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UVMed Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 Review

Today’s review of UVMed Tinted Suncreen Gel SPF 50 comes from Suresh (@ssureshbabu68) who took up the challenge of buying, trying and documenting his experience with it. Ethicare’s description of UVMed has all the words to make an acne-prone person pull out their wallet – “non-comedogenic”, “gel”, “sunscreen”. Read on to see how it fared on him. * applause *

UVMed Sunscreen is manufactured by a Gujarat based company called ZYMO cosmetics and marketed by Ethicare Remedies. As claimed by the manufacturer it is a broad spectrum, oil free, water resistant, non-comedogenic, tinted gel sunscreen.

Our intention is to find an oil-free sunscreen with matte effect suitable for even highly acne prone skin (Acne Prone Skin Type 3). Does it meet our criteria, let us see today.

Packaging is quite impressive as you see the photos of front view, rear view and side views. All the ingredients are clearly displayed on the package. It is available in 50 ml and costs around Rs. 297. Considering it is SPF 50, it is good value for money.uvmed-sunscreen-review-5

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UVMed ingredients

uvmed-sunscreen-review-3 Its key ingredients are
Homosalate, Octyl Salicylate, Octrocrylene, Avobenzone, Benzophenone-3 and Tinosorb-M. Good! None of these are comedogenic.

Other ingredients present are

D.M. Water, Glycerine, Ceto Steryl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, EGMS, Emulsifying Wax, Silicon Oil, CCTG, Bees Wax, PVP Polymer, Cetearyl Alcohol and Dicetyl Phosphate and Ceteth-10 phosphate, Kokum Butter, Pottasium Cetyl Phosphate, Preservatives, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, EDTA, Gum Binder, GMS, Polysorbate 60.

No parabens and PABA-free. Welcome relief!

I checked with Skingredients and unfortunately it has 3 comedogenic ingredients in it.
Cetearyl Alcohol and Zinc Oxide, which are mildly comedogenic. Kokum Butter is comedogenic.

UVMed compared with other sunscreens

They call it UVMed Sunscreen gel but I found it more as a cream based sunscreen and is more viscous than Suncote and Lotus 3-in-1. It is more tinted than Lotus sun block cream SPF30, UVAvo and Lakme sun expert. These are the sunscreens which I have used personally and found to be comedogenic.

Ethicare UVMed sunscreen review acne prone skin

UVMed does not leave white cast unlike other sunscreens. Though it is not that much tinted as compared with Lotus 3-in-1 as you see in the photograph (first band is that of UVMed and second band on the right is Lotus 3-in-1).Ethicare UVMed sunscreen review acne prone skin

How to use UVMed sunscreen

In directions for use they have mentioned that it has to be massaged gently into the skin and not to be rubbed vigorously. Tube should be shaken well before use (why would you do that when it is a cream that too in a tube) and store at temperature below 25°C (do not freeze).

Now this is the first time I am seeing a sunscreen which should be stored below room temperature. Now Bangalore is bit cooler but what about in summer and other places like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad which have comparatively hotter climates. In that case does it have to be refrigerated?

My experience with UVMed

1st day of application

Since it had some comedogenic ingredients I reluctantly applied on my face quite gently. It is definitely not fragrance-free as claimed. I felt fragrance was more towards masculine products smell and was also confirmed by my wife and daughter.

Gals may not like it at first if they prefer floral fragrance. I may be wrong because smell, taste and colour preferences are one’s perspective we cannot generalise and take a stand on it.

Comparing fragrances of all the sunscreens I liked Suncote which has a pleasant smell to it. But no worry odour will fade away after some time albeit slowly in UVMed case.

Immediately after applying UVMed I felt my face to be sticky (thought it is another Suncote like product) but after some minutes after it was absorbed into the skin my face had matte finish (though Lotus 3-in-1 gave a better matte look comparatively).

It is definitely not oil-free formula as claimed. After an hour or so my face looked oily and I had to use a tissue paper to blot the oil. In the evening I washed my face and sighed with relief as no new pimple was found.

This sunscreen is not sticky like Suncote at least not that much. But is it non-comedogenic like Suncote? Let us see …

2nd day of application

Same as above. No problems with breakouts.

3rd day of application

So far so good.

4th day of application

Saw 3-4 acnes on both sides of my nose.

5th day of application

Found acnes on my cheeks as well.

Ethicare website describes UVMed as “oil free”, “non-comedogenic”, “fragrance-free”, “gel” sunscreen. None of these claims is true and it is quite misleading on their part.

Their website mentions only about key ingredients which are all non-comedogenic. Anyone who orders online without seeing the full ingredient list or the packaging will be in for a horrible surprise. It has 3 comedogenic ingredients been used in their other ingredients list. Also, preservatives are mentioned as a single ingredient on the label without letting on which exact preservatives were used.

In reality it is not a gel based sunscreen as claimed but is a thick pore clogging cream based comedogenic sunscreen.

Verdict

Lotus 3-in-1 Matte Sunblock gave me a breakout after 20 days of continuous usage. UVMed is worse – it gave me a breakout within 4 days of use.

This sunscreen is definitely not suitable for people with Acne Prone Skin Type 3. People with APST 1 and 2, you have better options than UVMed, give this a miss.

I have made my choice ‘SUNCOTE’. What is yours?

Cheers!
Suresh Babu

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