Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF 50+ Cream
For most of my life I was blissfully unaware of the complicated world of sunscreens. I should have been using it anyway but the development of photosensitivity means I now have no choice but to find a sunscreen that suits my dry and sensitive skin, irritable eyes and brown complexion.
Coming up will be several sunscreen reviews on Beauty Literate. Let's start with the Bioderma Max Photoderm SPF 50+ Creme, the sunscreen that quickly taught me how frustrating and money-wasting this journey would be.
Out of the many SPF 50 sunscreens I looked at this was one of the very few that contained no alcohol and no fragrance. It also claims to have an "invisible texture" - saying the cream "melts into skin ... without whitemarks". Hydrating and water-resistant to boost. All these promises came in a 40ml tube at £10.88 (£0.27 per ml).
Upon first application, I cried. Literally. The initial sting went away quickly but the stream of tears continued for a good half hour. The second time I did not apply it around the eye area but it still snuck up in there when I blended some concealer in and the streaming ruined my makeup. I know now that chemical sunscreens are widely guilty of stinging eyes and so people often avoid using them around the eye area but what is the point of formulating a sunscreen that you cannot use to protect the most delicate skin on your face?
As for the rest of the face, Photoderm Max fairs no better. It imparts a white cast that is most unattractive and means I don't want to use this tube on my face. Cover it with foundation you say? I tried but my makeup broke down into patches. Even more annoying, after each use, I had a painful spot of the blind kind that does not come to a head. This is no mean feat given my skin has become so dry I haven't had a spot in years.
The formula is for certain moisturising and felt comfortable on eczema patches which I appreciate but there is a very high level of shine that goes with it. The sunscreen aspect is powerful and it did fully protect my skin in strong sunlight for a good couple of hours. But with all the problems this product gives me I just don't want it anywhere near me!
✔ Chemical Octocrylene, Bisoctrizole (Nano), Avobenzone, Tinosorb S | ✘ Mineral | ✔ Fragrance Free | ✔ Alcohol Free | ✔ Whitecast | ✔ Moisturising | ✔ Eye Irritation | ✘ Face Irritation | ✔ Blemishes
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