Advantages A high protection, versatile, non-barrier sunblock cream
Disadvantages Price, but it's worth it
IntroductionI bought this product last December as I needed appropriate UV protection while using Elemis Tri-Enzyme Facial Wash (see my earlier review) as my twice daily anti-bacterial and biological exfoliator routine.
Why SPF 50+?The Elemis Resurfacing Facial Wash works by removing a layer of dead skin cells of your skin, so your new, young cells become exposed on the surface. You don't want pollution, UV rays and other environmental hazards damage these young cells straight away. That's why Elemis recommends an at least 30 SPF sun block cream.
Having spent two weeks in East Africa last October and beginning of November, for the first time in my life I saw brown spots appearing on the back of my hand. I did use a 30+ suncream on my skin and face during the holidays, so it was quite a shocking experience as I thought that only middle-aged women got these spots on their hands and arms.When I got back to London, I just carried on with the usual SPF 15 enriched face creams I was using at the time. I didn't go out and buy any anti-brown spot cream after I got back from my holidays, simply because I didn't find any of the products capable of doing the job other than bleaching the skin or masking the impurities.
SelectionAfter a thorough look through the solar product section in Superdrug, I found one remaining bottle of L'Oreal SolarExpertise Active Anti-Wrinkle & Anti-brown Spot SPF 50+ and the same product with SPF 20+. Amazingly, they were on Buy One Get One Free so I picked up the SPF 20+ as well, though I would have preferred if both had been SPF 50+ but these were their remaining stock. I finally paid 11.50 for two 50ml bottles.
ApplicationL'Oreal Solar Expert Matte Fluid is not a barrier cream as most sun protection products are so it is readily absorbed by the skin.
I normally apply this product after my usual layer of face cream but before any compact foundation. The same cream also comes as a tinted version in the range so had I bought that I could probably spare having to use a tinted foundation altogether.I spread a small amount of fluid into my hand then apply it on the entire face, neck and decollete. Finally, to treat the brown spots, I rub the rest in on the back of my hands.
Results~ UV protection ~
As part of each Elemis facial, my skin is analysed and a page is printed out with 6 photos that show various states of the skin including UV exposure. These photos consistently showed a very high exposure to UV rays despite using the built-in SPF 15 factor day creams in my regime.Having been used L'Oreal Solar Expert Matte Fluid SPF 50+ since my last Elemis facial last December, I waited for the skin analysis results on my latest facial a little apprehensively. Did it give me enough protection even in the mountain trips in the South of France and the Mediterranean sun during Christmas and New Years?
I was amazed to see that the UV exposure has descreased dramatically.
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