Promises, promises, promises. This is what skin care manufacturers are so adept at making. I’ve bought many products through the years, and some work pretty well, but I’m always “still looking. ” I evaluate the promises as to what the product is supposed to do, but I’m not a believer until I see proof with my own eyes(no, I don’t believe those doctored up pictures.) As a reformed sun worshiper, I had to try Garnier’s Anti-Sun-Damage Lotion. Not only does it claim to undo some sun damage, it also has spf 28 to prevent further skin problems.
What’s the verdict.? Well, it’s mixed. I gave the lotion a trial period of about five weeks, and here’s what I found to be true in my individual case. First, the lotion isn’t too heavy or greasy. It is, according to company information, 99% oil-free. It doesn’t have much of a scent—almost like that of plain soap. If you have to have a product that smells yummy, this isn’t the one for you. The lotion caused just a bit of redness to my skin, but that is pretty normal when the spf is above 15. The company claims that this product has been “allergy tested” but I am not at all sure what that means.
I’ve been out in the sun quite often since using the Garnier, once for the entire day, and did not get sunburned. Based on that, I’d have to say the sunscreen in the lotion works well. But there are thousands of adequate sunscreens on the market, so what I really wanted to know was if the lotion was effective at reducing past sun damage. I have to say that so far, not so much. I don’t notice any real difference in my skin. No one else has either. None of those “you look so great what have you done” comments. No areas of dark pigmentation seem truly faded. I don’t see much reduction in fine lines either. So I guess I’d have to rate the product a “C.”
The question becomes, would I buy this lotion again? I might. If it were on sale and I just wanted a facial sunscreen, I would use it. As far as improving the look of my skin, I will still be using what I’ve used in the past, and trying new products as they become available. So the verdict on Garnier Anti-Sun-Damage Lotion is mixed—it will certainly help prevent future skin damage, but it didn’t do much for me to undo the tanning sins of the past.