural pigments can make a good layer of protection from UV rays.    

About Some By Mi  

Some By Mi is a brand that became successful overnight... Or at least that's how it feels. The name Some By Mi is a combination of "something" and "by a miracle". Some By Mi wanted to create a miracle for the skin that isn't temporary, that's why the team of skin professionals created ideal formulas for your skin with the use of natural ingredients since mother nature gave us many amazing ingredients. Some By Mi avoids so-called "worrisome ingredients". AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle is probably the most known series by Some By Mi, even if this brand has even more to offer! Lately, Some By Mi came out with many new great lines like retinol one and V10 Hyal.   

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen - Packaging  

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen has a bit different design from what I'm used to when I see Some By Mi. I guess we might expect some changes in the design. Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen comes in an orange box with white details and black text. It has an FSC Mix Packaging label and information that we need to shake before every use. As well as PAO date - 12 months information on the bottom. Inside the paper box, you can find a white plastic bottle with an orange cap. It kinda reminds me of Garnier's aesthetic (reviews of Garnier's sunscreens are coming soon). This bottle is tiny since it contains only 40 grams of the formula. I like the applicator, it seems to be very precise. You can easily take it out.   

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen - Texture & Scent  

The texture of Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen is quite liquid and creamy when I touch it. It has white colour at first and it doesn't leave a white tint on my skin, but it makes your skin glowing. It creates this glowy tint on the skin, I notice it has this tone-up effect so I can't say if this sunscreen will look good on darker skin tones but on my skin, if you don't apply it carefully onto your skin it will be visible. Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen has a strong alcohol scent but also a citrus scent which I guess comes from Limonene.   

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen - SPF & PA  

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen has SPF50+ and PA++++ levels of protection. According to the brand, SPF protection is 52.8 and PA 17.1. The PA is okay, but not as good as, for example, La Roche Posay.   

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen - Ingredients  

Water, Dibutyl Adipate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Phenethyl Benzoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Niacinamide, Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Polysilicone-15, Sodium Acrylates Crosspolymer-2, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tromethamine, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydroxyacetophenone, Stearic Acid, Isododecane, Octyldodecanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-6 Behenate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Adenosine, Limonene, Sodium Phytate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Tocopherol, Linalool, 7-Dehydrocholesterol, Biotin, Glutathione, 4-Terpineol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-10 Diisostearate, Linoleic Acid, Ceramide NP, Bioflavonoids, Cyanocobalamin, Menadione, Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ascorbic Acid  

Water hides in cosmetic products under names such as Aqua or Eau. It's a solvent, but it's not your regular drinking water. Water in skin care needs to fit some standards. It should be clean and free from minerals, microorganisms or other substances. Usually, water makes up the majority of the content of the product. Dibutyl Adipate is an oily emollient. This oil-soluble ingredient dissolves in oils. It creates a hydrating film on the surface of the skin to prevent the skin from dehydration. You can meet it in sunscreens as a solvent. Butyloctyl Salicylate is a solvent commonly used in sunscreens. It doesn't only stabilize some sunscreen agents, it also boosts SPF protection. Alcohol is an immense topic in skincare. Alcohol can be good or bad for your skin, but sometimes the amount makes a poison. Alcohol, after all, is a prominent solvent. It makes active substances penetrate the skin deeper. This effect has its cost - the skin is getting a bit irritated. Some substances can be dissolved only in alcohol. This ingredient has antibacterial properties. It works as a preservative by preventing microorganisms from growing in the product. It has some awful sides too - it can dry your skin, mainly if we use it in large amounts. Sensitive skin is not a fan of this ingredient. Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) is a mineral (or physical) sunscreen agent. It protects your skin from UVB and UVA II radiation and might cover some lower waves in UVA I spectrum. It has a typical white colour visible on the skin, unless it's a nano version then this white tint might not be visible at all. This ingredient has a second task - it works as a pigment. Titanium Dioxide works perfectly for skin that needs visible protection like skin with melasma, nice that white pigment works as a barrier or protective film on the skin. It has one additional task, it makes products stay fresh a bit longer. Isononyl Isononanoate is a dry emollient. It prevents skin from dehydration. It has wide use in the beauty industry since it makes product application easier. It helps brush the hair and has anti-static properties. It makes pigments more intensive. It leaves a delicate film on the skin and hair. Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate or Uvinul A Plus is a sun-protecting agent. It covers the UVA range (320-400 nm), and its peak of protection is 354 nm. Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone is silicone, it helps spread the product on skin and hair. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 - a vitamin soluble in water. It helps with problems like wrinkles, acne, skin texture, and enlarged pores and promotes collagen synthesis. Niacinamide makes the skin barrier stronger. It might be handy in cellulite treatments. Do you want to fight pigmentation or uneven skin? Try to mix niacinamide with Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Vitamin C, Tranexamic Acid or Retinol. Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate is an oil-in-water emulsifier. Polymethylsilsesquioxane is a silicone that protects your skin from dehydration by creating a film on the surface of the skin. Silicones have a positive meaning to your skin - they make products easier to spread, make the formula more elegant and even protect skin and hair. Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine is quite a hard name to remember, that's why you can find people talking about this ingredient by calling it Tinosorb S. It's one of the newer types of sunscreen agents and one of the strongest ones. It's a chemical sunscreen that protects skin from UVA (315-400 nm) & UVB (280-315 nm), and its peak is high. It's a stable sunscreen that works with other sun-protecting substances to protect their early photodegradation. Ethylhexyl Triazone or Uvinul T 150 is a sun-protecting agent. It covers the UVB range (280-320nm). Its peak is at 314 nm. 

