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Environmental Defence Cream Mineral SPF 25


About this cream

Primes and protects for visibly healthy-looking skin. Our easily absorbed lightweight cream is formulated with naturally derived mineral UV filters and antioxidant plant extracts to help protect your skin from the elements and prime it for the day ahead.


Our non-comedogenic formula delivers SPF 25 broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays, blue light and pollution while enhancing skin's natural defence barrier.


Enriched with a priming, light reflecting pigment that blends with all skin tones, plus blueberry seed oil, lingonberry seed oil and shea butter, skin is left looking healthy and luminous.


($0.73 per ml)
All skin types
In Stock
Environmental Defence Cream Mineral SPF 25
($0.73 per ml)
50ml tube

“Great. The cream is very light, goes on smoothly and blends in well. It’s nice to know it is giving protection as well.”

Sandy, North Yorkshire

Why you will love this

  • Delivers broad spectrum UVA + UVB protection
  • Guards against pollution and blue light
  • Helps to enhances skin’s natural defence barrier
  • Pigmented to blend well with all skin tones
  • Cruelty free and certified under the Leaping Bunny Program
  • For all skin types, including sensitive

Cleanse & Polish The Results

Blueberry Seed Oil

(Vaccinium myrtillus)

High in potent antioxidants, we use blueberry seed oil in our Environmental Defence Cream SPF 25, as it helps the cream work as a natural shield against blue light. Thanks to its high fatty acid composition, it also supports skin’s natural moisture barrier, resulting in hydrated and nourished skin. Sustainably sourced and produced; we extract this ingredient from 100% upcycled blueberries – a waste product of the juice production industry.

Lingonberry Seed Oil

(Vaccinium vitis-idaea)

Known to be a powerful antioxidant with a reputation as a health-promoting superfruit, we use lingonberry seed oil in our Environmental Defence Cream SPF 25, as it helps the cream work as a natural shield against blue light. This botanical is also known for its conditioning properties and for helping boost skin’s natural moisture barrier. We source these wild self-sustainable berries from Finland and Sweden.

Shea Butter

(Butyrospermum parkii)

Renowned for its excellent emollient properties and ability to help improve the barrier function of the skin, we source our shea butter from West Africa, where the pulp of the fruit is removed to reveal the kernel, which is boiled and dried in the sun before being shelled for pressing.

Aqua (water), Zinc oxide (nano), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Glycerin, Shea butter ethyl esters, Cetearyl alcohol, Titanium dioxide (nano), Vaccinium myrtillus (blueberry) seed oil, Coco-caprylate, Diheptyl succinate, Polyhydroxystearic acid, Potassium cetyl phosphate, Vaccinium VitisIdaea Seed Oil, Borago officinalis seed oil, Butyrospermum parkii butter extract, Echinacea purpurea extract, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Cetearyl glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan gum, Caprylyl glycol, Sodium stearoyl glutamate, Aluminum stearate, Alumina, Isostearic acid, Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, Sodium glycerophosphate, Citric acid, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, CI 77491 (iron oxides), CI 77492 (iron oxides), CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), Glycine soja (soybean) oil.

Recyclable tube made using 55% recycled materials
With sustainably sourced shea butter in partnership with the Global Shea Alliance
We're certified under the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny Program


