I love summer. I love warm sunny days, beaches, long afternoons and endless sunsets. But at the same time, I dislike the sun. SPF tends to clogs my skin (causing acne, even though I double cleanse every night!). If I don’t use SPF, dark sunspots/hyper-pigmentation seems to crawl up within minutes of being in the sun. Aside from that, my skin also requires a lot of hydration in summer, which often results in layering too many products. A total greasy mess!
Enter Aesop Protective Facial Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 25 – an investment that has (instantly) fixed my summer skincare faux pas.
Lightweight, non-greasy, with broad-spectrum protection, this lotion contains green tea and ingredients that boost antioxidant benefits. It has a light herbal scent with a hint of rosemary and cedarwood essential oils - refreshing, summery aroma. So divine.
The most important Q – The white residue conundrum? The formula is creamy but it easily rubs off. Zero residue, just glowing, healthy skin. Boom!
Our saucy product breakdown below that hopefully answers all your pressing Qs.
2-1 - facial lotion and sunscreen
SKIN TYPE :
Cream-y, hydrating but finishes off feeling matte
KEY INGREDIENTS :
Key ingredients are green tea, panthenol (vitamin B5)
and tocopherol (vitamin E).
Very herb-y. A hint of rosemary and cedarwood comes through. Beautiful scent.
There are no parabens, mineral oils, sodium lauryl sulphate or synthetic fragrances.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS THAT MIGHT BE CAUSE A REACTION :
Nothing we can think of.
SUITABLE FOR PREGNANCY?
NATURAL | MAN-MADE | ORGANIC
Man-made and natural.
ANIMAL TESTING :
HOW TO USE IT :
Massage into cleansed skin in the morning and 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. Reapply throughout the day (ideally every two hours).
TIME OF THE YEAR :
Best suited for winter or summer? Both. We suggest using higher SPF in peak summer in New Zealand, especially if you’re under the sun for a prolonged period of time.
$73 for 50ml.
ANYTHING ELSE :
Can be layered with makeup.
THE BEST BIT :
I love, love, love this packaging. Packaging aside, it’s clever formula offers immediate hydration to the skin and SPF protection.
THE NOT SO GOOD BITS :
The quantity! Since it’s a lotion, I’ve been getting through the product a lot faster. 75ml bottle instead of 50ml would be better value for money.
FINAL VERDICT :
Do you need it?
It is a wonderful daily protection with hydration. The formula is extremely luxurious and it helps restore your ph balance. Did we say it smells really good?
Available in Aesop Signature stores and department stores.
Review | Zeenat Wilkinson
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