Polysilicone-15 might sound like a normal ingredient, but the other name of this ingredient is Parsol SLX. You're right! It's a sun-protecting ingredient. It protects your skin from UVB radiation (290-320 nm) and its peak is around 310 nm. It makes a great pair with Avobenzone. It's quite common in hair care products. Sodium Acrylates Crosspolymer-2 is absorbent. It makes the skin looks soft and adds a "blur" effect to it. Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid is a long name, that's why you probably know this ingredient as Mexoryl SX or ecamsule. Mexoryl SX was patented in 1982 by L'oreal so when we talk about other brands we stick to the name Ecamsule. This sunscreen protects your skin from UVA radiation (315–400 nm) and it has its peak at 345nm. It's a chemical sunscreen with high stability. 1,2-Hexanediol is a synthetic solvent and preservative - it protects products from microorganisms by boosting other preservatives. At the same time, it can moisturize the skin, and it has no unpleasant effects on your epidermis. Panthenol is a humectant. It prevents skin from TEWL (Transepidermal Water Loss). Panthenol is also known as vitamin B5, and it helps with inflammation. Panthenol can soothe the skin irritated by preservatives, scent ingredients, and chemical sunscreens - it might have a meaning for lipids in our skin and skin barrier. It speeds up the healing process. It's good to use it after sunbathing. In hair care, Panthenol has moisturizing properties. If you have problems detangling your hair or hair growth go for Panthenol. It is good to mix it with niacinamide and zinc oxide. You can see it in products for atopic dermatitis or psoriasis. Pentylene Glycol is mostly a solvent and stabilizer, but it has great moisturizing properties. Potassium Cetyl Phosphate is a surfactant and emulsifier for oil-in-water formulas. Potassium Cetyl Phosphate is quite common in SPF formulas since it makes sunscreen more water-resistant. Polyhydroxystearic Acid is a dispersing agent for mineral sunscreens and pigments. It makes the white cast less visible. It can work as a thickener. Sorbitan Sesquioleate is a water-in-oil emulsifier. Tromethamine is a synthetic pH adjuster. Aluminum Hydroxide or CI 77002 is a white pigment and emollient. It's used in antiperspirants since it absorbs sweat and sebum. It's also a coating ingredient for UV-protecting ingredients. Hydroxyacetophenone is an antioxidant that is supposed to help preservatives in the formula. Stearic Acid is a fatty acid that works as an emollient and emulsifier. Isododecane is an emollient that leaves a film on the skin. It makes product application easier. Octyldodecanol is an emollient and fatty alcohol. It's also a solvent. Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer is a polymer that works as an emulsifier and thickener. Polyglyceryl-6 Behenate is a stabilizing ingredient, but it's also an oil-in-water emulsifier. It might have some mild, moisturizing properties. Sodium Hyaluronate or sodium salt of hyaluronic acid. It's a form of hyaluronic acid and naturally occurs in the skin. Sodium Hyaluronate has strong water-binding properties. Sodium hyaluronate combined with elastin and collagen is like a scaffolding for the skin. It has hydrating properties and leaves a hydrating film on the skin, but sodium hyaluronate prevents skincare products from drying. Fragrance (Parfum) is a scent composition. It can cause allergic reactions. Glycerin or Glycerol is a humectant. Its origin can be natural or synthetic - depending on the product. It protects TEWL (transepidermal water loss) and naturally occurs in the skin. It's one of the NMFs - natural moisturizing factors. It's practical in hair care. Glycerin won't clog your skin or irritate it just the opposite - it protects your skin from irritation. 

Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate is an oily emollient, but it can be also used in products with surfactants to make formula less harsh. Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate is a water-in-oil emulsifier. Sodium Polyacrylate Starch is an absorbent, but it also thickens the formula. Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate is an emollient and emulsifier. It makes the application of coloured products easier. Adenosine naturally occurs in the skin. One of the adenosine's roles in our bodies is being a neurotransmitter. In skin care, we use adenosine for its anti-wrinkle properties. Adenosine is an anti-inflammatory ingredient. It can boost collagen production. At the same time, it speeds up the healing process. Adenosine can have positive effects on reducing redness. In hair care, adenosine can help with hair loss. Limonene is a scent ingredient, and it makes the product smell like lemon or orange. Limonene can enhance the penetration of other substances, but at the same time, it can irritate the skin. Sodium Phytate is a chelating agent derived from corn. It neutralizes the ions in the products to make sure your product stays fresh a bit longer. Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin works as a chelating ingredient. Tocopherol is an antioxidant known as Vitamin E. It's an oil-soluble vitamin that fights free radicals and makes UVB protection and natural lipid barrier stronger. It's good to mix it with vitamin C for better effects. Oily skin might react with pore-clogging to vitamin E. It is not true that vitamin E works as a preservative or helps with scars. Linalool gives a floral scent to products. It can irritate the skin. Biotin is also called Vitamin B7 or even Vitamin H. We mostly associate biotin with hair and nail conditions since biotin boosts keratin production. It helps with the moisture of skin and hair. Glutathione is an antioxidant that naturally occurs in the skin. It's a tripeptide made out of glutamic acid, glycine and cysteine. It helps with free radical damage and it inhibits melanin which makes it a powerful ingredient to treat pigmentation. Because of the sulfur amount in glutathione, you can use it to moderate sebum production in acne-prone and oily skin types. It speeds up the skin healing process and supports vitamin C and vitamin E, so it's good to use it with both these ingredients. Butylene Glycol is a common ingredient in products. It's not only a solvent. We use butylene glycol because it helps with the penetration of active ingredients, protects products from drying and moisturizes skin and hair. This ingredient can prevent hair loss and make your hair stronger. Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride is a combination of coconut oil and glycerin. It's a notable emollient, quite common in skincare. It leaves a protective film on the surface of the epidermis to save your cutis from dehydration. Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride has a significant role in skin care products - it makes the application process effortless. Some people might experience pore-clogging after using Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride but pore-clogging and skin reactions to ingredients are individual. What works for you might not work for someone else. Hydrogenated Lecithin is a version of lecithin. It works as an emollient in the formulas. Polyglyceryl-10 Diisostearate is a water-in-oil emulsifier. Ceramides naturally occur in the skin - it's like cement in the skin. Ceramide NP strengthens the skin barrier to prevent dehydration. Cyanocobalamin is nothing else than vitamin B12. It's a water-soluble antioxidant. It's an ingredient which you can find in products for wrinkles and pigmentation since this vitamin can help with both. Vitamin B12 is important for hair as well - it might help with dandruff, hair loss and hair breakage. Menadione or vitamin K3, it's a fat-soluble vitamin. It is not as well known in skincare as vitamin C or vitamin E. It improves blood circulation and strengthens blood vessels. It helps with puffiness and reduces the redness of the skin. 

