Safe to say that I think the new Bioderma Photoderm sunscreen prevented me from tanning at all while I was in Hawaii. Goddamn you Bioderma for your effectiveness! Normally, I try not to tan as I'm freakishly paranoid about hyper-pigmentation, but when one goes on a sunny vacation where the weather is absolutely perfect and 30 degrees, one would like a bit of a golden glow so as to brag to sad coworkers once one returns. So thanks a lot Bioderma for ensuring my skin stayed protected day in, day out while I was away.
Anyways, here's the breakdown on these two products:
Bioderma Photoderm Spray SPF 40
What it is: A sunscreen spray designed for sensitive skin and formulated with SPF 40 to protect against UVA and UVB rays. What also makes this sunscreen unique is its patented Cellular Bioprotection complex which stimulates skin's natural defenses against sun damage. The Photoderm Spray is also non-comedogenic, so it can be used on both face and body, and is also hypoallergenic and waterproof (although it doesn't state waterproof on the bottle, it does claim this on the website).
What's in it:
- chemical sunscreens - 8% octocrylene, 6% bisoctrizole (aka tinosorb m), 4.5% avobenzone
- dicaprylyl carbonate - a "dry" emollient in that it leaves skin feeling velvety and not greasy
- denatured alcohol - a solvent
- hydroxypropyl dimethicone behenate - an emollient
My take: The first thing I noticed about this spray is its scent. Unlike the majority of sunscreens out there, the Bioderma Photoderm Spray actually smells pleasant! It has a light citrus scent that is summery, but not so beachy that you couldn't wear it in winter. The Photoderm Spray dispenses more like a squirt than a fine mist, but since you need to massage this in anyways, I don't find that an issue. Although it comes out white, this spray doesn't leave any white cast on the skin so you can safely use it on your face as well. The Photoderm Spray feels light and lightly moisturizing, but never heavy. It also didn't leave me looking super slick like some sunscreens do. I would definitely recommend this for anything from daily use to beach vacations!
Final Verdict: Buy
What it is: An after-sun protecting and repairing moisturizer. The Photoderm After-Sun Milk contains natural extracts like gingko biloba and shea, as well a host of other moisturizers to soothe skin that's been dried out after a long day in the sun. This moisturizer hydrates and activates skin's natural defenses to repair cell damage.
What's in it:
- mineral oil - an emollient
- glycerin - a humectant
- sorbitan stearate - an emulsifier that helps thicken creams
- cyclopentasiloxane - a silicon that helps products apply smoothly while plumping up skin temporarily
My take: The Photoderm After-Sun Milk comes in a generous 200 ml flip-top bottle and has the same light scent as the Photoderm Spray. The After-Sun Milk feels cooling and refreshing while giving skin an immediate hydration boost. This lotion spreads easily and absorbs quickly, making it really nice when you're on the go while travelling. I've actually been using this as my daily body lotion ever since I came back and it works great as an everyday product and not just for after-sun care. Supposedly, regular use of the After-Sun Milk will help preserve your tan longer, but since I have no tan, I can't really tell if that is true or not! To be honest, I don't see much difference between this and using any body lotion for your after sun needs, so I wouldn't bother stocking up on this in addition to your regular lotion.
Final Verdict: Buy
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