November 20, 2012

Simplicite Experience: Great Outdoors Sunscreen SPF15 with Fresh Aloe Vera

Oh Hellooo Summer!
I've been exposed to the sun, most of my life, like many of us. I usually get a tan. Very tan, very quickly. 
When I was younger (even until a few years ago), I was not well informed as to how much the direct sun could damage my skin. Now that I want to protect my skin, what to use?

I've never heard anything good about sunscreen. People have always said to me that they disliked putting 'this stuff' on their faces - either because it feels sticky, it stings or it makes them break out. I've heard that both from where I am from (Indonesia and Singapore) and also here in Australia where I now live.

Australia’s sun is so unforgiving. I see hyperpigmentation, brown spots, brown blotches, dark patches, red raw skin all around me as though it is the norm. I started to get serious on a quest to find “the sunscreen” and I believe I have found it in this understated white pump bottle.
What they have to say…
Contains beneficial plant nutrients from Calendula, Sesame, Avocado and Aloe Vera. Australian Bush-flower essences calm and soothe.
Beneficial for all skin types and ages – including babies and children.
Unique nutrient-rich formula (contains 16 concentrated ‘medicial grade’ plant, flower and herb extracts) ‘buffers’ the skin from the three TGA-approved sunscreening ingredients. As a result, skin does not suffer the common sunscreen issues of congestion, sensitivity, hyper-pigmentation and early aging.
UVA and UVB protection (broad spectrum) as rated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Canberra.
Does NOT contain PABA, mineral oil, nano particles.
Robin:This is the highest SPF Simplicite will make. Why? SPF30, for instance, has only 4% more coverage for TWICE the chemicals – the equivalent of 9 minutes.
We will never use zinc as a sunscreening agent because we believe it congests the pores. The TGA approved ingredients used are – Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, and Oxybenzone. Note that Oxybenzone is not benzophenone. It is a derivative of benzophenone in the same way that paracetamol is a metabolite of phenacitin but has none of the carcinogenic properties that phenactin has.
All ingredients are balanced with large amounts of soothing, healing, protective, anti-toxin, nutritive plant extracts to guard against any possible side-effects of the sun screening ingredients.
To show you how much I love this sunscreen, this is my very first bottle which I literally will be using to the very last drop! Rarely have I done that with any sunscreen product!
You might be wondering, what is so great about it?
It ticks all the boxes, for me.
Does it congest the pores? No.
Is it drying? No
Is it oily? No
Is it mosturising? Yes
Does it stink? No
Does it smell like chemicals? Hell no
Is it sticky? No
Does it make you feel heaty/sensitive to the sun after you apply it? No, I can’t feel anything uncomfortable. This sunscreen is so so so comfortable
Any burning? No
Any brown spots? No
Can I use it all over my body? Yes! I especially use it on my arms and chest where they are exposed to the sun the most while on day to day basis plus driving
I actually feel like I’m feeding my skin nutritious food, especially with active ingredients like these: (To find out more about each ingredient you can consult the Herbal Dictionary CLICK HERE)
Fresh Aloe Vera juice, Mandarin, Sesame, Calendula flower, Avocado, Chamomile, Hypericum, Jojoba, Rose Geranium, Chickweed, Marshmallow, Australia Bush Flowers: Southern Cross, Sunshine Wattle, Paw Paw Flower, Kapok Bush, Banksia, Mulla Mulla
And yes the following chemicals are needed to provide the sunscreening agents:
Octyl Methoxycinnamate 75mg/ml, Oxybenzone 25mg/ml, Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane 10mg/ml
and other ingredients
Phenoxyethanol 5mg/ml, Imid urea 2mg/ml, Methyhydroxybenzoate 1mg/ml, Propylhydroxybenzoate 1mg/ml

This retails for $47.40 (125ml) and $86.40 (250ml)
For a bottle that lasts me for months and months – this seems to last way longer than any of my other sunscreens ever used. For the best protection I can have for my skin and prolonging my good clear skin, I’d say this is worth it. There literally is no other sunscreen like this in the market as far as I know right now.
Trust me, if you have met Robin and see how AMAZING-I’M-IN-AWE her skin is in her mid 50s – you’d be a convert too.

Available at Myer, various beauty spas and at the Brisbane head office (Newstead) – you can check out the stockists HERE.
Disclaimer: The first sunscreen was provided for review consideration as requested – I love it so much I am almost done with it and I now cannot live without it, that I PURCHASED the 2nd bottle – which however, I will purchase the LARGEST bottle soon.

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