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As much as I love doing a detailed skincare routine before bed in the morning, I’m usually in too much of a rush to do a multi-step regimen. So when I heard about a product that completes three beauty steps at once, I knew I had to try it. Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 combines makeup, skincare and sun protection in one easy to apply product and now I’m so obsessed that I never go anywhere without it.
After seeing it all over social media and hearing from some friends how much they loved the lightweight product, I bought the multitasking serum last summer and have used it literally every day since it arrived. The moisturizing serum is packed with powerful ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, plant-based squalane and niacinamide, which work together to hydrate and plump the skin, increasing elasticity and improving skin texture.
In addition to leaving my skin looking and feeling hydrated and smooth, the product is tinted to provide light coverage. The bottle comes with a dropper, which makes it easy to apply, and all you need are five small drops per day (on the forehead, cheeks, chin and nose) to get a full application. I mix it with my hands and I am left with a dewy and even complexion. Not only does it help cover any redness, it also makes any blemishes and my dark circles less noticeable, although I still add concealer for full coverage.
Perhaps best of all, the serum also works as a mineral sunscreen with SPF 40 protection, which helps me remove an extra step from my morning routine. The product is infused with non-nano zinc oxide, which protects my skin from harmful UVA, UVB and UVC rays, as well as blue light rays and pollution. Even if I use it as a daily SPF application every morning, if I spend a lot of time outdoors on a particular day, I always make sure I carry regular sunscreen with me to reapply when I’m in the sun.
There are 30 shades to choose from, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding an option that matches your skin tone. But if you’re not sure which option to choose, the brand has two ways to help you find the perfect shade. There is a matching quiz online or you can even upload a selfie and a member of Ilia’s team will contact you within 72 hours with her advice.
In addition to being free of oils, fragrances and silicone, the skin tint is non-comedogenic, which means it doesn’t clog pores, so I never have to worry about breaking out. And I’m not the only vegan serum fan. Over 7,000 buyers gave it an impressive 4.5-star average rating, with one saying it “looks like my skin but better,” adding, “makes my skin feel great and smooth without the heaviness of traditional makeup.”
Another said it’s “great for minimalist skincare,” as tint is all you need in one handy product. Its 1 ounce bottle makes me super easy to pack because it fits TSA guidelines for liquids, and despite the small size of the product, a little goes a long way. I used it every day for several months before I ran out and had to order another one. The multitasker costs $ 48 a bottle, which may seem expensive but given how it works as three products in one, in my opinion it is definitely worth the price.