Winter SPF | Clinique City Block SPF 25

Even though the sun isn’t shining, doesn’t mean you can forgo the SPF! Even on a cloudy, rainy day, you are exposing your skin to harmful UVA and UVB rays. UVA are the rays that can penetrate deep into the skin, causing aging and cancers. UVB are rays that hit the surface of the skin, causing us to tan and burn and consequently age us too. As I am well over 30 now, I have become more aware and concerned about how UVA/B rays can damage the skin, so am now protecting my skin all year round!

I have been using Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25 (£16) for a while now (this is my second tube!) and it is perfect to protect my skin not only from UVA/B rays, but also other environmental factors, such as pollution, smoke and smog. I live near the coast so don’t really have any smoke or smog that I really need protection from, but like that it protects against pollution as well as the nasty UVA/B rays.

It is a very lightweight oil-free cream, which I apply after my skincare rountine, before my make-up, so acts like a primer and does a pretty great job of keeping my make-up in place too. It is slightly tinted but doesn’t really give any coverage at all, just preps the skin. It doesn’t feel greasy or sticky and just sits really comfortably on the skin. This is a mineral sunscreen which means it contains no chemical sunscreens, which is why it suits me so well, as I am allergic to them. Chemical sunscreens make me brake out quite badly with lots of small whitehead spots all over my skin which is frankly quite disgusting, so I have to be careful what sunscreens I use on my face and this is perfect for me and I haven’t experienced any sensitivities what so ever. 

For me, this is a great everyday sunscreen and doesn’t cost the earth either like some other sunscreens can do. Using it daily, a tube lasted me about 6 months, so great value for money and love that it comes in a squeezy tube too. I hope my skin thanks me for this in years to come!

Available from Boots here, Debenhams here and House of Fraser here.

Do you wear SPF in the winter?


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