The Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ is one of the most popular sunscreens in Japan. I don’t think I’ve ever read complaints about it, everyone seems to love it. Let’s see what’s behind the cute packaging!
The Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ is a gel type sunscreen from Japan containing more than 85% beautifying ingredients. It’s moisturizing, not sticky and can be used as makeup base as well. There are two versions: 01 Clear and 02 White. 40 g.
I can see 3 chemical and 2 physical UV filters in the ingredient list along with some moisturizers and plant extracts. It is alcohol, paraben, fragrance and essential oil free. Honestly, it can be very confusing that there are two different sunscreens in almost identical packaging. I ordered 01 Clear which is supposed to be invisible on the skin, while 02 White has a tone-up effect. 01 Clear is a yellowish gel with no scent. It absorbs very quickily, it’s not oily, and there’s no white cast at all! I find it surprising because the sunscreen contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide too. I guess these ingredients are micronized. The formula is great, I love how light it is on the skin, I can aplly as much as I want which is very important when it comes to sunscreens. Most sunscreens are oily on my skin but not this one! Yes, it does leave a healthy glow, but it looks natural and doesn’t really bother me. As long as it’s not oily, I’m fine! 🙂 I have combination-oily skin so I can skip the moisturizer but if you have dry skin, you should not do that (actually I would use a more creamy, more moisturizing sunscreen than this if I had dry skin, why bother with a gel?). It is not water, sweat or sebum proof which makes it easy to remove and I’m pretty sure it’s the reason why it can be so affordable.
I would recommend it for normal and combination skin. If you are searching for a gel type, lightweight, not oily sunscreen with non-irrittating ingredients, than give it a try!
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Zinc Oxide, Methylheptyl Laurate, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Diisostearyl Malate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Jojoba Esters, Xanthan Gum, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alpha-glucan, Phytic Acid, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Glucosyl Ceramide, Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Seed Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis Seed Extract, Silver Oxide, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract, Cynara Scolymus Leaf Extract