Finally, a sunscreen: Chanel UV Essentiel SPF 30

If there is one thing that the entire beauty universe unanimously agrees on, it is the importance of wearing sunscreen daily. Well, that and taking your makeup off before going to bed. Anyway, this has always been a frustration of mine, because every single sunscreen I've tried - from Clinique to VMV to La Roche Posay to the supposedly wonderful Japanese ones like Biore and Shiseido - made me break out. And it's not the teeny tiny bumps that disappear in days; I'm talking huge, painful, cystic acne that reside on my face for so long I should make them sign a lease.

And then I stumbled across this little gem.


Confession: I only ever buy Chanel stuff at Changi airport - the discount is borderline ridiculous. I bought this when I got back from the year-end holidays, and have been religiously using it ever since.  And surprise, surprise! No breakouts!

I chose the SPF30 variant because it's (supposedly) suitable for sensitive skin. Chanel offers another one with SPF50, but it's one of those shake-before-use type things and I've never really had great success with those.

The first daily UV shield that protects skin from environmental stress and strengthens it from within.
With its highly effective combination of UV filters, UV ESSENTIEL protects skin from UVA and UVB rays, free radicals and urban pollution damage, responsible for hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and photoaging.

The Good
+ Blocks both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburns, while UVA rays are linked to skin ageing and wrinkling (!!!), so it's important to be protected from both. SPF30 indicates the amount of UVB protection (the higher the number, the longer you can stay under the sun without burning); PA++ shows the amount of UVA protection (the highest being PA+++).
+ Packaging is compact and travel-friendly
+ Lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin
+ No whitecast in photos
+ Have I mentioned it didn't break me out? ^^

The Bad
+ Anti-pollution claims. I mean, seriously.
+ Heavily-fragranced, as is typical of Chanel products. The scent is actually quite pleasant, but I prefer my skincare to be fragrance-free, that's all.

+ The price is... not ideal. But like I said, when purchased from Changi airport the price is comparable to that of the more expensive drugstore brands such as La Roche Posay.

The Ugly
+ Nothing! I love it and if it gets discontinued I am going to cry. Really.
+ I did a bit of snooping, though, and it appears as if this is some sort of Asia exclusive, so it may not be available in other countries. Boo.

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