Product Comparison

Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) versus COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ .

Last updated on September 14, 2023. Published on May 20, 2021

Overview

What they are

These products are both sunscreens They have a total of 8 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain SPF and Vitamin E

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for dry skin and brightening skin

Free From

They both do not contain any 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 (5)
Mineral UV Filter
Vitamin E
Hyaluronic Acid (3)

Benefits

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

Concerns

Irritating
Rosacea (2)
Eczema

Notable Ingredients

Chemical UV Filter (4)
Mineral UV Filter
Vitamin E
Exfoliators

Benefits

Hydrating
Redness Reducing
Reduces Irritation
Dark Spots
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Drying
May Worsen Oily Skin (3)
Acne Trigger
Irritating (3)
Rosacea (4)
Eczema (5)
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Ingredients Compared

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

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

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ contains this as ingredient number 1.

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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

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

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ contains this as ingredient number 7.

3
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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Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) contains this as ingredient number 15.

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ contains this as ingredient number 3.

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What it does: Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming
Community Rating: Disliked

Carbomer is a polymer of acrylic acid. Its main role is to create gel consistency within products.

Carbomer is commonly found in many types of cosmetics products. It is found to be safe in concentrations up to 15%. However, a high amount of carbomer can cause pilling or balling up of products. Most products contain 1% of less of carbomer.

Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) contains this as ingredient number 23.

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ contains this as ingredient number 33.

5
What it does: Emulsion Stabilising
Community Rating: Disliked

Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer is a synthetic polymer. It is used to thicken and improve the texture of products.

Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer is also an emulsifier. Due to its properties, it can prevent water and oil ingredients from separating.

Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) contains this as ingredient number 24.

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ contains this as ingredient number 30.

6
What it does: Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Disliked

Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and thickener within cosmetic products. It helps give products a sticky, thick feeling - preventing them from being too runny.

On the technical side of things, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide - a combination consisting of multiple sugar molecules bonded together.

Xanthan gum is a pretty common and great ingredient. It is a natural, non-toxic, non-irritating ingredient that is also commonly used in food products.

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Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) contains this as ingredient number 29.

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ contains this as ingredient number 34.

7
What it does: Emollient, Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Caprylyl Glycol is a humectant and emollient, meaning it attracts and preserves moisture.

It is a common ingredient in many products, especially those designed to hydrate skin. The primary benefits are retaining moisture, skin softening, and promoting a healthy skin barrier.

Though Caprylyl Glycol is an alcohol derived from fatty acids, it is not the kind that can dry out skin.

This ingredient is also used as a preservative to extend the life of products. It has slight antimicrobial properties.

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Missha All Round Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (New Formula) contains this as ingredient number 31.

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ contains this as ingredient number 28.

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

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ contains this as ingredient number 27.

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

44% are loved or liked
13% have mixed ratings
33% are disliked or very disliked
10% have no rating yet
16% are loved or liked
9% have mixed ratings
60% are disliked or very disliked
16% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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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!

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ 45 ingredients

2.3 /5
from 8 reviews
mooj's Avatar'
Nov 28, 2023

this sunscreen stung my eyes super bad. even when i took care to avoid my eye area, it still burnt. left my skin red and irritated looking.

this sunscreen stung my eyes super bad. even when i took care to avoid my eye area, it still burnt. left my skin red and irritated looking.

Irritating
Strong Scent
Doesn't Work
AnaRitaSantos's Avatar'
Jun 6, 2023

Worst product from COSRX
Not suitable for oily skin because the amount of silicone in it causes a lot of pilling and it's horrible to use with other products. Not suitable for sensitive skin, it triggered irritation and redness on my...

Worst product from COSRX
Not suitable for oily skin because the amount of silicone in it causes a lot of pilling and it's horrible to use with other products. Not suitable for sensitive skin, it triggered irritation and redness on my face after one week of using it.

sword's Avatar'
Jun 1, 2023

Broke Me Out Horrifically
I used to use this when I was in school and had awful acne, so I didn't notice it caused me to break out until I decided to try it again recently. It gave me an awful break out all over my cheeks, and flared up...

Broke Me Out Horrifically
I used to use this when I was in school and had awful acne, so I didn't notice it caused me to break out until I decided to try it again recently. It gave me an awful break out all over my cheeks, and flared up my rosacea. It took a few days to recover. Also this has a white cast, so beware if that's something you typically avoid.

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