Review: Sunscreen for Oily Skin – Innisfree, Missha & Dr. G

Hello, Queens!

Sun sun sun, I’m so ready for the sun! However, Spring in Upstate NY can be fickle. The last few weeks have been a mixture of sun and rain, mostly rain. Of course, it is Spring time and this means rain rain rain. Well, at least it isn’t snowing.

As we all know, sunscreen should be applied at all times when you’re outside (even cloudy days). I never really thought about this until it came to my attention with various articles I read on skin care and Ultraviolet (UV) rays.  This is why it’s important to wear sunscreen to block those nasty rays! Even if you can’t see them, they are still there because the sun will always be there.

There are 3 UV wavelengths that the sun produces – UVA, UVB, and UVC.

  • UVA are the weakest of the 3 and when exposed to them can cause in direct damage like aging, wrinkles and be a source for some skin cancers.
  • UVB has more energy than UVA and does direct damage to your skin. These rays are responsible for sunburns and are linked to most skin cancers.
  • UVC are the highest energy of the 3. However, they are more active higher in our o-zone layer and do not reach the ground. They can be reproduced in the forms of welding torches or UV sanitation bulbs. source

Queeeennnsss… This is why I look like a ghost all year long. The idea of my skin aging quicker, wrinkles and higher chances of skin cancers scares me. Which all of this lead me to my quest to find a sunscreen that I could wear daily.

The things I HATE about sunscreen though are:

  • Smelling like I have sunscreen on. I only mind this if I’m at the beach, if I’m in the office… no thanks.
  • Not feeling and looking like I pulled my head out of McDonald’s deep fryer looking like a crispy chicken nugget.
  • Not having it run down my face when I’m sweating.

This lead me to research and find 3 sunscreens that were suggested by other blogs/articles for oily skin. The 3 I chose were Missha All Around Safe Block – Waterproof Sun Milk, Dr. G’s A-Clear Oil Control Sun, and Innisfree Perfect UV protection cream for Oily Skin.

Innisfree Perfect UV protection cream long lasting SPF50+ PA+++ for oily skin 50 ml

Price (as of this post date): Beautytap; $12.89 on Amazon


  • Nice texture and went on smooth
  • Absorbed into my skin without leaving a white residue
  •  Was a nice base for my make-up
  • Matte and did not leave my skin oily (this was on a 60 degree day, 80+ degrees could have different effect)
  • You don’t need a lot to cover your face and neck
  • Waterproof


  • Sunscreen smell but fades after application
  • For me — Soft packaging. I would be nervous to put in my purse

Do not apply on a scar or any area of skin irritation, such as dermatitis and eczema.

The 5 top Ingredients are: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate and Ethylhexyl Salicylate. The complete list of ingredients can be seen on Innisfree website.

They mention that this sunscreen is free from: animal ingredients, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, tar dye and talc. Girl, can’t be dealing with those synthetic fragrances. So yay!

Buy or Nien?

Yes, I would definitely buy again. It covered a lot of the things I was looking for for a sunscreen for my face. I did notice a small amount of oil on my t-zone about mid-day but could be easily fixed with a oil absorbing sheet or a quick pat of powder. All in all, it was my favorite out of the 3 I tried.

 Giving you 4 out of 5 snail friends.


Missha All-Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk SPF50+/PA +++

Price (as of this post date): $15.73 on Amazon


  • Does not have that overbearing sunscreen smell
  • Cute little bottle that can go in any bag you’re carrying
  • Double capped! I felt confident that it wouldn’t pop open in my bag and get everywhere
    • I’ve had that happen before with a different sunscreen… it was the worst
  • Matte finish


  • Noticeable perfume smell, can be overpowering
  • Watery

The 5 top Ingredients are: Helichrysum Italicum Flower Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate and Zinc Oxide. Complete list here.

Buy or Nien?

Yes, I would. I thought it did its job well and my make-up didn’t look like it was running down my face by the end of the day. However, I did notice some tightness from my skin mid-day. Girl needed a mist ASAP. Also,  the watery texture when first applying it wasn’t my favorite.

 3 out of 5 snail friends


Dr. G Gowoonsesang A-clear Oil Control Sun SPF50+ PA+++ (50 ml)

Price (as of this post date): $19.98 on Amazon


  • Waterproof
  • Tea tree oil (YAY!)
  • No white residue when applying


  • Noticeable perfume smell, can be overpowering
  • Thickier formula than the last 2
  • Again, personal preference soft packaging and would be nervous to put in my purse

The 5 top Ingredients are: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol and Cyclohexasiloxane.

Buy or Nien?

Nien, I don’t think I would buy again. I love that it has tea tree oil which helps with breaks out but, I felt like a stick of butter the whole day without make-up. I wanted to  gave it a second chance and wore it the next day with make-up on. My face felt like I had a thick layer on and I noticed my face getting shiny within a few hours at work. Also, the thirst for moisturizing my skin was oh, so real by the end of the day.

 2 out of 5 snail friends

Well, my Queens I hope you enjoyed this review. My plan for the future is to try another 3 sunscreen products for oily skin. My satisfaction is never over until I’ve tried a bunch. There are so many products out there, why stop?

I hope you have an amazing rest of your day!

– MH

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