Review (Skinfood): Dragon Fruit Powerful Sun Essence SPF50+ PA++++

The Skin Care

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  • A light and moisturising UV protecting essence.
  • Transparent application, without stickiness.

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Water, Alcohol, Ethylhexyl salicylate, Homosalate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dibutyl adipate, Dipropylene glycol, Bis- ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol, Polysilicone-15, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Styrene/acrylates copolymer, Ceteth-10, Tromethamine, Decyl Glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Propanediol, Carbomer, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Saccharide hydrolysate, Xanthan Gum, Viscum Album Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hylocereus Undatus Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa Root Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

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  • Alcohol
  • Carbomer (Mildly Comedogenic): Used in skin care (normally in gel formulations) to thicken a product, and helps in turning gels from a solid into a liquid when distributed onto the face.

rose-1093513_960_720 Mildly Comedogenic = The chances of this ingredient clogging your pores is not likely.



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  • Sodium Hyaluronate: If you ever see this ingredient in a Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 7.34.44 pmproduct, it’s just a fancy way of saying hyaluronic acid. This ingredient can hold up to 1000x times of its moisture content, and sadly can only work topically to keep the skin hydrated (this only applies if sodium hyaluronate is not in a serum). This ingredient works best as a serum, so it can penetrate deep within your skin!  Always keep this in mind.
  • Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin and helps our skin stay soft an supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top, and this will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath our skin, until it is dehydrated. In addition, Glycerin is a known Humectant, meaning that it also draws water molecules from our surroundings and binds them to the skin!
  • Saccharide Hydrolysate: Is derived from sugars and is another Humectant type ingredient.


Fruit extracts of note used in the formulation (low dosages):

  • Viscum Album Leaf Extract: Is extracted from the leaves of the Mistletoe plant.  In skin care, the actual research behind Viscum Album Leaf Extract is limited/non-existent, but it is believed to help soothe the skin.
  • Portulaca Oleracea Extract: An amazing ingredient that is under appreciated in skin care products. Portulaca Oleracea Extract has been linked to anti – inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties. Additionally, it also contains fatty acids, vitamins (A, B, & C), Niacinamide, and Flavonoids; this gives the plant it’s anti-oxidants. Numerous studies have shown how Portulaca Oleracea Extract can be beneficial to the skin, by being a strong anti-oxidant, reducing the amount of free radicals in the body, whitening the skin, and increasing collagen activity. A truly amazing ingredient! (Source A & B).
  • Centella Asiatica Extract: This ingredient is derived the Centella Asiatcia herb and is jam packed with antioxidants. Preclinical studies  (these are studies that aren’t just ready to be conducted on humans just yet) and clinical studies (tested on humans) have shown Centella Asiatica Extract to have numerous benefits when applied topically on the skin. This ingredient can stimulate collagen, inhibit the inflammatory process, and increase the proliferation of cells (create more cells) at open wounds, and thus, has the ability to heal open wounds faster. Additionally, even at just 5% of this extract, Centella Asiatica Extract can increase the moisture content of the human skin (Source C & D).
  • Hylocereus Undatus Fruit Extract (Dragon Fruit Extract):  Numerous studies have found Hylocereus Undatus Fruit Extract to be plentiful in antioxidants, facilitate wound healing, and have anti-bacterial properties. In addition, this ingredient is packed with saccharides, and is able to help with the firming and tightening of the skin when applied topically. However, not many studies have applied Hylocereus Undatus Fruit Extract on the skin topically, and thus the outcomes of this ingredient is not truly unknown on the human skin.
  • Curcuma Longa Root Extract (Turmeric): Extracted from the turmeric plant and is used in skin care for it’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Due to this, recent research has evaluated the effects of tumeric/curcumin on acne when taken as an oral supplement, and when the ingredient was applied on the skin topically as a cream. The research showed the cream and tablet containing Curcuma Longa had significant improvements in acne lesions when compared to participants who had no treatment.  Additionally, when turmeric was added with Rosemary and Gotu Kola (also known as Centella Asiatica; another plant extract used int his sun screen),  the research showed improvements in facial photoaging (aging that has occurred from sun rays); their participants reported improvements in the skin firmness. (Source E).
  • Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract: In skin care, the chia seed extract (and oil) is used for it’s rich antioxidants, and its ability to reduce trans-epidermal water loss (keeping your skin hydrated). Chia seed extract also contains Alpha Lipoic Acid, which has been shown to reduce the signs of photoaging.


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Sunscreen Ingredients

  • Ethylhexyl salicylate (Chemical; against UVB)
  • Homosalate (Chemical; against UVB)
  • Bis- ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine (Broad Spectrum; UVB + UVA)
  • Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol (Broad Spectrum; UVB + UVA)
  • Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate (Chemical; UVA)

If you want to know the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens and UVA and UVB protection; I wrote a short summary here.



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” A scented sunscreen infused with fruit extracts and hydrating ingredients, while providing broad spectrum protection” 

Scent (3/5): This sunscreen has a perfume scent to it, almost a bit flowery. However, the scent is not overpowering and is quite refreshing; this fades after application.

Texture of the product(5/5):  Skinfood’s Dragon Fruit Powerful Sun Essence is true to it’s name. The product dispenses out as a ‘thick’ essence consistency; not watery at all.

Application(5/5):  The application of this sunscreen is amazing! Due to it’s essence like consistency, it absorbs into the skin immediately.  Additionally, this sunscreen leaves no white cast. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

Quality of product (3/5):  Skinfood’s Dragon Fruit Powerful Sun Essence is a broad spectrum sunscreen offering UVA and UVB protection. Unlike any of the western sunscreens on the market (drugstore), Skinfood’s Dragon Fruit Powerful Sun Essence is infused with numerous fruit extracts. Even though the fruit extracts and hydrating ingredients are low on the ingredient list, for the price this sunscreen is marketed as, the infused ingredients in this sun screen are appreciated.  The only draw backs with this sunscreen is the scent, the alcohol in the ingredient list, and minimal fruit extracts used in the formation; nonetheless, still an amazing sunscreen.


  • Great sun screen
  • Good essence texture of the sun screen
  • No white case
  • Flowery scented sunscreen; which disappears after application
  • Infused with fruit extracts, hydration, and moisture protecting ingredients (low on the ingredient list)
  • F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C value for money ($10-15), but be cautious of the scent

Recommended for:

  • All skin types.

And as always, take care of your skin.


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All products are purchased with my money. I am not sponsored to review any products. I am however a proud affiliate with WishTrend*, and I truly adore how they promote good skin health. All opinions are 100% honest, and written from my personal experience.

Irritants are flagged from skin care database: CosDNA

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