The Safe Block Airy Sun Water from Missha is halfway between gimmicky and wonderfully useful — the line is pretty blurred. It’s the latest addition to Missha’s extensive sun care line that has just been newly revamped. There are conventional sunscreens for standalone protection, and on the touch-up side, tension compacts that help to top up your sun protection and freshen your makeup.
New Missha Safe Block Airy Sun Water is a lotion/toner/“water” with added sun protection that you use under a normal sunscreen for an extra protective boost. The formula boasts other skin benefits including calamine (which Missha has dubbed as “Sebum Cut Pink Powder”) to help with irritation and excess sebum and “Airy Prime-Barrier” to help protect from dryness. You use this like you would a normal hydrating toner, according to Missha — patting it on with your hands or using cotton pads. You can even do the “7 skin method” (K-beauty trend of applying a hydrating toner on your skin 7 times) with it.
It all just seems a bit gimmicky and unnecessary. My standalone sunscreen gives my skin excellent protection on its own, and for topping up my protection “on the go” over makeup, I’d use SPF compacts or mists. Is there any added benefits in using this SPF toner underneath all that, especially considering that UV protection doesn’t add up?
In terms of sun protection, I’m dubious. Using a few drops will not be sufficient enough to make a difference — you still need a full application of one proper sunscreen. Even if you were to apply 7 layers of it like one of Missha’s application tips, the protection you’d get would still be abysmal. But if you were to forego a proper sunscreen, something is still a lot better than nothing.
I must say that the formula feels just lovely. I’ve been patting a coin-sized amount after Sekkisei Medicated Lotion Excellent nearly daily for the past few weeks and it really does have a good soothing effect. Skin feels strangely moisturised and perfectly prepped that I have been skipping moisturiser altogether. The Safe Block Airy Sun Water doesn’t mattifying the skin in any way, but it’s calming and does seem to keep shiny T-zone at bay in hot, humid days. It disappears into the skin and feels weightless. Its scent is the only real drawback. I’m not wholly averse to fragrance in skin care, but this smells like baby powder.
Missha’s Safe Block Airy Sun Water is quite universally appealing — those with combination or oily skin will love the light-as-air, water formula, those with dry skin can layer it under their serums and will appreciate the calming, soothing effect. As for the SPF50+ PA++++ protection? A nice bonus, but I’m not banking on whatever extra UV boost that it could potentially provide.
You can find the Missha Safe Block Airy Sun Water SPF50+ PA++++, 100ml, for US$12.85+ HERE from eBay. It’s also available from YesStyle for US$19.71+. If you’re in South Korea, Missha is currently having a “1 + 1” (aka “buy one, get one free”) offer on the entire sun care line till end of June — RRP is ₩14,800. The sale is in stores and online, but it’s limited to South Korea only.