Sunscreen -Bioderma - Photoderm MAX Lait SPF 50 PPD 35
sf_femme 2/26/2008 2:46:00 AM
I wanted to like this so badly. I had been using Anthelios religiously for some time when I first came across this product on the le guide sante site, where I usually get my Anthelios. After researching tinosorb and discovering that Bioderma was supposedly a more effective shield against UVA, I decided to switch my order to Bioderma instead. The test run was at the beach in June with a high reflective factor. Despite reapplying the Bioderma every two hours as instructed, my face got a lot of spots during that trip (I'm prone to freckling). Unfortunately, I bought so much of it that I had to continue using it for the next seven months. It does provide some measure of protection, and it doesn't break me out or irritate me too severely. Nonetheless, I will not repurchase when my supply finally runs out. what I don't like: - It feels unstable, not lasting, doesn't stay put. The texture is very thin, but oily. Drying, but shiny. - Whatever the supposed protection factor is, my skin has gotten spotted and freckled in the months that I have used Bioderma. Overall my skin tone has gone from being clear and radiant to splotchy, freckled, and dull while using this product consistently for almost eight months. (switching to this product was the only change in my skin care routine.) - It stings my eyes if the smallest bit gets in them. If I accidentally rub my eyes at any point in the day, they become irritated, red, and teary for the rest of the day. Now that I am finally almost to the point when I can order something else, I am going to err on the side of caution and order a small amount at first.
Sunscreen -La Roche Posay - Anthelios XL SPF 60 Fluide Extreme
sf_femme 11/28/2006 8:05:00 PM
I've tried the Anthelios XL, Vichy 40 spray, and Ombrelle 60, 30, and 45 products, and I have to say that this sunscreen is my least favorite of all of the Mexoryl products I've tried. Unlike other reviewers, I don't mind the shininess factor of Mexoryl sunscreens, because I know that I will have to use a powder over a mexoryl sunblock. What I don't like about this is that it's too thin, and feels like it's running off my face. It just doesn't feel like enough of a protective barrier to me when it's really sunny out. And the alcohol in it is drying and irritating to my skin. I mean, is it too much to ask for a sunscreen that doesn't clog my pores OR have a ton of alcohol? This stuff isn't so pore-clogging that I can't use it at all, but I have noticed a measurable decline in my skin quality (and rise in acne flare ups) since I started using it. Won't repurchase. I wish I could go back to XL, but it seems like they've changed the formula and made it comedogenic. Why? Why?!!