Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Get Sunkissed Without the Risk: Try Clinique

Clinique Sun SPF 30 Face Cream 9$17.50 for 1.7 oz.) is a newly launched product by Clinique as part of their suncare line. It uses “SolarSmart” technology, which is meant to stabilize high-level protection against aging and burning effects from both UVA and UVB rays. There are solar-activated antioxidants to help prevent visible damage to the skin.

Okay, so sounds like there are some fancy schmancy ingredients in this product, right? I can’t really tell you about preventing aging or skin damage (how am I going to know? it’s usually on such a micro-level, you can’t see any visible damage for years!), but I do want to tell you about how it feels, applies, and works as a facial sunscreen, because that’s really why I wanted to try it! It’s a fairly thick cream, but you actually don’t use very much when you go to apply it. I do find that on normal to dry skin, you may want to use your normal moisturizer in conjunction, rather than instead of. With oilier skin, you may find that just this is perfect.

With SPF 30, this face cream is a good choice for everyday wear. You get good coverage for both UVA and UVB. It’s a blend of avobenzone (broad spectrum UVA), ethylhexylsalicylate and homosalate (UVB abosrbers), oxybenzone (broad spectrum UVA & UVB), and octrocrylene (UVB and short UVA). It is always a good idea to look for a sunscreen with ingredients that protect you from both the UVA and the UVB spectrums. (Check out our Sunscreen 101 post, so you know which ingredients do what!)

The packaging is sleek and fun–the yellow is perfect for summer–and the tube technology means less exposure to light and dirty fingers. The product itself feels lightweight when applied, and it doesn’t have any greasy or oily feel either (very important!). It takes makeup well, and it doesn’t leave a whitish cast when it’s dry. It didn’t cause me to breakout, and I seemed pretty sweat-resistant, too. I like the price tag, because I feel a tube should last me at least a month of daily wear, perhaps even a little longer.

Anyone else try out Clinique’s new Suncare line?

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5 thoughts on “Best Sunscreens: Clinique SPF 30 Face Cream

  1. Hi there, i have tried the new suncare and the fake tan consultants got some previews! Its lovely very like weight and nourishing, not greasy at all. The fake tan spray is fab too doesnt streak or run, gives a gorgeous glow.

    Lu

  2. mary k

    I’m 41 and I won some Made from Earth skincare products and a few other anti-aging products in a contest, some of which were 200.00+. The Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming serum (from the Made from Earth skincare line) is by far the best of that bunch! THIS WORKS. I will always buy this.

    I had 2 small worry lines between my eyes and after 3 weeks or so they were for the most part, gone. One night I put some on, and put a Frownie on, which is a little ‘tape thingy’ you sleep in, and the next morning, those wrinkles were completely gone and they never came back. At all.

    It goes on smooth. I don’t notice any smell really. I don’t have any complaints in that department at all.

    I use this morning and night personally. It is not heavy or greasy and I wear it under my makeup. There’s no tint and it goes on clear. It leaves my skin very smooth and soft. Do try it! Their website is http://www.madefromearth.com/

  3. bernard reinisch

    Will this irritate the eyes of some would come in contact with the eye?