Protect your Eyes with Skinceuticals

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If you’re anything like me, you hate applying sunscreen. The reasons that I dislike sunscreen are a) the smell b) the texture c) what it does to my skin and, oddly enough, d) the way it tastes. Yup, it has found its way to my taste buds and it isn’t pretty. Quite vile and bitter actually. The smell puts me off, because I guess I associate it with responsibility – I could never just run outside and play and swim, because I had to apply sun cream, while my darker skinned friends could frolic carefree. I also got sunstroke once because I didn’t put enough on. Boohoo. Isn’t it amazing how a smell can take you back to a very specific time in your life? The texture also gets me because it’s a yucky white liquid/cream that makes me either look ghostly or causes my skin to break out. So all in all not a cool thing to do, in my books.

Unfortunately, sunscreen is a must, because in addition to the photoaging and skin damaging effects that the sun has, UV rays contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. I do use sunscreen most days, but skip it on days where I know I won’t get that much sun on my face (bad beauty blogger) even though I know that you can’t escape it and even walking to your car constitutes sun exposure. Imagine my delight when I heard that Skinceuticals had come to my rescue with their Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 Sunscreen.

So here’s the deal: when you use sunscreen, chances are that you skip bits of your eyes (unless you’re really good at rubbing it in every nook and cranny). Because the skin around the eye is far more delicate than the rest of the face, and up to 10 times thinner, it is highly sensitive and prone to aging quicker. Once lines and wrinkles form, there isn’t much that you can do. You can’t even inject botox in the lower lid because it might render your eye forever droopy. So prevention is better than cure here. This is where Skinceuticals Physical Eye Defense comes in:

  • First up, it is a sunscreen treatment specifically designed for the eye are. Because the sunscreen is mineral (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) it protects against UVA and UVB rays by reflecting the sun’s damaging rays.
  • Secondly, I was very happy to learn that it acts an eye shadow primer and creates a smooth canvas for your makeup. It is slightly tinted and unifies your skin tone so that you don’t look ashy, and works just as well as a regular primer for eyes. It has been clinically approved and you can use it up to your lash line. It also won’t migrate into the eye, which is naturally something you’d think about if you’re applying this all the way to your lash line.
  • Thirdly, and ever so conveniently, it is safe to use immediately after injectables, and can be used to hide the evidence of your lunch date with Suzie (a.k.a. your lunchtime botox treatment).
  • Lastly, the ceramides in the formula nourish the thinner, more delicate skin around the eye area.



It looks a bit oily on paper, but I applied it on a white background so you can see how tinted it is. It isn’t really oily. The great thing about it being tinted is that you can expect no weird ghost eyes.

Basically, I love that this product is a multitasker in the form of an eye shadow primer, a sunscreen treatment for eyes, and is safe for use after any injectables. I use it daily over my Skinceuticals AGE Eye Complex eye cream, and I think they work better together. Can I get a ‘hooray’ for clever inventions like this?

Available for R450 from September 2015