Review: Skin & Lab – Hybarrier Fresh Sun Lotion SPF50+ PA++++

Where to purchase: Yesstyle: LINK

Price: £18.28

Volume: 50ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it + What does it do?: A lightweight, creamy SPF50+ PA++++ Sunblock that aims to moisturise + hydrate the skin through the use of multiple forms of Hyaluronic Acid. There is a patented DERMA ENHANCER SYSTEM™ which is meant to help deliver the active ingredients into the skin.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin types including Sensitive Skin + Dehydrated Skin.

What I think: I would agree, even my Sensitive, Oily-Combination Skin can use this SPF. BUT I do think overall, Sensitive-Dehydrated skins will prefer this product the best, but Combination and Normal Skins will enjoy this the best.


Vegan?: No

Cruelty Free?: Yes

How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months

Packaging: Plastic tube with a screw-top lid that clicks shut. No spillage or leaking. The product doesn’t shoot out either.

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Directions: Apply after cleansing + basic skincare (apply the proper amount to the entire face). Gently dab for better adherence, and apply another layer for added protection.

How I use it: I apply in the AM, even before my workouts. It hasn’t been irritating to wear while exercising. It’s not difficult to re-apply and also doesn’t take ages for this to dry down/absorb.

Sunscreen Filters: Ethylhexyl Triazone (UVB), Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid (UVA), Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (UVA), Polysilicone-15 (UVB), Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (UVA + UVB).

Key Ingredients: Niacinamide (Sebum-regulating + Brightening), Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer (Antioxidant), Adenosine (Skin-barrier reinforcing), Soybean seed extract (Brightening + Antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid + Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer (All 3 are hydrating ingredients). Phloretin (Antioxidant), Biosaccharide Gum-1 (Soothing).

Full Ingredients: Water, Dibutyl Adipate, Propanediol, SD Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Glycerin, Niacinamide Polyglyceryl-3 Distearate, Tromethamine, Pentylene Glycol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Methicone, Polysilicon-15, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Palmitic Acid,Glyceryl Stearate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Methyl Propanediol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Silica, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin,Adenosine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyether-1,Myristic Acid, t-Butyl Alcohol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate,Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Arginine, Tetrahydropiperine, Potassium Hyaluronate, Phloretin, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate,Hyaluronic Acid, Fragrance

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE


Texture: The company describe this as a lotion-type texture and I would agree. This is more of a cream, particularly the way this dries down, BUT it doesn’t make the skin feel heavy/like it can’t breathe. It adheres to the skin and dries down relatively quick. The water absorbs into the skin, and you’re left with the silicone base that forms a film over the skin. It’s not too heavy and it’s not uncomfortable, but it is present (if I scratched my skin, it would ball up under my nail). It doesn’t totally disappear/absorb.

Sticky?: The company claims this isn’t sticky and I would agree.

Greasy?: The company also claims that this isn’t greasy and I would also agree.

Balls up?: My clothes don’t make this ball up, but if I specifically itched my skin once this had dried down, then yes.

Does this turn milky if you sweat?: No.

Does this sting the eyes?: No.

  • As you can see, this initially looks like an opaque cream, but as the product is rubbed in more, I hope you can see how hydrating it is. It has a Silicone + Water base, which means once the water has been absorbed/dries down, you’re left with a silicone base that still carries some weight to it, but it doesn’t feel so heavy that the skin feels like it can’t breathe, it’s still comfortable, but it’s present.
  • The more you rub this product, the more the white disappears. Upon first contact, it feels hydrating. It’s easy to spread this along the skin.
  • As you can see from the finish, this does not have a white cast

  • This doesn’t have a greasy or shiny finish.

Side-By-Side Comparison:

  • Hopefully you can see the slight silicone-base this product has which gives it some weight. But this is still breathable and lightweight.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: Yes (most Chemical SPFs will).

Summer or Winter?: Both are suitable as this feels hydrating. I do think those with Oily Skin in Hot and Humid Weather may find this a tad bit too thick (but that is for extreme conditions).

Layerable?: Yes


Video Swatch:

As you can see, this has an almost watery-cream gel effect when rubbing into the skin. Once dried down, this does form a silicone-based film on the skin that feels fine but will ball up if you scratch your skin.

Fragrance?: Contains Fragrance. Has a typical beach-type SPF scent (not horrible, but it’s there) .

Good Under Makeup?: Yes

How long have I been using this?: 2 Months (daily-use).

Will I use until Completion?: Yes

How Long will that take?: Another 2 Months

The Effect?: Hydrating + Moisturising effect with no white cast and sun protection.

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What I like:

  • Hydrating/Moisturising
  • The skin can breathe
  • Cruelty-Free
  • No White Cast
  • Didn’t irritate my Skin

What I don’t like:

  • Fragrance
  • Will ball up once fully dried down and I itch/rub my face.
  • The silicone base is noticeable once the product has dried down and the water has been absorbed

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4 (Nearly 3.9) / 5 – A Hydrating + Moisturising, No-white cast SPF. The Inclusion of Fragrance (and alcohol) isn’t ideal for me, and this does form a thicker finish than something like the previous Missha Aqua Sun Gel Formula (due to the silicone base), but it is a Hydrating Cream that hasn’t irritated my skin.

Would I repurchase?: Yes

Dupe?: The Isntree Hyaluronic Sun Gel: LINK (Review LINK) and the Face Republic – Purity Sun Essence (LINK) – this is slightly lighter in texture. A slightly creamier (thicker) SPF for Dry Skins is the Garnier Anti-Dryness SPF (Review HERE). The Beauty of Joseon SPF is also a good dupe: LINK.

Other SPF Reviews: LINK

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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