Sun protection and I are in a really good place. Actually, my relationship with SPF is better than ever. For the first time in my life, I’m 100 percent consistent with it, even on rainy days (which we have had uncharacteristically a lot of here in LA, believe it or not). While I do have my favorite sunscreens, I’ve learned that I prefer certain ones for different scenarios. If I’m really going to be spending some time in the sun, or going for a long drive on a sunny day, I’ll use a mineral sunblock with a thicker consistency. When I want something more lightweight, I’ll go for a broad spectrum sunscreen that I can wear under my makeup.
But what I’ve been missing is something that not only protects me from the skin but gives me a little oomph in the complexion department. What I’d been waiting for is StriVectin GlowFector SPF 30 Instant llluminating Lotion Broad Spectrum ($39).
How it works
The StriVectin GlowFector is part of StriVectin’s Anti Wrinkle line, which aims to “reduce the look of lines and wrinkles for visibly smooth, more youthful-looking skin.” First and foremost, this is a lotion. You won’t find a thick sunblock consistency here, so it’s probably good to wear underneath foundation (or on its own).
With a broad spectrum SPF of 30, it provides protection against UVA and UVB rays. It also minimizes the effects of blue light, thanks to the presence of French rice germ extract, which combats pollution. Other ingredient callouts include argan oil for hydration, turmeric extract for additional defense against environmental stress, and licorice and marshmallow root for radiance. The “glow factor” also comes from auto-adaptive pearl extract, which brightens and highlights the skin, resulting in the lit-from-within glow.
My honest thoughts
Applying the StriVectin GlowFector is very much like using any other chemical sunscreen. You shake it, apply it to your face, and wait 15 minutes before going outside. Once it was on my skin, I noticed that it absorbed quickly and evenly, and has a nice, light, citrusy fragrance. The highlighting effect from the pearl is subtle, but apparent. You can definitely see more of a glow on the skin, which was lovely if I was up late the night before and looked a little dull and tired.
I loved wearing it on its own on days when I didn’t need foundation, but it wears easily underneath my makeup as well. I also noticed that it neutralized some redness in my skin as well, which was a bonus. One thing to mention is that some folks might think it’s on the small side, since it comes in a 1-oz bottle—however, a little goes a long way. But I do think people who like this lotion will prefer a larger size, especially if they use it daily. Bottom line: If you’re into multi-taskers when it comes to your beauty regimen, this SPF-slash-glowy lotion is one to seek out.
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