Following the re-launch of CLARINS best-selling sunblock last March, the UV PLUS HP has gone on to win several accolades around the world. The oil-free formula has been enriched with the Cantaloupe melon extract -an excellent source of Vitamins A, B6 and C, and mineral potassium- that “promotes cellular antioxidant activity and protects against oxidative stress-induced cell death.” In simple terms, its rich antioxidant properties neutralize free radicals efficiently, thereby slowing the aging process.
It only offers protection against UVA & UVB from the sun; UVA rays induces aging by damaging the lower layers of the skin whereas UVB rays affects the top layers that results in sun burns and excess dark spots.
Exactly a year ago, the European brand made available 2 versions of the UV Protector – Neutral, a translucent shade that doesn’t leave any traces of white or oily residue; Tinted illuminates the skin in a subtle shade of pink, promoting a fresher appearance.
CLARINS UV PLUS HP SPF 40 Day Care – S$74
A new shade will hit counters come March 2012, offering coverage and evens the complexion with a subtle Beige color. Besides promoting a more luminous skin tone, it claims to “immediately minimize any redness, dark spots and tiny imperfections.”
Retaining the same formula as the earlier 2 versions, I have no reservations with the mineral-based sunblock. It offers optimal protection from the UV rays, especially when I head out to the open field and the park with my dog. It is non-oily and dries quickly upon application, leaving the skin matte with a decent level of hydration.
I would like to think of this as a light foundation, similar to the PAUL & JOE Fluid Foundation with the same runny consistency. It blends and evens out the skin extremely well, but oxidizes over an hour later. The product does minimize imperfections as claimed, but that doesn’t mean you should forsake your regular corrector and concealer.