For Men Super Energizer Anti-Fatigue Hydrating Concentrate SPF 25
Clinique’s For Men Super Energizer Anti-Fatigue Hydrating Concentrate SPF 25 has so many winning qualities we wish we could give it top marks, but because it provides slightly less sun protection than is recommended by experts worldwide, it didn’t quite make the cut.
This fragrance-free cream comes in a plastic tube with a pump dispenser. It’s lightweight, yet hydrating as the name implies, making it a good fit for all skin types. It’s easy to spread and sinks into skin quickly, leaving it feeling softer and smoother with no tackiness. As claimed, it’s also water-resistant.
This creamy daytime moisturizer with sunscreen makes good on its claims of helping defend skin against environmental assault, including that from blue light. There’s a veritable salad of plant-based antioxidants in the formula to protect skin including blueberry, cranberry, spinach, and kale. More to love: its opaque packaging keeps them safe from light and air exposure (which can cause antioxidants to break down over time).
In fact, the sole issue with this sunscreen is that it’s only rated SPF 25. SPF 30 is the global standard when it comes to optimal sun protection, and this falls just short of achieving that goal. Still, this very good moisturizer with sunscreen remains worth your consideration, particularly if layered with another product containing broad-spectrum sunscreen that is rated SPF 30+.
- Lightweight cream is hydrating and softens skin.
- Water-resistant as claimed.
- Provides sun protection.
- Formula includes numerous antioxidants.
- Fragrance free.
- SPF 25 is below global recommendations for optimal sun protection.
Awaken, correct, defend. Lightweight, non-sticky cream moisturizer energizes skin with 12 hours of hydration and anti-fatigue power. Multi-Layered Defense Technology fights modern aggressors that can tire skin and accelerate aging. Combats UVA/B, Infrared, and even Blue Light, a key disruptor of skin’s ability to protect itself. Sweat-resistant and humidity-resistant formula helps shield against pollution, pollen and dust as it delivers all-day hydration and powerful antioxidant defense. Immediately skin appears more awake, less fatigued. Over time, first signs of aging are visibly corrected and skin maintains its well-rested look. Oil-free.
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested aren't regulated by the FDA and can mean anything, thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color, though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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