Midsummer Review: TH Pharma SPF 50+ Body Spray & Facial Sunscreen
Yay, summer! This is the most wonderful time of the year as far as I’m concerned; despite my pseudonym of choice, I’m more of a desert snake, because it takes seriously infernal heat to bother me (and I don’t even go swimming in the pool or at the beach, nor turn on the AC very often), and also because the misery of the summer haters and their constant stream of whine about the heat (oh, shock, heat in the summer) fills me with schadenfreude 🔥😈🔥.
TH Pharma Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+
TH Pharma is a local brand of pharmacy skincare, which means that you might see it if you happen to pop into a drugstore during your Spanish holiday, and probably nowhere else. In my case, this brand’s products are made almost right next door from where I live, so I knew the brand by sight, but never tried any of their facial products, till I chanced upon these.
Now, I’m not at all a commited locavore, or whatever the term could be for this case – far from it, in fact – but there’s something about getting your SPF from as close as possible from where it was manufactured: mainly that, as we all know, SPF’s can lose efficacy with time, as well as prolonged exposure to higher temps, so the less distance it travels, and the less time it spends in transport or in a hot warehouse, the better.
This is one of the reasons why I kind of drag my feet at the idea of ordering Japanese or Korean sunscreens online, even though everyone in the beautysphere raves about those, and I’m sure they’re right.
In any case, this facial sunscreen has a problem that can be a huge NOOOooo… for many, and that is that the packaging says this is a “dry touch – matte” product”, i.e. for oily skin that is prone to shine.
This is a dirty rotten lie, because this is as far from being a dry-touch product as anything I’ve ever applied to my face. In fact, the consistency of this sunscreen rather reminds me of diaper rash cream for babies, and shine is a given from the moment you put it on. Fantastic if you have dry skin that needs all the protection it can get, but if you have combo to oily skin run far, far away.
The thing is, I used the TH Pharma Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ during the latter half of winter and early spring, and weirdly enough, I actually liked it precisely because of that… with time and age, my skin’s oily tendencies have taken to hibernating in winter, and this time of the year can dry up my skin in a way that I would not have imagined years ago. So in the last few weeks of this long, cold-ass winter, this cream’s nourishing consistency felt just like what my skin needed: shine just didn’t bother me that much, I just blotted it away and went on with my life.
On another note, this is definitely one of those sunscreens that give you more than a hint of ghost-face when applied liberally, as all sunscreens must be applied. I don’t mind in winter, because I’m pale anyway, but that’s another reason to give it a very wide berth in warm and sunny weather.
Would I recommend the TH Pharma Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+?
I would for someone with dry skin, in fact, I intend to grab another tube for my mother come autumn.
For a combo to oily skin, absolutely not: you’ll end up with a greased bake pan for a face, and the rather heavy feel that felt like a blankie on my skin (I mean that as a plus) during winter will just suffocate you. This gets from me 3.5 points: it was fine, but I still don’t see this as a product for me, except in a very specific situation.
TH Pharma SPF 50+ Body Spray
I bought this spray looking for a substitute for the deep disappointment that was the Anthelios SPF mist… I wanted something that was practical to carry around and reapply the protection before leaving the office, since at the time I walk out the sun is still beating down hard.
Unfortunately, even though I quite like using this product and it’s been very practical for neck, décolletage and arms, it just wasn’t suitable for my face… it is quite lightweight, runny and easy to spread, and doesn’t leave a noticeable white cast or stickiness on the skin, but in my case, it just wasn’t right for facial use, because it’s still not light enough for reapplying during the day, and I also like to wear makeup, so for that purpose it was a no-go.
Otherwise, it is perfectly suited for its current use as a body SPF. The spray is very convenient, and the sunscreen is rather watery and non-sticky, so it feels nice to apply and wear. Watch out though, because this spray can be a little messy, and you could end up getting it on furniture, clothes or hair if you don’t spritz carefully.
The packaging also says that this is supposed to have anti-cellulite properties, to which I say I’m a non-believer in anti-cellulite cosmetics… cellulite is a structural subcutaneous problem, and as such, impervious to creams and cosmetics, so to me any lotion or potion that claims to combat it is just utter nonsense.
But anyway, if the idea is to have a 2-in-1 product for poolside season, I suppose that this will work pretty much the same as any other anti-cellulite out there, and at least you’ll be protected from radiation; in any case, I don’t have cellulite in my neckline, arms or shoulders, so there’s no way to see if it can possibly do anything (in the inmortal words of Cher Horowitz: As if!). What is certain is that the spray’s pretty helpful for covering difficult areas of exposure like the back and shoulders.
To sum up, the TH Pharma SPF 50+ Body Spray has earned its 4.5 points; even though it did not work out for the purpose originally intended, it’s still something I’d buy again to keep in my summer bag.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.