Review: Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF50
Aesop fans will be happy to know that this year Aesop’s new summer skin care range is kicking off with a new sunscreen that doubles as a body lotion. If there’s a first for Aesop, this is it – Aesop’s first body lotion with water-resistant broad-spectrum SPF50 protection. The tagline for this product is “Indispensable, wherever the sun shines” and it works as it says. I took it with me to Bangkok recently where I used it to protect my skin while I scoured the open public markets for hours on end. Not a single burn on my skin.
Frankly, sunscreen is not an exciting beauty topic. Most commercially available body lotion sunscreens are thick, greasy and leave you with embarrassing white milky streaks across your face and body. They also tend to clog pores and smell like coconut and chemicals mixed together.
But Aesop’s new Protective Body Lotion with SPF50 is a lightweight formula with ingredient-rich skin moisturizing benefits. It is made with a great blend of spearmint leaf oil, lavender oil, lemon peel oil, sweet almond oil, soybean oil and carrot root extract. All ingredients in this product is approved by TGA, Theraupetic Goods Administration in Australia as 100% safe, and strictly free of parabens, silicones, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances and color.
How to use: Pump and massage generously on uncovered skin at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. To maintain protection from sun, reapply after perspiring, swimming or toweling dry.
My take: With every pump, its hard to escape the refreshing spearmint scent that comes from the essential oil used to make this lotion! I have never come across a body lotion with SPF50 protection (it is high protection!) that sits so light on skin and smells aroma-therapeutically heavenly.
Compared to regular sunscreen lotions, most people will experience three things either (a) sticky feeling all day, (b) smelling like a human piña colada, and/or (c) needs a couple rounds of loofah scrubs to get that greasy layer off your skin during shower. I did not experience any of the above with this body lotion. In fact, I went all day without even remembering I had sunblock on.
Application-wise, this lotion is a breeze to use. The silica content makes for an easy spread and smooth finish; whilst protecting the skin from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. The lotion literally soaks into the skin within the first 5-10 minutes of application. It has water resistance capability to last 80 minutes before re-application. There is no need to shake the bottle as the lotion formula is very stable and does not separate. Each pump gives a good spread to every part of your body. Besides protecting sun from harmful sun rays, I noticed the surface of my skin had a healthy, hydrated appearance.
I love the dark plastic pump bottle packaging because it is recyclable, easy to control each pump, non-spill and lightweight. Great for traveling or just going to the pool. Aseop really has made applying sunscreen a more convenient part of one’s beauty skin regiment with this breakthrough product. Personally, I think this is a “must” on every vacationer’s items-to-bring checklist.
It sells for $53 per 150ml bottle and is available at all Aesop outlets in Singapore.