Nature Republic Ice Sun Puff Review
When the Korean skincare brand Nature Republic reached out to me to do a review, I was very excited to try their Ice Sun Puff sunscreen. it may literally be the coolest sunscreen I have ever seen. To operate the sunscreen, you twist the cap to the “ON” position, shake it a few times, and press on the cap. The aerosol function cools down the liquid and dispenses it on to a cushion, which you then dab on to your face. This sunscreen truly lives up to the ice in its name!
What’s in this sunscreen?
This is a mineral-based sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as filters. It also includes aloe leaf juice for soothing and niacinamide for brightening.
This product also contains fragrance and denatured alcohol, which may be sensitizers to some.
Who is it for?
- People who want to cool down when it’s hot outside. (Seriously, it’s like pressing an ice cube to your skin. SO REFRESHING.)
- People who want to touch up their sunscreen without disrupting their makeup. (Since this dries on clear.)
Who is it not for?
People who want a full-coverage sunscreen. Unfortunately, the design of this container is not ideal. There are only 3 holes in the aerosol, so only a little bit of liquid is dispensed with each press. Sometimes only the center of the cushion gets soaked. You have to shake multiple times to get enough for a touch-up.
I read a review that described this as the “Bop It of skincare,” which is hilarious. I think this is the most fun and innovative sunscreen I have seen, with some missteps in execution.
First, what I like:
- The cooling sensation is perfection. I am always amazed at how cold the cushion gets. I am surprised that cooling sunscreens are not more common, given that this solves a common need: Protection from the heat of the sun.
- The scent is delicious. This is one of my favorite scents of all time. If Nature Republic came out with a California Aloe perfume, I would buy it in a heartbeat!
- The ingredients. Niacinamide is an ingredient that I look for in my moisturizers and serums, so to have this well-researched brightening and wrinkle-prevention ingredient in my suncare is a plus.
What I wish were improved:
- The dispense mechanism. Like I mentioned above, you have to shake and pump multiple times to get an adequate amount of product for coverage.
I have only tried this on normal days where I go to work from 9-5 or am walking to brunch on the weekend. I have not tested this at the beach, so I can’t say whether this truly protects me from the sun. Given the limited coverage, I would not trust this to be my go-to sunscreen for an outdoor activity. I would use this only for touch-ups.
This is available in the USA at naturerepublicusa.com for $28. This is a 100mL bottle which comes with 2 cushions.
I’m traveling to hot and humid southeast Asia later in the summer, and I am definitely bringing this product with me. I think the friends who are traveling with me would really benefit from this as well, so I am considering buying one for them too. However, I would file this product under “skintertainment” - a fun, indulgence purchase that fits certain use cases, but not a skincare staple.
Please note that I received this product from Nature Republic for free in exchange for my review.