In April, I wrote an initial review on The Body Shop Skin Defence and given it is now due to go into my empties post, I thought I would write a more up to date review on what I think of it.
SPF is vital in both prevention of visible ageing signs on the skin and protection in terms of deeper issues linked to the development of skin cancer.
In the UK, during the winter months (which ok can feel like most of the year!!) SPF contained in makeup may suffice. The main thing with relying on SPF contained in makeup however is when you take into account how much sunscreen you need to apply for effective protection versus the amount of foundation you may use, the actual protection you get may not be enough particularly in Summer months.
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.
Choosing an SPF that protects against UVA and UVB rays is very important so make sure you check the product you are applying does both….I would have thought that these days most products do. 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.
I have been using this almost every day for four months now so here’s my thoughts.
When I first reviewed this I said that it has quite a perfumed scent to it….more like a body lotion that a face lotion. That said, this is not bothersome for my skin so that is down to personal preference. The scent is not bad at all, just simply smells more like a body cream.
I also said that the main con to this is that Alcohol is so high up on the list of ingredients…again, still not liking this but it has not shown to be a problem in the four months that I have been using it.
It does claim to provide anti-dullness benefits using Red Algae and Vitamin C to brighten the skin. This is something I can’t say too much about in that I am using other skincare that aims to ‘brighten’ my skin, however, when I am using this and don’t put makeup on, once absorbed my skin does look healthy as opposed to dull so perhaps this does have an effect on my complexion when not wearing makeup.
With makeup over the top, this spf works absolutely fine. Once absorbed it doesn’t leave any film or residue on my skin. I do need to give it 10 minutes or so before applying my makeup but I would do that with my skincare anyway.
The consistency is thin unlike many face spf lotions and I find this to be of great help given that my skin is oily/combination.
I am impressed with this product. One thing that reaffirms this to me is that where my tube of this was coming to an end I thought I would try another brand that I had heard was great with their SPF formulations for oilier skins. Unfortunately I purchased an SPF30 for oily skin and upon application it just rolled! I had pretty much applied it and removed it all in one go! So…back to this little beauty….I had a voucher for £10 off in The Body Shop when spending £25….so as I didn’t need anything else in there….I purchased two bottles for £22.
I can highly recommend this SPF…but as I have said previously with skincare…what suits my skin may not suit yours so always test products if you are not sure. Given I was unsure on the scent of this, I would recommend next time you’re in The Body Shop, sample it!
I’m loving this SPF….you could say I’ve found my SPF holy grail!
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