Review + Ingredient Analysis | Dr. G Green Mild Up Sun

One of the biggest gripes with mineral based sunscreen is the amount of time it can take to apply, thanks to its rich, often tacky texture. It would leave a significant amount of white cast if it's not being blended properly and this is due to the nature of inorganic filters formulated inside; Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. Dr.G Green Mild Up Sun is one of the very few sunscreens out there that doesn't contain any chemical UV filters but it's still cosmetically elegant, suitable to be used under a lot of foundations. It's really good and I'm calling it my current HG. 

I've reviewed 6 sunscreens on this bog before and this time around I want to feature a Korean cosmeceutical brand called Dr. G. I don't really hear people talking about this brand that often nor reviewing the Green Mild Up sunscreen, there are indeed fewer reviews on the internet by beauty bloggers but let me tell you, I finally found the best, the greatest sunscreen that deserved to be called as a holy grail in my beauty standard. I truly, truly enjoy this stuff and I'm so excited to share my thoughts with you guys.

About The Brand
Dr.G is a beauty brand developed by Dr. Gun-Yong Ahn who has over 20 years of clinical experiences on skin restoration. He developed this brand by request of his patients who wanted skincare products for daily uses after their dermatological treatments. The brand is backed by intense scientific research and development of skin science based on the famous Baumann skin types and prior to developing the products, Dr.G did a DNA analysis of 1000 people to discover the cause of sensitive skin.
Dr. G offers 4 different types of sunscreen products from the same line and the one I'm reviewing today is formulated for sensitive skin. Other variants include Deep Moist Up Sun+, Brightening Up Sun, and Airy Skin Up.

Product Description
(taken from body label)
100% physical sunscreen for sensitive and delicate skin. This safe sun care product consists of EWG ingredient and physical sunscreens reflecting UV rays to protect your delicate skin.

(taken from body label)
-100% mineral filter
-Fresh and moist
-Protection from external harmful environment

Net Content
50ml/1.69 fl. oz.

Where to Buy & Retail Price
[Olive Young] 28,000 won
[SASA Malaysia] RM125

How To Use
Apply a proper amount evenly for the last step of skin care.

Water, Cyclomethicone, Zinc Oxide, Propanediol, Titanium Dioxide, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3-Polydimethylsiloxyethyl, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethyhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystreate, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Pullulan, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecanol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Marrubium Vulgare Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil Unsaponifiables, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil Unsaponifiables, Glycerin, Tagetes Erecta Flower Extract, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4 Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide NS, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Citric Acid, Tocopherol.

The sunscreen has a creamy texture and it's white in appearance. Once it dries, it will turn into colourless leaving no white cast behind. It's a fragrance-free product but it picks up the scent from plant oils and extractions, giving out a faint refreshing smell. 

The plastic packaging is opaque and I think it's extremely important to have this kind of packaging for a sun care product. A see-through or transparent bottle would make the product inside becomes unstable and would diminish the efficiency of its UV blockers. As a precaution, please store this product away from the sun and in a cold, dry place. I love how Dr.G printed 'opened date' on its bottle so that we can track down the period of opening. I don't do mine because I finish my sunscreen pretty quickly.

1) TLDR; Holy grail. It's my current favourite sunscreen.

2) Gentle
I personally prefer mineral-based sunscreens because they are really gentle to my eyes and the skin itself. No tears if I'd to put this on my eyelid, no unpleasant feeling, no burning sensation detected, also no pimple! I often get tiny bumps on the forehead whenever I first introduced to new products but I'm glad that this didn't trigger anything to happen in my experience.

3) No White Cast!
Now here's the number one reason why I'm calling this a HG; It leaves me with zero whiteness appearance. I love this. I don't need to think about wearing a darker shade of foundation on top or taking many more minutes just to let the SPF cream to fully sink into the skin. A physical or mineral-based sunscreen often takes time to blend in due to the bigger particles inside but this doesn't.

4) A Balance Texture
When I first got it in hand, I expected the texture would be heavy and tacky like most mineral-based sunscreens but instead, I was greeted with a light, almost watery texture. It's not as liquidy and runny as Biore Aqua Rich Essence nor it's thick in consistency like Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream. Cyclomethicone (second of its ingredient) is a synthetic silicone oil used largely in the formulation and that is what makes the sunscreen feels lightweight and glides easily on the skin. 

