Wednesday, 5 August 2015

SPF - BEACH - FACE - Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for Face SPF 15/30/50

Why make life easy for myself? Typically, I'm starting with three products. As they all belong to the same family tree I thought it would be easier to group them.

A repeat from yesterday that I will put in every review for clarity:


  • I pay very little attention to the scare-mongering of the EWG. If you love them, great, crack on, but I don't use the words 'toxic' when it comes to products. It's a nonsense.
  • Always apply SPF at least 20 minutes before going outside unless otherwise stated.
  • Always apply last after moisturiser, before makeup - unless otherwise stated.
  • PPD, however useful, is very rarely mentioned by brands, and hardly ever discussed by US brands.

  • So: Clarins

    Broad Spectrum? UVA symbol (in EU)?
    Yes

    Physical or chemical?
    Chemical

    Main SPF active ingredients (in order of %)?
    (excuse the pictures - much easier than typing out!)


    SPF15:
    Homosolate
    Avobenzone
    Octocrylene


    SPF30:
    Octocrylene
    Tinosorb M - nano encapsulated 
    Avobenzone

    SPF50:
    Octocrylene
    Tinosorb M - nano encapsulated
    Tinosorb S
    Avobenzone

    Cream/gel/spray/oil?
    Creams

    White/ash residue on darker skins?
    No

    Absorbs well even at high SPF?
    Yes

    Potential to block pores based on the above?:
    No

    Works under makeup?
    Yes

    Does it leave you shiny?
    No, not at all, but check some comments from readers below.

    Is it sticky?
    No

    Contains fragrance?
    Yes - it is one of the best smelling SPF's out there in my opinion - but again, check comments below and then decide for yourself.

    Suitable for all skin types?
    Yes

    Water resistant/waterproof/sweat resistant?
    Sweat resistant

    Antioxidants/any skin benefits?
    Obviously. It's Clarins so this is like a lovely moisturiser with SPF - but SPF is its main job. It contains the usual plant extracts and the like, but let's not detract from the job at hand.

    Additional info:
    This is by far my family's favourite facial SPF, hence it being my first post. Across all age groups and both sexes, and all skin types, this is the most-requested SPF when we are buying/using.
    The SPF30 is the best seller for Clarins, and The Hirons Clan would agree with the general public on that score.

    Price:
    £19.50 for 75ml

    Available from all Clarins stockists and Boots.com

    32 comments:

    1. I live for this! One of my favourites. And it smells of summer!

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    2. Thank you Caroline for this - perfect timing as I am heading on a beach holiday this weekend and was planning to trot off to Sephora tomoz for a face sunscreen!!

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    3. Do you mean Homosalate with Homosolate ? It's a UVB Filter, maybe it is slipped out of place.

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      1. it did indeed, too much cut and pasting on my part. Thanks for the nudge. And bloody autocorrect thinking it knows better than me. :)

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    4. Hi Caroline, I love you recommendations, and usually when looking for a new product I always come to look for your recommendations first. I am currently trying to find a good SPF for my son. He's 9 months and has a touch of eczema, I have been using a SPF50+ from Ultrasun, but it is so hard to get on his wriggling body as it is so thick, I have now bought the Riemann P20 SPF50+ to try which is a spray. Given your 4 babies and skincare experience, is there anything you would recommend?
      Thank you for your wonderful blog, Verity

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      1. Thanks Verity. I've always used either Hampton Sun for Babies - SPF45 or Clarins/Clinique on the kids with no issues. Clinique reviews are up next. x

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    5. I've been waiting for this for weeks! Thank you so much Caroline (and glad you're feeling better!)

      Could you also include the size of the bottle with the price so you know how much you're getting for your money?

      Thanks! x

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    6. Question Mrs Hirons, when do we apply primer? Before sunscreen or after?

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      1. After. Sunscreen is the last after your moisturizer. Primer is considered 'base makeup'.

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      2. After, if you need it. Some SPF's feel and act like a primer on the skin.

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    7. Caroline, I wonder, is it possible to include a section on whether the combination of filters used is photostable (as I think Avobenzone is not unless used alongside other filters)?

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      1. No its not Amy. it's too much information that is too hard to find. I would assume photostability is not an issue as the testing is rigorous, but maybe check for any negative feedback online?Sorry - i do what I can!

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    8. Thank you so much Caroline! I've never even paid attention to such a great product by Clarins!

      http://againstandforward.blogspot.com

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    9. It's a brilliant SPF BUT (and that's a big BUT) I found the smell overpowering - think old man's aftershave. It made me gag. Also, it has alcohol so if you've got sensitive skin and/or use acids as part of your regular routine you may have a burning sensation when applying the SPF. My favourite sunscreen is the Zelens which costs a fortune (sob) but has no smell, doesn't burn and leaves my skin glowing.

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      1. Yep - have added feedback to the review above as you're not the only one. Isn't it funny? I love it! Thanks!

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    10. Sorry do u mind posting a pic of what the bottle looks like for purchasing requirements 😉 I know u gave the name but a pic helps too if u can. Tanx

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      1. Sorry Carmel, for speed purposes it's not always possible, but the links will lead to the product so you can see them :)

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    11. It would be very helpful if you could add the percentages associated with the sunscreens i.e. 5% Zinc Oxide, 1% Oxybenzone, etc. Thanks :-)

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      1. Sorry Kelly - I agree it would be VERY useful but they are not always listed. x

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    12. Thanks, Caroline! Super informative, as usual.

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    13. I noticed some comments have dissapeared from here, my own included, what I left a few days ago... Is it a bug? Anyways, I was saying I love this suncream, but it does leave my face a bit shiny. Not that is bothers me much, but just to tell how it looks on me :)

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      1. Yes for some reason the Intense Debate comments are showing up - which is driving me crazy. So sorry! And I've added the shiny to the review as you were not alone :)

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    14. Sorry Caroline but this makes me shiny like a disco ball which I really like (it doesn't look greasy)! maybe I apply it a little bit too much but I want to be sure it protects me. unfortunately, the smell is too intense for me.

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      1. Thanks Silvia - both points added above. x

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    15. Thank you Mrs. Hirons! By any chance could you verify that this is the US counterpart? It looks like the same thing? http://www.clarinsusa.com/en/sunscreen-for-face-wrinkle-control-cream-spf-30/C040201015.html?start=3

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    16. Just bought this from Boots online and there was a "750 points when you buy selected Clarins" offer, and free delivery to my local shop (no need to trek into town and pay for parking!).

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    17. Just bought this from Boots online and there was a "750 points when you buy selected Clarins" offer, and free delivery to my local shop (no need to trek into town and pay for parking!).

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    19. Really handy to have these comparison posts, so thank you very much Caroline!!

      Ellen Rozalia | www.ellenrozalia.com

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