Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector

Where I live, it's sunny 90% of the year. I'm not complaining about the abundant sunshine, but it has made daily UV protection absolutely imperative. Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector is touted as an oil-free, tinted moisturizer with a whopping SPF 43. It comes in three colors (I use #3), that really sink into the skin. It is also said to have skin-improving qualities that inhibit wrinkle-formation and skin discoloration in addition to basic sun protection.

Pro: I'm all about combining steps in my morning routine. This product combines moisturizing and SPF 43 with a slight tint. It is oil-free, which is a must for acne-prone or oily skin types. I've learned that SPF 35 is the absolute minimum one should wear for sun protection, so we're obviously well-covered here! Don't be alarmed that there are only three shades available - as I've stated, the color payoff is minimal, and I've found that #3 disappears right into my skin without leaving any dreaded whitish mask as some sunscreens do. 

Con: it's a tinted UV moisturizer - it makes no claim of hiding imperfections so it's not surprising that this product is not going to provide any blemish coverage beyond the most sheer. 

Bottom line: The color pay-off is just enough to achieve a glowing complexion (assuming one has fairly even skin tone to begin with). It does an excellent job hydrating my skin without making it look like an oil slick (yuck!), and it provides robust sun protection to boot.

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