If you have been following this blog for a while, you’ll probably know that I’m a diligent sunscreen user. If you don’t use sunscreen on a daily basis, even if the day is cloudy, then you should. You really should. If premature skin ageing and dark spots are your concerns, the first thing you should do is to protect your skin from these harmful UV rays while treating the particular concern. If you’re using skincare that targets those concerns yet you’re NOT wearing sunscreen, babe, you’re just wasting your money and time. OK. End of nag.
The Clinique Even Better City Block Anti-Pollution is a sunscreen that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB, while battling air pollution that might contribute to dark spots. Clinique’s solutions is to develop a filter to help keep out harmful pollutants, then help block other environmental irritants before they trigger excess pigmentation. Sounds great right? I’m all for protecting my skin since I do spend all my work days in the city, mostly out and about driving and visiting clients. I can’t tell you if it really works, but let me tell you how it feels.
First, texture. It is creamy but not oily. It is not as runny as my Shiseido so I don’t have to worry about spreading out the sunscreen as fast as I can. I like to make 5 dots on my face – forehead, left right cheeks, nose and chin. Then, I pat it all over my face before spreading it even. It absorbs into my skin rather quickly, and it does not dry matte. There is a slight dewiness that translates to some shine by the fourth hour, but nothing a little blot doesn’t help. The more I use it, the more I like it, actually 🙂
This City Block Anti-Pollution is tinted. Yes, it is a tinted sunscreen. I expected the coverage to be sheer and I was pleasantly surprised that my skin tone is evened out and just some concealer under my eyes and some face powder were enough to make my skin presentable. The tint did not oxidize and it’s light enough for my skin. In fact, this has been my routine the past few weeks and I have been enjoying the freedom of not using any liquid foundations. Clinique could even market this as a BB cream – UV protection, anti pollution, anti ageing, brightening, allergy tested, 100% fragrance free. LOL!
This sunscreen retails for RM140/30ml and is available at all Clinique counters nationwide. Have you tried it? I used Clinique’s City Block ages ago and thought it was really heavy. So, I’m very happy to say that this is so much better than the one I tried and is fast becoming a favourite. Watch out Shiseido!