Product Review: SmartShield Sunscreen SPF30

Hi Peeps!

We all know how passionate I get when it comes to speaking about the importance of sunscreen.  It protects your skin from the damaging effects of direct exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. This prevents premature skin ageing, rashes, burns and allergies and in extreme cases, skin cancer.  Yes, black people need sunscreen! 

I was asked if I would like to review a sunscreen product and I jumped at the opportunity. It’s really hard to find good sunscreen around this ends (ironic being that we live right next to the sun -_-) so I was eager to see how well this product works.

SmartShield Sunscreen

The first thing that struck me about this product was it’s great formulation. It is aloe vera based making it so moisturising and skin nourishing. It doesn’t leave behind the horrible white film that’s common with sunscreens. The product is slightly scented with a fresh baby lotion kind of fragrance which I really like. For sweltering conditions like these, it is great that SmartShield is sweat and water proof i.e. it won’t run. 

What’s also great about it is that it is completely oil-free so it does not clog the pores and is suitable for all skin types.  I wear it on my face and entire body and it’s gentle enough for everyday wear. The proper use of sunscreen on the face should be after your other products i.e moisturiser, treatment and the likes. Don’t rub in but pat the product in as rubbing will affect it’s efficacy. Do same thing for the rest of your body, after your lotion. 
Once I apply it in the morning, it’s all the protection I need through out the day because I am mostly indoors. However, anytime I’m going directly into the sun, I do a quick top-up. 

L: One squirt, R: No white film after it is absorbed

Overall it’s a great product but I only wish the SPF value was higher. My current sunscreen is SPF50 which gives me better protection but SmartShield is definitely more moisturising. I have been reaching out for it more and I am happy I can get easy access to it locally., Ebeano Supermarket in Lekki, Mophet pharmacy and Medvac pharmacy are a few stores that stock it. You will be able to pick it up in more locations soon and it retails between N2500 and N2800, bargain! 

What daily sunscreen do you currently use? Please share in the comments. 

Peace and Love, 



  1. February 22, 2013 / 12:23 pm

    Nice review!!bin tryna decide wat sunscreen to get so tanx :)..
    Plss wats d name of d current one u'r using with SPF 50?thank uuu

    • February 23, 2013 / 3:01 pm

      Thanks! It's called Boots Soltan Moisturising Suncare Lotion

  2. Anonymous
    February 22, 2013 / 12:53 pm

    Thanks for the review! Sunscreen is a must for our Naija climate. I was doing some research and discovered that the difference between SPF 50 and SPF 30 isn't much at all. SPF 30 gives 97% protection from sunrays, SPF 40 gives 97.5% protection and SPF 50 actually gives 98% protection from sunrays! Interesting isn't it? I thought I should share……

    • February 23, 2013 / 3:03 pm

      Wow..that's really interesting..Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. glow..
    February 22, 2013 / 5:43 pm

    I currently use neutrogena 'ultra Sheer dry-touch sunblock' with spf 55..
    Might just try this..
    Nice review 🙂

    • February 23, 2013 / 3:03 pm

      spf 55? Please where did you get it ? 😀

    • February 26, 2013 / 7:40 pm

      I got it from Casabella at Adeniran Ogunsanya mall.. 🙂

  4. February 24, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    i have neutrogenas sunscreen with spf90!!! Its soo thick and feels heavy on the skin… 🙁

  5. April 7, 2013 / 5:12 pm

    I use neutrogena daily defense moisturizing facial lotion with spf 25. I was looking for something with spf 30 or above!
    But thats the best I could come up with.

    And for my body I use palmers cocoa butter lotion with spf 15.

    Quick question-
    After your makeup is all done, do you still apply a layer of sunscreen?

  6. April 7, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    Hiya, no i don't. I only apply sunscreen on top of my moisturizer before makeup 🙂

  7. April 13, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    lol at d last comment… who goes through the trouble of making up and then rubs sunscreen on their face? i currently use bodyshop vitamin c daily moisturizer spf 15 cos d thot of using a moisturizer n den applying another layer of sunscreen is not appealing. wouldn't mind a moisturizer with a higher spf tho. ne thots?

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