Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Crystal Clear Protect and Repair

RRP: £35 (100ml)

--What does the promo say?--
"Sunscreen is the key to great skin care success at every age. Tinosorb is the highly effective ingredient in Protect & Repair, working in four ways: micro fine particles reflect and scatter the light; photo-stable organic molecules absorb the UV and minimise the risk of radiation damage in the skin; Vitamin E offers excellent anti-oxidant properties; and lupine extract and thermus thermophilis prevent sunburn, dehydration and ageing. Use the power of science to protect yourself from the sun with this sophisticated anti-ageing product.

* Anti-Ageing
* Reduces wrinkles
* Tones and hydrates
* Boosts collagen production
* Suitable for all skin types"

There is a nice contrast between the predominantly black box (with silver decoration) and the white tube (with black decoration). The screw top is easy enough to operate and the semi-rigidity of the tube makes dispensation of the product easy to control; the only flaw, perhapd, is the slight ridge running around the edge of the tube opening, meaning that some product collects there and is wasted.

After moisturising, smear this onto your face every day (even in winter). More is needed than it might initially appear, so don't be afraid to be liberal with it.

Lemony. Nothing like the traditional suncream smell at all.

Reminiscent of egg whites that have been beaten for a very long time, this stiff white lotion is not too sticky, absorbs extremely well, and is definitely not greasy. No residue is detectable on the skin after application.

The white lotion rubs in clear, and while there is some shine effect after application, it is not as pronounced as it is with some suncreams.

--Effects on the skin--
It doesn't clog pores or cause breakouts, which is always a plus for a sunscreen. For this reason alone, I'd be happy to use it all year round, and the high SPF provides more than ample protection for hotter summer weather too. So I get the 'protect' pârt. As for the "repair"...I'm not really sure what this product is meant to repair. It's well-known that you can't get rid of already-existing wrinkles (you can only prevent future ones). Tones and hydrates? Possible. Boosts collagen production? You'd presumably need to use it for a really long time (many years) to be sure of this.

--Value for money--
While this is a nice enough sunscreen that protects your skin from damage by UV rays and which doesn't cause breakouts of leave you looking too shiny, I'm still not sure that I would pay £35 for it - the concept of protecting AND repairing is just a little too vague and unsubstantiated for me.

perfect partners

Crystal Clear Wipe Away The Years, £27
Crystal Clear Revitalising Tonic, from £20
Crystal Clear Polish, £32

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