Come summers and we need to protect ourselves from this harsh Sun (Not that you can skip sunscreen during winters). The importance of sun screen should never be underestimated. SPF, meaning ‘Sun Protection Factor’ measures a sunscreen’s protection against the sun’s harmful rays – a radiation that mainly affects the outer layers of the skin causing sunburn, premature ageing of the skin, and more seriously, skin cancer. So it is really important that we layer our skin with sunscreen and one such good sunscreen that I have come across is the Herbal Essentials Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Oil SPF 30, about which I will talk today.
The Herbal Essentials award-winning Sun Care range is formulated with a daily broad spectrum filter that offers effective UVA and UVB protection whilst leaving the skin fully hydrated. All Herbal Essentials products are paraben free, paraffin free, sulphate and soap free. All of their products are cruelty free and have natural ingredients.
UVA rays can also pass through window glass, meaning it is equally important to wear sunscreen daily, even when you are not going outside. UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn and are particularly damaging to the skin’s outer layer. Moreover, it is equally important to wear sunscreen as we are constantly in front of gadgets like Mobiles, laptops, computers, TV, etc.
The best part about Herbal Essentials is that they do conduct a skin analysis before they suggest any product. Though I went without makeup to conduct the skin analysis, it can be conducted even with the makeup on. The skin analysis machine looked almost like the bar code scanner and the results were shown in the tablet which was connected with the bar code scanner. They check 5 areas namely moisture, Sebum, Pore, Melanin and Acne. The results were a little scary but sharing it with you (also shared on Instagram, if you are following me there).
– My Skin is dry everywhere, including the T-zone. This calls for more hydration.
– Thankfully no Pores or Acne
– Need to use Toner and Sunscreen to prevent pigmentation.
– Sensitivity is normal, so thank God for that.
The Herbal Essentials sun screen range consists of :
· Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 (AED 135)
· Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Oil SPF 30 (AED 140)
· Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Oil SPF 50 (AED 145)
I was given the Herbal Essentials Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Oil SPF 30 for reviewing, hence I will talk about the same.
Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Oil SPF 30 :
All Herbal Essentials sunscreen products leave no white marks on the skin. The texture of the dry oil is non-greasy and contains both coconut and sweet orange oil, so your skin not only stays protected, it smells delicious too! Sweet Orange is known for its high levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants. It helps to fight premature aging and support natural collagen. Coconut is a true wonder ingredient due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and it is an excellent moisturiser, penetrating deep into the skin. Sunscreen gets totally absorbed in the skin and keeps it hydrated too. Many who don’t like the idea of sunscreen in oil, can get the Herbal Essentials Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. It is for all skin types but the ones with oily skin might not prefer this.
The lotion contains jojoba and rosemary oil along with hydrating aloe vera and is fast absorbing and suitable for the whole family. Jojoba oil is packed with Vitamin E, B-complex, Zinc and has many moisturising, anti-bacterial and anti-aging properties.
For best results, apply Herbal Essentials sunscreen onto the face and body 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and massage into the skin, giving the cream or oil, enough time to absorb. Re-apply every 2 hours generously to maintain protection, especially after perspiring, swimming or towelling. The sun is most intense between the hours of 10:00am – 4:00pm and exposure during this time is best limited to a few hours. If you are hitting the beach for the day, also remember your sunglasses and a hat for extra protection.
Overall Opinion :
It was wonderful trying out sunscreen in the oil texture for the first time and totally loved it. Moreover as mentioned above Herbal Essentials products are natural and safe to use on skin. I tried other products from the range too. I loved their Toner which has Rose water and Cucumber, which is very soothing and their Nourishing Cream with Aloe Vera, Sweet Almond and Apricot Oil. Herbal Essentials Nourishing Cream is extremely lightweight and smells amazing. Too good for my skin which is dry and sensitive. It is not at all greasy, doesn’t leave a residue and gets absorbed quickly. Overall the products are good if you are looking for natural and affordable skincare.
The Herbal Essentials range of products is currently available at leading pharmacies in the UAE, including Boots, Bin Sina, Supercare, Life, Kiosk in Mercato Mall and the Dubai Duty Free pharmacies at Dubai International Airport. The brand is also available in Oman, Qatar and Pakistan. Customers can also order online through www.basharacare.com and www.herbal-essentials.com with worldwide shipping.