Dermatologist Solutions Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Dermatologist Solutions Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ is an interesting option for those with oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin. The titanium dioxide based formula absorbs quickly, leaving a soft matte finish—but its tint can be hit or miss.
Housed in an opaque bottle, the fluid formula is a breeze to blend. While its texture meshes seamlessly with skin, not everyone will be a fan of the slightly ashen beige tint. In our experience, it sheered out enough that the tint was hardly detectable, but that will vary depending on your natural skin color—we suggest getting a sample to try it before you buy. If you plan to wear foundation over it, the tint will be too faint to show through, so no worries there.
The weightless formula wears comfortably (no greasy feel—great for those prone to breakouts) and is absorbent enough to help hold back shine, at least temporarily.
What's great about titanium dioxide as the sole sunscreen active is twofold: It provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection to decrease the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging, and it's gentle on sensitive skin. We also appreciate that the formula is fragrance free, which benefits all skin types.
Overall, Dermatologist Solutions Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ earns our praise as a good facial sunscreen for the tricky to please skin types of oily, acne-prone, and sensitive. If the tint were more universally flattering and if Kiehl's had added some additional antioxidants (beyond the vitamin E that's already included) it would have earned our top rating!
- Provides mineral-based, broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Lightweight, fluid formula absorbs quickly and wears comfortably for oily/acne-prone skin.
- Soft matte finish, helps hold back shine.
- Great fragrance free sunscreen for sensitive skin.
- Not everyone will be a fan of the slightly ashen beige tint.
Kiehls has been around for quite some time, with its origins in a New York City-based pharmacy established in 1851. The brand is perhaps best known for its apothecary-style packaging and its best-selling (and celebrity favorite) Lip Balm #1.
Though the brand claims its products are made with the finest naturally-derived ingredients, most of its formulations include synthetically-produced ingredients as well. Like most skincare companies the line contains both good and not-so-great offerings; Kiehls main misstep is that many of its products contain fragrance ingredients that could irritate skin, particularly sensitive skin.
Note: Kiehl's is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Kiehl's does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
For more information about Kiehl's, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.
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