Is this vegan sunscreen worth a try? | Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen Review

Tuesday 7 November 2023

Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Finding an ideal sunscreen can be tricky. Every year I'm trying to test new sunscreens to find a product that fits my skin the best. When I saw Kaine, I knew I had to test this brand one day. Somehow, I ended up testing Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen as my first product from this brand. Is this sunscreen worth a try? 

About the brand 

Kaine is a Korean skincare brand. The name Kaine comes from a Greek word that translates to "new". Kaine is a vegan brand and the main focus is to promote a conscious and harmonious way of living and include them in skincare products. Kaine is not only a cruelty-free and vegan brand. This company donates a portion of its profits to animal rights organizations. Kaine takes care of the environment as well. The packaging is based on PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) materials like plastics and glass.   

I'm not a fan of EWG, but Korean brands including Kaine are still using EWG as a way to show people that the brand is using clean ingredients. Remember that even water is a chemical and you shouldn't be scared of ingredients, instead resource of a product is more important.   

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 that 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 said 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 cause 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.     

Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen

What's the SPF and PA of Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+  

According to the brand, this cream has SPF 51.6 and PA 16.6.  

Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen - Packaging  

The plastic bottle comes in a paper box. The tube is something different to what I'm used to, it's not the same very soft plastic tube, it's more solid.   

Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen - Texture & Scent  

The texture looks like something between gel and milk. It has a white colour but it doesn't leave a white cast on my skin. I'm not sure about darker skin tones since Tinosorb S might leave a delicate tint on darker skin. I didn't smell this sunscreen, I believe it has a neutral scent.   

It might sting your eyes a bit, I had this issue, but it's not as bad as I had with LRP  

Does Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen leave a white cast?  

It doesn't leave a white cast, but it needs a while to apply and blend well if your skin is darker then there might be some white tint left since it contains Tinosorb S.  

Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen - Ingredients  

Water, Dibutyl Adipate, Dipropylene Glycol, Propanediol, Titanium Dioxide, Isononyl Isononanoate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Panthenol, Phenethyl Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Pentylene Glycol, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Mentha Suaveolens Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-15, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium Acrylates Crosspolymer-2, Tromethamine, Aluminum Hydroxide, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Stearic Acid, Glucose, Butylene Glycol, Fructooligosaccharides, Fructose, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose Stearoxy Ether, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Ectoin, Behenyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA  

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 see it in sunscreens as a solvent. Dipropylene Glycol is a solvent with moisturizing properties. Propanediol is also known as natural glycol - an alternative to propylene glycol. Propanediol is a solvent with additional moisturizing properties. It makes the product smooth to the touch. It can even improve the effectiveness of active ingredients. 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 the 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. 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. Phenethyl Benzoate is a synthetic emollient. It also adds a scent to the product. 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. 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. Pentylene Glycol is mostly a solvent and stabilizer, but it has great moisturizing properties. Bambusa Vulgaris Water is a humectant. Chlorella Vulgaris Extract is an extract obtained from algae. It's a source of vitamin E, biotin, niacin, vitamin C, zinc, vitamin A and other carotenoids. This antioxidant has strong moisturizing properties. It helps with cellulite and wrinkles. It's suitable for sensitive skin. 

Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract is an antioxidant - it fights free radicals and fixes the damage. Green tea is a source of many positive-to-the-skin substances such as catechins (EGCG, EGC, EC, CG), flavonoids, amino acids, vitamin C, and minerals. It works for all skin types. Since it has antibacterial properties, many products for young, acne-prone skin contain this ingredient. It has soothing properties, and it's good to use it along with sunscreen to boost the protection of your skin. Mentha Suaveolens (Apple Mint) Leaf Extract is an astringent. Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. 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. Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid is a low-weight humectant. We have to remember that not every molecule can get through the skin surface and lower molecule HA can penetrate the skin deeper and bring moisture inside the skin. It's a natural polymer that binds water in the skin to prevent TEWL (transepidermal water loss). 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. 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. Coco-Caprylate/Caprate is an oily emollient derived from coconut. Some people call this amazing emollient, a "natural silicone". It leaves a silky, moisturizing film on the surface of the skin. Ethylhexyl Triazone or Uvinul T 150 is a sun-protecting agent. It covers the UVB range (280-320nm). Its peak is at 314 nm. Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer is a synthetic polymer. It absorbs sebum, creates a film on the surface of the skin and makes the texture more elegant. It reflects light and makes wrinkles less visible. 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. 

