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May 14, 2018

This Sunscreen Changed My Mind About Korean Sunscreens: Earth’s Recipe Waterful Sun Gel

A long-time devotee of Japanese sunscreens tries the Earth’s Recipe Waterful Sun Gel for the first time. And basically her world is turned upside down. OK, we exaggerate a bit, but really, she is — shall we say — officially obsessed with this Korean sunscreen. Here’s why.


I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’ve never been a huge fan of Korean sunscreens.


GASP. I know. It’s a shock. But all of the Korean sunscreens I’ve tried have been either:


1. Too greasy, heavy, and do not wear well under makeup, or

2. Leave that awful white cast


So I’ve always used Japanese sunscreens from Bioré or Nivea because they are lightweight, non-greasy, and have always worn well under makeup for me. For the longest time, I swore by the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++, and after they switched up the formula, I moved on to the Nivea Sun Protect Super Water Gel SPF 50+ PA+++, which is also amazing. I’ve been using the Nivea sunscreen for a year now!


But then I received a package from Beautytap with my new holy grail sunscreen: the Earth’s Recipe Waterful Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA+++. HONEY, LET ME TELL YOU. It was love from the first try.


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Earth’s Recipe is a brand that prides itself on creating natural yet effective skincare. They are cruelty-free, and the sunscreen itself is free of parabens, mineral oil, and artificial or synthetic dyes. It’s a sunscreen that the whole family can use (yes, even that boyfriend who thinks that sunscreen doesn’t matter *cough*).


Summer is just around the corner, so if you’ve been slacking on using sunscreen because you’ve been inside all day during the winter, this is your time to finally GET. IT. TOGETHER so you can play in the sun! This particular sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF50+ rating, so you can go lounge at the pool guilt free — no premature aging, wrinkles, and sunspots over here, folks!


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The Earth’s Recipe sunscreen uses a very special water — Harrogate sparkling water from the UK, to be exact — as one of its main ingredients. Apparently, the carbonation in the water is very important as it helps to both reduce clogging and and at the same time unclog pores. What a concept! Also, the sparkling water has high silica content, which means that it helps plump and hydrate the skin without that unnecessary greasiness a lot of sunscreens have. Again! WHAT A CONCEPT.


It is a milky white color, and has a slightly creamy texture, despite the name being “waterful gel.” It reminds me of a very lightweight, water-based lotion. It’s so hydrating, that to me, it feels more like a lotion than it does a sunscreen. The sunscreens I’ve loved in the past usually have a high alcohol content to get that lightweight feel, which ends up making your skin produce more oil if you aren’t careful about what products you’re using beforehand.



That isn’t the case with the Earth’s Recipe sunscreen. If you’re on the oily side, you may find that this sunscreen can cover both your hydration and sun protection needs in one go. It plays well with the other products in my routine, absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave a greasy finish, and doesn’t pill under makeup. I am in love 5ever.


It does have that slight “sunscreen” scent, but it doesn’t bother me and it fades quickly. When I posted that I was getting to test this over on my Instagram stories (follow me at @sheryllrenata), I had at least six messages from people raving about how much they love this sunscreen. But be warned, I also had a reader (and read some reviews) that this sunscreen must be used within six months or it starts to separate. If you’re using the recommended amount (¼ teaspoon) every day, then I don’t think this should be an issue at all!


Do you have a favorite Korean sunscreen? Let us know in the comments! We’re always on the hunt for that next holy grail product!


[Ed. note: This article was edited to remove the fragrance-free reference. We regret the error.]


Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.




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Really interesting article! From the mini-clip provided, it does give off a liquid lotion appearance. I'm always here for an effective and cruelty free product as well. I can't wait to try!


I would really love to try this product out, but further research showed me that this product is NOT fragrance-free. I have no choice but to pass this up


I totally agree! I tried it and love it too! So light and easy to use. I sometimes even forget that I have sunscreen on!


Totally agree. I decided to try this after one of the other editorial posts here and I do not regret it. I love this sunscreen!!


This sounds promising! I can’t wait to try it but I just bought 2 A’pieu sunblocks!


I definitely am grateful that there seems to be a surplus of sunscreens that I'm wanting to try out when it comes to Asian and European sunscreen as opposed to the US where I have no interest in trying anything lol


There are so many new missha sunscreens on Beauty Tap lately I’m so confused though! Have you tried any of them?

i tried missha sunscreen but i like better the apieu and eclado sunscreen


Thanks! That’s great to know since I’m waiting on the a’pieu ones :)

what i love apieu it doesnt make you face white and it not sticky..i hope you will like it too


Trying this one next after my tube of eclado runs out! Fingers crossed it won't break me out, my skin has been SUPER reactive lately.


Definitely go with a patch test first to make sure!


I'm currently looking for a good sunscreen, since I'm using two products (one from Germany and one from South Korea) but I'm not loving either of them. So, after reading this article, I'll try this one.


That's the great thing w/ Asian beauty; if something doesn't work for you, there's always a similar alternative lol


Currently using the A’Pieu Pure Block Natural Sunscreen which is great but the extra SPF in the Earth’s Recipe sunscreen is tempting me! Definitely going to give this a go once my current sunscreen (and backup) runs out!


Me too! I’m also using a’pieu sunscreen right now but kinda wishing I’ll finish it sooner so I can try this Earth’s recipe one!


lol I have like 5 sunscreens I rotate through just because there are so many I want to try

Ruth Kim

The Earth's Recipe is my current FAVE! So lightweight and sinks in so quickly


It's insane how much better the Korean/Japanese and even European sunscreens are better than US sunscreens. I've been waiting to get my hands on a Bioderma sunscreen but I've been a faithful user of CosRX and Biore sunscreens for a long time as well. The fact that the USFDA won't okay some of these ingredients that have been used for forever that provide better protection than some of the stuff we're using now is ridiculous.

Jude Chao

I am riiiiight here with you on this sunscreen. It was a revelation for me!