Summer is all about enjoying some sunshine (sunny days are few and far between where I live), and taking care of your skin will guarantee some healthy color without the unpleasant damage. I’ve been using a few Clinique body products this summer for this purpose, including Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Body Cream, After-Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe, and Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream.
Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Body Cream boasts “SolarSmart” technology. Besides shielding the skin against UVA and UVB, it is supposed to trigger the skin’s repair mechanism to prevent signs of aging. It also packs antioxidants, and I don’t have to tell you it’s always good to slather some of those on!
The texture is reasonably thick for something that has an SPF 30, but it’s not too heavy or greasy. I used it every day when I was in Taipei, and it’s not uncomfortable at all even in that kind of humidity. I can’t comment on how the antioxidants work, but I gained color slowly and I never got burnt!
The After-Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe is a lightweight body lotion. It is supposed to sooth the skin after sun exposure. In general, this is a lightweight gel that hydrates the skin well. It feels like the gel melts onto the skin, and it is somehow cooling. It has the typical “Clinique” smell (it doesn’t contain fragrance, so it smells like the ingredients. Still, if you are familiar with Clinique skincare products, you probably know the smell I’m talking about). Great for a beach/tropical holiday!
Last but not least, we have Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream. It contains polyethylene (plastic) beads, so it is not one of the salt/sugar scrubs that I normally use. Here’s the thing: there is a good dose of menthol in this scrub, and it is incredibly cooling. I tried it for the first time on a really warm day, and I was so happy the cooling sensation lasted for a good quarter of an hour after I got out of the shower!
However, I know full well that menthol is an irritant, and this scrub will not work for everyone. If your skin is on the sensitive side, you might have to tread carefully. It cleanses and scrubs well, but this is not the mildest body scrub you can find.
Have you tried any of these? What’s your go-to sunscreen this summer?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx