In this post, we are going to review Biotique sunscreens:
- Biotique Aloe Vera Face & Body Sun Protection SPF 75 Bio Vera,
- Biotique Bio Aloe Vera Face & Body Sun Lotion SPF 30
- Biotique Bio Carrot Face & Body Sun Lotion SPF 40 UVA/UVB Sunscreen
- Biotique Bio Morning Nectar Lightening & Nourishing Lotion SPF 30 UVA / UVB Sunscreen
One common thread across all Biotique sunscreens is the generous presence of oils. For one, Biotique can’t seem to do without wheatgerm oil. Wheatgerm oil is highly comedogenic (pore clogging, acne causing) and is present in almost all of their sunscreen offerings. None of their sunscreens are oil-free.
Among other oils in their formulations are safflower oil, sunflower oil, carrot oil and sandalwood oil. These oils can cause anything from a sweaty, shiny face to a face full of pimples.
Don’t they want to sell their sunscreens to oily / acne prone skin people?
Then why do their products contain pore-clogging oils? There is a reason.
Most of Biotique sunscreens derive their sun protection power from vegetable based oils such as wheatgerm oil, sandalwood oil etc. Research has shown that herbal sunscreens are effective and often match their SPF claims.
That’s why non-comedogenic property is sacrificed for effective sun protection. It’s a trade-off. A lot of people want to use herbal-only products and that’s who Biotique is catering to.
Biotique Aloe Vera Face & Body Sun Protection SPF 75 Bio Vera
For something that is marketed as an “aloe vera speciality” product, it contains a mere 2% aloe vera! The rest is filled up by a greasy lotion base and a small helping of other ingredients.
- It is extremely greasy. At best, it will cause greasy skin, at the worst, a face full of pimples
- From reading the label, you cannot figure out if it is even meant to be used on the face because the name of the sunscreen says “face and body” but directions say to use it on the body.
- Does not claim any UVA (primarily tanning) protection. Because of that it is no good even as a body sunscreen.
Bottomline: You will not feel like going outside to show your face to anyone after applying this greasy lotion. Stuck indoors = sun protection.
Biotique Bio Carrot Face & Body Sun Lotion SPF 40 UVA/UVB Sunscreen
- Its SPF 40 claims are true. (Pharmacognosy Magazine 2009)
- Its comedogenic ingredients sunflower oil and wheatgerm oil render it dangerous for acne prone skin. It is labelled as suitable for all skin types, but acne prone skin should steer clear. Even for oily skin that is not prone to acne, it is too oily.
- All the ingredients seem to be suspended in plain Himalayan water. That couldn’t possibly have make it so thick.
- It claims to protect against UVA rays but there is no mention of how much UVA protection it provides (no PA+++ or similar index). This is not to say it won’t provide protection, but sometimes you just got to see the numbers to be sure.
Bottom line: Maybe use it for the body only?
Biotique Bio Morning Nectar Lightening & Nourishing Lotion SPF 30 UVA / UVB Sunscreen
- Comedogenic ingredients wheatgerm oil and safflower oil.
- Pretty oily for oily skin.
- It claims to protect against UVA rays but there is no mention of how much UVA protection it provides (no PA+++ or similar index).
- Sharp artificial fragrance makes you wonder if this product is really herbal. It also shows that the label hides some ingredients such as fragrance.
Bottom line: Okay for APST Type 1 and APST Type 2 skin that is not too oily. APST Type 3 stay away.
Biotique Bio Sandalwood Face & Body Sun Lotion UVA/UVB SPF 50
- Turns oily skin oilier if used on the face.
- Yep, contains oil.
- No numbers given for its UVA protection capacity.
Bottom line: A good body lotion but not suitable for the face.
Biotique Bio Aloe Vera Face & Body Sun Lotion SPF 30
- Contains 2% aloe vera for something that is being sold as an “aloe vera” product.
- The zinc in it we like, the kusumbhi and sunflower oils we don’t.
Bottom line: it is a toss up between acne-fighting zinc and the acne-causing oils. You never know who will win. It would be like playing with your face if you are acne prone.
Biotique sunscreens work pretty well as sunscreens. But they are only okay for skin that is not acne prone.
References: Kapoor S, Saraf S. Efficacy Study of Sunscreens Containing Various Herbs for Protecting Skin from UVA and UVB Sunrays. Phcog Mag 2009;5:238-48
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