[gif credit: Dr.G Official Website]

5) Layered Well
Out of all sunscreen types (gel, essence, spray etc.), a cream formulation would always be my favourite because they tend to work well under makeup. Sunscreen that's too dry will make the foundation looks cakey while too watery could lead to makeup pilling. This is also the reason why I'm not the biggest fan of Biore Aqua Essence and the Sunplay sunscreen I've reviewed before. Dr.G Green Mild Up Sun seems to work well with many different types of foundations I've got in my collection; for example; Maybelline FIT me! Foundation, Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation and Nars Sheer Glow. Plus, it sets into the skin pretty quickly so it won't interfere much with anything you put on top. 

6) Suitable For Oily, Combination Skin and Humid Weather
The finishing is matte once it dries and my skin feels hydrated minutes after. As soon as it's blended into the skin tho, it does give off a little shiny appearance, which I think it's normal for a watery-like sunscreen. I remember seeing Liah Yoo on Youtube mentioned that this sunscreen dried out her skin during the winter season. I have no idea if it would but in my opinion, the sunscreen isn't drying at all and I can definitely name at least 2 mineral-based sunscreens available in the market that are drier than this. Honestly, I do think Dr.G Green Mild Up Sun would be perfect for Malaysia's sunny and humid weather. It feels very comfortable with no silicony or occlusive feeling at all.

7) Ingredients Discussions
While the green line sunscreen from Dr.G boasts a stellar low rating of 1 and 3 from the EWG (Environment Working Group) rating (meaning that EWG recognises all of the ingredients as low in hazards), I personally think it does not have the cleanest ingredients. The formulation is loaded with numerous plant extracts and oils, making a very long ingredient list. Some are very familiar, for example; Centella Asiatica Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil and Glycine Soybean Oil but there are others I've never even heard of. Regardless, it's good to screen the ingredient first before buying and please keep in mind that not everyone shares the skin allergens. I've been using this sunscreen since the very beginning of 2019 and so far, I don't see any adverse reactions.

Dr.G Green Mild Up sunscreen uses 2 different types of sun filters; Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide and both are very stable and have good safety profile. Since the finishing is cosmetically elegant, I was wondering if they decided to formulate this sunscreen with 'nanoparticles' or micronized UV filters because sunscreen that is made with this kind of ingredients would usually appear less opaque compared to traditional mineral-based sunscreen. 

I think anyone looking for a lightweight, hydrating sunscreen would really appreciate the Green Mild Up Sun from Dr.G but what makes the product stand out is its no white cast appearance even though it's a mineral-based sunscreen. I love it and I'd highly recommend! 


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myrabeautydiary said...

I agree on the note that the brand, as a whole isn’t raved enough among skincare community. I, myself is a huge fan of the Brightening Up sister and already have 2 for backups even though I have other sunscreens to finish. It’s just that it’s. So. Good! I also have the Moisture and the above Green Mild, both in mini sizes as they all came in a box which I really appreciate. Love this review, dear. Keep them coming!

Aisyasakura said...

never heard of this brand but the packaging looks cute hhhh

Farhana Jafri said...

First time tahu pasal brand ni. Selalunya sunscreen ramai yang akan recommend Biore tapi sekarang dah tahu nak cari brand apa. Thank you!

Rubayat said...
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Paola said...

Perfect review, interesting product!

Kisses, Paola.


Shraddha said...

Thank you for this wonderful review. I agree, I don't see many reviews of this sunscreen. But now that I have read yours, I want to give this a try.

Farah Isliana said...

This is not fragrance free. Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) is a fragrance. Im not questioning its ability as a good sunscreen, but i wonder why a * sensitive * skin suncreen contains fragrance. I bought one thinking it's it is free from fragrance because u wrote fragrance free haha xp. I should have googled first. The lotion version is indeed fragrance free while the one is not

ieyra h. said...

Free from synthetic fragrance as the ingredients listed on the manufactured packaging but the sunscreen does contain plant oils and extractions like I mentioned above, which again, I don’t find them the cleanest 😊. Sorry if the sunscreen didn’t work for you.

ieyra h. said...

have you tried this? would love to know if it’s work. I still enjoy the sunscreen till date 😍

Arielle Aplin-Siegel said...

Sunflower oil is not a fragrance, bergamot yes. The thing is I bought a bottle recently, the exact one she mentions, and these two ingredients you've brought up weren't on the ingredient list, and just from observation there is no fragrance (I also couldn't find any kind of fragrance on the ingredient list of the bottle I bought). It's confusing because it doesn't contain many of the ingredients listed above. I got mine from a store in Toronto, Canada. When I look up the ingredients online some versions do include the fragrance, but not the one I bought, it's odd!

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