Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen

Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen Review: New Korean Holy Grail?

Being on the lookout for new sunscreens has kind of become my hobby over the last few years. If there is a new sunscreen coming up, I simply have to get my hands on it. So, when Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen became a viral sensation on TikTok this past summer, I had to give it a try.

The official name of the product that took TikTok by storm is Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun SPF 50: Rice + Probiotics. It is formulated with 30% rice extract and grain fermented extract. The sunscreen gives the skin a natural glow and easily applies to the skin.

So, in this Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen Review, we’ll see what the fuss is about. But first, let’s get our product claims straight.

About the brand: Beauty of Joseon

The brand itself – Beauty of Joseon has a quite moving back story: Joseon was a dynasty that ruled over the Kingdom of Korea for 500 years. The upper-class women of the Joseon dynasty regarded clean and clear skin as a sign of beauty instead of makeup. They relied on the ritual of Hanbang – the tradition of using herbs as skincare. This is exactly what the brand’s philosophy is about. You can see that it is reflected in the brand’s main ingredients – the usage of ingredients such as rice, ginseng, green tea, propolis, and Centella Asiatica.

What is Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun SPF 50: Rice + Probiotics claiming to be?

This Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen is a lightweight, organic sunscreen that provides an SPF 50 sun protection. Formulated with rice extract and grain fermented extracts, this sunscreen is packed with antioxidants that leave even dry skin moisturized. The rice bran water is the star ingredient here, as, in the Joseon Dynasty, it was referred to as “Beauty Water” and was used to achieve beautiful skin.

Sun Protection Factor:

SPF 50 and PA++++ (PA++++ refers to extremely high UVA protection)

In actual tests: SPF 52.5±5.8, PA UVA PF 16.1±2.4 P++++ in Korean Labs

UV Filters in Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen

  • Ethylhexyl Triazone – a new generation sunscreen that gives the highest photo-stable absorption of all available UVB filters.
  • Uvinul A Plus – A UVA filter that also provides protection from free radicals
  • Uvinul T 150 – a highly effective filter that protects against UVB rays
  • Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (Tinisorb M) – High-performance broad-spectrum UV filter (reflects both UVA and UVB rays before they reach the surface of the skin)

Best suited for:

All skin types, especially dry and combination skin. Is also suitable for sensitive skin.

Things to know:

The Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen is a chemical sunscreen that is also:

  • Alcohol-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Non-irritating

Packaging

Comes in a tube that you have to squeeze the product from. The tube is malleable and can get wrinkly with use.

Scent

I am delighted to report that the Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun SPF 50: Rice + Probiotics sunscreen is totally odorless. Best news for sensitive skin people, honestly.

Ingredient list of Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen

Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen
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The full list of ingredients:

Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract (30%), Dibutyl Adipate, Propanediol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Niacinamide, Methylene Bis-benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Coco-caprylate/Caprate, Caprylyl Methicone, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Monascus/Rice Ferment, Pentylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Decyl Glucoside, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol,Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment, Aspergillus Ferment, Saccharomyces/Rice Ferment Filtrate

Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen includes a total of four next generation UV filters: Ethylhexyl Triazone, Uvinul A Plus, Uvinul T 150, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (Tinisorb M). See the explanation above for more information on UV filters.

The rice bran extract (at 30%) is the herbal ingredient that shines in this sunscreen. Rice water has long been touted as the “Beauty water” due to its brightening and antioxidant properties.

Niacinamide (aka Vitamin B3) in another ingredient that works for oily prone and combo skin.

Additionally, other powerful antioxidants like Green tea extract, Ginseng, amino acids rich in Vitamin B and E are included in the formulation.

Several emollients, aka softening agents like Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract are great for the sunscreen to sit comfortably on the skin.

Texture

Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen
Photo by THESKINVERSE
Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen
Photo by THESKINVERSE

Easily spreads on the skin, and feels very gentle and lightweight. Also, no fragrance!

Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen
Photo by THESKINVERSE

Voila! Blends into the “NOTHING” on the skin. Also, leaves no white cast.

