Product Comparison

Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ versus Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) .

Last updated on September 14, 2023. Published on November 04, 2021

Overview

What they are

These products are both sunscreens They have a total of 6 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain hyaluronic acid and SPF

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for anti aging, dry skin, brightening skin and scar healing

Free From

They both do not contain any common allergens, oils, parabens or sulfates

What's Inside

They both contain harsh alcohols, fragrances and silicones

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Sunscreen

Sunscreens help absorb or reflect UV radiation and protect skin against skin damage. Sunscreens may come in the form of lotion, gel, foam, spray, or solid-stick.

Sunscreen

Sunscreens help absorb or reflect UV radiation and protect skin against skin damage. Sunscreens may come in the form of lotion, gel, foam, spray, or solid-stick.

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
spf rating
50
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
spf rating
50

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

Chemical UV Filter (4)
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating
Skin Texture
Anti-Aging
Scar Healing
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Drying
May Worsen Oily Skin (3)
Acne Trigger
Irritating (4)
Rosacea (2)
Eczema (2)

Notable Ingredients

Chemical UV Filter (5)
Mineral UV Filter
Vitamin E
Hyaluronic Acid (3)

Benefits

Hydrating (2)
Anti-Aging
Scar Healing
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Irritating
Rosacea (2)
Eczema
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Ingredients Compared

Ingredients that are highlighted in purple are present in both products.

Water β€’ Alcohol Denat. β€’ Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate β€’ Ethylhexyl Triazone β€’ Isopropyl Palmitate β€’ Peg-Crosspolymer β€’ Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate β€’ Hydrogenated Polyisobutene β€’ Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine β€’ Palmitic Acid β€’ Butylene Glycol β€’ Xylitol β€’ Dimethicone β€’ C16-17 Alkyl Benzoate β€’ Glycerin β€’ Glyceryl Stearate β€’ Propanediol β€’ Glyceryl Behenate β€’ Polymethylsilsesquioxane/Silica Crosspolymer β€’ Heptanol β€’ Agar β€’ Sorbitan Distearate β€’ Isoceteth-20 β€’ Polyvinyl Alcohol β€’ Stearoyl Glutamic Acid β€’ Arginine β€’ Potassium Hydroxide β€’ Sodium Hydroxide β€’ Royal Jelly Extract β€’ Hyaluronic Acid β€’ Phenoxyethanol β€’ EDTA β€’ BHT β€’ Parfum

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Ingredients Explained

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Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 1.

Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: UV Filter
Community Rating: Liked

Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (DHHB) is a chemical UVA absorber. It is formulated for high UVA protection (320-400 nm) and photostability.

DHHB has been approved by the EU, Japan, Taiwan, and South America for use up to 10%.

UV absorbers are an agent that absorbs UV rays. They protect your skin by using chemical reactions to convert UV rays into heat and energy.

UV rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation from the sun. Other sources include tanning beds and welding torches. Radiation is the emission of energy. UV Rays are divided into 3 groups. UVA (320-400 nm) contains the least amount of energy. They are linked to long term skin damage such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. UVB (290-320 nm) rays emit more energy than UVA rays. They are capable of damaging DNA in skin cells. UVB causes sunburns and are thought to be linked to skin cancer. UVC (200-280 nm) contains the highest amount of energy. Our ozone blocks UVC. UVC can also originate from welding torches, mercury lamps, and sanitizing bulbs.

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Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 7.

Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) contains this as ingredient number 10.

3
What it does: Skin Conditioning, UV Absorber, UV Filter
Community Rating: Liked

You might know this ingredient as Tinosorb S or Bemotrizinol. It is a UV filter that covers both UVA and UVB rays.

Bemotrizinol has two peak UV absorption peaks ( 310 and 340 nm) and is able to absorb both UV-A and UV-B rays. Skin exposed to UV causes free-radical molecules to form. This ingredient works by preventing the UV from reaching your skin.

It is highly photostable and helps prevent the photodegration of other sunscreen ingredients such as avobenzone.

Bemotrizinol is not approved in the US but is allowed in the EU, Australia, and Asia.

In fact, it is the most effective UV absorber at maximum concentration (measured by SPF) permitted by in the EU.

It is oil-soluble.

Learn more about Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 9.

Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) contains this as ingredient number 6.

4
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 16.

Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) contains this as ingredient number 15.

5
What it does: Solvent
Community Rating: Liked

Propanediol helps absorb ingredients into your skin, boosting their benefits. It can act as an emollient, making your skin softer. Propanediol can help products last longer by boosting the properties of preservatives within the formulation.

Propanediol is not likely to cause sensitivity and considered safe to use.

It is derived from corn or petroleum with a clear color and no scent.

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Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 18.

Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) contains this as ingredient number 2.

6
What it does: Masking, Perfuming
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Parfum is a catch-all term for an ingredient or more that is used to give aroma to products. Parfum, or fragrance, can be a blend of hundreds of chemicals or plant oils. This means every product with "fragrance" or "Parfum" in the ingredients list is a different mixture.

In the US, the alternative name for parfum is 'fragrance'. The term 'fragrance' is not regulated in many countries. In many cases, it is up to the brand to define this term.

For instance, many brands choose to label themselves as "fragrance-free" because they are not using synthetic fragrances. However, their products may still contain ingredients such as essential oils that are considered a fragrance. One example is Calendula flower extract. Essential oil ingredients still impart a scent or 'fragrance'.

Depending on the blend, it can cause allergies and sensitivities on the skin. Some ingredients that are known EU allergens include linalool and citronellol.

Products use parfum often to give products a scent or cover up smells of different ingredients.

The bottom line is: not all fragrances/parfum/ingredients are created equally. If you are worried about fragrances, we recommend taking a closer look at an ingredient. And of course, we always recommend speaking with a professional.

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Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ contains this as ingredient number 36.

Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) contains this as ingredient number 39.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

29% are loved or liked
9% have mixed ratings
41% are disliked or very disliked
21% have no rating yet
44% are loved or liked
13% have mixed ratings
33% are disliked or very disliked
10% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ 34 ingredients

4.2 /5
from 10 reviews
tatilaier's Avatar'
Apr 28, 2021

Simply The Best
I have been using this sunscreen regularly since 2017 and even made sure to pack my suitcase with a few bottles on my last trip to Asia. This sunscreen is unparalleled when it comes to elegance AND effectiveness. I have...

Simply The Best
I have been using this sunscreen regularly since 2017 and even made sure to pack my suitcase with a few bottles on my last trip to Asia. This sunscreen is unparalleled when it comes to elegance AND effectiveness. I have olive tone skin, so sunscreens that leave a whitecast are a big no-no. The Biore sunscreen absorbs completely into my skin and doesn't leave a hint of residue. I typically use this as my daily sunscreen for non-strenuous activities, but I've used this on runs as well and haven't had problems with sweating the product off. It has a pleasant and light lemon-scent during application. My skin is not very sensitive, so the alcohol content is not a problem for me.

unicorn's Avatar'
Jan 22, 2023

Not my favorite
Breaks me out and leaves my skin looking greasy instead of matte. I strongly prefer Sunprise, which I've used for years and never had any issues with.

Not my favorite
Breaks me out and leaves my skin looking greasy instead of matte. I strongly prefer Sunprise, which I've used for years and never had any issues with.

glasscasita's Avatar'
Sep 13, 2021

Love it
After trying some of the other popular sunscreens (which have been found to fail at SPF expectations), I switched over to this one. It is light and feels like a serum!

Love it
After trying some of the other popular sunscreens (which have been found to fail at SPF expectations), I switched over to this one. It is light and feels like a serum!

Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) 39 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 1 review
kamiisamas's Avatar'
Nov 1, 2023

current HG sunscreen! <3
plenty of spf and doesn't leave a white cast on dark skin (!!!)
oil free (a must), so doesn't contribute to my oily t-zone. feels light on the face.
has really helped improve/prevent acne...

current HG sunscreen! <3
plenty of spf and doesn't leave a white cast on dark skin (!!!)
oil free (a must), so doesn't contribute to my oily t-zone. feels light on the face.
has really helped improve/prevent acne scars/hyperpigmentation - i genuinely don't scar as often and my skin is SUPER prone to scars.

i've tried other somewhat similar sunscreens but they have triggered acne, worsened oil production, and left a white cast. i'm sticking with this one for now!

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