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, sometimes you can see that brands use the term "pure retinol" instead of just "retinol", but it's the same thing. Retinol is an OTC (over-the-counter) retinoid which means that you don't need a prescription to use it (the example of a prescribed retinoid is Tretinoin - an all-trans retinoic acid). Retinol has many positive effects on the skin - it helps with fine lines and wrinkles, acne and blemishes or even skin elasticity. It speeds up the keratinization process which is a process of creating new skin cells. Retinol is an antioxidant, it fights free radical damage. It stimmulates collagen and elastin synthesis. Retinol is a magical ingredient and lately, it became very common in skincare, but we have to remember that retinol needs to convert to retinoic acid, so it has to go through a two-step oxidation process (retinol to retinaldehyde and then retinoic acid), because of that retinol is milder for the skin than all-trans retinoic acid, but it also works weaker. We have to remember that everyone has a different sensitivity to retinol and that retinol is a big no-no during pregnancy or applied on open wounds. We can mix it with other ingredients but be careful of mixing Retinol and Vitamin C in one routine. Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient loved by everyone! Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the skin. It's a glycosaminoglycan or GAG. What does that mean? It's a long polysaccharide - nothing else than sugar, and we all know what sugars do in the skin. It's not different from Hyaluronic Acid - it acts like a humectant. One HA molecule is supposed to hold up to 1000x heavier molecules than this one single HA molecule. Hyaluronic acid can have different molecular weights - smaller molecules are usually more hydrating than bigger ones. Ethylhexylglycerin is a preservative with subtle moisturizing and antimicrobial properties. Ascorbic Acid is an antioxidant that stimulates collagen (type I and III) and elastin production. It helps with pigmentation - both PIE & PIH. It is better to use vitamin C during the morning routine because it boosts the efficiency of sunscreen. Ascorbic Acid can fix what free radicals destroy. Brands recommend mixing ascorbic acid with ferulic acid and vitamin E. Vitamin C has a cardinal role in strengthening the blood vessels and boosting wound healing. Ascorbic Acid in a concentration above 10% might be too irritative for sensitive skin or rosacea - even some acne-prone skin might not enjoy it.   

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen

How does Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen work?   

I have to admit that I was expecting that Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen might be one of the best Korean sunscreens I've tried this year because Some By Mi has some awesome products like their body care line is one of the few lines I can use on my body without getting any allergic reactions or just my skin getting irritated.   

Let's start with some basics. Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen is a sunscreen recommended for sensitive and dry skin that gets irritated by UV rays. My skin is not dry, but it's sensitive. Especially to UV rays since I'm almost albino. It's supposed to soothe the skin after UV damage and reduce the amount of UV-generated melanin. It sounds sweet, I would say people with melasma would enjoy this one, after all, it was tested in blue light clinically.   

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen contains V10 Hyal - patented solution. It's a vita-tection solution (vitamin + protection). What does it mean? Some By Mi mixed 10 vitamins: A, B5, B12, C, D, E, P, F, H and K to provide your skin with lots of antioxidants. Add Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise the skin and protect the skin barrier.   

There's some information which I kinda can't get, according to the brand it has 60 in brightening, 30 in blemish care and 10 in tone-up. And I don't get if it's related to percentage or something else. I wish this information would be more precise, but when you see the graphic created by the brand you can know that it has high soothing properties, above medium tone-up effect, low oiliness effect and high adhesiveness effect. I don't know if high adhesiveness is a good thing but I believe it means it sticks well to the skin, because nope it's neither oily nor sticky.   

It's a reef-safe formula if that matters to you, but there's no information if the product is cruelty-free or vegan.   

I wanted to love Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen since it's a good brand, the formula at first seems to be supreme. Who doesn't like velvet-like formula that seems to be melting perfectly into the skin? I tried it with makeup and I believe that this sunscreen might be a good choice if you go to the store and you don't want to wear makeup but you need to tone up your skin a bit. If you plan to use it with makeup then it's not that easy. Even on its own, you have to apply it carefully to cover the entire skin without creating patches. It's just hard to apply it without any problems. And it doesn't go with makeup at all, it made my Unleashia cushion formula liquid on the skin, I even saw it coming super quickly out of my nose and my nose started to get pink which is not a good sign. I haven't got such experience in ages.   

It's supposed to not be irritating but it is! My eyes couldn't stand Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen as much as La Roche Posay - it just made me cry because of the amount of alcohol. I might use it on my hands or when I go to the store, but I won't use it near my eyes since it makes me cry. It doesn't make my skin irritated so at least there are some positives.   

Some By Mi has also other new products like V10 Hyal Hydra Capsule Sunscreen* with a bit better UVA protection and V10 Hyal Lip Sun Protector* - it has only SPF15 but it's still something.   

Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen

Where to buy Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen and how much does it cost?   

I got Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen thanks to Picky but you can get your bottle of Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen* on YesStyle - it costs $18.57/40g (use code BETWEENDOTS to save on your order).  *

Overall, I was suspecting way more from Some By Mi V10 Hyal Antioxidant Sunscreen  

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