review : Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream

August 25, 2017 No comments

Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream Review |
Last June, I was selected by K-beauty brand Benton as one of the lucky testers of their newly launched product – the Papaya-D Sun Cream SPF 38 PA +++. I was super ecstatic because as you all know, I absolutely LOVE their Snail Bee High Content Essence. I've also heard a lot of good things about Benton's other products, so I was excited to see how their sunscreen would fare. At the time I was selected as a tester, this product wasn't even out on the market yet. I planned to have the review up by mid-July, but because of problems with the local post, I'm only able to do the review now. (My packages had been sitting at the local post office for over a month and not a single note about my packages arriving – MASSIVE FAIL, PhilPost *eyeroll.gif*) But better late than never, right? So here it is!✨

Benton is a South Korean cosmetics and skincare brand that focuses on creating freshly made products with high-quality natural ingredients to restore the skin to its original healthy condition, and keep it looking young. Fun fact: the brand is inspired by and named after the main character in the movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", in which Benjamin Button grows younger with time. With this came the brand's concept – "to turn back the time of your skin". Benton is also certified cruelty-free.

Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream Review |
Benton Papaya D-Sun Cream
SPF 38 / PA+++
50g / 1.7oz
Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream Review |


So what is it? The Papaya D-Sun Cream is "Benton's first ever sun cream made up of both physical and chemical sunscreen agents. It's designed for daily use, to protect skin from harmful everyday UVs and other external stressors." It was formulated using nourishing ingredients, so you get both sun protection and a better complexion at the same time.

This sunscreen has SPF 38 PA+++, which is great for daily use. Regarding the SPF, I read somewhere that SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays, which means SPF 50 doesn't offer significantly greater protection than SPF 38. SPF 38 PA+++ is perfectly fine for daily use, as long as you apply the correct amount—approximately 1/2 teaspoon for the face, neck, and upper chest if necessary—and remember to re-apply every 2 hours. But because I use AHAs on an almost daily basis (and I'm paranoid af about getting skin damage), I prefer my sunscreens to have SPF 50 PA++++ for maximum protection. If you're like me and just really want the feeling of reassurance from knowing that you're putting on SPF50+ PA++++ on your face, Benton has another sunscreen that offers just that – the Papaya-S Sun Cream. (The S there stands for Sport, so I'm assuming D in Papaya-D stands for Daily.)

Benton recommends this sun cream for:
  • Skin exposed to various UVs
  • Dull skin lacking suppleness
  • Skin that wants a moist sunscreen
  • Skin that wants protection against both UVA and UVB rays
  • Skin that wants a sunscreen with a minimal white cast


The Papaya-D Sun Cream comes in a white plastic squeeze tube with a metallic silver lid. The product name is on the front, ingredients and how to use on the back. There's a bright lime green (?) strip on the tube which makes it easy for me to find it in my skincare drawer. The packaging is pretty straightforward and fuss-free. This is characteristic of all of Benton's products. Benton focuses more on the quality of the products and the ingredients being put into them, that's why their packaging is always very simple.

Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream Review |


Just as the name states, the star ingredient of the Papaya-D Sun Cream is *drumroll* papaya! Reputably called 'the fruit of the angels', contains various vitamins and nutrients that help keep skin moist and vibrant. This sun cream also contains niacinamide and adenosine, which help to achieve a bright and smooth complexion. Here's some info on what papaya can do for your skin:
  • Carica Papaya Fruit Water and Fruit Extract – Papaya is rich in vitamins and contains polyphenols, minerals, and papain. Such components in the papaya help to keep skin healthy and beautiful.
  • Carica Papaya Seed Oil – Extracted from the seed of the papaya, this helps to make skin smooth and supple. It also helps in retaining moisture in the skin.
  • Papain – Papain is a protease obtained from the papaya. It is effective in pore care, controlling sebum, and breaking down surface dead skin cells and making them easier to remove.

Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water (55%), Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glyceryl Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Panthenol, Carica Papaya Seed Oil (5000ppm), Glyceryl Caprylate, Stearic Acid, Water, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract (750ppm), Tocopherol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Papain (100ppm), Propanediol, Adenosine, Sodium Gluconate, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Algin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Bud Extract, Glucose, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Oil

** Ingredients that are underlined are coconut-derived. Some coconut-derived ingredients break me out, so I try to stay away from them as much as I can. Ingredients in bold are tagged as potential acne triggers/skin irritants on COSDNA. Full analysis here.

Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream Review |


The scent is....strange. I don't know what it smells like, but it smells a lot like soap to me. Maybe because I'm used to using papaya-scented soaps? (#FilipinoThing lol.) It's not super strong and not particularly bothersome, just a little weird because it makes me feel like I'm putting soap on my face instead of sunscreen.


The texture is very light and moist. There's a bit of a sticky feeling during application, but I think that's only because this sun cream has moisturizing properties. It goes away once it's absorbed into the skin. It does take a bit of time though, so I think you should wait 5-10 minutes after application before you move on to the next step of your routine.

More than the feeling upon application, what bothered me about this sunscreen was that it looked so white on my face when I applied it. I've read a few other bloggers' reviews of this product and I haven't seen anyone mention getting a white cast from it. I'm assuming maybe it's because I have medium skin tone? If you look at the pictures above, you'll see that my hand in the after photo looks slightly lighter than in the before photo. It looks a lot more apparent when I apply it on my face. It's not much of an issue when I apply a small amount, but when I try to apply the correct amount the white cast becomes noticeable. A little disappointing.

Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream Review |
There's a nice sheen that you get when you apply this product on your skin. That would have been so good if the white cast wasn't so noticeable on me. The sheen makes it look like the skin is super moist, so it's perfect if you want that healthy Korean glow~~

Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream Review |


I've tried a bunch of different sunscreens throughout my AB journey, so by now I already know what I like and don't like. I like sunscreens that I can just put on and forget about afterward. For Korean sunscreens, it's hard for me to find one that I really like because most of them only go up to PA+++, which is okay, but not enough for me. With how the weather is in the Philippines, I wouldn't dare go outside in sunny weather with anything less than SPF 50 PA++++. Another thing I don't like is the white cast. I've tried a lot of methods to make this work for me, such as putting on a little bit at a time, but I always get a noticeable cast. It's not something makeup can't hide, but it's disappointing because I'd planned on using this on ordinary no-makeup days. But I guess I could still use it for when I'm just at home, sitting and working in front of my laptop or the PC.

Overall the Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream is an okay sunscreen, but if you live in a tropical country like the Philippines, go for the Papaya-S Sun Cream instead. Also, if you have medium skin tone like me, you might not like this because of the white cast.

You can get the Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream for ~$18 on W2Beauty, Style Korean, and YesStyle.

DISCLAIMER: The product in this post were sent to me by Benton for review, but the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Please see my full disclaimer for more information.

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