We all know how passionate I get when it comes to speaking about the importance of sunscreen. It protects your skin from the damaging effects of direct exposure to the sun's UVA and UVB rays. This prevents premature skin ageing, rashes, burns and allergies and in extreme cases, skin cancer. Yes, black people need sunscreen!
I was asked if I would like to review a sunscreen product and I jumped at the opportunity. It's really hard to find good sunscreen around this ends (ironic being that we live right next to the sun -_-) so I was eager to see how well this product works.
The first thing that struck me about this product was it's great formulation. It is aloe vera based making it so moisturising and skin nourishing. It doesn't leave behind the horrible white film that's common with sunscreens. The product is slightly scented with a fresh baby lotion kind of fragrance which I really like. For sweltering conditions like these, it is great that SmartShield is sweat and water proof i.e. it won't run.
What's also great about it is that it is completely oil-free so it does not clog the pores and is suitable for all skin types. I wear it on my face and entire body and it's gentle enough for everyday wear. The proper use of sunscreen on the face should be after your other products i.e moisturiser, treatment and the likes. Don't rub in but pat the product in as rubbing will affect it's efficacy. Do same thing for the rest of your body, after your lotion.
Once I apply it in the morning, it's all the protection I need through out the day because I am mostly indoors. However, anytime I'm going directly into the sun, I do a quick top-up.
|L: One squirt, R: No white film after it is absorbed|
Overall it's a great product but I only wish the SPF value was higher. My current sunscreen is SPF50 which gives me better protection but SmartShield is definitely more moisturising. I have been reaching out for it more and I am happy I can get easy access to it locally. Konga.com, Ebeano Supermarket in Lekki, Mophet pharmacy and Medvac pharmacy are a few stores that stock it. You will be able to pick it up in more locations soon and it retails between N2500 and N2800, bargain!
What daily sunscreen do you currently use? Please share in the comments.
Peace and Love,