Glossier’s Invisible Shield SPF+ debuted a few months ago, and although I’ve been using it regularly since then, I haven’t mentioned it much here on Haute Mess. But, now that I have had ample time to test this one-of-a-kind product, it is definitely time for an (overdue!) review.
Full disclosure: I am a Glossier Rep, but I purchased this product myself, and this post is not sponsored in any way. You can, however, shop through my Rep link to save 20 percent on your first purchase, plus enjoy free shipping every time you choose two or more items!
Before Invisible Shield, I was never a huge sunscreen person by any means. I always wore it on my face during the summertime, especially on the beach or by the pool, and my bb cream does contain some SPF, but that’s about the extent of it. I wasn’t (and I’m still not) a fan of the thick white cast that other brands, even those as reputable as Clinique, leave behind. It just feels greasy and messy because it never fully dries.
Glossier changed all that earlier this year. This revolutionary water-gel formula (think: a serum-like consistency) soaks into the skin almost instantly, leaving behind no white cast or sticky, greasy feeling whatsoever. And although the bottle is small (perfect for traveling or storing in your medicine cabinet–or both!), the formula is so lightweight that a little really does go such a long way. Which is great, because in addition to my face, I love dragging a little onto my neck and décolettage, and there is definitely enough to go around.
In addition to the SPF 35, Invisible Shield also contains vitamin E, vitamin P, broccoli and aloe leaf extracts–a powerful antioxidant blend that neutralizes free radicals, which can also cause damage to the skin. Similarly, fermented yeast and vegetal extract create an invisible, breathable barrier that prevents pollution from getting into the skin.
Cigarette smoke, car exhaust, smog, dirt and dust (among others) increase the levels of free radicals produced by the body, according to A Woman’s Health.
“Free radicals are unstable molecules that attack human cells and damage DNA. They lead to aging, tissue damage and possible disease.”
The sun’s UV rays aren’t the only factor that causes the skin long-term damage on an everyday basis; free radical damage also takes a hefty toll on our bodies’ largest organ.
“Pollution is one of the main sources of damage to the skin. Free radicals interfere with the skin’s ability to produce collagen, which keeps it firm and healthy. When contaminants come into contact with your skin, they can interfere with the skin’s ability to regulate moisture, leaving the skin dry, splotchy, wrinkled and clogged,” A Woman’s Health continues.
“Think about the dirty film that builds up on your car between washes. That same film is building up on your skin—you just don’t see it.”