NOTE: This product has been discontinued.
Everyone that has been reading my blog for the last year or so knows how much I loved the Sofina Perfect UV Lucent SPF 50 PA+++. It was honestly one of the best sunscreens for oily skin types as it had a beautiful non greasy finish, controlled excess sebum secretion and offered solid protection against UVB and UVA rays. Sadly it was discontinued around this time last year.
Since then, many people have been requesting if there other identical sunscreens out there. I believe the closest substitute would be the Sofina Perfect UV White Protect SPF 50 PA+++.
While the Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50 PA+++ (which is what I currently use) is similar, I find it to be more matifying than the Sofina. IMO it is targeted solely for oily skin while Sofina Perfect UV sunscreens can be used by all skin types.
Much like the Perfect UV Lucent, the White Protect contains both physical and chemical sunscreen ingredients. The consistency is a lightweight, milky fluid that dries matte. Perfect for normal, oily and combination skin types.
It should be noted that it also contains alcohol (responsible for a lot of drying effect) so dry skin types may have to exercise caution by applying some moisturizer underneath and monitoring their skin (making sure it doesn’t dry out too much).
Like many heavily silicone based Japanese sunscreens, the Sofina Perfect UV White Protect SPF 50 PA+++ is both water resistant and sweat resistant so it can stand up to intense summer heat and humidity. It also can be quite stubborn to remove, so it’s ideal to use a good cleansing oil to get it off completely.
What sets the White Protect apart from other fallen members of the Sofina Perfect UV line is that it contains a skin whitening ingredient (or plant extract) – Matricaria Chamomilla Extract. Studies have shown that 0.5% Matricaria Chamomilla Extract can be an effective skin lightening agent on UV induced hyperpigmentation.
Sofina Perfect UV White Protect SPF 50 PA+++ can be found on Bobodave for $38.69 (60ml bottle). International shipping is free if you order from this site.
Cyclomethicone, Water, Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide (13.87%), Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (4%), Glycerin, Talc, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate, Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-9, Titanium Dioxide, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Methicone, PEG-3 Dimethicone, Matricaria Chamomilla Extract, Squalene, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Aluminium, Hydroxide, Silica, Hydrated Silica, BHT