Ok, so I’m not going to lie; it took some doing to drag me away from my beloved Elizabeth Arden Great Eight to test some new sunscreen, but for Dermaceutic, I was willing to do it.
I had two to try; Derma Defense Daily Defense Cream SPF50 and Sun Ceutic 50+ Age Defense Sun Protection. While they are both sunscreens, they offer slightly different benefits.
I’ll start with the Derma Defense Daily Defense Cream SPF50 (R520). This is a 3-in-1 tinted moisturiser, which offers hydration, antioxidant protection and UV filters. It also contains licorice extract to help with uneven skin tone.
I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks, and am happy to report that it is a great addition to a daily routine. I still apply Vitamin C underneath, which it doesn’t react with – many sunscreens pill with antioxidant serums, but this one doesn’t.
It is available in two shades: light and medium. I use the light, and I doubt the medium would suit anything darker than an olive skin, sadly. It only offers a light veil of colour; so if you want full coverage, apply your foundation over the top.
The Sun Ceutic 50+ Age Defense Sun Protection (R670) feels like a more targeted sun protection product than the Daily Defense Cream. It contains physical filters in the form of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It’s interesting to note that zinc oxide is the only ingredient known to offer protection against visible light, so good to have it included.
This formula is, understandably, thicker and takes a bit more work to blend into the skin. It comes in a universal shade that they say is for all skin tones, but I have my doubts on very dark skin – there will probably be some ashiness from the zinc oxide.
Having said that, it does work with my skin tone, and it definitely does an incredible job at protecting the skin. I tested it on one of those unbearably hot days and we were at a friend’s birthday lunch that had been organised to be outdoors (argh!). It didn’t run or curdle on my sin, and my skin actually felt protected the whole time I was outside.
The formula also contains hyaluronic acid and aloe vera to increase hydration and reduce inflammation. An ingredient they call Stem Cell Stimulator has also been included to, with continued use, help restore the epidermis and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
I use this on days when I know I’m going to be outside a lot – I personally find the formula a little too thick for daily wear, but as I said, I’m used to my super-lightweight Great Eight.
You can buy Dermaceutic online from Skin Miles here.