Review: Skin1004 – Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum SPF50+ PA++++

Where to purchase: Skin1004 Website: LINK / Yesstyle: LINK / Stylevana: LINK

Price: ~£16.13

Volume: 50ml

Made in: South Korea

What is it?: An SPF50+ PA++++, non white-cast and lightweight SPF.

What does it do?: This Hyaluronic acid + Cica-containing cream (non-nano, Chemical) SPF, is meant to hydrate the skin and through Green Tea + Broccoli Extract; soothe the skin.

Aims to: Protect the skin from UV Rays, while Hydrating and soothing the skin.

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types (Including Sensitive)

What I think: I would agree! I also think Oily (or at least Oily-Combo skins) could also enjoy this SPF.


The box it came in

Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty-Free?: Yes

How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months

Packaging: Tube with a plastic pump and a cap. Easy to use and great to travel with.

  • I was worried that the pump would get jammed or become more difficult to pump as time went on, but it’s been fine.
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  • You can see the pump packaging (Convenient).

Directions: ”As the last step of your morning skincare routine, take an appropriate amount and apply evenly to areas exposed to UV rays.”

How I use it: I apply in the AM. I am able to wear this when working out (doesn’t sting my eyes and doesn’t turn milky when I sweat). I will say: Because this is in a pump mechanism, I can’t really do the 2-3 finger rule for SPF application, HOWEVER, if you want to be accurate; you can still pump this product into a measuring spoon to apply the proper amount of SPF on.

Sunscreen Filters: Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (‘Uvinul A Plus’ – UVA Filter), Ethylhexyl Triazone (‘Uvinul T 150’ – UVB Filter), Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (‘Tinosorb M’ – UVA + UVB Filter – Hybrid i.e. Physical + Chemical filter that can provide a white cast BUT, I don’t get it with this SPF, so it’s not a high amount), Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone (UVA + UVB Filter).

Key Ingredients: Niacinamide (Anti-Blemish + Brightening), Centella Asiatica Extract + Green Tea Extract (Soothing Antioxidants), Hyaluronic Acid + Sodium Hyaluronate (Hydrating Humectants), Adenosine (anti-inflammatory), Betula Alba Extract (Soothing). Inositol (Hydrating). Broccoli Extract (Moisturising).

Full Ingredients: Water, Dibutyl Adipate, Propanediol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Methylene Bis-benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Niacinamide, Coco-caprylate/caprate, Caprylyl Methicone, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Glycerine, 1,2-hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract(9800ppm), Betula Alba Bark/leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare Sprout Extract, Medicago Sativa Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica Sprout Extract, Eruca Sativa Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate(10ppm), Behenyl Alcohol, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Decyl Glucoside Tromethamine, Carbomer, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, T-butyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid(1ppm), Inositol, Hyaluronic Acid(0.01ppm), Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: Lightweight and hydrating cream that spreads easily along the skin. The skin feels like it can breath when applying and I don’t need to wait too long for this to absorb. This does provide a mildly moisturising + hydrating finish. It doesn’t feel like it’s drying out my skin while wearing either.

Matte or Dewy Finish?: This is in-between. It doesn’t make my Oily-Combination skin look sweaty (even when working out). And it’s definitely not as shiny as the Beauty of Joseon SPF (Review HERE), or the COSRX Vitamin E SPF (Review HERE). Hence why I think Oily-Combination skins could wear this.

Sticky?: No.

Greasy?: No.

Balls up?: No. (Only at the end of the day, if I rub my skin quite hard, this will ball up).

  • As you can see this is initially an opaque cream before rubbing in. It spreads easily. By the way, this was one pump on the hand and it spreads quite far.
  • Hopefully you can see the hydrating base this has.

  • This thins out as you spread it.

Comparison: No Product (Left) / Product (Right)

  • This shine disappears once rubbed in (see below), but you can tell there are emollients and hydrating ingredients in here. You can also see that there is no white cast once rubbed in.
  • Once this has fully dried down/rubbed in: you do get a thin silicone film that forms on top of the skin, which is very lightweight, and it doesn’t ball up or rub off unless it’s the end of the day, and I rub the skin very hard.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: Yes, but all Chemical SPFs will do if the skin is sensitised.

Summer or Winter?: Summer for Dry Skins + All-year for Oily + Combo.

Layerable?: Yes.


Video Swatch:

Fragrance?: No Added Fragrance and/or Essential Oils, and this doesn’t have an off-putting scent.

Good Under Makeup?: Yes.

How long have I been using this?: 2 Months.

Will I use until Completion?: Yes

How Long will that take?: 1.5 Months (I use 4-5 pumps for the face and use this daily).

The Effect?: Initially moisturised and then Sun-protected skin, with no white cast or irritation.

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Cruelty-Free
  • No White Cast
  • No Layering Issues
  • Didn’t Ball Up
  • Didn’t worsen my Skin
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy, travel-friendly packaging
  • Didn’t make me look too greasy or shiny (Oily-Combo Skin)

What I don’t like:

  • As with all Facial SPFs, I wish it was >50ml (I fear I will run out quite quickly)
  • For those who like to measure their SPF along the fingers, the pump mechanism makes this slightly harder to do; but you can still measure with a spoon

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4 (nearly 4.1/5 – A lightweight, hydrating SPF with no white cast, that doesn’t make my Oily-Combo skin look horribly shiny and greasy. It’s comfortable to wear and doesn’t keep moving about on the face. Yes you get a light silicone film that forms on top of the skin once this has fully absorbed, but I’m impressed that it doesn’t ball up.

Would I repurchase?: Yes, comfortable and lightweight (good packaging) and no balling up issues.

Dupe?: I’d say this is a more matte version of the Isntree Hyaluronic Water Sun Gel (Review HERE).

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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