BEAUTYSTAT UNIVERSAL C REFINER SPF 50+
VIOLET CODE APPROVED:
BEAUTYSTAT’S UNIVERSAL C REFINER SPF 50+
A cult-favorite formula adds daily sun protection for healthier-than-ever skin.
- Written by:
- Lena Raff
There is a soft spot in the hearts of VIOLET GREY’s editors for Ron Robinson. The cosmetic chemist has spent decades formulating some of our favorite products for a great many beauty brands, including the bestselling Universal C Skin Refiner for his own line, BeautyStat. Simply put, the man knows his stuff, which is why we trusted him to pull off a most complicated, difficult feat—the elusive vitamin C/mineral SPF hybrid. When done correctly, these two powerhouse ingredients should enhance the other’s effects, but when not executed perfectly, the result can be an unstable formula that is lacking in efficacy. Optimistically, we kindly asked if our favorite lab coat-wearing expert would send samples.
With patented, stabilized 20% vitamin C that delivers all of the same skin brightening, smoothing, firming, and protective benefits of the original treatment, plus 17.5% zinc oxide to defend against UVA/UVB rays and iron oxide to neutralize blue light, the Universal C Skin Refiner Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ really is something of a work of art. But when our curators applied—before moisturizer—the rich serum with a subtle pink hue that instantly absorbed into skin and left it looking moisturized (the formula also boasts nourishing squalene) and radiant, we knew we had a true hero product on our hands.
“A stable, potent, vitamin C-infused sunscreen is a unicorn in the skincare world. It gives skin that coveted vitamin C glow while offering high SPF protection and is ideal for daily use.”
—ROBIN BLACK, Makeup Artist & Photographer
“This broad spectrum sunscreen is packed with 17.5% zinc oxide and also loaded with powerful antioxidants to efficiently protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation and other environmental stressors. It multitasks and feels great!”
—JULIE K. KAREN, Dermatologist
“This product is very lightweight and feels nice on the skin without the heavy zinc feeling sometimes associated with other mineral sunscreens.”
—MISAH SHAHZADA, Makeup Artist
Our testers certified that this elegant formula was, indeed, best-in-class in both the treatment and prevention categories, making BeautyStat’s Universal C Skin Refiner Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ officially VIOLET CODE APPROVED and now available on THE SHELVES.