DermaSeries Dry Skin Relief Replenishing Face Cream SPF 15
Dove's DermaSeries Dry Skin Relief Replenishing Face Cream SPF 15 is one of those products that has some positive things going for it, but unfortunately makes some formulary missteps that knock it out of contest for being among the best.
Things start off on the right foot: This sunscreen in a pump is fragrance free and has a lotion texture that's emollient and hydrating, great for the dry skin it's intended to treat. While it feels moisturizing, it isn't overly emollient, and looks good on skin both on its own and under makeup.
It provides broad-spectrum sun protection as claimed, but that's where the problems start. It's only rated to SPF 15, and health boards and experts around the globe agree that SPF 30 or greater is what's required for optimal sun protection (see More Info for details).
Additionally, this formula lacks the amounts of antioxidants that a top-tier sunscreen needs to boost its SPF and really make it a product worthy of your time.
While not a bad option from an esthetics standpoint, you'll find far better on our list of Best Moisturizers with SPF.
- Emollient lotion hydrates dry skin.
- Non-greasy formula looks good on its own or under makeup.
- Fragrance free.
- SPF 15 is below global standards for optimal sun protection.
- Lacks a robust mix of antioxidants to boost its SPF.
Sunscreens Rated Lower than an SPF 30: An extensive body of research and a growing number of medical organizations around the world have determined that a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater is mandatory to ensure adequate sun protection.
Although a sunscreen rated lower than 30 will provide protection at the SPF number on the label and may claim broad-spectrum protection, we always point out when it does not have a rating of SPF 30 or greater because that's so important for the health and appearance of your skin.
References for this information:
Journal of Clinical Oncology, September 2016, ePublication
Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, August 2014, pages 212–219
The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, September 2012, pages 18–23
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, Supplemental, pages S149–S154
Strengths: Inexpensive; available in every major drugstore and mass-market store; some very good body washes.
Weaknesses: The Beauty Bars are not as bad as true soaps, but all bar cleansers present problems for skin.
From its beginnings in the 1940s with its still-available original Beauty Bar, Dove has expanded and the curiously curtailed its selection of skin-care products to the point where their facial care offerings are back to nothing more than bar cleansers.
Although their Beauty Bars have their share of problems (such as containing drying ingredients and not rinsing well), they're better than traditional bar soap. However, if you can get past your propensity for bar cleansers, neighboring lines at the drugstore offer better, gentler, water soluble cleansers (the kind Dove has offered in the past).
Where Dove holds sway at the drugstore is with its vast selection of body washes. Although the formulas often differ only by fragrance, for the most part they are excellent, affordable options, especially for normal to dry skin. The body washes in their men's line aren't quite as elegant as those in the main line, and guys should know their skin will do just fine with Dove's regular body washes.
Note: All Dove products contain fragrance unless otherwise noted.
For more information about Dove, call (800) 761-3683 or visit www.dove.com.
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