Clinique Superdefense City Block SPF 50, 40ml – £23.00
Non-organic vs organic?
Main SPF active ingredients?
Zinc oxide. Titanium Dioxide. Homosalate.
Octinoxate 5.0%, Titanium Dioxide 3.2%, Zinc Oxide 3.6%Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Dimethicone, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polydecene, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Hydrated Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/Pvp Crosspolymer, Hydroxyapatite, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Rna, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Peg-8 Laurate, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Tocopherol, Sodium Citrate, Disodium Edta, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492) <ILN47235>
Cream. Oil free.
Residue on darker skins?
Not suitable for darker skins.
Does it work under makeup?
Yes but if you suffer from a drier skin you may want something oilier.
How does it look/feel on the skin?
Quite mattifying, you can tell it’s there, if you know what I mean.
Suitable for all skin types?
Labelled as suitable for all skins but I would need something more moisturising but good if you are balanced, oily or combination.
Any skin benefits?
Hyaluronic acid and wheat protein to be hydrating and quick-absorbing.
You Need This If:
You have a balanced, combination or oily skin and want a high SPF.
You Don’t Need This If:
You have a mature, drier skin.
The correct scientific terminology for UV filters is organic (chemical, such as avobenzone, octocrylene or oxybenzone) or inorganic (physical, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide).
Both types work by absorbing the rays and turning them into heat, but with inorganic aka physical sunscreens, between 5% and 10% of incoming rays are reflected and scattered.
With organic filters (‘chemical’ in the traditional, non-scientific sense), the UV rays are mostly absorbed and turned into heat in the skin.
Always apply last after moisturiser, before makeup – unless otherwise stated.
Reapply every two hours if in active sun (on holiday, sunbathing, generally being outside all day).
Reapply after swimming or excessive sweating/drying off with a towel.