In light of the current situation, we are placing international orders on pause. Please rest assured this is a temporary measure and we’ll be letting you know as soon as there are any changes. We really appreciate your patience and understanding.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant defence face cream I am really pleased with this face cream because it suits my skin tone, which is slightly tanned. It not only provides spf25 but it also provides a light, non greasy cover to blend my skin tone and leaves a matt finish! I love it! I don't like wearing lots of make up but as I have got older I have a few facial blemishes and changes in skin tone so this gives me a perfect solution! Worth every penny to me!
Date published: 2021-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Class I am extremely happy with this 25 factor sun cream…. Beautiful texture for wearing alone or under foundation. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2021-06-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I have been using all Liz Earle products, for over 20 years and love everything. I was so looking forward to using this product, but was very disappointed! Although I’m sure there are many benefits to it, it did not perform well on my more mature skin. It was difficult to rub in and settled in the creases. Not a good look! I’m sorry, but it’s not for me.
Date published: 2021-06-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Difficult to apply. Applied this cream over several different moisturisers and found it “rolled” around and flaked. Worked best applied to clean skin but even then it was difficult to get an even finish. The aperture in the cap is too large for the liquid consistency of the cream. I think the formulation needs to improved before I would be prepared to try this product again.
Date published: 2021-06-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was so pleased to see this SPF and went out especially to purchase it. I thought it would provide a good light cover tint also but I think it adds a grey tinge to my medium toned skin! When I wear a foundation on top or even just cream bronze I find pilling occurs! I’m sure it provides protection from the sun but it makes my skin look dull and un healthy! Won’t purchase again.
Date published: 2021-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It’s like cake mixture This is really disappointing. It’s a horrible shade . I can’t imagine it suiting anyone. I used it once and it caked on my face , very unflattering.
Date published: 2021-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Messy To Use The consistency of the cream is lovely but being tinted I have found it messy to use. I put it on my face before dressing and my T-shirt suffered when I dressed. It came off on the tissue when I blew my nose. This meant my nose is somewhat more tanned than the rest of my face. I feel I would have preferred this cream of it had not been tinted.
Date published: 2021-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from reassuring protection Having very fair skin I bought this cream a few weeks ago. I like that it's tinted and can be applied after moisturiser. If I have one reservation it's that the cream is a little thin in texture, and if one applies it too quickly after moisturising it can all run together in a liquidy mess, so although I'm pleased with it and am a complete devotee of Liz Earle products I would have preferred a slightly thicker texture on the defence cream, a bit more like foundation.
Date published: 2021-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Use it sparingly I'm surprised at the mixed reviews. My skin tends to be on the dehydrated side, so I like to use an SPF and I find the cream is light to the touch and sinks in well. I use less concealer and as a non-foundation wearer I like the extra bit of cover it gives. One word of caution though - don't squeeze the tube too hard or you'll get too much - a little goes a long way.
Date published: 2021-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good protection in the sun Not noticed any difference apart from Sun protection- it goes on a bit odd Though
Date published: 2021-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Environmental defence cream mineral SPF25 I bought this on line a week ago. I have tried it twice and wasn’t very keen on the glow it left on my skin. It gave my skin a strange tint. I will use it once more and see whether to return it. I would not buy this again. I feel it’s expensive for what it is.
Date published: 2021-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product! I hadn’t intended to buy this product but had run out of facial sunscreen so it was an impulse buy whilst on the website for something else. First time I used it I was really pleased with it. I have sensitive skin and often sunscreens bring me out in pimples but this was really gentle. Since I use retinol though sunscreen is really an essential. This cream is a lovely light texture but tinted enough to provide a even coverage so I don’t have to wear foundation on days I’m just running about with the kids. I used this on a really hot sunny day at the park and it held up well in terms of skin protection. I also noticed that my skin seemed less ‘tired’ after a day out in the city. Overall I think this, though a little more pricey than what I’d usually buy, will probably go into my ‘must have’ box. TLDR: Good protective but gentle tinted sunscreen that protect from city grime and keeps skin fresh.
Date published: 2021-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I really did not like it. I am going to return this, I have chatted with my Liz Earle consultant in Boots, I find it too heavy and it seals my skin, so when it has foundation on top, I find that I am perspiring!! I have been using Liz Earle products for many years, generally always very happy.
Date published: 2021-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for sensitive skin I have been using this product for over a month now. Very easy to use and seems to be a very effective sun bloc. My only gripe is that because it is tinted and a rather pale shade care must be taken to smooth it in properly otherwise it can streak. On a positive it is excellent on my dry sensitive skin
Date published: 2021-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I bought this over a week ago very pleased I did. Overall the coverage is great goes on over my moisturiser beautifully. Would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2021-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fab cream... I bought this a week ago it is an excellent mineral sunscreen, I am giving it four stars as I wished it was an spf 30 but l do like this, I can’t wear normal sunscreens as I have very sensitive skin, no reaction whatsoever well done Liz Earle ! ❤️
