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Hydropeptide SPF 30 Anti-wrinkle Skin Enhancing UV Protection

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin, Sun Protection for Face
Reviewed by Marta May 31, 2010 5 Comments
This is not your mother's sunscreen. Hydropeptide SPF 30 Anti-wrinkle Skin Enhancing UV Protection ($40) claims that it "self-adjusts to the color of your own skin tone" so that you are not only being protected by the two mineral sunscreens but your skin looks evened out. I have been using a free sample Hydropeptide's new sunscreen for over a month and can report that it mostly does what it says on the can. It took me a while to come to terms with it though.

For a start, my eyes started to glaze over at the substantial list of silicones, several of which come with intimidatingly long names. I'd rather it didn't have aluminum, a neurotoxin, although the form here - alumina – is thought to be safe because it doesn’t penetrate the skin. I would have preferred an all zinc oxide active formula as titanium dioxide has been found to be a photosensitizer that can be absorbed by the skin (although the particle size does minimize this effect). The Canadians don't much like polyhydroxystearic acid as it is biocumulative. And I'm not all that keen on methylisothiazolinone, which is an irritant and is only approved for use in rinse-off formulas and at low concentrations, or phenoxyethanol.

The first squirt of Hydropeptide SPF Anti-wrinkle Skin Enhancing UV Protection is a little eyebrow raising as it has a distinctly blue tinge and on application there is that white, chalky layer typical of mineral sunscreens. This, however, disappears within about 60 seconds and it must be said that thereafter the overall effect is that of a smoother, more even toned complexion. Not surprisingly, given all the silicone, the skin feels soft to the touch as well.

Before testing it on my face, I tried it out for three or four weeks on my neck where I have some reddish, roughish skin due to the fact that I often forget to extend the sunscreen I use on my face there. The Hydropeptide did a good job of protecting me on hot sunny days in the city and it also reduced the redness and roughness a little.

Notwithstanding my first reaction to the ingredients, there are some good botanicals here that soothe (calendula) and provide antioxidants (green tea and acai). Kaempferia Galanga is a member of the ginger family and is mostly used as an antimicrobial, although Hydropeptide says that it also has sun protection powers.

In conclusion, I think that Hydropeptide SPF Anti-wrinkle Skin Enhancing UV Protection is a smart idea - a multitasking sunscreen and instant complexion enhancer with some long term benefits - but I don't love the formula enough to buy a second bottle.

Active ingredients: Titanium dioxide 2.5%, zinc oxide 6%

Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexy Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 80, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium PCA, Alumina, Caprylyl Methicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Iron Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ammonim Methacrylate Copolymer, Boron Nitride, Titanium Dioxide, Triethyl Citrate, Allantoin, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract (Galanga), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Panthenol, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract (Acai Berry), Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine HCL, Biotin, Methylisothiazolinone
  • March 9, 2014

    by Z.

    I ordered this and literally had to return it as I could not get even one squirt of it to come out of the bottle. Packaging fail

  • May 25, 2012

    by Kathy Roberts

    This is the only sunscreen I have tried that doesn't smell either like cocoanut or medicine. This smell like flowers. I feel like I am applying a lovely soothing spa product to my skin. Nice things to keep me young looking and excellent sunscreen protection. This works well on bare skin, leaving a matte finish. It allows for nice smooth powder mineral makeup application on top of product as well. No creasing.

  • June 27, 2011

    by NoeyD77

    I actually really like this product! It is almot IMPOSSIBLE for me to find a all physical sunblock that doesn't leave me looking like a geisha since I;m olive complected, while most tinted physical sunscreens make me look like I;m wearing foundation, which as a guy one might think I;m a drag queen! This product does enhance the skintone, though I do wish it were more natural and less pricey since I use a lot on my face.

    Although I do like this and prob will repurchase, I have yet to find a HG sunblock that remotely comes close to my beloved Dr. Denese Day Defense Cream SPF 30!

  • June 2, 2010

    by marta

    Yes could be done without a mirror as it is not overly thick and the white/blue tinge fades without lots of rubbing in.

  • June 1, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    I'm going to the beach with my best friend (17 yrs younger than me), her daughter (6 years old) and my granddaughter (6 years old) at the end of July. Now this is a challenge- me, who now shuns the sun in lieu of never wearing sunblock because I was a sun worshipper until my early 50s. I think this might work. Does it reapply easily- I mean can you do it w/out a mirror? ~jk

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