I’ve been all about sun protection ever since a skin test a few years ago gave me a shocking revelation on how a lack of SPF has damaged my skin. From face care to body care, SPF became an essential part of my routine and I’m always scouting for products that provide just what I need.
As much as there are a lot of options for face care products that provide enough UVA and UVB protection, body care picks with SPF, for some odd reason, are typically limited to sunscreens for a beach trip. When I heard that the highly-raved Thai skincare brand SNAILWHITE is adding an SPF-packed body care product to their line-up here in the Philippines, I just had to give it a whirl. Did the SNAILWHITE Body Booster earn a spot in my daily routine?
First impressions, claims and packaging
The product boasts SPF30/PA+++ and claims to work as a sunscreen and nourishing lotion in one. Its formula contains Astaxanthin and Ceramide, which works to help brighten, hydrate, and restore dull and damaged skin. And of course, its star ingredient is the collagen-rich Snail Potion, which is present in all SNAILWHITE products.
It comes in a plastic pump bottle in the brand’s classic white, pink and grey aesthetic — nice and clean, in my opinion — and features a double-lock pump (with a clamp and a no-budge twist cap on the pump itself), which is perfect for clumsy folks like me who have the tendency to spill or over-squeeze products. On the first impressions department, it looked pretty good so far!
Usage and application
Moving on to actual user experience, the first thing I noticed was its scent. It has the same, consistent fresh floral scent as other SNAILWHITE face care products. Just like what we shared in our previous review of their bestsellers, while it can be pleasing to some, those with more sensitive olfactory may find it a tad overwhelming. I personally don’t mind it at all.
The texture is quite thick and creamy, which worried me at first as these types of formulas tend to look patchy on my dry skin. I usually opt for water or gel-based SPF products as they glide on and absorb better based on my experience. Luckily, the Body Booster did not disappoint despite my initial scepticism, as it quickly absorbed and blended into my skin without much stress on application.
There was an instant brightening effect — not too much to scare off those with tanner skin tones like mine as the tone 'normalises' in under 10 minutes. My skin also didn’t feel tacky or sticky despite our humid weather, which sets it apart from other cream-based lotions and sunscreens in the market that I’ve tried.
Having tried the SNAILWHITE Body Booster for a month, it’s definitely earned a spot in my daily body care routine. My skin feels softer and even appears visibly healthier despite the short span of time I’ve been using the product. As for its value, it’s definitely a steal at PHP449/~USD9.
As someone with really dehydrated and flaky skin, I wish that the product could do a bit better on the hydration department. I wouldn’t really deduct brownie points from it, though, as it did help lessen my scaling episodes that usually get worse in the summer. Those with normal or less high maintenance skin types (unlike mine) would definitely reap the rewards of this product more, in my opinion. If SPF protection holds a special place in your beauty routine — as it should — this is a body care pick that’s worth adding to your cart.
*The product was sent as a press gift. The views and opinion of the reviewer are independent and purely editorial.
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