Choosing the Right Sun Protection- Part 2


Sunplay Sunscreen and Biore Sunscreen

Sunplay Sunscreen and Biore Sunscreen

From sunscreens which I’ve chosen for the kids I’m moving on to reviewing sunscreens which I have selected for myself.

In the previous part of this post I examined the sunscreens – Babyganics,  Coola Organic Sports Mineral Sunscreen and Mary Kay’s Sun Care Sunscreen.

In this post I will be sharing my findings on the remaining sunscreens which I’ve have tested – Sunplay Clear Water SPF 50+,  Coola Face Spf 30 and Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF 50

Sunplay Sunscreen

Sunplay Sunscreen


I picked this sunscreen out while shopping at Watson as it came in a small pocket size bottle which made it easy to bring around in my handbag.  I like the fact that it had a water light texture and is easily absorbed into the skin upon application.

The Sun Play Sunscreen is the first ” hybrid” sunscreen that I have come across as it has both Mineral and Chemicial UV  Filters  present . Zinc Oxide ( Mineral )  and  Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate,  (Chemical ) are found in the product.

Ingredients:  (As listed in ) Cyclopentasiloxane,C12-15 alkyl benzoate , Zinc Oxide, Polyhydroxystearic acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alcohol,  Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Triethylhexanoin,  Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glycerin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate,  Lauryl PEG/PPG 18/ 18 methicone, Ethylhexyl Triazone,  Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate,  Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine,  Tocopheryl Acetate,  Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Methylparaben,  Fragrance,  Water,  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract,  Lotus Japonicus Symbiosome Extract,  Sodium Hyaluronate, Ectoin,  Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate,  Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,  Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, water.

What is alarming about the product is that Methylparaben is found inside.

Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like estrogens, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male gynecomastia (breast growth). Other studies have also linked parabens to breast cancer, as researchers found traces of parabens in every sample of tissue taken from 20 different breast tumors.

The EPA has linked methyl parabens in particular to metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders, as well as various cancer.

Conclusion = Not suitable as parabens are present. 

Other brands which have parabens

  • Nivea Sun Kids Spray SPF 50+
  • Banana Boat  Kids SPF50 Sunscreen Lotion
  • Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting UV Cream SPF 30
  • Bioderma Spot SPF 50+
  • Loreal Uv Perfect Even Complexion Spf 50

The Coola and Babyorganic sunscreens

The Coola and Babyorganic sunscreens

Coola Face Sunscreen

Coola Face Sunscreen


I found this sunscreen  easy to apply and love the scent.

Active Ingredients : Titanium Dioxide 3.2%  ,Zinc Oxide 1.8%

Inactive Ingredients:  Aluminum hydroxide, butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter), cucumis sativus (organic cucumber) fruit extract, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone crosspolymer, glycerin (organic), hydrogen dimethicone, isopropyl myristate, linum usitatissimum (organic linseed) seed oil, oenothera biennis (organic evening primrose) oil, plankton extract, polyamide-5, polysilicone-11, propylene carbonate, rosa canina (organic rose hip) fruit oil, silica silylate, stearalkonium hectorite.

My findings.

This is a great product. However it can only last the most 40 minutes so it will have to be reapplied more frequently.  I’m wondering why it can’t last 80 mins too like the Coola Sports  Sunscreen.  I guess that I have to research more to find out the answer to this question.


Kao Boire UV Perfect Milk

Kao Boire UV Perfect Milk

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide, Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Sodium Methacrylate Crosspolymer Polymethylsilsequioxane, Glycerin, Talc, Methicone, Polysillicone-9, PEG-12 Dimethicone PEG-3 Dimethicone, Aluminuim Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Silica, Phenoxyethanol CI 77492, CI 77891

My findings

The Biore  Sunscreen was easy to apply and absorbed easily into the skin.  The main grouse with it was it’s strong smell due to the alcohol inside. I also am quite skeptical about the amount of plastic within the product.  Sillicone based ingredients can cause pores to clog and  certainly not what I would like to see happening to my face.

Even though the products do not have any harmful ingredients I will give it a pass as it has too much plastics inside for my liking.

It is really important to know what goes into the sunscreen that you apply.  To be able to do so is to understand what goes into the composition of each sunscreen by studying the list of ingredients religiously.

With conflicting information circulating around on the dangers of Oxybenzone I have decided that it would be best to error on the side of caution and use products which do not include it in their ingredient list.

Another factor which I will take into consideration is that  the product is also paraben free as those too are harmful to health.

What are your considerations when you decide on which Sun protection for your family?


If you’ve miss it

Part 1 of -Choosing the Right Sun Protection.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are based on my personal findings. I am a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. If you are interested in testing out or purchasing any Mary Kay products you can contact me.