The Bioderma Photoderm MAX Cream SPF 50+ is a chemical (organic) sunscreen. It has an SPF of 50+ and PPD 42. PPD stands for Persistent Pigment Darkening and measures the UVA protection factor.

As we know, UVA penetrate more deeply into the skin and can cause premature aging. The UVA protection in this sunscreen is really high, which is superb for preventing wrinkles and protecting your skin from sun damage!

Price: $25-$30

Volume: 40ml (1.35 fl.oz.)

PAO: 9 months after opening.


Apply generously before sun exposure. Do not use oils or heavy moisturizers that form a film on top of the skin before sunscreen because it needs to adhere well to the skin and oils will make it move around and not apply evenly. Thus decreasing protection.

This is a water resistant sunscreen which is suitable for the beach or outdoor activities. Reapply often before and after swimming / sports / exercise.


It has a fluid creamy texture and glides really well on the skin. Dries down fast (or I’d rather say adheres fast) so you need to apply it quickly and avoid overblending it because it can ball up.


It does not contain any parfume so it just smells like usual sunscreen.

How does the Bioderma Photoderm MAX Cream SPF 50+ perform

This sunscreen is made for normal to dry skin types, but I didn’t notice that it was in a cream form when I purchased it. Anyway, I kept it so I could test it and here are my thoughts on it:

The sunscreen is moisturizing with a dewy finish which on my skin can look a bit greasy at times. The finish also depends on what skincare products you’re using under it.

There were a few times that I was looking like a grease ball because I used skincare that was too rich for my skin. Other times, I applied products that were lighter in consistency and some were oil controlling so the sunscreen definitely looked better and more natural.

For dry skin I don’t think you’d have this problem. I’ve tested it on dry areas of my body and it actually absorbs well without any greasy or sticky feeling.

Generally, upon application it does leave a very slight whitecast. The whitecast usually goes away after 20 minutes.

I like a dewy complexion but I feel like this is more on the greasy side than dewy for me in the summer time, so I’m not always a fan. So, for daily wear in humid weather, it’s far from ideal for my oily dehydrated skin. Especially when it comes to re-applying it! It will look shinier.

But one simple trick that you can use if you’ve already bought it and face the same problem is: Setting Powder.

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You should do this after the sunscreen has fully set. I used to use a blotting paper, but to be honest, it does remove some of the sunscreen even with light tapping on the skin, so I feel more comfortable with the powder.

On the other hand, I love this for the beach and don’t mind it’s greasiness in this case. This is because I swim a lot and my skin becomes really dry due to the sea water. And actually the oil content helps with keeping the skin moisturized.

It is labeled as hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Personally, it did not break me out or irritate my skin in any way.


Active ingredients / UV Filters: Octocrylene (UVB/ Shortwave UVA), Tinosorb M (UVA/UVB) – a new generation hybrid filter , Avobenzone (UVA), Tinosorb S (UVA/UVB), Bisoctrizole (UVA/UVB).

It contains newer superior filters that are photostable. Fragrance-free.

Aqua/water/eau, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Octocrylene, Methylene Bis-benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol [nano], Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Cyclopentasiloxane, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Ectoin, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, C20-22 Alcohols, Decyl Glucoside, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. [bi543]

Final Verdict on the Bioderma Photoderm Sunscreen


  • Moisturizing.
  • Soft finish.
  • Very high UVB & UVA protection.
  • Spreads and glides easily on the skin.
  • Most suitable for normal, dry, mature and sensitive skin.
  • It didn’t break me out.
  • Water resitant.
  • Fragrance-free.


  • Looks dewy upon application and takes a while to absorb (for oily skin).
  • Slight whitecast.

Despite not being very suitable for my skin type for daily wear due to the fact that it looks shiny, I do like this sunscreen and actually love to use it at the beach (Edit: I actually repurchased it for this purpose!). It did not irritate my skin and offers great broad spectrum protection! That UVA protection in this is very impressive!

Darker skin tones should be aware of the slight white cast. And in general, I think it will be more suitable for dry skin types. So if your skin is on the dry side, most likely you also won’t have any problem applying makeup over this. I may try the Aquafluide version in the future and see how it’ll perform compared to this one. Overall, it’s a sunscreen that I would recommend!

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