This fluid, fragrance-free moisturizer with sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection, and includes sufficient UVA (think anti-aging) screening from stabilized avobenzone. We have little doubt that men with combination to oily skin will love how light this feels, and its finish is surprisingly non-greasy.
The problem? The alcohol it contains is a potential cause for concern. Adding up the amount of active ingredients plus what precedes the alcohol on the ingredient list likely means that the actual amount of alcohol is lower than it seems; however, given that the amount of sunscreen actives this contains can be sensitizing on their own, it's not a good idea to add alcohol to the mix. Besides, you can find sunscreens with similar textures from SkinCeuticals and La Roche-Posay (like Kiehl's, both of these brands are owned by L'Oreal).
If you're stuck on this particular product (though you shouldn't be), you can find the exact same thing for less money from L'Oreal's Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 50+.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Wonderfully light fluid texture and non-greasy finish.
- The amount of alcohol is potential cause for concern (see More Info).
Alcohol-Based Skincare Products: Alcohol helps ingredients like retinol and vitamin C penetrate into the skin more effectively, but it does that by breaking down the skin's barrier—destroying the very substances that keep your skin healthy over the long term (Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 2012 and Journal of Hospital Infection, 2003).
A significant amount of research shows alcohol causes free-radical damage in skin even at low levels (Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 2012). Small amounts of alcohol on skin cells in lab settings (about 3%, but keep in mind skin-care products contain amounts ranging from 5% to 60% or greater) over the course of two days increased cell death by 26%. It also destroyed the substances in cells that reduce inflammation and defend against free radicals—this process actually causes more free-radical damage. If this weren't bad enough, exposure to alcohol actually causes skin cells to self-destruct (Alcohol, 2002).
Research also shows that these destructive, aging effects on skin cells increased the longer skin was exposed to alcohol; for example, two days of exposure was dramatically more harmful than one day, and that's at only a 3% concentration (Alcohol, 2002). In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).