There’s nothing quite like a warm ray of sunshine on your face. Sun exposure has many health benefits: increased vitamin D synthesis; a boost for the immune system; the creation of melatonin, the feel-good hormone.

However, these benefits make it easy to forget the potential negative effects of the sun on the skin, due to UVB (B for burning) and UVA (A for ageing) rays. This is where BIODERMA comes in.

For over 40 years, Photoderm has protected all skin types with its double protective formula, combining external protection (filters) against UVA/UVB rays with our Cellular Bioprotection™ patent to reinforce skin’s natural internal defences facing the sun.

While we consider all ecosystems with which a suncare product will come into contact, the first ecosystem is that of our skin. Our first criteria when developing our sun care range is to ensure its safety and effectiveness on all types of skin, particularly sensitive skin.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and indicates the level of protection against UVB rays that cause burns. The higher the SPF, the greater the photoprotective action.

  • SPF 30 provides high protection
  • SPF 50+ is considered to be very high protection.

However, even the highest SPF does not protect your skin 100%.

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The ideal SPF for you depends on many factors: age, natural skin tone, tendency to burn, etc.

  • If you have pale & sensitive skin, if your skin is prone to redness or has a high tendency to burn, or if you haven’t spent time in the sun yet this season: choose SPF50+
  • If choosing a sunscreen for kids, choose SPF 50+
  • If you have a naturally darker skin tone, if you tan easily with a low tendency to burn, or if you’ve already spent time in the sun this season, you can choose SPF30.
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Sun protections usually contain multiple filters, to provide maximum protection. Each filter has a specific purpose, to block either short or long UVA rays, UVB rays, or both.

There are two types of filters to block these UV rays: chemical filters or mineral sunscreens.    

1. Chemical filters are chemical molecules that absorb UV rays, to prevent the skin from absorbing them itself. They provide very effective protection against UV rays.

There are about thirty chemical filters on the market, but at BIODERMA we have decided to choose only around ten of them that are both skin-friendly and environmentally friendly.

2. Mineral filters sit on the surface of the skin to reflect the sun’s rays away like a mirror. Due to this, they are also known as a physical sunscreen.

Mineral filters have a powdery texture and have been found in our studies to help decrease sebum, making them ideal in sunscreen for oily or acne-prone skin, as well as allergy-friendly, as they are better tolerated by very sensitive or allergy-prone skin than other filters.

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On the face, sunscreen must be applied as the last step in your skincare routine. It should be reapplied every two hours, making sure to apply enough to cover your skin and guarantee the product’s effectiveness.

After applying sunscreen, you can then apply your usual makeup. Many Photoderm sunscreens for face products are excellent make-up bases!

Body sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before sun exposure, and always reapply after swimming, sweating, or every 2 hours.

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Your skin has powerful natural defences against external aggressors like the sun, notably the production of melanin, which is itself a filter against UVB rays. Unfortunately, these can sometimes prove insufficient on their own.

Most sunscreens are developed solely for external protection. BIODERMA goes beyond the ordinary sun care promise, to go beyond filters and reinforce these natural protective mechanisms in the skin.

All our sunscreens are formulated with our Cellular BioprotectionTM patent, the 1st patent with proven action on the skin’s natural defences against the sun. This unique biological protection wakes up the skin cells to boost their own self-defence mechanisms facing the sun and allow them to better resist sun damage.

In clinical trials conducted on sensitive skin, determining Photoderm’s effectiveness was our priority. These tests were carried out under dermatological supervision, to ensure the safety of the sunscreen for sensitive skin, and pediatric supervision, to ensure the safety of the sunscreen for children. We called upon independent laboratories, for objective results that truly prove the efficacy of our sunscreen for the body and face.

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At BIODERMA, we are committed to creating dermatologist-grade sunscreen that respects all ecosystems with which it comes into contact: skin, but also oceans, rivers and lakes.

Ingredients like silicones and certain filters, such as octinoxate and oxybenzone can be harmful to marine life, especially corals. But it’s not only corals that are affected by not using eco-friendly sunscreen - other major aquatic populations such as freshwater plankton, Posidonia, and algae, in general, are all subject to the harmful effects of toxic sunscreens. At BIODERMA we do not use these ingredients and we test both our ingredients and final formulas to make sure they are not toxic for aquatic ecosystems.

 

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Suncare

Sun protection

The Photoderm range

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Are you looking for the safest sun product for children, the highest SPF, or the best sun cream for your skin? 

Bioderma’s solution: Photoderm, a full range of sun products for all types of skin and sensitivity to the sun. Prevention of skin reactions including allergies to the sun or chemical filters, sun protection for sensitive skin, sunscreen for kids, specific sun protection for oily to acne-prone skin, dry skin or hyperpigmented skin...

  • Classic protection

    Normal to combination skin

    Cellular bioprotection patent

    Photoderm MAX Aquafluide SPF 50+

    Very high sun protection as light as water, with a dry touch finish.

    For whom ?

    Adults, Adolescents

  • Specific protection

    Sensitive to redness-prone skin

    Cellular bioprotection patent

    Photoderm AR SPF 50+

    Very high protection, anti-redness and unifying.

    For whom ?

    Adults, Adolescents

  • Specific protection

    Sunspots, dark spots, photoageing Following dermatological treatments

    Cellular bioprotection patent

    Photoderm SPOT-AGE SPF 50+

    Antioxidant boosted suncare, reduces spots and wrinkles.

    For whom ?

    Adults

  • Specific protection

    Combination to oily skin Acne-prone skin

    Cellular bioprotection patent

    Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 30

    High protection anti-blemish efficacy.

    For whom ?

    Adults, Adolescents

  • Classic protection

    Sensitive skin

    Cellular bioprotection patent

    Photoderm MAX Spray SPF 50+

    Very high protection in easy-spreading texture.

    For whom ?

    For all the family (children older than 12 months)

  • Classic protection

    Sensitive skin

    Cellular bioprotection patent

    Photoderm MAX Spray SPF 50+

    Very high protection in easy-spreading texture.

    For whom ?

    For all the family (children older than 12 months)

  • Classic protection

    Sensitive skin

    Cellular bioprotection patent

    Photoderm MAX Brume solaire SPF 50+

    Very high protection without spreading.

    For whom ?

    For all the family (children older than 3 years)

  • Classic protection

    Sensitive skin Tanning sun protection

    Photoderm BRONZ Huile sèche SPF 50+

    The first dry SPF 50+ suntan oil which activates and prolongs the natural tan.

    For whom ?

    Adults