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. Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate is a polymer and emulsifier. Polyhydroxystearic Acid is a dispersing agent for mineral sunscreens and pigments. It makes the white cast less visible. It can work as a thickener. 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. Sodium Acrylates Crosspolymer-2 is absorbent. It makes the skin look soft and adds a "blur" effect to it. 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. Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6 is a thickener, it helps create elegant, non-sticky formulas. Stearic Acid is a fatty acid that works as an emollient and emulsifier. Glucose is a monosaccharide - a simple sugar, and we all know that sugars in skincare are nothing else than humectants. 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. Fructooligosaccharides are prebiotics. They nourish the skin and help the microbiome. Fructose is a sugar obtained from fruits, and as we already know sugar always has moisturizing properties. Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate is a water-in-oil emulsifier. Ethylhexylglycerin is a preservative with subtle moisturizing and antimicrobial properties. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose Stearoxy Ether is a thickener. b is a thickener with a strong ability to absorb water. It helps with texture and it can create a film on the skin to prevent TEWL (transepidermal water loss). 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. Allantoin is an ingredient that naturally occurs in our bodies, but brands usually go for the synthetic form of this substance. It comes from comfrey or soybean roots. It's a humectant with soothing and wound-healing properties. Ectoin is a product of the fermentation process - it comes from microorganisms, and it's an amino acid with antioxidant properties. Ectoin prevents your skin from oxidative stress created by UV radiation or blue light. It has moisturizing properties. Behenyl Alcohol might sound scary, but it's a fatty alcohol. This type of alcohol is positive for the skin since it works as an emollient. It helps with the texture of the product. Disodium EDTA neutralizes metal ions in the formula to keep products fresh.  

Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen

How does Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen work?  

My experience with Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen was a pure rollercoaster. I made a review of this sunscreen a few months ago on Instagram, but I thought that I should post more here because I tested this sunscreen thanks to YesStyle. I had Kaine on my wishlist for a long time, but I wasn't sure about sunscreen since this type of product can be tricky.   

I have to admit, at first, I loved this sunscreen. You can even read my review on Instagram, I literally said things like "It doesn't leave a white cast, but it needs a while to apply and blend" and "It's so smooth, it works well with oily skin, it works with my Clio cushion, it doesn't pill under the makeup". My opinion on this sunscreen changed about 2 weeks after posting a review on Instagram, and I'll tell you why I don't like it when I have limited time to test a product.   

I've been waiting for my order from YesStyle for so long because shipping took a while that I literally got spammed daily with messages reminding me to publish the review. And it's okay because some people forget about reviews or some stuff happens just like my lack of luck lately, I was for quite a long time without phone which was a big disadvantage. I posted the review after about 2 weeks of using the product thinking okay everything is fine and then... after another 2 weeks, my skin started to get annoyed.   

I still think that Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen stings my eyes, but not as bad as La Roche Posay, but it started to make my makeup cake right after application, my skin didn't look good with this sunscreen on and in general, I'm super disappointed with this sunscreen since at first it seemed like it's going to be a good product and then something didn't work. It can happen, that's why I believe it's good to take at least 28 days (cell-turnover time) to test a product. I've tested this product on oily skin, but maybe for dry skin, it's going to be better.  

Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Where to get Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen?  

Kaine Green Fit Pro Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen* costs right now $11.58/55ml, you can use my reference code BETWEENDOTS to save even more on your YesStyle order.  

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