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Dermalogica Solar Defense Oil Free Matte Block SPF20

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Brand: Dermalogica / Type: Face Oil / UV Protection Factor: SPF 20 / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: Dermalogica Solar Defense

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      15.03.2012 16:51
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      a good shine stopper with spf but expensive for what it is

      Dermalogica is a salon brand which offers a wide range of skin and body care products.

      ~Matte Block~

      Dermalogica offer a few different products which are designed to protect your skin from the sun. This review discusses the 'Oil Free Matte Block'.

      Matte Block is designed for use by those who are prone to breakouts and excess oil on the face. It contains no artificial colour or fragrance. Matte Block is marketed as being an oil free moisturiser which can be used daily and throughout the year. It contains spf20 and has a formula which will leave the skin with a matte finish and no powdery coating or texture.

      The active ingredients include octinoxate, octisalate and titanium dioxide. Matte Block should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure or prior to going out during the day as it protects the skin from sun and day light in general. Matte Block is presented in a small, round bottle which is basic in appearance and blends in with the other products in this range. It has a nozzle dispenser concealed by a screw on lid.

      Matte Block can be purchased from www.pure-beauty.co.uk priced at £25.95. It is also stocked by www.beautyflash.co.uk priced at £27.99 and www.dermalexpert.co.uk priced at £26.75. This is only available in a 50ml size.

      ~My Opinion~

      My sister has oily skin and made a purchase of this Matte Block last summer as she was able to buy it at a discounted price. At full price it is very expensive but it does last. Anyway, my sisters skin is more sensitive that my own and more often than not, she takes a reaction to new products. After a few uses of matte block, she came to the conclusion that it wasn't for her as her skin didn't feel normal when she used it. This wasn't the fault of the product and is more down to the fact that she has inherited my Dads awkward skin genes!

      Anyway, I was given the remainder of this Matte Block. I always try to ensure I wear a day cream with a least some spf in it - especially during the warmer (and rare) months we get up here in Scotland. My skin is mostly dry through the year but is prone to breakouts of oiliness at random times. Oil on my skin makes it feel awful and icky so I used this Matte Block during those times. It is perfectly gentle on the skin to be used daily and those with oily skin all of the time would benefit from such a product.

      ~Using Matte Block~

      Matte Block flows freely from the bottle and has a thin and lightweight consistency - somewhere in between a milk and a lotion. There is a faint aroma to it which I cannot put my finger on but it doesn't last long when on the skin. This product is very easily spread across the skin and makes me think of applying a thin sunlotion. It is incredibly cooling and gentle and a tiny dribble is sufficient to coat my full face in an even layer of product.

      I mainly concentrate on my t-zone area as this gets the most oily during a breakout. I do apply it all over my face though and have noticed any dryness around my chin and mouth isn't made worse or better by using this product. The lotion sinks in without too much massaging and doesn't feel like it is clogging my pores - it is light and kind to my sensitive skin.

      Once soaked in, the surface of my skin feels quite nice. Dermalogica claim that this lotion will absorb the excess oils and this is a very true account given my usage of this product. My t-zone area is instantly refreshed and any shiny/oily texture and appearance disappears instantly allowing me to apply my make up and not need to touch up shiny bits with mattifying powder. The lotion dries quickly and leaves a smooth surface to my skin. My skin feels moisturised but not to the same level as when using a cream for dry skin and looks healthy.

      SPF20 is decent enough for the slightly warmer days but I would recommend an additional sun lotion for during the really warm months. I can wear this and feel my skin is being protected but I wouldn't rely on it for wearing on holiday.

      I do feel this product is very expensive for what it actually is. It does perform well and leaves my skin shine free throughout the day but I do feel other products are just as good and come with a much cheaper price tag. That being said, a little goes a long way and a 50ml bottle would last for quite some time. I have since used my bottle up but won't be repurchasing due to the price.

      Thanks for reading :)

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      15.08.2011 22:18
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      Not often do you find a product that lives up to it's claims....this one does!

      As I've said in most of my other reviews, my skin is difficult to say the least. I suffer from rosacea, which flairs up occassionally, I also suffer from spot outbreaks and sometimes dry patches, so suffice to say I have to be a bit picky about the products that I put on my face. I have fair skin that burns very easily even in the U.K. so I like to wear SPF everyday, but most sunscreens leave my face shiny and then lead to a spot outbreak.

      It seemed that this was a no win situation until I discovered this product, which claims to have micro-sponges that absorb oil away from your skin and keep your skin looking matte all day. In addition to that it has an SPF of 20 which is more than most moisturisers have. You can use this instead of a moisturiser if you have particularly oily skin, however I use a moisturiser as well, putting this on underneath it.

      The product has a thin consistency, which feels lightweight, you only need a blob the size of a 10p piece to cover your face and neck. I found that it absorbed into my skin quickly and did indeed have a matte finish. My skin didn't feel sticky or end up looking greasy at all during the day. I've been using this product all summer this year and I've only had one breakout, which I don't think was anything to do with this product. So I think that the mattifying claims actually do work. In terms of the sun protection, I've not had a single sunburnt red face day this summer and I've spent full days out in the sun, so it definitely works.

