The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++

Part of The Body Shop Drops of Light collection, I received this last year but at the time was so inundated with SPFs it got forgotten about. So as we head into Summer 2017, The Body Shop’s Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++ (phew) been sat waiting for its turn in the limelight.

In short, The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++ – last time I use its full name; it’s a sentence in itself – is a milk to water SPF50 with UVA/UVB protection. It’s great for slightly oilier skin types as for such a high level of protection, is pretty lightweight.

What is PA+++?

If you’ve always wondered what the PA+ stood for, it’s a system used mainly in Asia that signifies the level of UVA protection. SPF is then a rating of the UVB protection. PA ranges from PA+ to PA++++ (it used to just be up to PA+++). When you’re in a shop, ask for “P A Four Plus” or “P A Triple Plus”.

But what SPF do you need?

So in the UK, it’s 15 minutes before you burn. Take 15 and multiply it by the SPF number, in this case 50. 15 x 50 = 750. 750 is the number of minutes exposure this will provide which converts to 12.5 hours. This doesn’t mean that it won’t need topping up, it just means that if the coverage is uninterrupted, you will get essentially all-day protection from this without burning.

Sun protection on the face is as important all year round. In the UK sun, you can be exposed for 15 minutes unprotected before the skin starts to burn; after that UVA and UVB is damaging the skin causing it to release an emergency shield of brown melanin – this isn’t good or healthy despite how ‘good’ it looks. With skin cancers on the rise, prevention with an SPF like this is the answer.

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++

It’s a really weird product and very reminiscent of many Asian sun protectors. The lotion/milk to water effect is very unusual, it’s hard to describe. Usually with such a high SPF and PA rating, it’s hard to formulate products like this to as light. The Body Shop do seem to have managed this although there is a very slight residue on the skin which instead of looking greasy, gives you a nice glow.

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++

There’s a little Vitamin C and Red Algae in her too, to calm the skin whilst its being warn as well as helping to protect against antioxidants.

This is not the most amazingly formulated SPF. There are a few ingredients in there I’d rather there weren’t including a bit more alcohol than I’d like. However, for an SPF50 PA++++ UVA/UVB, lightweight sun protector formulated specifically for the face, all for just £16 (and often available with massive discount) you’d be mad not to give it a go. A lot of other brands, more premium than The Body Shop, charge you an awful lot more for an awful lot less.

Worn throughout the day as my last-applied product, it does seem stay in place. However in bright sun or abroad, be sure to apply and re-apply regularly as this is not sweat or water resistant. Also make sure you avoid your eye area. My top tip for eye SPF is to use a very small amount of SPF Lip Balm stick. Balms tend to act as barriers rather than sinking into the skin, so the likelihood of a reaction is reduced.

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++ is £16/40ml here from The Body Shop.

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence SPF50 PA++++ Full Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Octocrylene, Chlorphenesin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Carbomer, Linalool, Tocopherol, Limonene, Citronellol.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 08:57 May 4, 2017
Lee R

Is this a full body or just a face product? Also is it a face moisturiser? Would you recomend using this on the face under a normal spf sun block like you find in say boots or can it be used onits own for the face? Or am i better off with say mens clinique spf face moisturiser. Problem i find with ALL spf face moisurisers inc cliniques is that they make my face feel yuk all greasy and claggy.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 13:49 May 4, 2017
    Thom Watson

    This is just an SPF for the face so you wouldn’t need any extra sun blocks, but you would need your normal moisturiser to go underneath it.

    I’m yet to find an SPF that doesn’t leave a drop of residue at all so totally with you on that. The Anthelios Shine I covered back in 2014 does come close though!

Leave a Reply