As Baz Luhrmann might say, "If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it." Being red of hair and fair of skin, you see, I was raised to apply sunscreen religiously, and my face is rarely without it, even on the dullest of days.
The problem with that, though, is that sunscreen isn’t the best thing to wear under your makeup: it’s thick, it’s gloopy, and that heavy white liquid can often leave my skin looking even whiter than it was to start with – something I wouldn’t have thought possible.
Which brings me to NIVEA’S Anti-Wrinkle Q10 Plus for Sunkissed Skin, and the top two things I like about it:
1. It contains sunscreen – SPF15, in fact. This is just one of the ways it fights the signs of ageing, though: it also contains CoEnzyme Q10, which is a vitamin-like substance your body produces naturally, acting as an anti-oxidant, amongst other things.
2. It doesn’t make your skin look ghostly pale: in fact, it does the exact opposite, thanks to the gradual, light tanning agent it contains.
"Gradual" and "light" are the operative words here. I’ve been using this for around a week now, and it was a couple of days before I noticed any difference to the colour of my skin, so what’s created is very much a "glow" rather than a full-out tan, so you don’t have to worry about ending up with orange streaks on your face. If you’re not interested in tanning, however, this is also available without the gradual tan.
The cream itself is white and thick, but unlike many facial sunscreens, it’s very easily absorbed. It has a scent which I can’t quite identify, other than to say that it reminds me of summer for some reason.
As for the wrinkle-fighting properties, well, I don’t have too many of those yet, and the week or so I’ve been using this hasn’t given it much of an opportunity to make a difference to them. I have, however, noticed that my skin has been much softer and smoother than usual this week, which is definitely very welcome.