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What is it?
It is a sunscreen product created by Korean youtuber and beauty blogger Liah Yoo. Liah founded her own beauty brand Krave Beauty that already has super popular status in skin care community.
Beet The Sun is (for) now unavailable in the USA because of FDA sunscreen regulations. Here is what Liah Yoo says about that subject:
“Here’s the problem. With Beet The Sun SPF 47 PA++++, we didn’t want to use the old chemical UV filters that the US is using when there are far superior, more photostable, and less irritating options to formulate with. My personal experience with US chemical sunscreens has not been great, a lot of them were irritating making my skin tingle which eventually made my skin even more sensitive to sunlight. This made me want to formulate with UV filters that have little to no photoallergy or contact allergy history.
These are the 5 active ingredients we ended up using:
- Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate/DHHB (Uvinul A Plus)
- Ethylhexyl Triazone (Octyl triazone)
- Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate (Amiloxate)
- Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine/BEMT (Tinosorb S)
- Polysilicone-15 /source: kravebeauty.com/
Ok, I’m sold.
Beet The Sun comes in white plastic 50 ml bottle with the characteristic Krave Beauty design. The bottle itself is packed in beet coloured envelope with interesting postcard design. Sorry for the pics quality, this is screenshot from my Instagram Story.
Although beet is the star ingredient, it has greenish/yellowish hue to it. Plus it is very light lotion, emulsion type of product. No white cast, but it does leave some (good) shine on normal, well-moisturized skin. It has light veggie, light macadamia oil and anise touch, with the light chemical twist scent to it. Light it is.
How to use it?
As the last step in the morning skin care routine. Apply as needed. See more on sun protection and how to apply it here.
Purified Water, Butyl Octyl Salicylate, Dibutyl Adipate, Beetroot Extract (50,000 Ppm), Ethanol, Diethylaminobenzoylhexylbenzoate, Bis-Heptyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyltriazine, Ethylhexyltriazone, Glycerin, Pentyleneglycol, Rice Bran Extract, Macadamia Seed Oil, Isoamyl P-Methoxy Cinnamate, Polysilicon-15, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Acrylate / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Methylpropanediol, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycoll, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Allantoin, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Resveratrol
Here is what Krave Beauty say about their Beet The Sun ingredients list:
The healthy antioxidant beet sun care which makes you apply it on your skin every day.
No Irritation / Moist Texture / No White Cast / Antioxidant Effect / Chemical Sun Cream/KRAVE Beauty
What I can see here is it is certainly water based, alcohol (ethanol) added, sunscreen lotion. Not a sunblock. Read more on sunblock and sunscreen here.
Beetroot extract with its antioxidant properties, besides active ingredient sunscreens, is definitely star ingredient here.
It is backed up with other great soothing and antioxidants rich ingredients as Epigallocatechin Gallate – active component of green tea, rice extract, allantoin and resveratrol (active component of red grapes).
There is also Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate a derivative of vitamin C, but I believe it is here more for its preservative properties. Ok, still antioxidant per se.
That crazy good looking, skin illuminating shine is coming from macadamia oil, and this product can even double as a primer thanks to silicones and fillers added like Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer which has also sebum control properties.
Overall, this is decent, very likeable, but more important, efficient sunscreen formula.
Yes, but if your preferences are more on mineral sunblock, then this is not for you.
Who is it for?
All skin types, combination skin, dry skin, normal skin
Does it work?
I caved in to this super hyped product. And I am glad I did. Curiosity for once didn’t kill the cat. Oh, the cat is very much alive.
This is the product I have tested in very humid and hot weather, and also cold and dry. I must stress this, as this product definitely acts different in various environmental, hence, various skin situations.
Hot and humid – skin responds with more of its own cooling activity, so moisturizers sometimes can be too heavy on it. After good hydrating base (toners, essences, serums or emulsions, whatever is your skin food of choice), Beet The Sun plays the role of the primer, sunscreen, illuminator, sebum controller. You get it, it has shiny finish to it. But this is not a greasy, ugly shine. It is more like I said illuminating effect to the skin. This works divinely with Jane Iredale PurePressed Base. Nothing works together as well. Fantastic! Glass skin just a buff away.
When cold and dry weather – skin tends to shrink to fit, of course not, but this is definitely feeling it gets. Good hydrating and moisturizing base, Beet The Sun has totally matte finish. Still primer, but more on mattifying side. Still working great with Jane Iredale PurePressed Base, but this time, Beet The Sun complements thicker BB or liquid foundation formulas. Skin still looks great.
Beet The Sun by itself is completely invisible on the skin. No white cast, no chalky feeling, but you’ve already guessed it.
Above all, this is a good sunscreen product that kept my skin pale and cool when needed. Its primary function is a job well done. Other benefits are certainly in the fact that it didn’t cause any unwanted skin reaction. No live skin cell was harmed in the making of this review.