The New Skincare Product We All Need To Start Using
We all know that using a good daily sunscreen is one of the best things we can do for our skin but it turns out the sun isn’t the only thing we need to worry about. Recent studies* have shown that everyday smog and general pollution can account for up to 80 per cent of skin’s ageing. Crazy right? So when one of the best-known pollution protection products landed on my desk I was super keen to try it out. Recently there’s been a rise in products offering pollution protection but Elizabeth Arden’s new Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF50 Hydrating Shield has been the most hyped. So I decided to put it through its paces to see if it really lived up to the hype. After using City Smart for the past six weeks, here’s what I think.
The Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF50 Hydrating Shield is dispensed through a pump which makes application super easy. The consistency feels more like a velvety primer than a sunscreen and unlike traditional sunscreens, City Smart is actually tinted so looks more like a tinted moisturiser than a sunscreen. It offers a decent SPF50 and blocks out both UVA and UVB rays (which is a must) and it also protects against environmental damage caused by pollution.
HOW DOES IT WORK
City Smart contains a mineral broad spectrum SPF50 sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens use active minerals like zinc oxide and titanium to reflect the sun’s rays like a mirror and offer the best sun protection of all. City Smart contains a powerful enzyme** which helps to strengthen the skin’s natural defences against pollution.
HOW DO YOU USE IT
City Smart is basically the final step in your skincare routine so you apply it after your moisturiser and before your foundation.
Above: Two pumps added to your daily skincare regime is all you need to keep you covered.
Above: City Smart contains a subtle tint to give your skin an extra, dewy glow.
What I really like about City Smart is how beautifully it glides onto my skin. It feels exactly like a primer which means that it also creates a perfect canvas for my foundation. When worn on its own it makes my skin look fresh and dewy which I love. While this isn’t the only pollution protection product on the market I love the fact it’s from a highly respected brand that backs up its claims with scientific research and real evidence. It’s an easy product to slot into my existing skincare routine and I loved how it made my skin look and feel. Given it offers my skin the best protection on the market it gets a big thumbs up from me.
The consistency is quite thin so it’s easy to apply and blends effortlessly.
Its silky consistency means it can also double as a primer making foundation application much easier and smoother.
The tint adjusts to suit all skin types and it gives your skin a natural glow when worn alone on makeup free days.
It’s a multi-purpose product that gives my skin the best protection possible.
City Smart is only available in a 40ml tube and given that I’m pretty heavy handed with my skincare products I seemed to burn through it quite quickly.
- At $110 a tube it’s not the cheapest skincare option but it does give me peace of mind knowing I’m doing the best thing I can to protect my skin.
Above: Protecting your skin from the sun and from environmental damage is exactly what Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage City Smart SPF50 Hydrating Shield, $110 is designed to do.
WIN! WIN! WIN!
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Above: Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF50 Hydrating Shield, $110.
* Recent studies reveal air pollution is directly correlated to a rise in dark spots, inflammation, fine lines and wrinkles.
** City Smart protects against pollution with Anti-Pollution Shield Technology and a patent-pending highly potent Anti-Pollution Complex featuring Idebenone.