01 May 2015

If you buy just one beauty product this month, make it this.

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen Multi Protection SPF 50

Ok, we’ve seen the photo of that sun damaged truck driver enough times to know we need to wear sunscreen daily; even when it’s not sunny, those UVA rays are damaging our skin and accelerating the aging process. Lots of us rely on SPF in our moisturiser or foundation but there’s debate over whether this gives adequate protection - because we’re simply not applying enough product. 

And I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, but the sun isn’t the only thing that can damage our skin. Which is why this unassuming little bottle is actually one of the most exciting products to launch this year to date. 

Released in March, the Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen Multi Protection SPF 50 is an all singing, all dancing, new and improved version of the brand’s UV 40 Day Screen.  

I struggle with pigmentation patches and have resorted to laser in the past to even out my skintone– but until recently, even I didn’t wear sunscreen every day. I know – what a muppet, right? But I bet lots of you reading don’t either – because it can actually be a humungous pain in the hoop. 

Products I’ve tried before have balled up under makeup, clogged my pores or given my face a ghostly tinge. More recently, I’ve tried and loved sunscreens from Skinceuticals and Chanel - but this Clarins product goes further than mere broad spectrum sun protection.  

It protects against pollution. It has infra-red protection to reduce heat in the skin and prevent shine. It contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin, and blackcurrant extract to soothe it.  It feels lovely to use – it’s lightweight and absorbs like a serum. It leaves skin feeling velvety soft and acts as a great base for makeup. 

I can’t recommend it enough; it’s €38 for 30 ml and on counter now. Do your skin a favour, and invest. It’s the best facial sunscreen I’ve used and to be clear: no, they didn’t pay me to write this post (though I was sent the product to try out). 

Have you tried this? Do you use a daily SPF? 

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