Battle Of The SPF50+ Sunscreens : HERA VS OHUI

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Introduction

 

  • OHUI Sun Science Perfect Sunblock Black

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This sunblock is for those who are scared of becoming darker under the sun. They are also for those who suffer from hyperpigmentation from overexposure from the sun, and for those who wants to prevent pigmentation. Like the Red version, this one also contains SPF 50+.

This sunscreen is enriched with Pycnogenol, a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the maritime pine tree, which grows exclusively along the unspoiled coast of southwestern France.

Pycnogenol works by inhibiting melanogenesis, the production of the pigment melanin, responsible for skin color) and lowers skin pigmentation intensity so that skin is a more even toned. A clinical study has demonstrated that Pycnogenol is effective in lightening areas of the skin that are over-pigmented, diminish skin discolorations, brown spots, unsightly age spots and much more.

Oral supplementation of healthy volunteers with Pycnogenol®was shown to helpprevent UV damage and the resulting photo-aging. Pycnogenol® also inhibits the inflammation caused by UV-exposure, consequently protecting the skin from sunburn. Tomorrow we will learn how the synergistic combination of oral and topical Pycnogenol can transform the skin—safely and effectively.

 

  • OHUI Sun Science Perfect Sunblock Red EX

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We wrote an in-depth article on it here

This sunblock is suitable for those with sensitive skin and for those who gets sunburn easily under the sun. Enriched with Provitamin B5 also known as Panththenic Acid or Panthenol, this provitamin is transformed into vitamin B5, which has a natural broad ability to moisturize, soothe, heal and regenerate the skin.

Provitamin B5 is commonly billed in personal care products as dexpanthenol, d-panthenol or dl-panthenol and is most noted for its ability to function as a humectant–a water-binding substance that attracts and retains water.

As a humectant, provitamin B5 stabilizes the skin barrier function, reducing the amount of water lost through the skin. By applying a provitamin B5 formulation to the skin, you will not only increase its hydration but improve its softness and elasticity, making provitamin B5 ideal for the treatment of dry, scaly or rough skin.

Provitamin B5 goes beyond its role as a moisturizer and acts as a natural skin healer and protectant.
When applied to the skin, it offers relief from itchiness and pain and reduces redness. Wounds treated with provitamin B5 have resulted in regenerated tissue that is more solid and elastic. Additionally, a 2002 “Journal of Dermatological Treatment” study noted that provitamin B5 enhanced the repair of the skin barrier while reducing inflammation. In terms of protecting skin, provitamin B5 acts as a barrier, shielding the skin from skin irritation.

Provitamin B5’s effectiveness in hydrating, soothing, healing and protecting skin makes it an effective ingredient in formulations to alleviate the following conditions: acne, bed sores, minor cuts, diaper rash, contact dermatitis (produced when the skin comes in contact with irritants or allergens), eczema, insect bites, scrapes and sunburn.

Source: livestrong.com

 

  • Hera Sun Mate Leports

 

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Packaging

 

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Hera wins hands down when it comes to packaging. I am actually quite embarrassed with the design of OHUI Perfect Sunblock Sunscreens – ahhh, they need to be upgraded and i am sure that the design and packaging will change next year.

The OHUI sunscreens are larger despite being 0.5cm shorter in height than HERA. It’s larger and more inconvenient to carry around because of it’s bulkiness. The HERA sunscreen on the other hand is so elegant, so beautiful and just beautiful ! The combination of the colours used, the fonts, the design – it’s a winner!

 

 

Colour / Shade

 

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As you can see above, the shades for the 3 sunscreens are very different. The HERA sunscreen has a white-yellowish tint to it , the HERA Red has a green tint to it which is similar to a makeup base as green is known to neutralize the redness of the skin and last but not least, the OHUI Black has a slightly tinted BB Cream shade but doesn’t cover li
ke a BB Cream.

The only one that would probably leave a whiter cast is the OHUI Red but those with redness on their skin would find this perfect as it would neutralize the redness of your skin and wouldn’t make it look like it is leaving a white cast. The HERA blends into the skin perfectly without any whiteness at all, and the OHUI Black is somewhere in between.

 

Texture

 

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Though all three sunscreens have light textures, i think the OHUI RED and BLACK has the lighter texture compared to the HERA. But before being able to touch the sunscreens, one would think that the HERA sunscreen would have the lightest texture due to it’s cream-gel like appearance.

 

The HERA sunscreen has the most emollient texture, and can be rather rich. It is suitable for those looking for a richer, creamier sunscreen and would not suit those with oily skin. The good side of it is that it’s transparent once blended on the skin and doesn’t leave any trace of sunscreen at all which is quite amazing considering that it is SPF50!

 

The OHUI sunscreens have similar textures, but the OHUI RED has a more diluted lighter texture compared to the OHUI Black. They both have an initial oiliness to it when spreading the sunscreens on your face, but after a few minutes it forms sort of like a ‘shield’ or a protective layer which you will either hate or love! But this layer gives you an absolutely matte finish ( though a little sticky ) which those with oily combination skin would like!

 

 

 

Oil Test

 

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As usual, the HERA had the most amount of oil and it was expected considering the texture. The other two OHUI sunscreens had minimal oil and actually performed really well ! They managed to keep my oils away for a few hours though i felt that the OHUI RED had a better oil control effect compared to the black.

 

Stickiness Test

 

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Like i explained earlier on, the OHUI sunscreens form a layer on the skin which keeps it matte. It also feels extremely ‘waterproof’ because of this matte layer! The downside : it is a little sticky and can be seen from the tests above.

The HERA sunscreen being creamy and rich in texture doesn’t feel sticky at all.

 

Hydration

 

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I would expect the HERA sunscreen to have the highest reading but somehow the OHUI BLACK took the cake! The OHUI RED, as expected, was the least hydrating.

As you can see from above, the HERA raised the oil level by one, while the two OHUI sunscreens decreased the oil level by two !!

 

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0 responses to “Battle Of The SPF50+ Sunscreens : HERA VS OHUI”

  1. I am almost done with my O’Hui Sunblock which is in the Blue Ex version. I like the protection but think that it has a tendency towards feeling oily or pastey on top of the moisturizers I use, and especially if I perspire a lot. Not sure what the color codings point to, so maybe you can shed some light on that.

  2. I figured that out somehow, since it worked for winter and the transitional period, but during the summer, it felt a little richer owing to higher humidity. What about the other colours?

  3. Red is for those with sensitive skin that gets red under the sun. Black is for those who gets tan under the sun!

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