1 fl. oz. for $35
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 30-49 Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.11.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a very good, lightweight daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for normal to oily skin! The formula includes avobenzone for reliable UVA protection and Brandt uses a silicone derivative ingredient to help give this product a silky texture and soft matte finish, so it’s great for use under makeup. There are some state-of-the-art ingredients included, including proven antioxidant green tea. But given this product’s price, it’s a bit disappointing that such ingredients were not included in greater amounts. Also disappointing is the inclusion of fragrant orange oil. This can be an irritant, though the amount this product contains is likely too low to cause a problem. Those looking to spend less for an equally effective product should consider the liquid sunscreen options (rated SPF 30 and greater) from Neutrogena.


Formulated to provide advanced broad spectrum UVA (PA+++) protection against UVB rays (SPF 30). Dr. Brandt advanced sun care helps decrease pigmentation induced by UV exposure; preventing photo-aging. Designed with dry-touch technology to absorb quickly, leaving the skin smooth and soft with a shine-free finish.


Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: Water, Silanetriol Trehalose Ether, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Pvp/Eicosene Copolymer, Cyclomethicone, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Trilaureth-4 Phosphate, Decaoxy Carnosine Hcl, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylamide /Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Silanediol Salicylate, Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Magnesium Silicate, Sodium Stearyl Fumarate, Octyldodecanol, Disodium Edta, Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Acrylates/Stearateth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Allantoin, Orange Peel Oil, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Glutamyl Aminoethyl Imidazole, Oleth-10, Thermus Thermophilus Ferment, Ehtylparaben, Butylparaben, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Retinyl Palmitate, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Glycerin, Silica.

Brand Overview

Dr. Brandt At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on the company website; a good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen.

Weaknesses: Expensive; overwhelming number of products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; no products to comprehensively address acne or oily skin; every Pores No More product is a disappointment; jar packaging.

Dr. Fredric Brandt is a Miami- and New York City–based dermatologist whose claim to fame rests on two main points. The first (and it is a very important credibility factor for consumers) includes the many celebrity clients he claims to work with, while the second is his assertion that he performs more Botox and collagen injections than any other dermatologist in the world. (The picture on the back of his book shows him clad in white, wearing surgical gloves, and holding a syringe.) According to Allergan, the company that makes Botox, they no longer rank the physicians who purchase Botox from them; however, they did confirm that Dr. Brandt was definitely one of their biggest buyers. Yet regardless of how much Botox or collagen Dr. Brandt or any other physician uses, what in the world does that have to do with cosmetic formulations? If anything, you have to wonder why Brandt is using so much Botox and collagen if his products truly fight wrinkles, as he claims they do.

Beyond Brandt's cosmetic enhancement procedures, he is the author of Age-less: The Definitive Guide to Botox, Collagen, Lasers, Peels, and Other Solutions for Flawless Skin. His book and skin-care line are competing against the vastly more popular books and product line from fellow dermatologist Dr. N.V. Perricone. Although Perricone's skin-care line has some drawbacks, including irritating ingredients and the lack of supporting research for his neuropeptide products, the majority of his products, though overpriced, have more pros than cons. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Dr. Brandt, whose namesake skin-care line is one of the more disappointing ever assembled by a dermatologist.

Brandt's products are sold with the tag line that they are "prescription strength, prescription-free," and "are formulated under dermatologic control for maximum safety and efficiency and offer the highest performance without a prescription." Aside from how unbelievable that assertion is, what is not mentioned is the fact that none of the ingredients in Brandt's products are comparable, in any way, shape, or form, to prescription formulations. And what is "dermatologic control" anyway, given that there are no such standards anywhere in the world? Moreover, what do dermatologists know about the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, much less cosmetics? The two arenas of expertise are completely unrelated.

Dr. Brandt positions his products as clinically superior to what you would find in other cosmetics lines, when nothing could be further from the truth. Many of his products tout benefits that don't just stretch the truth, but snap it in two—and these fallacies are all the more disconcerting coming from an esteemed dermatologist. When products contain the problematic ingredients that are so pervasive in Brandt's line, such as irritating plant extracts, drying detergent cleansing agents, and far too many products with skin cell–damaging lavender oil, it becomes nothing more than a too-expensive-for-no-good-reason line that should be approached with extreme caution.

The line does have a few bright spots: many of Brandt's products do contain significant amounts of antioxidants, though that certainly doesn't make his line unique because many other product lines do that too. (Here it's fair to say that while no specific amounts have been established for any antioxidant that will ensure their effectiveness, the general consensus among researchers is that more antioxidants are better than less, and less is still better than none at all.) Unless you're a devoted patient of Dr. Brandt and would be racked with guilt for not purchasing his products while visiting for an appointment, there is no reason to seek out this disappointing line.

For more information about Dr. Brandt's products, call (800) 234-1066 or visit www.drbrandtskincare.com.

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