Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Product Praise Clarins Sun Eye Contour Care SPF30

Sunscreens are really important to me, especially regarding my history of acne scarring and pigmentation. Now these things are more or less under control but still I value sunscreens highly and so should everyone. Protecting your skin against the sun should be major priority. And todays product will help you do that!

I ran into this product while I was desperately seeking an eye cream with SPF - try and search them, sadly, you won't find many. Today it's all about protecting your face against the sun, but no one seems to mention your eyes, in case you didn't know they are a part of your face and need even more protection due to the thin skin around them. And using my face sunscreen in my eye area isn't an option, it works irritating. Most eye SPFs are based around 15, which is a good number in winter but in the summer this isn't sufficient. And that's when I came across this one by Clarins, SPF of 30 - yes please!

More than just sun protection - a technologically advanced sun product designed for the eye contour area that doesn't burn, sting, irritate or bring you to tears. Formulated with a revolutionary plant-based complex that helps prevent lines, wrinkles and premature aging.

Active: Titanium Dioxide, Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethy Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Peg/Ppg-20/15 Dimethicone, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylparaben, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Mannitol, Glycerin, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Cyclodextrin, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Platanus Occidentalis Bark Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract, Dextrin, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract

This product is available in various shops and also online, for 20ml you pay around 25euros. A decent price but not too much. The packaging is typically sunscreenlike with the orange top and the little sun on it. The top is flat so you can put it up straight if that's what you prefer. The fact that it's a tube makes me love the packaging even more. It's really easy to dispense the right amount of product you need. The product itself is white and quite runny. A point of negative is the scent, which is very strong and typically sunscreenscent because of the great amount of titanium dioxide in it. On the other hand I'm glad they didn't put in a whole bunch of fragrance to cover this up so I can live with the sunscreenscent - the product is fragrance-free.

Because the product is quite runny it's easy to distribute and it sinks in fast. At first when spreading the product it seems that a white cast will remain visible but this cast disappears soon and in the end the product sinks in fast leaving a smooth canvas, not noticeable that you've put sunscreen on.

I've been using this product for about half a year and I think I'm about halfway or 2/3 through my tube. In the beginning I tried using it on its own but my eye area is too dry and this isn't moisturizing enough. So now I first use a bit of regular eye cream, pat it on and let it sink in, afterwards I put this on top and my eye area is satisfied and hydrated. I wear contacts so to me it's really important that eye creams do not irritate in any way, luckily this one doesn't sting at all and I never had problems using it. I've been wearing this on hot sunny days and didn't get sunburned (I've also use it on my lower eye area and my nose to test its sunburnresistance). In regards to its claim, yes this product prevents fine lines and wrinkles like any sunscreen product for that matter - since the sun is wrinkle enemy number one - but you have to be consistent in usage when on holiday or on the beach or on a hot sunny outdoor day, reapplication is needed.

The goods: tube packaging, price is ok, decent SPF, doesn't sting/irritate, sinks in fast (no white cast), fragrance-free

The bads: sunscreen scent, not moisturizing enough for dry skin to be used alone

To sum it up: this is a very very good product. It's the best SPF protection I've come across that can be used on your eye area and therefore it deserves this praise. There are a few minor discomforts on this product but the pros outweigh the cons with this one. I truly recommend this and myself, I will continue to use and repurchase this!


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