The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence SPF50 is a product that I have been using on and off for the last couple of months and thought it was time to write a review!
SPF is such an important thing to have in a morning skincare routine and during the winter, if I use a foundation that contains SPF, such as my Dior Forever or Estee Lauder Double Wear then I don’t use a separate SPF. If I’m having a makeup-free day then I would apply an SPF after my moisturiser.
When choosing sun protection it is really important to check that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin are known to speed up the skin’s ageing process. UVB rays are what burn the skin and are heavily linked in the development of skin cancer so protecting yourself from exposure to both of these rays is key.
The Body Shop Skin Defence protects from UVA and UVB damage and claims to also act as an antioxidant protecting the skin from environmental damage. It also claims to provide anti-dullness benefits using Red Algae and Vitamin C to brighten the skin.
When I first used this I wasn’t too impressed with the scent – as far as an initial impression goes I would link the scent of this product, albeit relatively nice and fresh, it is something I would expect with a body lotion rather than a face product. This however is purely down to personal preference. It hasn’t so far irritated my skin.
Having used it quite a lot more since then, I don’t find the scent as off putting as I first thought it might. A great thing for me in relation to the formula of this product is that it is very lightweight, quite a thin consistency. It is white, but does not leave any white casting over the skin. Some SPF lotions can look quite obvious once applied but this is more like applying another thin moisturiser. At £16 for 40ml, the price is pretty good as a little goes a long way.
SPF 50 is a lot more than I would usually wear, in part because I associate a higher factor with heavy duty creams, which having a more oilier skin type, don’t sit well on me. I love the fact that the formulation of this sits well on my skin and I know I am protecting my skin much better than I usually would!
Another great thing about this is that unless I have missed something on the ingredients list, it does not contain parabens….always a key thing for me in choosing products that are going into my skin.
Possibly….I am not keen on the fact Alcohol Denat is so high up on the list of ingredients. In fact it it second on the list after water! That said, again it has not irritated my skin, nor dried it out which alcohol can do so it is a ‘so far so good’. I think I would prefer it to be a lot lower down on the list or not in it at all but I am not sure how possible that is!
Have you used this product? If so, what did you think? Have you used something similar that doesn’t contain alcohol? I’d be interested to know!
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