Clarant B3 Even Skin Tone Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Pond’s Clarant B3 Even Skin Tone Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 provides reliable UV light protection but otherwise shortchanges skin. The lightweight lotion texture is suitable for normal to combination skin, but contains more fragrance than skin-tone improving or brightening ingredients.
The opaque tube packaging is appreciated, but overkill for this formula given the paltry amount of light- and air-sensitive ingredients it contains. Skin gets a tiny amount of vitamin C (as sodium ascorbyl phosphate) and an almost-as-low amount of niacinamide, which is stable in the presence of light and air.
Niacinamide is a great ingredient for brightening and improving skin tone plus discolorations, but this product contains well below the amounts necessary for such improvements (generally, you want between 2-5% niacinamide minimum to treat these concerns).
Back to the fragrance: while it’s not as potent as some of Pond’s other moisturizers, it’s still concerning given it’s more prominent in the formula than the niacinamide.
All told, this daytime moisturizer is too basic if your concerns go beyond sun protection--something today’s best daytime moisturizers provide along with a series of brilliant ingredients to help skin withstand environmental stressors.
- Provides broad-spectrum protection.
- Contains a super-small amount of niacinamide (vitamin B3).
- Basic formula lacks a decent mix of skin tone-improving ingredients.
- Fragrant formula poses a risk of irritating skin.
Clarant Even Skin Tone Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 moisturizes to brighten skin and improve the appearance of dark spots while protecting skin from future damage caused by excess sun exposure. This face moisturizer is carefully formulated with Vitamin B3, an ingredient known to reduce the appearance of skin discoloration. Too much sun exposure is one of the factors that cause dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration on your skin. It is important to wear sunscreen not only in the summer or on sunny days, but in all seasons and cloudy days.
Weaknesses: No products to manage blemish-prone skin.
There's over 160 years of history for this drugstore line of products, beginning with a toner in 1846 and leading to the Pond's collection of today. For the most part, Pond's has taken a cue from Dove (both are owned by Unilever) and launched several impressive products to capitalize on what current research shows skin needs to look and function its best. Some old (we mean really old) standbys still exist, including the original cold cream, but we suppose there will always be a segment of the population that remains steadfast in their devotion to a certain product. Regrettably, some of the newer items include needless irritants for skin, and thats doubly frustrating because the formulas also contain many beneficial ingredients for skin.
It's no secret that Pond's target market is women over 40. They say as much in ads and on their Web site, which takes an almost gleeful approach to what they describe as "the beauty of aging." By "beauty" they mean the increased confidence and sense of self-awareness that tends to come with agenot the appearance of wrinkles, discolorations, and loss of firmness. It's an overall positive approach and one that likely appeals to many forty-something women. But what's even better is the selection of Pond's products that are affordable and that can successfully meet some of the needs of those dealing with signs of aging (in truth mostly sun damage) and trying to protect their skin. Pond's isn't as well-rounded as some of its drugstore competitors such as Olay, Neutrogena, Dove, or even, to some extent L'Oreal, but by no means should Pond's products be dismissed, either (and Dove's skin-care assortment tends to waver more than most, which makes assembling a comprehensive routine tricky).
For more information about Ponds, call (800) 909-9493 or visit www.ponds.com.
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