I live in a country that’s practically summer all year round so it’s extremely unlikely that I suffer from vitamin D deficiency. While getting some vitamin D is good, spending too much time in the sun can actually cause premature ageing! 🙁 Urban dwellers, such as myself, are exposed to heavier concentrations of pollutants. All the free radicals, secondhand smoke, staring at screens all day and exposure to UV rays play a huge role in damaging your skin.
Meet The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF 50 PA ++++ ($34.90 SGD). It’s an all new sunscreen from The Body Shop which just launched in April.
“When our skin is exposed to environmental aggressors it can become dehydrated, sensitive, prone to breakouts and over time show accelerated signs of ageing!”
– Vanda Serrador, Facialist and Body Care Expert for The Body Shop
I’m a big believer of sunscreen and every morning I literally bathe in it. Just kidding! 😛 But on a serious note, I slather on sunscreen religiously every morning.
Now, the two main ingredients to protect against the sun would be Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (aka Octinoxate) and Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (aka Avobenzone). This is an example of a chemical sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens use chemical UV filters and work by absorbing the sun’s rays while physical sunscreens use physical UV filters and protect your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. Hence, I prefer physical sunscreens. Nevertheless the debate between physical vs chemical sunscreen has been around for ages, and you can Google about it at your leisure.
Here are the ingredients:
The Body Shop’s Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF 50 is completely vegetarian and formulated without parabens, mineral oils and paraffins. There’s a slight mild fragrance but it did not bother me as the fragrance doesn’t linger throughout the day.
It contains red algae extract and Vitamin C to brighten the skin. My dull skin definitely looked more radiant after applying this!
I love the formula of this sunscreen. Before I use it, I give it a good shake to ensure it’s well-mixed. It’s a lightweight milk-to-water formula that is thin, glides on easily over moisturizer, leaves a nice dewy finish! It sat beautifully under makeup, without balling up or causing the foundation to look cakey. The formula is not as runny as Japanese sunscreens, but still one of the least thick sunscreens I’ve encountered. Some sunscreens I’ve used previously required me to massage for at least 5 minutes to avoid any white casts or streaks.
One thing to note is that if you are going to be out in the sun for prolonged periods of time, remember to reapply your sunscreen frequently to ensure that your skin is being protected. 🙂
Overall, this is a great sunscreen that is a good alternative to pricier formulas and perfect for daily wear under makeup. I really liked the formula and gentleness of the product but I would have preferred if it contained physical UV filters (such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide instead). If I wanted something quick to use, non-sticky and non-greasy, I would definitely reach for this! 🙂
The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF 50 PA ++++ is now available at The Body Shop.
Product provided for consideration. This review contains the author’s honest and true opinions.
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