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I’ve few samples of Uriage Extreme Cream (chemical sunscreen) and Mineral Cream (mineral sunscreen), both provide SPF50+ and UVA protection, at the same time they are also water-resistant, fragrance-free and paraben-free. According to Uriage, Extreme Cream is an oil-free sunscreen that suitable for sun sensitive skin, whereas Mineral Cream is pure mineral sunscreen with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, and it’s ideal for sensitive skin that allergic to chemical filters.


SPF50+ Extreme Cream

The moisturizing texture smoothes on easily, imparts slight oily shine for my combination-normal skin. I tried one teaspoon for face and neck, it left no white residue even multi layered, just heavy-feel because I used that much. Best of all, it didn’t cause dryness for my eye area. Although the texture is oil-free, I recommend this to combination to dry skin types as it could be feeling greasy for oily to normal skin types in hot & humid weather.



content of Extreme Cream

It includes Tinosorb M (Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol),  Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Triazone and Avobenzone (Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane) as chemical filters. Despite my skin normally suffers negative reaction from chemical sunscreen, I like to give different chemical sunscreens a try to identify which chemical filters/formula that I actually allergic to. 


Left: bare ; Right: with Uriage Extreme Cream on

I also tried this for a week in different weathers, I’ve to say it was rather comfortable-wearing compared to many other chemical sunscreens that I’ve tried. Still, it caused slight discomfort feeling when the skin exposed to direct sunlight in sunny day or after spending more than 5 hours indoor. I couldn’t describe the discomfort feeling exactly in word but that was something like tiny burning sensation without visible irritation signs. Overall I think this Uriage SPF50+ Extreme Cream is gentler than Vichy’s eventhough I don’t think that is gentle enough for my very sensitive skin. Neverthless, it worked well for my body skin.


Ingredients of SPF50+ Extreme Cream:

Aqua (Water), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Uriage Thermal Spring Water, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Tricontanyl PVP, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Butylene Glycol, Decyl Glucose, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, C20-22 Alcohols, Glucose, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Benzoic Acid, Tretasodium EDTA, O-Cymen-5-OL, Tocopherol Acetate, Trehalose, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-51, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate.



SPF50+ Mineral Cream

This has thicker texture compared to Uriage Extreme Cream, it leaves heavy white residue with slight oily shine. This probably the heaviest mineral sunscreen that I ever used. Good point is, it minimizes the dryness issue of most mineral sunscreen but, leaving skin sticky touch and I won’t say it’s exactly suitable for dry skin because the sunscreen highlighted the under eye-expression-lines, which Uriage SPF50+ Extreme Cream didn’t.



content of Mineral cream

It’s lightly beige-tinted and I’ve to blend it carefully on skin. Use a small pearl-size amount and dot it all over the face, pat gently with fingers and spread it evenly. Sounds like applying a thick cream foundation? Yes it’s. I couldn’t apply this more than one layer, else the white residue would make me look like “Luminous-Geisha-face”. I doubt if I apply enough amount  (2mg/cm2 required amount) to protect against UVs. 


Left: bare ; Right: with Uriage Mineral Cream on

Furthermore, I had tried to apply a Chanel powder foundation and then blot the excess shine with Lavshuca loose powder again, still I was terrified by my streaky makeup after spending several hours in shopping mall. In other word, it didn’t control oiliness for my combination skin. Overall it’s gentle for sensitive skin, unfortunately the texture isn’t feeling nice in summer.


Ingredients of SPF50+ Mineral Cream:

Titanium Dioxide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Aqua (Water), Uriage Thermal Spring Water, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Zinc Oxide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alumina, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Polydecene, PEG-45/Dodecyl Glycol Copolymer, Magnesium Stearate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Glucose, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Ricinus Communis (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), CI77492 (Iron Oxides), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trehalose, CI77491 (Iron Oxides), Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, CI77499 (Iron Oxides).




July 2010

My apology

Hi, many things have been keeping my mind and time occupied these days, thus I need more time to response to all comments. Please bear with me, thank you.

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Sensitive, combination skin type, visible blood vessels, freckles, easily dehydrated, dry and having fine line undereye, occasional breakout, visible aging pores.



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