The moment we've all been waiting for (for 2 years!) is finally here - Glossier has officially launched their everyday sunscreen, Invisible Shield. I'm sure everyone has heard how important it is to protect your skin from the sun and other aggressors every day, but how many of us actually do? I'll admit I would only wear sunscreen if I planned on being out and about - since there's not much daylight where I work, I tended to just forget about it on a day to day basis. Plus I could never find a sunscreen I liked that didn't make me too greasy or chalky. But Invisible Shield is here to solve all those problems.
Glossier Invisible Shield is a lightweight, clear (!!) serum sunscreen with SPF 35. It not only protects against the sun, but also against pollution. The secret to this formula is microcapsule technology - tiny spheres packed full of UVA and UVB filters burst upon application, helping to preserve the ingredients from degradation while in the bottle. This is a chemical sunscreen (this formula would be pretty much impossible using physical blockers), but fear not - it feels super gentle on the skin, and I haven't had any irritation issues with it. The formula also fights free radicals with a powerful antioxidant complex of Vitamin E, Vitamin P, Broccoli, and Aloe Leaf Extracts, and it keeps out harmful pollution particles (which are 20x smaller than your pores!) using a fermented yeast and vegetal extract matrix. It manages to pack all these ingredients into a lightweight gel formula with no damaging alcohol as well.
Each purchase will come with the Zine pictured, filled with facts about the damage your skin can face from the sun and pollution. Did you know the windows in your car only filter UVB rays, but not UVA rays? UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburns, but UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and cause premature aging, and in extreme cases, skin cancer. And did you know your skin is still susceptible to damage when in front of the computer? A study conducted by Unilever Skincare Research showed that four days in front of the computer is equally as damaging to your skin as 20 minutes in direct afternoon sunlight. So protect yourself, even in the office.
I've been using the Invisible Shield every single day since I got it, and it's truly become just another part of my routine. It's so easy to apply and spread over the skin, so adding this extra step doesn't slow me down in the mornings. It has a super light, citrus-y scent (with just the faintest hint of a sunscreen smell) that is great in the mornings, too. The Invisible Shield should be applied after moisturizer and before any makeup. It immediately sinks into the skin just like water would, and it leaves such a smooth finish that's perfect for putting makeup on top. It doesn't leave a whitecast whatsoever, and you really cannot feel it on the skin at all. I've never used a sunscreen that works so well with makeup - there's no pilling or caking here.
The most important thing here is that you need to protect your skin. No matter what brand of sunscreen you prefer, you really should be using one daily. If you've had a hard time finding a good formula that doesn't disrupt your normal morning routine, then Glossier Invisible Shield could be the one you've been waiting for.
Have safe sun, guys.
*Invisible Shield was sent to me early to share with all of you, but all opinions, as always, are my own.