Today’s review is going to be on – VLCC Sweat Free Sunblock Lotion SPF 40 from the Sun Defense Range.
|Sample sachet i received|
The “Sun Defense” range is the latest offering from VLCC for this summer.
I received a 30g tube from a friend of mine because she thought this lotion won’t go well with her oily skin.
I also got a mini-sample sachet from Stylecraze on a purchase. Have been using it for 2 weeks now and think its good time to review the product now.
Price: INR 95 for 30 g
It comes in a sunny yellow and white tube with an orange screw cap. The tube is attractive and easily noticeable amongst a bagful of tubes also.
Wish the tube came with a flip-open cap so that it would be more easy to handle. In a hurry, jostling with the screw cap is a put off.
The bigger one comes with a flip-flop lid, I think.
Only key ingredients are mentioned.
Avobenzone, Octocrylene, Titanium dioxide, Zinc oxide, Octyl methoxy cinnamate, Trehalose, Comfrey plant extract, Enantia chlorantha extract, Allantoin, Vitamin B3.
What the product claims:
This sunblock lotion provides broad spectrum protection from the sun’s UV rays.
A unique “Sweat Free” formulation that protects the skin from tanning and ageing. Enriched with Comfrey extract, its anti-irritant properties protect the skin against irritation & redness while the non-greasy formula lends a satin smooth feel to the skin.
|From Google images (sorry i threw away mine)|
The way I see it:
Though it is a sunblock lotion, it is a little creamier in consistency. It is neither runny or too thick.
The lotion is beige in color and carries a smell that of some herbal oil.
I find the smell to be a little gingery too. A big no from me from the fragrance point of view!
It spreads easily upon application & gets absorbed easily on the skin.
It has SPF 40 and PA +++ formulation & suitable for all skin types – good for Indian summers!
When you apply a little of the product, it suits the skin quite fine. A little more of the product makes the skin look greasy – an oil tanker in fact!
Once when I tried this product after a day cream – it made me look like an oil tanker again!
Then I had a closer look at the ingredients and found allantoin and vitamin B3 which are know for their hydrating properties. From then on I started using this lotion without a moisturiser it suited quite fine.
Coming to its claim on being sweat-free, it did fare to an extent on this front. I personally don’t sweat more but can say this product did reduce sweating in the hairline on the forehead to an extent.
When applied in limited quantities it works good as a sunscreen for the body – but as with other sunscreens apply liberally won’t be a mantra with this product!
The sun protection it offers is okay.
If it can make a normal-dry skin look greasy – I cannot think of combination or oily skin using this lotion! It might cause breakouts though I didn’t get any.
Personally i prefer this product on my hands & legs than my face!
The ‘Yes’ factors:
- Available easily
- Impressive sun protection ingredients
- Catchy packaging
- SPF 40 / PA+++
- Moisturising too
The ‘Nay’ factors:
- Makes the skin feel greasy
- Smells of herbal oil
- Screw cap is fussy
HnB rating: 3/5
Repurchase? – Nope!
Recommend? – Stay away for all skin types!
Maybe you can try some other product from this range!
|Back of sample sachet|
This “Sun Defense” range also includes sun protection gels, creams & souffle. Also there is an after sun-care range that includes – face wash, face scrub, soothing gel and face pack.
I am interested in picking a face wash or gel from this range though!