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Summers are here which always makes me reach out for the sunscreen (though sunscreens should be mandatory all year round!) With my Neutrogena sunscreen almost over, it was time to pick up a new sunscreen. And in this case, it happened to be Kate Somerville’s Body Glow Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20.
Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Packaging:
The sunscreen comes in a summery yellow plastic tube with a flip top cap. The sunscreen is pale yellow in color with shimmery flecks. It is very lightweight and has very pleasant fragrance.
$45 for 5 oz.
Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Ingredients:
My Experience with Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20:
I actually wanted to get a sunscreen, which I could use both on my face and body. However, I skipped paying attention to the part that this is a body sunscreen specifically and it did not take much time for me to realize this fact. The sunscreen contains minute golden shimmer particles, which impart the “glow” feature. In fact, it looks very good on my arms and legs as you can see in my swatch. However, using the sunscreen on my face would make me end up looking like a glowworm 😛
The sunscreen goes on very well on the skin without leaving any white residue. The fragrance of the sunscreen also makes it very pleasant to use. I really like that the sunscreen provides protection from broad-spectrum UVA and UVB rays along with free radicals as it contains SolarX complex.
This sunscreen also contains Mango and Shea Butter for skin hydration. However, as I have extremely dry skin, it makes difficult for me to solely depend on this product to provide moisturization. The product also contains caffeine and rosemary extracts for improving skin texture. However, I did not observe any antioxidant benefits on my skin.
The product claims to have 3-in-1 formula for providing protection, firmness and hydration to the skin. I did not find it faring well in areas of hydration and improving skin tone, but I did like it as a sunscreen (which was the numero uno concern).
I have not used this sunscreen yet while swimming, but I don’t think it would be water resistant as it was very easy to wipe it off with water. My major concern with this sunscreen is that the SPF factor is very low compared to the Neutrogena one. So, I am not very sure if this product would be helpful for extended outdoor activities.
Pros of Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20:
- Good body sunscreen suitable for all skin types.
- Provides broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays along with free radicals as it contains SolarX complex.
- Contains minute golden shimmer particles, which impart glow to the skin.
- Sunscreen blends very easily without leaving any white residue.
- Very lightweight and has a pleasant fragrance.
- Travel friendly and sturdy packaging.
Cons of Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20:
- Sunscreen is specifically for body application only.
- Though the product claims to also provide hydration and skin toning benefits, did not observe the same.
- Not suitable for use during water sports.
- Very low SPF.
Would I Repurchase Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20?
I prefer using a sunscreen, which can multitask as a face and body product. Since I was just very excited to try out a product from KS, so I got it. However, for the next time, I would give it a pass.
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