The Best Sunscreen Is On Amazon, And It's Not What You Think

Normally $26, this cult-favorite Korean sunscreen is currently 35% off during Amazon Prime Day for $16.90.
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Whether you’re a skin care fanatic or not, there’s a good chance you’ve heard others extoll the virtues of Korean skin care. I hopped onboard a few years back, when snail mucin and 10-step nightly routines were de rigueur. And while I’ve since significantly pared back my regimen, there’s still one area in which I remain devoted to Korean beauty products: sunscreen. Specifically, Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Sun Gel (which is currently on sale at Amazon for $16.90, marked down from $26).

My requirements for a holy grail sunscreen include, but are not limited to, a formula that has powerful active skin care ingredients, a high SPF and a lightweight, undetectable texture that won’t break out my sensitive skin. I want my skin to look better when I’m using it, with a slight glow but zero shine or oil. Like an IRL filter. Isntree checks all these boxes and more.

Its beautiful formula has a silky smooth slip that glides on, absorbing quickly and easily. It boasts eight different types of hyaluronic acid that drench the skin in hydration, improving elasticity and revitalizing dull, dry skin. I can’t get enough of the texture. It melts into my skin and gives it an unexpectedly radiant glow — an especially thrilling experience after decades of sticky, greasy and thick sunscreens.

Last year, HuffPost covered all the reasons Korean sunscreens are the unsung hero of Korean skin care, including the challenges that U.S.-based brands have when it comes to getting approvals from the FDA, thereby limiting filter and ingredient options. As a result, we are over a decade behind when it comes to sunscreen innovations.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Korean option that isn’t hydrating and full of antioxidants that soothe skin and even skin tone in addition to providing powerful protection against sun damage. They also tend to be chemical sunscreens, so they don’t leave a chalky white cast like physical sunscreens can do, and work for a much wider range of skin tones.

Personally, I love a multitasking product. As someone with acne-prone skin, less is definitely more for me. So when a sunscreen also has active ingredients, I don’t need to layer on potentially pore-clogging serums. I can moisturize, throw on my SPF and be ready to rock and roll.

The Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Sun Gel is currently in stock at Amazon. It has a history of selling out quickly and often, making it imperative that you dash over and pick one up for yourself ASAP. Other retailers like Stylevana carry it as well, but I find it can take up to three weeks to arrive. With Amazon Prime, you can have a tube in your hands by week’s end. Click below to get it while you can!

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Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel
Promising reviews: "I'm almost hesitant to leave a review for this sunscreen because it may make it harder for me to re-purchase. However, ultimately, the greatest disservice would be depriving people of knowing about such an incredible product. Lightweight, scent-free, this sunscreen is my favorite I've ever used. Containing both Tinosorb S and Tinosorb M filters, this sunscreen has hybrid protection (reflecting and absorbing rays) with the newest generation of UV protection. In addition to tons of good-for-you skincare ingredients (niacinamide, ceramide NP, glycerin) and plenty of antioxidants, this sunscreen is seriously impressive. Works well under makeup (let it absorb for about 10-15 minutes) and gives a healthy glow in addition to a plump skin appearance thanks to HA. Reapplication is also easy and nice, with no pilling and no 'tacky' feeling that can often be found in products containing multiple weights of hyaluronic acid." — KA

"This sunscreen is perfect. I read another review where they questioned this and lemme tell you that this has more than two uv filters! That is completely incorrect! This sunscreen contains:
1. Octisalate,
2. Homosalate,
3. Tinosorb S,
4. Tinosorb M,
5. Univul A Plus,
Ceramides, centella, and 8 forms of hyaluronic acid. This sunscreen leaves a very dewy look at first but after it's absorbed it is beautiful! I love this so much!" — jhvoorhies

"This stuff is a godsend for me! I live in a hot yet dry place, I have incredibly sensitive skin, and it took me ages to find a sunscreen I could wear daily that didn’t make me feel even hotter and sweatier, or didn’t make my skin itchy or agitated. (Gotta love sensitive skin! /s) I started with US mineral sunscreens, but they all felt so thick, and would frankly make me sweat more. I also tried US chemical sunscreens, and they really irritated my eyes.. It’s embarrassing how many sunscreens I tried before landing on this one (at least 20).

"This stuff is lovely, it is very moisturizing, but sinks in relatively quickly. It plays well with any products I wear underneath (daily toner, serum, lotion) and I love that it has skin-enhancing ingredients like niacinamide and HA. It is a treat for my skin. It does end up leaving my skin a bit shiny, but I found I can counteract that with a few swipes of the sun stick from the same line, as that has a blurring effect. I don’t really wear makeup, but this seems like it would pair very well under makeup. For example, occasionally I apply a tinted cc cream on a few red spots on my face, and this has played really well with that. For me, this has been a pill-free experience and definitely a sunscreen I can wear every day with ease!" — TheCourteousGenevievez

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