Let me start off with saying that this sunscreen has nothing to do with a consistency of a gel, it’s as runny as water. Also, if you can’t tolerate alcohol in your skincare, you may skip this one entirely.
ISDIN Fusion Gel (also known as Fusion Gel Sport) is designed for active people doing sports outdoors (or inside). The light texture of the sunscreen is supposed to provide an effortless application, even on wet skin. I don’t do any extreme sports, I am not that adventuresome, but I go to a gym sometimes. My previous gym had huge windows, I mean enormous. They didn’t have to use any artificial lighting during the day, because there were barely any walls. I am always concerned with sun damage, so I’ve decided to purchase a sunscreen intended for doing sports. I was hoping that it would stay longer on my face than regular watery sunscreen.
This sunscreen is full of alcohol, it’s the first ingredient and there’s no water in it. You’re basically putting alcohol with sun filters and film-forming agents on your face – it dries down within seconds. It’s enough just apply the sunscreen, spread it, and you’re good to go. It doesn’t leave any white cast, as it’s translucent. It didn’t make my face particularly oily but left it with a bit of shine.
However, I can’t imagine wearing it on my face. Each time I applied the product, it made my eyes water as the fumes of sun filters and alcohol were hitting my eyeballs while the alcohol was evaporating. You literally can sense the alcohol dissipating. And as for durability, it lasted on my face as much as my other sunscreens. I think if I’d applied a thick mineral sunscreen it would’ve lasted longer. So the only aspect that makes this sunscreen particular for people doing sports is that it’s easy to apply and settles within seconds. I mean you basically pour alcohol with sun filters on your skin, of course, it is going to dry fast. Though I wouldn’t recommend it using on the face, it’s quite irritating. Also, I found it troublesome to measure the amount of sunscreen I was applying, because it absorbs very quickly. The best way to apply this sunscreen is just by squirting it onto your body and use a different product on your face, in my opinion.
This sunscreen can be used by everyone who can tolerate high amounts of alcohol in their skincare/body care. I would say that anyone from oily to normal skin types would like it the best. Perhaps also people with dry skin, if they put something heavy underneath, can use this sunscreen. Although people fear alcohol, it can actually help to penetrate hydrating ingredients better into the skin. So if you put a good moisturising cream beneath there shouldn’t be a problem. People with sensitive skin though should stay away, there are alcohol and fragrance (not very strong one), so it isn’t the best mix for you guys. We shouldn’t also forget that this sunscreen provides very high sun protection – SPF 50+ & encircled UVA sign (at least 1/3 of the UVB protection). Usually, products with a similar standard of sun protection are heavy and very greasy.
Would I recommend this sunscreen? – yes and no. It’s fine if you want a sunscreen product on the go while doing sports. It won’t slow you down, and you will get at least some sun protection. Though, I would make sure to reapply often, as you will sweat a lot and this product doesn’t create a strong film on the skin. I wouldn’t recommend it for daily use. It just has too much alcohol, and there are better options on the market. It isn’t meant for that so I don’t blame ISDIN for it. Would I repurchase? Yes, if I were to do a marathon or some kind of race, but it’s very improbable.
Ingredients: Alcohol Denat, Octocrylene, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ehtylhexyl Salicylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dibutyl Adipate, Aqua (Water), 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum (Fragrance), BHT, Linalool. (easypharmacie.co.uk)
The Fotoprotector ISDIN Fusion Gel SPF 50+ is available at easypharmacie.co.uk for €15.