Hera Sun Mate Leports SPF50+ PA++++


As we all beauty fellows know sunscreen is one of the most important preventive anti-aging skincare. I always try to use it daily under my makeup, but I have to admit that despite how important it is, sometimes I just forget to apply it daily. Over the years I tried various Asian sunscreens. One of them is the the Hera Sun Mate Leports. Most of the sunscreens I have tried before were Japanese (e.g. see review Biore), but I like the Hera brand and I'm happy I tried it out. 

HERA SUN MATE LEPORTS SPF50+ PA++++

Hera has an entire line dedicated to sun skincare, including, loose power and compacts. As I needed good protection for the summer and beach, I went for the Hera sun mate leports SPF50+, PA++++. Hera describes it ‘as ’: HERA SUN MATE LEPORTS has strong UV protection of SPF50+ and PA++++ perfect for the protection of the skin in the strong sunlight in the summer and leports activities outdoor’’.






According to the brand the sunscreen has a skin protection solution in capsules containing beta-carotene, tocopherol and sunflower oil, supposedly to breakdown and form a protective film on the skin when it meets the sunlight.
The Hera sunscreen has SPF50+ and PA++++. SPF50+.  SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It expresses how effective a sunscreen is at protecting against UVB rays. UVB rays are responsible for DNA damage in skin cells. PA stands for Protection Grade of UVA. It is actually the main contributor to skin cancers, making up most part of UV rays. It is important to have both UVB and UVA protection. 

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol, Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Zinc Oxide, Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/ 1 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Behenate/ Eicosadioate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Titanium Dioxide, Beta-Glucan, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Lactobacillus/ Water Hyacinth Ferment, Sodium Hyaluronate, Nylon-12, Sodium Chloride, Ozokerite, Sorbitan Isostearate, Aluminum Stearate, Hyacinth Fermentate.

In bold are the active ingredients. Both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical blocks, stick on the surface of the skin they reflect sun rays. Methoxyphenyl Triazine and Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate are chemical filters, absorbing the UV rays.

Furthermore, you will find  Sodium Hyaluronate, hydrating Water Hyacinth Ferment and Skin Protecting properties.  and Tocopheryl Acetate in the list.
Oh and also there is no alcohol, Im not sensitive to it, but I know that some are.  

Packaging

I have the sample version which is 30 ml, the original is 70 ml. The packaging looks the same, it’s an orange tube, looks very stylish compared to Japanese packaging, which I have to admit can be boring. I like the summer tone of it and the yellow letters.

Application

I apply 1-2 penny size amount on my face under my cushion, as a final step of my skincare routine. The cream has a nice floral scent, not too strong but pleasant.  Although, if you are sensitive to fragrance you might find it too much. Texture is interesting, its creamy but melts on my skin, I would describe it as cosmetic elegant.


Performance

After having experimented with so many western sunscreen and not been able to find a non-greasy sunscreen, one of the most important criteria for me is that it should be lightweight. The Hera sunscreen doesn’t feel light when applying, its creamy after applying but it is fast absorbed by my skin. After about a few minutes I forget I’m wearing any sunscreen at all.

I used the sunscreen in the summer and when I was on summer break, in a hot humid climate. It indeed seems to be waterproof, swimming, running etc. all okay with no burn or visible redness on my face. Of course you have to reapply every 2-3 hours.


Verdict


The Hera Sun mate Leports spf 50+ is a good sunscreen for outdoor activities. The cream has a nice scent and leaves almost no white cast. Slightly greasy after application but absorbs fast and is heat resistant. Finish is mate but not too dry for me. Further, if you are looking for an alcohol free sunscreen then it’s a nice alternative.

You will pay around 30 $for 70 ml (on amazon and eBay ). There are cheaper alternatives but the tube has 70 ml instead of the regular 40-50 ml so the price difference is less than it seems.

Will I repurchase? There are many other sunscreen I want to try before, but yes I will buy one again especially in the summer. The price is also not so bad for a high end brand like Hera and you get 70 ml. 


















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