It turns out Scotland is pretty sunny, in fact most of the days have that blue sky/bright sun/chilly weather combination which I’ve only found in the mountain whilst in France. It is lovely, but it also means that I’m more aware of the sun exposure my face is enduring -not that a bad weather means no sun exposure- ย and the small sun damages it has started to show. And, instead of buying another SPF, I’ve been won over by the peculiarity of the Institut Esthederm Sun Intolerance Protective Face Care.

Because Institut Esthedermย sits amongst the most raved about sun protection brands, I thought it will be interesting to try something different, perhaps less traditional: the Sun Intolerance Protectrice Face Care is an SPF without being one. Instead of using filters, it will give the skin the strength to protect herself against the sun.

That being said, it has the scent, texture and colour of an SPF, a great, not too sticky and white one but still, using it in the evening gives the impression that I’m doing something wrong. I’m not, however, because the Sun Intolerance Protective Face Care can be used morning -great underneath makeup- and evening, as a sun protection, aftersun or as a two-weeks cure before a strong, intense sun exposure. Introducing it slowly but surely to my -most of the time evening- skincare routine and using it in addition to my SPF is what I’ve been doing and what has been working for me. I have also been using it on my hands as I tend to forget to put SPF on them in the morning or/and during the day.

Whilst it’s always hard to know if a sun protection is effective -trusty brands, great textures and no redness at the end of the day are my only requirements- and I am perfectly aware that the sensation of using the right product at the right moment can sometimes trick our mind into thinking that the latter is highly efficient,ย my -very annoying because on the top of my nose- sun spot seems to be a little bit less red at the end of the day -something I used to blame on the cleansing routine-. I don’t believe the Sun Intolerance Protective Face Care would ever replace a proper SPF, but I like to think it represents an extra help for the most vulnerable and sensitive skins.


  • I’ve only tried one product from this brand and that was a facial self-tanner but it definitely intrigues me. I have seen lots of people rave about their body products for sun holidays but mentally, I think I would be too nervous to try them because I like knowing I have my high factors on xx


    • Yes, I’m just the same (hence why I don’t use the Sun Intolerance as a proper SPF), I like my SPF to be as high as possible when on holidays!

  • I am glad you states that this is an addition to SPF, not a replacement. I fear some people might use it as such. But as someone suffering from sun damage (sins of the past), I take every help I can get!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Hmm, this sounds like a product that someone needs if other sunscreens are just never enough for them. It’s an interesting concept though but I don’t think I’ll be picking this up anytime soon.

    • Yes! Or a great one to use when you want to avoid all the chemicals that most SPF have!

  • This sounds like a really good product. I’m always trying to find a sunscreen that works with the makeup I’m wearing.

  • Bernadette

    This sounds like such a lovely product! Spf is super important and it isn’t always easy to find one that works well with makeup.

    • Yes, or even on its own! Yet, because it isn’t a proper SPF, I would only use it underneath makeup when I know I’m not really going to be outside!

  • I’ve never been to Scotland, SPF is tricky, this sounds like a nice product but I think you’re right about wanting to be properly protected. I always go for super high SPF especially for my face as it is exposed so much to the sun, great review. I have not heard of a product such as this before, thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Yes, I would really struggle to believe that this one can completely protect my skin without the help of proper SPF. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Violette

    These products all look great and I’m started to look more for SPF in creams! Thanks for sharing!

  • Its sometimes quite confusing to know which products actually protect your skin from the sun or not.
    Great review!

    Vanessa x |

    • I agree, it’s hard to know which one you can trust and which one you can’t!

  • Kate

    This sounds like a really nice product – I like the fact that it works under makeup, although I would agree that you would probably want higher SPF protection if you were going to be exposed to the sun for any length of time. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • Yiotou_La

    I always use an SPF especially now that the sun is out and my skin needs extra protection so I am using SPF30 or 50 and I always carry it with me to re-apply during the day. Great review ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I’ve also started to carry an SPF with me, but I keep forgetting to reapply some!

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