Ohai, I just came back from Taiwan! It was very sunny over there (lucky no rain or it will ruin our holiday!).
Knowing I will be under the sun all the time, I was well prepared and brought along my trusted sunblock to protect my skin from harmful UV rays! Most of us know UV rays is the main cause of premature ageing and hyperpigmentation, but do you know pollution also play a big part too? These two factors will cause overproduction of free radicals in the dermis and epidermis which accelerated skin ageing, damages skin texture and alter skin color.
Unfortunately air pollution which has increased dramatically everywhere in the world and more so in Asia is something we cannot run away from. This has affected not only our health but also our skin. Free radicals attack skin cells and both air and water pollution can strip skin from moisture, causing discolouration,, fine lines and wrinkles.
Clarins created its first atmospheric anti-pollution complex to prevent premature ageing and loss of radiance related to pollution. In 2005, Clarins launched its first UV Protective Day Screen against UV and anti-pollution. And I first tried them back in 2011 and wrote a review here.
As a pioneer, Clarins has now gone even further by introducing the new and improved UV Plus Anti-Pollution with SPF 50/PA ++++. This daily plant-powered multi-protection UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF50/PA++++ has 3 key actions -
This is suitable for daily use and contains fine, smooth and oil-free texture which fights against the UV rays and heavy pollution designed for all Asian women.
Thanks to the Clarins Research team, a new and exclusive plant was discovered. Organic Alpine Sanicle extract which has an active anti-oxidant protection on the skin surface and deep down. It marks a major advance in the protection of skin against the dual aggressions of UV and pollution. In addition, the skin surface is protected from dehydration by hyaluronic acid as well as the exclusive anti-pollution complex added in to fights the visible signs of premature skin ageing and loss of radiance.
Alphine Sanicle Extract: Rich in the antioxidant rosmarinic acid, the extract helps fight the damaging effects of free radicals. It protects the skin by reinforcing its natural defenses against the harmful effects of pollution and UV rays, to recreate the ideal ecosystem and thus preserve the skin’s health and beauty.
Beside this new ingredient, it also has the existing ingredients of Cantaloupe Melon Extract (protects cells from oxidizing stress caused by UV radiation and pollution) and Blackcurrant Extract (the soothing ability to help reduce inflammation & redness).
Imperceptible on the skin, this invisible shade melts into skin, with a transparent finish. It does not leave any white traces or oily feel.
For a bright, luminous complexion delicately highlighted with a subtle, transparent pink glow. This shade gives the skin a very natural, fresh look and restores luminosity to dull complexions.
For a flawless complexion, this blue shade is perfect for instantly minimizing the look of redness, dark spots and small imperfections. It leaves the complexion looking even, fair, luminous and flawless.
Back in 2011, I reviewed the previous formula with SPF40 PA+++ and mentioned that it's one the best sunblock I have used. After 4 years I can tell you still that this is still one of my favourite sunblock because the scent, texture and now with higher SPF of 50 and extra + ( the previous formula has three +) , it's the perfect combination. I realized that the texture has improved a little bit, it was lighter compared to the previous one. The scent is still as lovely as ever, very floral.
In Taiwan National Palace Museum
And if I have extra money to spend, this is the sunblock I want to splurge because not only it protects my skin nicely (ah remembered I didn't get tan while I was in Taiwan!) but it make me feel confident and comfortable going under the sun.
I have been using Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution with SPF 50/PA ++++ (translucent shade) with or without makeup on, so far my experience is no greasy or oily feeling after whole day of using it. In fact I feel my face is smooth and hydrated all day along. Ah now you know why I like them.... and I think this worth the investment because the UV rays & pollution are something we are facing everyday and they are detrimental to our skin!
To complete your daily routine with whitening needs, you can use it together with Clarins White Plus series for better result.
This new & improve formula Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution with SPF 50/PA ++++ is now selling at RM158 in Malaysia and with 6% GST (Goods & Service Tax) it's now RM 167.50.
Available in all Clarins counters and Clarins Skin Spa.
For more info, visit www.clarins.com.my