      My only problem with this product, and it is a minor one, is that the sunscreen isn't water or sweat proof. In normal day to day life I'm sure this wouldn't be a problem and I think if it was waterproof then it wouldn't have the mattifying qualities. It's just something to note when thinking of buying this, because at £25 for 50ml this isn't a cheap product, mind you what should you expect from a premium brand like Dermalogica.

      All in all a great product and in my opinion worth the price tag.

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      04.05.2011 18:42
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      A sun screen for the face for oily and spot prone skin

      We all know the importance of protecting our skin from the sun. It is also incredibly importance to protect our faces from its harmful rays if we don't want to look old before our time. But if you have oily and spot prone skin like me, then it is not always a pleasant experience having sun cream on your face and it can look awful, shiny and cause more spots. I buy foundations with SPF included but I never feel secure that this is doing the job good enough on its own.

      The Oil Free Matt Block by Dermalogica promises to protect the skin from UVA and UVB ways which could otherwise cause skin damage and premature ageing. However, unlike a normal sun cream, Dermalogica claims that this product will absorb the oils from your skin, allowing it to appear matt free through the day.

      As it contains no artificial colours or fragrances, it is suitable for use on even sensitive skin. The product has been specifically designed for those with oily and spot prone skin and includes SPF 20.

      How does it work?
      The cream contains advanced Sunscreens which protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. It doesn't prevent the skin from tanning but always it to do so in a safe and healthy way. The formula contains tiny little micro sponges created from Corn Starch which mop up the oils on the skin continually throughout the day which allows the skin to remain shine free.

      The Sunscreen also contains Vitamins C and E which nourish and moisturise the skin. The antioxidants which the sunscreen contains fights against the pollutants in the skin which could otherwise have caused premature aging. It also contains Green Tea which is soothing and calming on the skin.

      How do you use the product?
      The product is to be used once you have cleansed and toned and I use it instead of my usual moisturiser when I am going out into the sun, although it can also be used in addition to your normal moisturiser.

      It can be reapplied as often as you think it is necessary and as with all sun creams that are not waterproof, you'll need to reapply this product after swimming as some of it may get washed off. This product is suitable for year round use but I find it too expensive for this purpose so I use it when on holidays or when the sun decides to show its face around here.

      The product comes in a white bottle with an orange screw top lid. It will cost you around £25 for 50ml of this lotion so it is quite an expensive purchase. If you shop around online, you may be able to find it for cheaper.

      I love this product. It is so light on the skin but not so light that you begin to doubt whether it's doing its job. I have never burnt my face when wearing it and my skin feels moisturised after use. It feels very comfortable on the face and does not make you feel sticky like other Sunscreens can. The formula is not greasy at all as it is oil free and has never caused any spots of my skin.

      This product is sheer on the skin and so won't give you a ghostly white complexion. It also lives up to its promise of keeping your skin as matte as possible when you are in the sunshine, although I do apply a mattifying face powder on top as well for a bit of extra protection.

      One negative with this product is the small amount of time you have before it hits its expiry date. I didn't get the chance to use all mine before it went off last year as we didn't really have a summer and that means a big wastage considering the price.

      All in all, this product is one of the rare few that lives up to all of its promises and you can't ask for more than that.

      Ingredietns
      Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Titanium Dioxide 4.0%,Water, isodecyl neopentanoate, butylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane, camellia sinensis leaf extract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, tocopheryl acetate, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, cetyl alcohol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, tocopherol, sodium DNA, corn starch modified, alumina, simethicone, nylon-12, sorbitan stearate, stearic acid, PEG-100 stearate, glyceryl stearate, vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer, cetearet

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        04.09.2009 12:34
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        Amazing!

        I came across dermalogica a while ago, and thought for the first time that someone had actually used science and knowledge of the skin to make a skin care line, that actually works! And unlike other 'skin care' products it actually works, instead of making promises it cant keep. Im always looking for more skin products to add to my ever expanding collection! So when i saw that dermalogica had created a oil free matte block, i had to get it!

        It is perfect for travelling and everday use, its silky..... but kind of runny texture just glides over your skin and it absorbs really quickly and easily. It is perfect for skin that is prone to excess oil production and spots, as its new microsponge technology just sucks up all the excess oil, while keeping the rest of your skin, at a confortable moisture level, with out making your skin shiny, so you dont have to worry about about your skin! It also contains Green tea which sooths inflammation caused by spots.

        Just apply before your daily moisturiser or instead of, and dispense a 20p size amount, which should be enough for all of your face. Then gentley massage into your face and neck, until all of the sun block has been absorbed, and it will last all day, although you should apply more product to specific areas of your face which may catch the sun more than others.

        I have just been on holiday in mainland Europe and i took my trusty dermalogica sunblock with me and it really worked, even in 42 degree heat! I usually just go red and burn like a bright red tomato, but using dermalogica i didnt! Overall this is a great product, although it is quite expenisve!


        Thank you for reading my review, i hope it was helpful! :D

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