Clarins UV Plus High Protection Mineral Sunscreen Review
The star of this post has been much raved about by many. I was doing my research prior to purchasing this product, and 10 out of 10 reviews I read were positive. So, what could go wrong, right?
Sun protection, to me, is vital. My skincare routine is not complete if I didn’t finish it with a generous layer of sunscreen. Since I do not skimp on the amount I lather on my face, the texture of the sunscreen is very important. It has to have high protection, it has to be light, it cannot be oily, and my skin has to be able to breathe! I have combination dry/oily skin which is a real pain. On good days, it can be combination normal/oily. Fussy much? Indeed
Clarins UV High Protection is a Holy Grail sunscreen for many. Once I went to the counter, I bought it in a skip of a heartbeat. Maybe less. It comes in 2 formula, transparent and tinted. I got the pink tinted one which is supposed to brighten the complexion. I was so impatient, I tried it at the back of my hand and the texture was all that I wanted. It is also a 100% mineral sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens are physical sunscreens which block off and reflect the unwanted UVA and UVB rays. You can read a very well written post by BeautyEditor.ca here.
I won’t go into detail about the packaging, the pictures speak for themselves. I have no issues with the bottle, or the fact that I have to shake well before using. The texture is a little runny, and it spreads very easily on the face. It takes a little while to absorb into my skin, but once it does, it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing much. I usually use liquid foundations and BB creams, and this sunscreen does not speed up my oil production!
After about a week of using it, however, I noticed bumps around my chin area. Time of the month? No. Lack of sleep, hormones? That’s a pretty constant problem, nothing new. This sunscreen???? I went off it immediately and bumps started to subside. Darn. Maybe it is due to the heavier weightage of titanium dioxide in the ingredients. Mineral sunscreens are known to cause break outs in some people. I just found out that Maybe I am one of the unlucky ones.
So, off it went, into the open arms of my mother. She has been using it for 2 weeks now, and I have been hearing good things about it. She said that it feels comfortable on her dry mature skin, lightweight yet delivers results. She said she could notice her skin look a little brighter! It’s either her previous SPF50 sunscreens were not working at all, or maybe mineral sunscreens agree with her more. I am waiting for my bumps to clear off completely before giving it another try. I want to know if I’m really allergic to titanium dioxide. I’d also like to wear mineral sunscreens instead of chemical ones, if I could. For the moment, looks like I really can’t wear this sunscreen.
I purchased this little bottle for RM150 in case you wanted to know. So what does this say? Even if a product works well on 10 people, you might be the 1 odd man out. Take reviews with a pinch of salt because they are based on the blogger’s personal experience. Know your own skin and remember what works and what doesn’t.
Does this sunscreen work for you? Wait, let me re-phrase the question. I know this sunscreen is loved by many. Is there anyone of you who is like me? LOL!