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Smartshield Sunscreen Review.

Smartshield suncreen I heard about from beauty in lagosEz when she was sent a full volume sample to review and some other to give away.

I entered for the giveaway on instagram and won.
First time winning anything.
The gift came in a lovely tote bag and with 2samples.
It also had an educational flyer which I’ve dropped at my pop up site.

This should actually be a post to tell everyone why black people need sunscreen.
I don’t know how many years it will take to eradicate the myth that blacks don’t need sunscreen.
Sun damage is the most common cause of wrinkles, age spots and hyperpigmentation.
Black people burn too.
We’ll have a post on that with skin types and how likely they are to burn with sun exposure.

I personally don’t use regular enblock sunscreen religiously.
(Because I want to tan my legs and grow darker -LOL)
I try my best however to get moisturizers with in built spf factor from at least 6 since my skin doesn’t burn easily and I don’t get maximal exposure.
That means I can have about one hour in the sun without getting burnt.

I’m indoors most of the day anyways.
Korres is one such products.
There’s also a wide variety of similar stuff which I will address in a separate post.

So, I got this and what amazed me most was the texture of the sunscreen.
It is one of the best I’ve ever tried.
It comes a close second to garnier amber solaire.
So light, so moisturising.
Non sticky
Can be used under makeup.
The packaging is neat.
Crisp design and a good flip top cover which conserves time but you have to be careful because its so light in consistency it spills easily.

I will update this post after I’ve used it for a while longer.
The smell is almost medicinal though.
I guess adding fragrance would have made it lose its simplicity.
Someone I gave a sample to says she noticed sunburn on her feet had gone after 2days of use .
Maybe the vitamin C ?
I gave the full size to my mum who is lightskinned and she’s loving it a lot.

I however took about 20mls from it to try it out so I can give a more personal update to this review in a month.

Smart shield sunscreen ingredients
Serious sunprotection, broad spectrum which will protect against UVA and UVB.
Spf 30

Active ingredients-
Avobenzone 2%
Octinoxate 7.5%
Octsalate 1.4%
Padimate O 0.7%

Inactive ingredients-
Acrylates/c10-30 acrylate cross polymer, adipic acid/diethylene glycol , glycerin cross polymer, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, carbomer, C12-15 alkyl benzoate,
Decyl glucoside, diazolidnyl urea , disodium EDTA, hydroxyproply methylcellulose , methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, retinyl palmitate( VITAMIN A) , sodium ascorbyl phosphate (VITAMIN C ) , sorbitan phosphate , steareath-2 , steareth-21
Tocopherol acetate ( VITAMIN E) triethanolamine , water.

If you’re in the market for sunscreen that will work in our hot humid climate, I think you’ve got yourself a winner here.

If you however like all natural products this won’t be your thing.
It has parabens and propylene glycol.

Its marketed by dermbrand and available for sale on konga for about 2,300 or thereabouts,Kong a no doesn’t have this in stock.

Also on jumia for 3000 Nair a.
The skin you have in your twenties, you were born with.
The skin you’ll have in your thirties is what you have worked for.
The skin you’ll have in your fourties and above is what you most absolutely deserve.
It doesn’t just happen.
You have to work for it.
Wearing sunscreen daily will prevent wrinkles and signs of aging and dark patches.
Let’s promote a generation that will age gracefully.

I’d love to hear about sunscreen you’ve used and how it fared.
Drop a note.



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