I have to use sunscreen daily because my face is really photosensitive. Sometimes, even with an SPF 50 on, I can feel the burn and that is just from standing near a window in my office. It is really troublesome just to make sure I have sunscreen on any exposed part of my body everyday or I'll pay for it later with a stinging pain on my skin. The upside to this is that I have very few wrinkles for being 45 as I've had to religiously wear sunscreen since I was in my late teens (when the world started realising the problem with the Ozone layer).
In recent years, I've realised that all SPF 50 sunscreen are not created equal because there is this thing called the PPD that rates UVA rays (the ones that really damage the underlying layers of your skin and causes hyperpigmentation and wrinkles). So now, I only buy SPF 50 sunscreens with a high PPD.
This product has neither SPF or PPD ratings. It's the most expensive sunscreen I have ever owned (costs around 55 pounds). It is a rich cream that takes a while to absorb and can sometimes sting a litle if it migrates into my eyes. It doesn't contain alcohol which is usually present in Japanese sunscreens (most have a PPD rating of 10 to 12). It can feel quite heavy if your skin is oily.
I find it effective in that I didn't burn at all when I used this. I think the rich texture makes it water resistant to perspiration and such because it stayed effective even through dabbings with a hanky. Did it remove some hyperpigmentation I have on my cheeks? I can't tell since I've been using my Talika duo and that has really faded the spots I had. Will I repurchase? Most likely not as I have found a terrifc replacement, the Bioderma PhotodermSPOT SPF 50/PPD 38 (that's very high UVA protection - this is the sunscreen recommended for people who have had Laser treament done). It has the same texture and is a fraction of the cost (14 pounds).
I used this after my morning cleansing with either micellar water with a cotton pad or Elave cleansing cream wiped off with a damp muslin cloth, depending on how my skin was feeling that morning. I did not use a separate moisturiser either under or over it and I would class my skin as normal tending to combination at the moment.
While this may be a good product for some, unfortunately it doesn't suit me. It has quite a light fluid and runny texture, but unfortunately, in order to use the recommended 1 teaspoon for face, I find myself absolutely slobbered in this stuff. It doesn't appear to sink in sufficiently well for me and leaves a white cast with a sticky residue. Neither does it dry sufficiently before I apply my liquid foundation (although I do find that this does not pill under my foundation). It may suit some who use a powder foundation, but for this reason, it didn't turn out to be a good "everyday" sunscreen for me.
Mild sun-damage pigmentation on my upper cheekbones has neither improved nor worsened during my time using this, but for that reason I don't feel the "photo reverse" claim is justified.
As it's so expensive for what it is, I'm currently using this up at weekends on days that I don't plan on leaving the house.
I managed to brag a sample of this (enough to last 2 weeks). I went out in the sun and after using this have noticed that my freckles havent come out...yippee!!!
I went shopping on a sunny day without this on my face and my freckles started to become more prominent (even though I was in and out of shops most of the time)..following day I put this on and spent all day in the sun and my freckles didn't darken.
It is slightly greasy upon application but soon sinks into the skin. It doesnt leave a white film and although its pricey a little goes a long way and if it's going to keep my freckles at bay then it's money well spent as far as I'm concerned.
I absolutely love this stuff. I love the texture, and I'm pleased about how emollient it is. It does leave my face a bit shiny, but there's no white cast which is great. I just let it sink in and then put my powder on over it.
I'm gobsmacked by the insane price, but I will probably keep purchasing if I can find a way to have it shipped to North America.
I'll update my review as spring and summer progresses to document how it improves my skin tone and sun spots.
INSTITUT ESTHEDERM - PHOTO REVERSE "Peau Hyper Pigmentée Fluide Anti-Tache Ultra haute Protection"
PRICE: 64 Euros
I love this Sunscreen, itīs sold at a place where I am staying right now. But has many cons like I have no Idea the SPF or PPD as itīs not labelled on the Box or anywhere to be seen. Yet as far as I can see there are both Tinosorbs high up on the list and Avobenzone. Itīs sold like a Sunscreen: On their Website itīs the most protective Sunscreen and itīs waterproff and sweat proof too.
The texture is beautiful, really nice although the finish has a bit of a white cast that disappears in a while, itīs much more legant than my current Sunscreen La Roche Posay Extreme Fluid SPF50+(PPD28). It doesnīt have Fragrance either which makes this even more appealing to me but the price is really insane. For 50 ml. to pay 64 Euros is too much. Specially since I have no idea of the SPF-PPD of this. Will check if I can found out and will edited the post :) or email the Company if they can let me know the SPF-PPD numbers :)
INGREDIENTS: Aqua/ Water. Dicaprylyl Carbonate (.good emollient and does not leave an oily film on the skin) Octocrylene (organic compound can penetrate into the skin where it acts as a photosensitizer). Methylene Bis-Benzotriazoyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (TINOSORB M). Butyl Methoxydibenzoneylmethane (AVOBENZONE), Dipropylene Glycol. Bis-Ethylhexyloxphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (TINOSORB S). Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier, humectant (moisture retainer), and moisturizer), Hydroxypropyl Dimethicone ,Behenate, PEG100 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Artemia Extract (It activates cell functions, as well as protects the DNA from UV-B), Carnosine (is an active anti-aging substance), Algae Extract, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate (,acidity regulator ) Hexapeptide-2, Decyl Glyucoside, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, C20-22 Alcohols, Xantam Gum, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlophenesin, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide.