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21 October 2008

All Day All Year by Sisley

If creams are so expensive I have no hope of ever buying them, it makes me nervous. Who wants to fal

By Annalisa Barbieri

£179, 50ml

Launched: 2005
Tested: throughout 2007 and 2008
Stockists: 020 7591 6380.

Ingredients

: Sisley will not provide full disclosure of ingredients saying that “All ingredients are listed on product packaging so it’s (sic) easily obtainable by customers.”

This day cream is aimed at those over the age of 25. The premise is that it provides protection (SPF 8) from UVA and UVB, but not 100% (in fact, 90%). The idea being that 100% protection eventually leaves the skin unable to defend itself. This protection also lasts for eight hours, hence the All Day part of the name. The All Year bit refers to the fact that even in winter our skin needs protecting from sun, wind, pollution.

When I was handed this cream to test, I knew it was expensive (at the time I think it was ‘only’ £150) so I hesitated. If creams are so expensive I have no hope of ever buying them, it makes me nervous. Who wants to fall in love with the unattainable? Unfortunately, this cream is excellent. To really know if it works of course, one would have to do a more scientific test: one half of the face wears it the other doesn’t. What I can tell you is that it made a significant different to the texture and condition of my skin almost immediately, and in secondary testing (on a separate person) the results were visible. I love the fact that you don’t have to worry about sunscreen, you just put this on of a morning but sadly the cost is such that it’s out of the reach of most people, me included. However: highly recommended.

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