I’ve had lots of questions about this UV range since I posted about it on Instagram. Chanel has investigated SPRRs – a form of proteins naturally present in skin that have the ability to protect and adapt to external aggressors. With long term exposure, however, SPRRs lose their efficiency so the point of Chanel UV Essentiel is to stimulate them with ingredients so that they work more effectively again.
That’s kind of it in a nutshell – the formula uses Tiare flower extract and sun filters to prevent UVA, UVB, long UVA and infra-red, so it’s really about as complete as things get on the sun front. It also, if you are concerned about such things, protects from indoor lighting which had quite honestly never occurred to me as a thing to worry about!
As you can see, you can choose SPF30 or SPF50. In terms of texture, it’s very fluid – I can personally feel that it’s there but not to the point that I feel covered in sun screen but I think it feels more like a skin oil than a skin cream. It gives what Chanel terms as a ‘radiant’ matte finish – intially there is a little shine that settles away after a few minutes so if you’re wearing under foundation, give it a few moments. You’ll also need to remember to shake the bottle because it naturally separates unless you do. Chanel UV Essentiel is £42 for 30ml.
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