Hi! I think it would be great if you did a review of the Actinica Galderma sunscreen. I have a feeling this product may become more popular as more and more people are becoming concerned about sun protection. I find it effective, but I’m confused about whether it’s actually better than regular sunscreen. Best regards, Ellen — P.S. Your blog is my favourite!
Dear Ellen,Actinica Galderma sunscreen is a cult favorite amongst skincare fanatics because it boasts a very high SPF (50+), has a rather lightweight texture, and absorbs into the skin fairly quickly.
The secret behind Actinica Galderma sunscreen is an ingredient called Tinosorb S. Known chemically by the INCI name Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Tinosorb S. It is not just a physical sunscreen that prevents UV rays from hitting the skin, or just a chemical sunscreen that prevents transmitted rays from damaging the skin, but instead, Tinosorb S is both, shielding and protecting the skin. Pretty incredible!
Tinosorb is highly photostable, retaining its levels of UV protection even after exposure to UV rays. Yet, the best part of Tinosorb is that it is the most effective UV protection available for both UVA and UVB rays, according to a 2007 study published in the European journal Pharmazie.
Based on current studies, it does not seem that long-term exposure to Tinosorb has any damaging effects, nor does it seem that irritation is common.
Tinosorb S is available in Actinica Galderma sunscreen, whereas Tinosorb M is available in some Avene sunscreens. Tinosorb S is photostable, and Tinosorb M is typically found in sunscreens with other sun-shielding ingredients to provide further stabilization (Pharmzie). Typically, you only need one or the other.
The only detriment to this phenomenal sunscreen is that Tinosorb has not yet acquired US FDA approval, as the process takes longer in the U.S. than in Europe, Asia, or Canada. You have to buy it overseas or from third-party sellers on Amazon or eBay.
Other than the fact that it’s relatively hard to come by, I personally really like Actinica Galderma sunscreen, and I do highly recommend it.
Got questions? Let me know! Email me at nicki[at]futurederm[dot]com.
All the best,