Date published: 2021-06-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I’ve had my eye on this for a while but it hasn’t lived up to my expectations. I wasn’t expecting much coverage (and there isn’t) but it really doesn’t do anything to enhance my skin at all. I find it uncomfortable to wear on my skin and it seems quite drying - this is slightly better when used over moisturiser but I was hoping to be able to skip this step as I do when I wear my usual tinted moisturiser. Liz Earle have been really good about returning things in the past so I may well try and do that. I’m sorry to say I wouldn’t recommend this, despite being a huge fan of many Liz Earle products.
Date published: 2021-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight Cream I got this to slot into my routine for the protection from sun and environment. I like the texture of the cream as it’s really lightweight with a slight tint, which is a good fair colour, as some are to dark - this one is perfect for my fair skin. Sinks in easily and leaves a glow to the skin. My skin didn’t feel overloaded using this as well as botanical drops and moisturiser. A daily staple now to add into my routine.
Date published: 2021-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent purchase I am new to Liz Earl, about a year now and have purchased many of the products, slowly trying out different creams and oils, extremely pleased with all except one…one I couldn’t use as I had a reaction to. I have been looking for a new SPF , tried it and love it and it likes me . I wear contact lenses and thankfully I don’t get any irritation when I get hot as with other creams which make my eyes run . So good I bought two ad gifts one for my daughter and one for a fiend . A real must have in the handbag, I also use it on the back of my hands to stop those awful ageing spots , it won’t get rid of them but hopefully slow them down. Thank you Liz Earl, I am 57 and can’t thank you enough…,I just love your products…so excited, going to the island of White in September, hope to bust one of yr shops xx
Date published: 2021-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality product I bought this when it was first launched for myself and also family. ...4 tubes . I have since bought another 2 tubes. We all have sensitive skin and have problems with using other sun products Environmental Defence Cream is kind to the skin and protects as stated. Always use Liz Earle since it was lauched many years ago.
Date published: 2021-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I absolutely love this new product so easy to apply and gives great protection whilst looking really natural
Date published: 2021-06-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing product I purchased this yesterday as I wanted an spf to add into my normal daily skincare and make up routine. Firstly, the pot is small for the money and secondly it’s tinted which I hadn’t noticed. I am not sure why I would need a tinted spf really. I am trying to prevent caking my skin with additional colour as it had a lovely tan at this time of year. The product is quite thick and made my skin look dull and took some rubbing in. It then started to pile on my face. Now I LOVE Liz Earle having been an avid fan and customer since the mail order days when it entered the market but this product doesn’t live up to the normal standard and luxurious quality that I would expect from this brand. I will therefore be seeking an alternative SPF I am sorry to say
Date published: 2021-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Defence cream I find it a little light in shade which was a little disappointing as I wanted to wear without makeup
Date published: 2021-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daily Defence Happily trying this out for the past three weeks and enjoying the natural look as I’ve replaced my makeup for it, just ordered two more.
Date published: 2021-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Streaky and uncomfortable A couple of times I have asked people with amazing skin which face products they use and the reply is always Liz Earle! So for my birthday this year I treated myself to some moisturiser. Being a gardener I need a good SPF. On applying the cream leaves streaks which need a while to disappear, which means you have to apply it long before you go out. It also left me feeling very aware that I had cream on my face as it felt heavy. It was a relief each day to wash it off. My face also caught the sun on cloudy days in the north of Scotland. So I am very sad and disappointed. I have stopped using it and it just sits in my cupboard.
Date published: 2021-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for all skin tones I've tried this a few times but it just isn't for me. I have a fairly light Indian skin tone but the tint in this cream just greys my skin out. It also feels quite heavy and sticky on the skin which I don't find comfortable. On the plus side I think you only need a tiny amount. When I applied it after my Liz Earle moisturiser, it resulted in little bits being left on my face which was very strange. I've used alot less without moisturiser and it applied alot better. It still greys me out though and I don't like the heavy feeling so I won't be using this again. I usually love Liz Earle products so disappointing that it claims to be for all skin tones when it really isn't.
Date published: 2021-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good So far I really like this product. My only complain is that there is a lot of excess - so you have to use liz Earle (which I do) and it has to still be Linda wet on your face when you use it otherwise you get lots of excess and it sits in any creases/pore/dry skin
Date published: 2021-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely product. I love this, it smells much nicer than other face SPF products I have tried and has a slight hint of colour. Pleased to have found this. Feels slightly thick like make up but will experiment with how much is needed.
Date published: 2021-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok This pills whether or not you have a moisturiser underneath. The SPF 25 is a little less than what you’d need for daily use. However, the tint is fairly universal but wouldn’t work for deeper skin tones. It is white moisturising.
Date published: 2021-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely I really love this cream, it has a very light coverage but it feels great on the skin and gives a glowy look! I just wish there is a higher SPF option for summer months like 50 as 25 is more for the colder months.
Date published: 2021-06-02
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I have been desperate for something with an Spf and so was very excited when this came out even though it's very expensive for daily use but how can I prevent it forming rolls when I use foundation after?

