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Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Skinceuticals Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF 50 Review

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I'm sure you know by now, that I'm a huge fan of Skinceuticals. They might not be the cheapest but their products are always high quality and effective. So I was excited to be sent their latest SPF to try. I've been using it for the last couple of months (it's almost empty) so I thought it was time for a review. 

This chemical SPF is unique as not only does it protect from the sun but it contains active ingredients to improve pigmentation and even out skin tone. The ingredients are 1% Tranexamic Acid and 2% Niacinamide. Now I've heard of Niacinamide before and use it daily in my skincare routine but Tranexamic Acid was a new one to me - in skincare anyway! Tranexamic Acid is also used as a medication to prevent excessive bleeding (I'm pretty sure I've had it in the past for my Endometriosis). I initially thought it was strange to have an acid in a SPF, as I assumed that it was an exfoliant. Then I did some research and realised it's not an exfoliant at all! Tranexamic acid is actually brilliant to help fade pigmentation and discolouration, just like Niacinamide. So pairing them together is a brilliant idea. 

Now on to the how the SPF performs. It's a beautiful, lightweight lotion consistency that absorbs quickly and completely into skin, leaving no white cast. I'm obviously very pale skinned so can't say for certain but I do think this would be suitable for darker skin tones. It doesn't leave skin looking or feeling greasy, just well hydrated. I've had no pilling issues from it regardless of what products I used underneath, which is always a big plus for me. So it's perfect to reapply during the day and wear under makeup. As I have freckles which always come out in summer no matter how much I stay out of the sun and lather on the SPF, it's been hard to judge if this has made a difference to my skin tone. But I know that having Niacinamide and Tranexamic Acid will help fade any new freckles quickly so that's definitely a bonus! 

All in all, I've really been impressed with this SPF and would definitely recommend it, especially if you're wanting to fade pigmentation. 

Skinceuticals Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF 50 is available from Skinceuticals and Skin City for £45.

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