My go-to face sunscreen for outdoor activities is VMV Hypoallergenics’ Armada Sport 70, but my huge bottle (which has seen me through many beach trips) expired recently and so I finally got to put the Bioderma Photoderm Ultra-Fluid SPF 50+ (1,316.00 Php) to the test.
I took it with me on a recent trip to Mt. Batulao in Batangas, where my view looked a little something like this:Photos really don’t do it justice (plus this one is overexposed), but you can tell just how much we were exposed to the sun as we walked along the ridge of the mountain for the majority of the climb. This was our view on the way up…… and this was the view from the top. It was my first mountain climbing experience and I loved every minute of it. I had planned on taking photos of the tube of sunblock while up there, but it completely slipped my mind. Blogger fail! I don’t know how others manage to do it. I was just trying not to fall off the mountain, haha. But anyway, I can still report about how the sunscreen performed.
The Photoderm range is pretty wide, including sunblocks in a variety of consistencies and different sun protection factors. The Ultra-Fluid (what I have) is supposed to be colourless upon application, leaving no white traces, no greasy effect, and should dry to a matte finish. It guarantees optimum UVA/UVB protection against the harmful effects of the sun (sunburn, sun intolerance, etc.).
Let me begin with what I like best about the product: the packaging. I love that the tube is nice and sleek and that the tip of the applicator is slim. When the cover is on, there is no leakage of product whatsoever. I also really like that it’s orange–I didn’t have a hard time finding this isn my bag. Performance-wise, it was excellent. My face did not burn even after around 5 total hours of exposure to the sun. I just wish they hadn’t promised that it leaves “no white traces” and dries down “matte.” It does neither of those things. It did, however, sit comfortably on my skin and the white film goes away after maybe half an hour. I might also have applied it heavily, but I really didn’t want to burn.
The Ultra-Fluid is a great sunscreen for outdoor activities. I can’t help but compare it to my beloved Armada Sport 70, which has a higher SPF and is even more comfortable to wear (gel-like texture as opposed to a heavy liquid), but I can’t complain at all because it did the job well without irritating my skin. I’m curious to try other products from the same range as (again) there are so many other consistencies and SPF to choose from. On that front at least, it looks like they beat out VMV. It’s also worth noting that this Bioderma sunscreen is more affordable than Armada Sport 70.
Bioderma is available at major Watsons branches and SM Beauty Halls.
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