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Dermalogica Daily Defense Block SPF 15

Is a Solution for:
Sun Protection for Face, Face Care for Men
Reviewed by Jimmy November 8, 2008 2 Comments


I have to admit I was scared into using SPF on a daily basis. Obviously the sun is a lot harsher than you think (even if a sliver of a ray is peeking through a sky full of clouds, you're at risk for skin damage!) but what really got me was when, years ago, my favorite Sephora clerk told me even computer screens take a toll on your face. Well, ok, maybe very minimal damage according to studies (as in it's definitely not the next Plague). But computer screens do emit radiation emissions (again, not life-threatening hazardous) but Lord knows I look at this dang screen more than I should. Bottom line: SPF is mucho importante.

I ran across Dermalogica years ago when I bought their Environmental Control Deodorant and was hooked (I swear by it... the unique blend of coriander, parsley, clove and hyssop neutralizes odors and it's aluminum free!).  I recently found out they launched a men's line: Shave Collection, which includes their Daily Defense Block ($34). While it's part of a Shave set, it doesn't mean you have to be a regular shaver to benefit from it. The product is loaded with extracts from licorice, grape seed, wheat germ and vitamin E, all of which fight free radicals and put down speed bumps for aging. There's also the UV Smart Booster Technology (in addition to octinoxate, octisalate and oxybenzone), which provides protection against UV-induced skin damage and aging.

However, Daily Defense Block is ideal for those who do shave regularly as some of the ingredients help promote the skin's natural barrier after shaving. For instance, it includes prickly pear (opuntia) extracts that stimulate the skin's natural enzymes, helping to fight in-grown hairs and relieve follicle congestion. With SPF protection, that's pretty unique; two birds, one stone. There's also some lavender oil that not only enhances that protective barrier but it also eases skin irritation and hydrates.

When I applied the moisturizer, it had that sweet, signature Dermalogica scent (the brand's products are used in some amazing spas around the world) and went on very smooth and rich. After trying it for several days, it really did rival my regular daily moisturizer.

Ingredients in Dermalogica

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 3%, and Oxybenzone 2%.

Other Ingredients:
Water(Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Caprylic/CapricTriglyceride, Dimethicone, Lactamide MEA, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Mahonia Aquifolium Root Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Carbomer, DNA, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Allantoin, Panthenol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate Polyquaternium-10, Cetyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Hydoxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Lecithin, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Citric Acid, Benzyl PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60.


  • May 12, 2010

    by lea

    oxybenzone is itself a health hazard! and in its website it does not acknowledge this ingredient. also zinc and titanium oxides, if they are nano, then it is dangerous. must be non-nano...

  • January 10, 2009

    by laz

    Jimmy, I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but this product does not provide sufficient UVA protection, therefore you seriously put the credibility of this entire site at risk by recommending it. To protect against long wave UVA rays (340-400nm), a sunscreen must contain either: avobenzone, mexoryl, tinosorb m or s, zinc oxide or non-micronized titanium dioxide. This product uses Oxybenzone which provides protection to about 350nm (ie. in the UVA-II range)

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