The texture of the Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen is creamy and light. It feels like a moisturizer, although I wouldn’t use it as a moisturizer. It has a glowy finish, however, after setting in the skin the glow turns into a more natural finish. It is absolutely weightless and soft on the skin. I experienced no problem with absorption, it sank into the skin right away.

Overall Impressions: Is the Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen worth the attention it got?

Long story short, I think the Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen totally deserves the attention it got over the last year. It is pretty much on par with my favorite Korean sunscreen – COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream, largely due to their similar lightweight textures. I haven’t experienced any pilling with the Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen, however, the COSRX sunscreen would pill up on me sometimes. I’d say the first one is a lovely alternative to the COSRX one if you have sensitive skin. (also, minus the scent)

Things I absolutely loved:

Lovely texture: The texture is the most important thing when choosing sunscreen, at least, in my opinion. The texture of this sunscreen is exactly what sensitive skin needs – nourishing and lightweight at the same time. It sinks into the skin effortlessly, while not leaving it dry or weird. The texture is highly moisturizing and comfortable.

Doesn’t pill up and doesn’t leave a white cast: This sunscreen has no problem with layering other products. It even performed well with The Ordinary Niacinamide serum which sometimes pills up when used with other products. Another great thing about this sunscreen is that there is absolutely no reason to worry about a white cast at the end!

Works with makeup like a charm: It was one of the easiest sunscreens to work with in terms of applying makeup on top. No cakey foundation, or cracking. The foundation glided on the skin with no trouble at all. If you have oily skin, however, try to go for matte foundations to minimize the shine.

Natural glowy finish: I’ve read some online reviews about how it has almost a “no-shine” finish. I, however, tend to disagree. This sunscreen isn’t going to turn you into a disco ball but it does have some natural shine to it. I personally love it, because a healthy glow is what every skin needs!

Under 20 bucks: Let’s be honest, it is very hard to find a sunscreen that will work at a reasonable price. I feel like Beauty of Joseon really created something amazing and made it affordable for everyone.

Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun SPF 50: Rice + Probiotics

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How to use Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen?

  1. Cleanse and tone
  2. Moisturize
  3. Apply sunscreen

As a general rule, you want to go with the 2 finger method. That way you can ensure that you get full sunscreen coverage.

Also, don’t forget the neck area! Adjust the amount as needed.

I apply my sunscreen for at least 40 minutes before going out. However, waiting for 20-25 mins should be OK.

Final Verdict

Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun SPF 50: Rice + Probiotics deserves to be in the Hall of Fame of sunscreens, and rightfully so. No matter your skin type, I think you will enjoy using this one as much as I did. I mean, everyone should have a lightweight, moisturizing and budget-friendly sunscreen, am I right?

I also think this is the one I am going to repurchase soon because they need to come up with a bigger tube!

FAQ on Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen

No, it doesn’t. It is alcohol-free.

Yes, the brand is vegan and no animal testing has been conducted while formulating the product.

There is no white cast in the finish. It disappears into the skin right away.

No, there are no essential oils used in the formulation. The main ingredients are rice bran and grain fermented extracts. So, these make sunscreen a great choice for sensitive skin.

Due to its soft finish, the foundation easily applies on the skin whiteout feeling flaky or cakey. If you like a shinier finish for your foundation, it is going to make it even better.

Personally, I didn’t experience any irritation or breakouts. If you have extra sensitive skin, do a patch test before using the product.

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A lightweight and creamy type organic sunscreen formulated with ingredients like Rice Bran and Grain fermented extracts.
A lightweight and creamy type organic sunscreen formulated with ingredients like Rice Bran and Grain fermented extracts.
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The Good

  • Vegan and Cruelty-free
  • Alcohol free
  • Doesn't pill up, easy to layer
  • Leaves no white cast
  • Doesn't irritate sensitive skin
  • Non-sticky and lightweight
  • Has a moisturizing finish
  • Easy to blend with makeup
  • Adds a natural glow

The Bad

  • Might not be ideal for oily skin that needs a matte finish
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