Posted by Mike

Being of Irish descent, I have fair and sensitive skin that is complicated by rosacea and oiliness. When I am looking for skincare products, I try to find gentle formulas that are low in oils as well as high in vitamins and other protectants. I am currently using Murad's No Oil Sheer Tint SPF15 Sunblock. I really like the Murad sunblock, it is easy to apply and the tint makes it appear as though I may have been in the sun at some point. But given the light color of my skin, a higher sunblock is called for.

Marta was kind enough to provide me with Ti-Silc, produced by Pro-Cyte, which is local to me here in Seattle. Its funny to think about that bottle of sunscreen travelling all the way from Redmond to New York, only to arrive back in the Emerald City.

As expected, Ti-Silc is a very high quality product. With octynoxate (7.5%) and titanium dioxide (7%) as the active ingredients, it provides an SPF of 60+. It applies evenly without effort, absorbing well. The tint is opaque at first to indicate coverage, then dissipates quickly.

While the product has all that going for it, it is not for me. The formula is a little too emollient for my skin - I looked as if I'd been working in front of a deep fryer all day - and there is something in the formulation (perhaps the DMDM hydantoin) that had me itching all day as well. So while the product is clearly well made, it is not compatible with my skin. Initially, I wanted to use it for a week before reviewing it, but I was only able to use Ti-Silc for three days.

In an attempt to find someone who could make use of the product, I passed it on to a friend who was heading to Las Vegas. The product was returned to me with this note:

"[This] felt OK on my skin, but I just couldn't get past the awful scent. The smell reminded me of a sterile hospital and old age home."

So that's that. Luckily, the Ti-Silc found a home with a young lady at work who is currently taking Accutane, needs the protection and will benefit from the moisturizing effects. So far, the odor is not an issue.

For now, I'm going back to Murad. But recently Shisheido 55 was recommended to me, so I might take that out for a spin. It is a physical, non oil-based block with SPF 55.

Ingredients in Ti-Silc

Actives: Octinoxate (7.5%), Titanium Dioxide (7.0%)

Green tea extract, water, dimethicone copolyol, hydrogenated polybutene, cyclomethicone, octyl stearate, sunflower seed oil, microcrystalline wax, tamanu seed oil, dimethicone, lecithin, hydrolyzed rice protein, hydrogenated castor oil, sodium chloride, polyglyceryl-3 oleate, octyl salicylate, silica, alumina, stearic acid, DMDM hydantoin, tocopheryl acetate, iron oxides, beta-carotene, vitamin D3, iodopropynyl butylcarbonate