Bioderma Photoderm Refreshing After-Sun Milk review

Does your skin feel like it’s on fire after a long day at the beach? No matter how well you protect yourself, when it’s THAT hot, your skin’s gonna suffer.

That’s why you need After-Sun skincare. At the moment, I’m testing Bioderma Photoderm Refreshing After-Sun Milk. Does it deliver?

What’s In Bioderma Photoderm Refreshing After-Sun Milk?


Mineral oil isn’t as bad as people think. Sure, it’s derived from petroleum, but it undergoes a strict purifying process to remove ALL its toxic impurities (it’s illegal to put dangerous stuff in skincare, you know?).

Plus, it’s super moisturising. Mineral oil creates a protective barrier on the skin that locks moisture in for hours and helps protect you from environmental aggressors, such as harsh weather and pollutants.

Related: 5 Mineral Oil Myths You Need To Stop Believing Right Now


Let’s start with the basics. Glycerin is in pretty much ALL skincare products for a reason.

It’s a wonderful humectant: that’s a fancy way of saying it draws moisture from the air and locks it into your skin. Once there, this extra moisture softens, plumps, and brightens your skin.

That’s the base you want to build the rest of your skincare routine on.

Related: The Complete Guide To Glycerin In Skincare

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Allantoin comes from the roots of the Comfrey herb. But the type used in skincare is often made in a lab.

Allantoin has anti-inflammatory properties that calm down irritated skin, soothe redness and reduce itching. It works by helping skin repair itself.

Research shows it treats minor wounds, diaper rash, small burns and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

The best part? It’s super gentle. Everyone can use it – yes, even super sensitive skin (heck, this thing is made for YOU).

Related: 9 Ingredients That Soothe Irritated, Sensitive Skin


Lightweight and fast-absorbing.


Clean and subtle.

How To Use It

After a day in the sun, have a shower and slather it on all over.

Performance & Personal Opinion

Bioderma Photoderm Refreshing After-Sun Milk is super lightweight. It glides smoothly on the skin and absorbs straight way.

The lotion soothes irritated skin and protects it from further harm. It’s also very moisturizing: one single layer is enough to lock moisture into the skin, keeping it soft and smooth for hours.

My skin is on the dehydrated side, so the milk keeps it well-moisturized for eight hour or so. But, if your skin’s in better condition, it’ll keep it happy for way longer.

Related: Do You Really Need To Use After-Sun After A Long Day At The Beach?

bioderma photoderm refreshing after sun milk

Who Is This For?

Normal to dry skin.

Who Is This NOT For?

  • Oily and/or acne-prone skin
  • Very dry skin


A bright blue tube. Eye-catching and practical.

Does Bioderma Photoderm Refreshing After-Sun Milk Live Up To Its Claims?

Rehydrates skin lastingly. True.
Soothes after sun exposure. True.
Provides immediate sensation of comfort. True.
Prolongs tan. It can’t do this.
Leaves skin feeling supple and soft. True.
Fast-absorbing – Non-greasy. True, again.

Price & Availability

£11.80 at Escentual and Feel Unique

Do You Need It?

If you’re looking for an after-sun lotion, this is a good option to consider.

Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Sorbitan Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Allantoin, Mannitol, Xylitol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Rhamnose, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Citric Acid, Ectoin, Disodium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate. [BI 448]