As a skincare editor who tests sun protection products extensively, I often get asked how European brand ISDIN compares to drugstore staple Eucerin. While both offer quality sunscreens, there are some key differences in terms of ingredients, texture and skin type suitability.
ISDIN favors more advanced UV filters like Tinosorb and Mexoryl to provide broad spectrum protection. The lightweight textures also contain antioxidants like vitamin E to prevent free radical damage.
Eucerin relies on common filters like avobenzone, octocrylene and octisalate. The formulas focus more on hydration with humectants like glycerin. This gives Eucerin an edge for very dry skin needing moisture.
For sheer SPF protection from UVA/UVB rays, ISDIN excels. The brand offers options up to SPF 100 with photostable filters that provide lasting coverage against sun damage. Eucerin’s lower SPF may require reapplication more often.
But when it comes to moisturizing dry skin in addition to SPF, Eucerin has the advantage. The richer creams hydrate flaky skin while providing sun protection. ISDIN defends well but isn’t as moisturizing.
ISDIN sunscreens have lightweight, fast-absorbing gel-cream textures that layer well under makeup. Eucerin sun protection tends to be thicker, with more emollient creams that leave a protective film on skin.
Oily and acne-prone skin favors ISDIN’s matte, breathable feel. Eucerin can feel greasy and potentially clog pores. But dry skin benefits from Eucerin’s nourishing, hydrating protection.
ISDIN suits all skin types including sensitive, but especially oily and acneic skin that won’t tolerate heavy creams. It provides protection without clogging.
Eucerin is better for dry and mature skin needing both hydration and SPF. The richer formulas prevent moisture loss while defending against UV damage. Oily skin may prefer lighter ISDIN textures.
ISDIN earns 4.5 stars on LovelySkin from over 100 reviewers mentioning elegant textures and quality protection. Some find the price expensive.
On Amazon, Eucerin sunscreen has 4.4 stars out of 7,000+ reviews. Users praise lasting moisture but some feel it’s too thick and greasy.
ISDIN costs around $45 for 1.7 oz while Eucerin SPF creams run about $10-15 for 3-4 oz. ISDIN is pricier but offers more advanced sun protection. Eucerin satisfies basic SPF needs on a budget.
The verdict: those with oilier skin may favor ISDIN for the weightless protection against UV damage. But when fighting dryness and sun exposure, Eucerin’s nourishing SPF formulas better hydrate while defending. Together they provide complete sun care.
Tom is the founder and editor of TheDermDetective.com where he applies his decades of personal experience with skincare problems like acne and acne scarring to provide readers with practical advice and product recommendations.