Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum Review
One of the best things I did for my skin was start to wear sunscreen everyday. While I normally use Asian sunscreens, when Clarins gifted me a sunscreen that promised no white cast and was formulated specifically for warding off urban pollution, I had to put this into my rotation. Here are my thoughts:
This has a mix of physical and chemical filters, with its main filters being titanium dioxide and oxybenzone. According to enraged online reviews, this sunscreen used to be completely physical. I haven’t tried the version of this product pre-formulation, so I can’t compare - but do note that the chemical filters this sunscreen uses are not reef safe, so keep that in mind if you’re choosing a suncare for the beach.
This product features additional ingredients that are more skincare focused, such as antioxidant cantaloupe melon and blackcurrant extracts. As far as I can tell, the “Exclusive Anti-Pollution Complex” is branding for their combination of white tea extract and a plant called succory dock-cress. These are soothing ingredients, but I wouldn’t go so far to say that they are “anti-pollution.”
I like how emollient this sunscreen is. It’s a white watery substance that sinks in easily, doesn’t pill, and leaves no white cast. This definitely leaves your skin on the “dewy” side - I have to matte this down with powder. There is a slight floral fragrance that is very pleasant.
This is in the splurge category, clocking in at $43 for 1.7 oz (50 mL) at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Ulta.
This is a perfectly fine SPF 50 sunscreen. While I am skeptical about its specific anti-urban pollution claims, I found this to feel very emollient and soothing. However, for $45 at @sephora, it’s definitely a splurge.
I received this product free to test.