Bioderma Photoderm Max Sun Milk SPF100 (100ML) Very High Protection
Photoderm MAX Fluid SPF 100 is a thinner, more lotion-like version of Bioderma’s Photoderm MAX Cream SPF 100. Other than being better for normal to combination skin, the same review applies (Bioderma’s sunscreens are very repetitive).
The higher SPF rating here doesn’t get you better protection, just longer protection. You still need to reapply every couple hours if you’re in direct sun and after swimming, perspiring, or toweling off. See More Info to learn of the greater risk of irritation presented by sunscreens with ultra-high SPF ratings.
Otherwise, this fragrance-free sunscreen, which can be used on the face or body, provides broad-spectrum protection and reliable UVA screening (critical for anti-aging benefits) from avobenzone (listed as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane) and two types of Tinosorb (listed as methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol and bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine). Tinosorb is a UVA-protecting sunscreen ingredient approved for use throughout Europe, but not yet in the United States—although why it’s not approved in the United States is a good question, as it’s been safely used for years in many other parts of the world. Technically, Bioderma shouldn’t sell it in the United States, but, in this case, flying under the radar isn’t a bad thing for your skin.
This is easy to apply and leaves a light finish, but you don’t get much else beyond the sun protection. Although the formula contains antioxidants, they’re listed after the skin irritant denatured alcohol, so their benefit for skin is likely negligible. We doubt the amount of alcohol is high enough to be cause for concern, but it could increase the sensitizing potential of the sunscreen ingredients.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Contains more alcohol than beneficial antioxidants and water-binding agents.
- The amount of synthetic sunscreen ingredients can be sensitizing for many skin types.
More Info:It is worth mentioning that mineral-based sunscreens, which contain only titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, pose minimal risk of irritation. On the other hand, sunscreens that contain synthetic sunscreen ingredients do pose a risk of irritation. This is especially true as the SPF number increases because it requires more of those ingredients to reach the higher SPF rating. Sunscreens with synthetic actives can be a problem especially for use around the eyes or if you have sensitive skin. Irritation from synthetic active ingredients (such as avobenzone, homosalate, oxybenzone, or octinoxate) won’t happen to everyone; rather, it’s a potential issue to pay attention to when applying sunscreens in general, but in particular those with high SPF ratings.Jar Packaging: NoTested on animals: Yes
- Photoderm MAX offers real internal biological protection
- Activates the skin’s natural defenses, protects from risks of cellular damage
- Guarantees optimum UVA/UVB protection
- Photoderm max guarantees double protection by combining anti UVA-UVB and cellular Bio protection.
- Maximum sun protection.