Asked by: Daisie
Hello, thank you for getting in touch and for your feedback. Here are a few tips that might help make your mineral formula work for you: 1. Make sure you’re applying Environmental Defence Cream after your moisturiser – this will ensure you are protecting your skin’s natural barrier. Allowing the cream to sink in for at least 30 seconds – 1 minute can also make a big difference to how the formula sits on your skin before you apply your foundation. 2. You may find you get a better finish by applying Environmental Defence Cream to your face section by section. Dot generously onto the forehead, nose, cheeks and neck before gently blending with your fingertips one section at a time, ensuring you’re using enough cream to fully protect your skin. If you prefer an all-over approach that’s also okay – whatever works best for you! 3. Be gentle with your application. As our formula is rich in physical UV filters in powder form, over rubbing can cause a pilling effect where the minerals separate and accumulate on your skin. This can make it harder for them to blend in , especially when you’re using the defence cream before make up. 4. Check how much you’re applying – too much can lead to over rubbing and the above pilling effect may occur. We recommend using a grape sized amount to start and then determining if you need a little more or less depending on your particular skin type. We do hope this information helps. Quality and service are at the heart of everything we do, so please do not hesitate to contact our customer centre on 01983 813913 if you require any further assistance. - Liz Earle Beauty Co.
Answered by: LizEarleBeautyCo
Date published: 2021-06-15

Does the Environmental Defence Cream SPF25 provide protection equivalent to regular SPF25 sunscreen - or is it necessary to wear sunscreen as well?

Asked by: Caren
Hello, thank you for getting in touch. Our Environmental defence cream is designed to be perfect for all year round protection. It is a 3-in-1 protection designed for your day to day protection needs as 90% of sun exposure happens in daily life- this include cloud cover- not just sunny days. We recommend reapplying Environmental Defence Cream at least once during a regular day, similar to how you may top up your make up at lunchtime. However on hotter days, or when you know your skin will be more exposed, we recommend reapplying more often while also wearing a wide brim hat. Remember, our formula is designed to protect skin from a range of everyday environmental aggressors, such as UV rays, blue light and pollution, but should not be used to protect skin while sunbathing. If you were intentionally exposing yourself in an environment much stronger than the UK sun, we would always advise a higher SPF specifically designed for Sun protection as opposed to an all round protection product. I do hope this information helps. – Liz Earle Beauty Co.
Answered by: LizEarleBeautyCo
Date published: 2021-06-15
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