REVIEW | ARBONNE’S POLLUTION DEFENSE CC CREAM SPF 30
I’m over make-up. The other day, I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror during the sunniest part of the day.
And what did I see? Foundation. Not the radiant and glowing skin but chalky and dense foundation sitting on top of my skin. Every pore was highlighted in grim Roald-Dahlesque detail. Every fine line was, well, not so fine. More deep creases filled with gunky product.
After scrubbing about a mortgage’s worth of make-up off my face, I decided to look into alternatives. I decided to have a go at using a CC Cream instead. People rave about CC Cream because it’s a lighter alternative to foundation and let’s face it, a lighter option is ideal in the current humidity.
So I did a bit of research and found a much-loved company called Arbonne. They’re an interesting company because most beauty companies are either focussed on a science based approach, or a natural one. They’re never both – apart from Arbonne. They claim to combine nature with botanicals that are naturally good for your skin with science, to create products that give you the best of both.
And their Pollution Defense CC Cream is something of a well-kept secret. According to Independent.co.uk, research shows living in a highly polluted area can age people 10% faster than the countryside. Pollution particles are tiny as they measure less than two and half microns, so they can easily penetrate down to the skin’s epidermis and cause damage.
Like all CC creams, Arbonne’s Pollution Defense promises to give you the look of naturally glowing skin and protect it without the weight of foundation.
I can confirm, it delivers on this promise.
This one also contains phytinol and argan oil (see the combo of science and nature?) to help moisturise your skin as well as preventing pollution from being able to penetrate skin. Pretty nifty. Plus, I always have to layer on several products in the morning (moisturiser, sunscreen, primer, foundation, etc), but this promises to have – wait for it – 13 products in one. It claims to (big breath now): Protect the skin from sun (SPF 30), defend against pollution, act as a primer, a protector, a concealer, a hydrator, a mattifier, a blemish cover, a pore refiner, a soother and a complexion controller.
And the verdict? Loved it. This definitely gave me a glowing look that wasn’t too greasy or too matte. My previously chalky complexion was fresh, youthful and the best bit is it lasted all day.
But I have to admit, I cheated a bit. I layered on another product by Arbonne and normally, I would never go near this particular product. It’s Arbonne Let It Set Refreshing Finishing Spray. I usually think these sprays are a recipe for acne. They often contain nasties that sit on top of the skin and don’t let it breathe. This one though, is a keeper. The spray managed to sit on top of my make-up without making it feel like I had a layer of clingfilm on top. The spray was light and gentle, meaning my skin was happy and spot-free. It also contains rose and geranium essence water, so not only does it smell lovely, it gave an extra boost of hydration to my skin. I looked it up and apparently it creates a breathable 'second skin' that actually protects against everyday pollution as well.
Want to hear the best bit? It's also non-comodogenic. That means it doesn't block your pores and lead to break outs, all the while protecting you with a finer layer that deals with pollutants in the air.
Go take a look for yourself here.
This post was supported by Arbonne
Review | Helen Easson
Photography | Wono Kim
Helen Easson is a self-confessed beauty addict, with a particular weakness for beautiful perfumes. An international freelance writer and author; Helen lives in Auckland, New Zealand.