Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream vs. Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun Review
Comparing and contrasting two sunscreens from Korean beauty brands that are SPF50 and priced a dollar apart:
Cosrx’s has aloe as a humectant, and a mix of chemical (octinoxate, tinosorb S, and more) and physical filters (titanium dioxide). Unfortunately, it contains alcohol, which can be drying, and fragrance.
Purito’s has a lot more skincare-focused ingredients. It contains niacinamide (brightening), centella asiatica (soothing), and hyaluronic acid (humectant). The bummer for me is that this contains lavender essential oil, which is very fragrant and potentially sensitizing.
The sunscreen uses chemical filters that are not yet approved for use in the USA by the FDA, though they have been approved in Europe. FDA reviews tend to be more stringent and conservative because the agency considers sunscreens to be a drug, while European regulators view sunscreen as a cosmetic. You can read the FDA’s perspective in their blog that gives context around the 2014 Sunscreen Innovation Act.
Because of these newer filters, Purito has a higher PA rating than Cosrx. While both are SPF50, SPF ratings only takes into account UVB rays. The PA rating system was developed in Japan to rate UVA protection, and Purito’s has the max PA++++ rating. Cosrx is rated at PA+++.
Neither leave a white cast and both have a similar dewy consistency - not matte, but not greasy. Cosrx’s feels a touch shinier. While Cosrx’s fragrance dissipates, Purito’s lavender scent sticks around for a while.
Both are quite affordable. The Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is $13 and Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun is $14.
Both are fine products. I’m torn because both have their pros and cons. Neither make it into my holy grails category because the Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is a bit too dewy, while the Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun smells too much like lavender.
If you want the additional skin benefits, go Purito. If you dislike lingering floral fragrances, go Cosrx.
I received the Purito sunscreen free to test.