Review: Apivita Suncare Antispot Face Cream SPF50
Early this year during the launch of Apivita’s herbal first-aid creams, I was told their Antispot Face Cream SPF 50 under the Suncare range is one of their bestsellers.
I am always on the hunt for the next best SPF for face. Up until now, my all-time favorite is Heliocare’s SPF 50 Gel listed as one of Kat’s Best Products Reviewed in 2012. So, when my SPF finished, I was in the market to try something new and remembered Apivita’s recommendation.
This sunblock for face is made with 77% natural ingredients and contains natural extracts such as sesame oil (Sesamum Indicum Oil), some sort of tomato extract (Lycopersicum extract), propolis extract, different grades of organically-cultivated green tea extract, sea fennel and sea lavender.
Natural ingredients such as sea fennel and achillea help to prevent and reduce brown spots, while propolis extract, sea lavender and lycopene offer effective photostable protection against photoageing and free radicals. (What does photostable mean? Basically, it means that the quality of this sunblock quality is stable and does not change or breakdown when exposed to light.)
One interesting innovation about this product is Apivita has replaced all water content with organic green tea infusion to enhance the antioxidant properties of all their Suncare range of products.
Here’s my review of Apivita’s Antispot Face Cream SPF50.
It has a strong floral smell. Quite pleasant, not what I had expected of a SPF product that usually smells of some sort of oil.
As a high SPF protection product, I expected the texture of the cream to be somewhat thick-ish. And it is. When squeezed, it comes out in the form of a thickish beige paste. You will need to spread the product well before it gets absorbed into the skin.
According to the instructions, Apivita recommends half a teaspoon of product for the face. For me, that’s too much! I usually use a squeezed blob (or two). That is more than enough because once the product is absorbed into the skin, my skin feels a little tight. And it leaves a shiny layer that I have to pat down with face powder, before putting on makeup.
The good thing is this product comes with an expiry date. But if you have read my article on 10 Common Myths About Sunblock I Bet you Didn’t Know, you will know that the product’s expired date is only just indicative. If you leave your sunblock directly exposed in the sun, the product may breakdown and expire quicker.
Lastly, the cream is rich. So for normal wear, you don’t need to reapply throughout the day. Once in the morning is usually good enough to last into the evening. If you are going swimming or being exposed to the sun for hours, then you will definitely need to reapply a few times throughout the day. One tube can last me at least 6-8 months!
This product is hypoallergenic, water resistant and does not contain alcohol, parabens, silicons, mineral oil, propylene glycol, colorants, ethanolamines and phthalates. Its packaging is made from recyclable materials such as PE, PP and paper.
Retail price: $84 per 50ml tube
Available at Apivita boutique outlets at VivoCity (#01-04) and ION Orchard (#B3-45)