The SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 Makes My Skin Glow Like None Other
The new SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 (which I was gifted) leaves my skin so glowy, I’ve been skipping my standard practice of applying a liquid highlighter before my foundation. Infused with skincare ingredients like glycerin and niacinamide to help hydrate and brighten, the sunscreen is great for dry, dehydrated skin like mine. It also has tranexamic acid, a new-to-me ingredient that helps even out skin tone and reduce discoloration and sun spots. It’s formulated to not only protect against future sun damage, but also to lighten the existing signs of it, like dark spots. While I can’t speak to the brightening effects of this sunscreen yet, since those can take up to 12 weeks to see, I can say it leaves my skin looking and feeling glowy and hydrated after I apply it.
A sprinkling of mica gives the formula a luminous finish, like the skin is slightly wet or you just applied moisturizer. Plus it’s a pearly cream color, not a stark white, so it won’t leave a chalky cast on tan or deep complexions. The consistency is thick and lotion-y, which is the opposite of the ultra liquid-y SPF formulas I usually gravitate towards, but I like that this one feels like a moisturizer and isn’t matte or powdery looking like some sunscreens. Another small miracle? It hasn’t made me break out — a wonder given how sensitive my skin is.
An added bonus is that this formula hardly smells like sunscreen. You can catch a slight sunscreen-y whiff if you really try, but upon first pump, it smells citrusy and clean, like lemongrass. As if the broad-spectrum chemical SPF wasn’t enough to compel me to apply this sunscreen every day, the fresh scent has really cemented it as a staple in my morning routine.
Photo: Ariel Wodarcyk