Sunscreen is one of the most important steps in a skincare routine, as it protects against harmful UV rays and has proven anti-aging results. Within the K-Beauty space, many sunscreens have achieved cult classic status! Beauty of Joseon is one of the leading brands creating innovative Korean Beauty of Joseon sunscreen products, aligning with their brand message to help customers achieve Joseon Dynasty beauty with clear glassy skin.
Why Sunscreen? The Underrated Hero of Skincare
The sun gives off two types of UV rays that cause damage to the skin. UVA rays make up 95% of UV rays from the sun, penetrating skin to the dermis layer. They cause dark spots, wrinkles, and can contribute to risk of skin cancer over time. UVB rays affect the first layer of the skin, causing sunburn.
Sunscreens protect against different types of UV rays with filters that prevent them from reaching the skin. Each sunscreen is unique in the ways it protects against UV, the broadest categories being chemical and mineral sunscreens. Mineral sunscreens reflect rays with a physical barrier (often titanium dioxide or zinc oxide), but may leave a white cast due to the natural pigment of those minerals. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays and convert them into harmless heat through a reaction with the active ingredients (such as oxybenzone). Chemical sunscreens don’t leave a white cast and are suitable for people with deep skin tones.
Using sunscreen is important in any weather, even the dreary UK days. According to the WHO, 80% of UV rays are still present on cloudy and rainy days. UV rays penetrate cloud cover. Sunscreen should be a daily ritual beyond the beach!
Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen Trending Products
Beauty of Joseon went viral for its Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics sunscreen, and for good reason!
Ingredients: 30% rice extract and grain fermented extracts provide a brightening effect for even and glowy skin (no whitening!)
Texture: Silky and lightweight, easy to pat into the skin. A little goes a long way.
Their Matte Sun Stick: Mugwort and Camelia is a really different product to the Relief Sun, focusing on mattifying as well as being in solid form.
Ingredients: Mugwort is a calming ingredient enriched with Vitamin A and C, helping the health of the skin while treating redness. Silica is also included to soak up excess sebum without clumping, perfect for oily skin.
Texture: This solid stick glides over the skin. Sun sticks rose in prominence in the K-Beauty space as they make reapplying throughout the day easy, even gently over makeup!
Both of these sunscreens offer Broad Spectrum Protection (UVA and UVB rays) and are chemical sunscreens, meaning they won’t leave white casts and work well with cosmetics. While the aesthetic appeal of Beauty of Joseon is clear just from looking at their products, a lesser known bonus is that the brand as a whole is cruelty free, with these two sunscreens also being vegan.
Using Beauty of Joseon Sunscreens In A Daily Routine
Both sunscreens can be used in the conventional way as the last step of your skincare routine, before applying any makeup. The general guidance for applying sunscreen is to use a ‘nickel-sized’ amount for the face – for us in the UK, that’s a blob about 2cm in diameter. Make sure to get your ears and the back of your neck too, and always reapply throughout the day!
To make a harmonious routine, you can also adjust what products to pair with your sunscreens. Lots of people have different morning and evening skincare routines – you may have a simpler routine with more lightweight products that work well with makeup in the morning. Sunscreens are usually used in the mornings, so you can make adjustments accordingly. For example, due to Relief Sun’s dewy finish, you may not need a heavy moisturiser or cream beforehand. Skincare routines are personal, so don’t be afraid to try things out and see what works for you!
Shop Beauty of Joseon Sunscreens at Aigoo
Since Aigoo has multiple stores in London, it’s easy to come by and try these sunscreens out for yourself. If you have questions, or want to test the product on your own skin, we are happy to help in store at Shoreditch Boxpark and Putney Exchange! We also have quick, hassle free delivery to the UK with stock kept at both local stores. No waiting for months and customs fees here.
We hope this blog has helped you learn more about the importance of sunscreen through introducing two of our most popular sunscreen products. Beauty of Joseon has long been a customer favourite due to its unique formulations – why not try it out yourself and let us know if you’ve been converted!