I’ve been getting a lot of sun this summer. A little too much, in fact. I’ve even started to get a little paranoid about inadequate sun protection. In 2 weeks, Mr. Beauty Nerd and I are heading off to sunny Mayan Riviera and I’m going to need all the sun protection I can get. Lucky for me, I’ve got my hands on Bioderma’s line of Photoderm sunscreens with SPF protection as high as 60!
Unlike most, I’m really not a fan of the whole tanning thing – knowing full well the harmful and aging effects on the skin. I’m much more of a self-tanner kind of gal. Even if I don’t get ANY colour because I’m using an SPF as high as 60 – I’m completely OK with that. While I love the Bioderma Photoderm sunscreens, they did seem a little difficult to navigate – I had a little trouble deciphering one from the other… so after a little reading, I thought I would save you the leg work and give you a brief breakdown:
The Photoderm Cream SPF 60 for face provides ‘maximum protection’ for normal/dry skin types. If you’re extremely fair and have freckles, you’re going to want to use this one. It does feel a bit heavy on, so I wouldn’t recommend this one if you’re combo or oily. The formula is also fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Want to head off to the beach? No problem – it’s also water resistant. Retails for $20.
The Photoderm Milk SPF 60 for body is meant for all skin types. It basically has all the same properties as the Photoderm Cream for face, except the texture is a lot more fluid and spreadable. Retails for $28.
The Photoderm Spray SPF 40 (I didn’t take an individual picture for this one) can be used on both face and body and is suitable for all skin types. It has all the same properties as the other 2 sunscreens, except that the SPF level is a little lower, enabling you to get a bit of colour. I’m a fan of the sprays because they seem to disperse the product over a wider surface area quicker. Retails for $32.
The Photoderm After-Sun is what you use if you have after-sun remorse. Whether the sun dehydrates, overheats or burns your skin, you should be reaching for this tube to instantly soothe. You can use it for both face and body. And…for all you sun worshippers out there, you’ll be happy to hear that it claims to prolong your tan. Retails for $25.
I’m almost tempted to bring all 4 products on my trip, but I know it’s a little impractical. Hmm… how can I decide which one of these babies gets to join me on the beach?