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Review: Eucerin Sun Cream [Dry Skin] SPF 50+

I have recently gone on a sunscreen “European Tour” since my recent move across the Atlantic. I decided to try a few European drugstore options since I only had ever sample Korean sun care before & I heard great things about Eucerin sunscreens online. I did a superficial comparison of my sunscreen collection  earlier this summer, but now it is time to delve deeper into the individual sunscreens & Eucerin Sun Cream for Dry Skin is the first on the chopping block!

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Eucerin was established as a brand in 1900 by dermatologist, Dr. Isaac Lifschuetz. The German company is known for designing simple products for sensitive skin. The company is currently owned by Beiersdorf AG, which has historically been a respectable organization. The board had Jewish members during Nazi Germany that the company helped flee the country & produced Nazi-free advertising during the era. The company refused to lay-off a single worker during the Great Depression from 1930-1933 as well.

Most of the sustainability efforts are seen through the parent-company. Beiersdorf has a “We Care” campaign that is designed to show corporate transparency, environmental impact efforts & future sustainability goals. The company uses sustainable ingredients & supply chains, they are currently developing alternative product packaging to become more sustainable. Most of the charity campaigns occur through Nivea, which focuses on higher education access for children & mothers. You can find their 2015 sustainability review & 2020 sustainability goals here.

PURPOSE

This is a chemical sunscreen that offers UVA & UVB protection. It is strong enough for normal daily activities, but does not claim to be waterproof or sweat resistant. This is a moisturizing sunscreen designed for dry skin.

ROUTINE PLACEMENT

This type of product is for AM routines only & it would be applied towards the end of a skincare routine. There is some debate whether chemical sunscreens should be applied before or after moisturizer, certain chemical sunscreen compounds are shown to be activated by skin contact & recommended to be applied before moisturizer.

My perspective with sunscreen, as well as most skincare: Do not get overwhelmed with routine order, it is probably better to have the product on your face than not at all. So this sunscreen will either be the last or 2nd to last step in your routine!

APPLICATION

Texture

This is one of my least favorite aspects of this sunscreen, which there are many as you will see throughout this post. I have used cream sunscreen before, my Holy Grail is a lotion sunscreen. I did anticipate a thick consistency, but this product was thicker than most moisturizers & sleeping packs I have used.

It is an oddly chunky formula as well, I frequently refer to this sunscreen as clotted cream or cottage cheese. You really have to “man-handle” the sunscreen for an even application. It is a white formula with yellow undertones.

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White Cast

Reference: My MAC shade is NC20

Absolutely no white cast! However, the finish on this sunscreen is extremely dewy & tacky. This may be great for some, I prefer matte or satin.

Scent

This is nearly odorless, which is my personal preference! I am scent sensitive & I can only detect the slightest hint of sour, which is likely from the citrus extracts listed in the ingredients.

Packaging

I am not a stickler for packaging so I find this tube to be perfectly adequate. I do prefer tube packaging for sunscreens because I find it easier to control the amount of product dispensed. The packaging is opaque, but the white tube makes it easier to judge how much product is left.

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PERFORMANCE

This product is a sun scream designed for dry skin so there were a number of unsurprising factors to me. It is heavy formula that leaves behind a radiant or oily finish, depending on your perspective. It contains a few irritants & comedogenic ingredient.

However, I still hated everything about the Eucerin Sun Creme.

I mentioned not liking the thick, lumpy texture earlier. Fine, I bought a cream & cannot act surprised by this. I cannot even be too surprised it felt heavy on my face. However, it never seemed to absorb. My face just looked like an oil slick no matter how long of a wait time I gave it to dry.

When it did not work on my face, I tried using it on my body & encountered equally as disastrous results. It just never absorbed or dried down, even on the driest parts of my body. It also got cakey & “pilled” on my body throughout the day as I sweated through non-strenuous, normal daily activities.

If this product cannot layer even on cleansed, bare skin then it obviously doesn’t layer with other skincare products or makeup well. This product is pill city & no type of makeup should be applied on top of this sunscreen, which brings us to The Makeup Test.

*Sorry for the weird texture on my wirst, it is from my watch!

When I am trying a new sunscreen, I always test how it layers with makeup. I find if a sunscreen doesn’t absorb well or contains too many silicons, it doesn’t layer under foundation smoothly. I currently only have one foundation, Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation [Shade 2.0]. I have been using this foundation for about 14 months so I am familiar with the application process & I have used this product for so long because it typically works well with my skincare regimen.

… But as you can clearly see, this sunscreen does NOT work well with my foundation.

Eucerin Sunscreen Comparison

I purchased 2 Eucerin sunscreens at the same time: Eucerin Sun Fluid Face Mattifying & Eucerin Sun Cream. These sunscreens are not anything alike because both are designed for different skin types & different types of sunscreen.

However, I still wanted to compare both Eucerin sunscreens to present a broader perspective on Eucerin sunscreens & I like the Sun Fluid version as well. Both have similar ingredient lists & offer nearly identical UVA / UVB protection. However, the texture, finish & white cast are completely different.

There are 1 mild acne trigger & 2 irritants according to CosDNA.

Ingredient List

Aqua, Octocrylene, Homosalate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Butyl MethoxydibenzoylmethaneEthylhexyl Salicylate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

Active Ingredients

Octocrylene [UVB]: Chemical sunscreen that helps stabilize UVA sunscreen components

Titanium Dioxide [UVB]: One of the safest & least irritating suncreens that is ideal for sensitive skin or rosacea

Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane [UVA]: Most popular sunscreen agent in Western skincare, protects against full UVA spectrum

Homosalate [UVB]: Internationally approved sunscreen that is non-toxic & ideal for sensitive skin

Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine [UVA & UVB]:  Not yet approved in the US, but has been approved in EY countries for decades. It considered a great sunscreen since it protects against the full UVA range.

Glycerin

It can be derived from lipids or synthetically product, but it is a naturally occurring substance that helps repair the outer skin barrier. This ingredients works to soften skin so other hydrating ingredients can more easily penetrate the skin.

Alcohol

This is an ingredient that is not inherently bad, it can even assist with skin penetration; but this product contains some particularly harsh forms of alcohol. Denatured alcohol has a high rating as a skin irritant. Cetearyl Alcohol is rated as a lower irritant, but it is one of my few acne triggers so I am always wary of it.

Licorice Extract

One of my favorite botanicals! Anti-inflammatory, PIH reduction & anti-bacterial; what more can a girl ask for?

VALUE

Product Price:  €13.99 EUR / 1.7oz = €8.23 EUR per Ounce

Prices will vary greatly depending on your location, I obtained this for one of the lowest market prices when I lived in Austria because it is a Germanic sunscreen even if Austria tries to deny its German heritage. There is typically only a few Euros difference if you are within the European Union, I found this product was around €20.00 EUR in non-Germanic countries.

This product is easily accessible at any Austrian drugstore by where I live, it is widely available online to Western countries.

However, I absolutely loathe this product if you somehow have not noticed by now. Typically when I dislike a facial sunscreen, it isn’t a huge deal since I will just use it elsewhere on my body… But this sunscreen is just overall awful.

OVERALL

Rating: 1 / 5

My distaste levels for this product are at “I want my money & wasted time back, Eucerin”. The only positive I can offer for this product it does have strong UVA & UVB protection, it does not leave a white cast either. However, it doesn’t moisturize & it contains ingredients that irritate my skin. It pills horribly under makeup & does not function well as a body sunscreen either.

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