BlackBox SG – Therapeutic Dermatologic Formula (TDF) Skincare Review

This beautiful trio arrived in the mail sometime ago. Thank you BlackBox SG for allowing me to review this classic TDF set!

Therapeutic Dermatologic Formula (TDF) is a respected name in the field of aesthetic dermatology hence I was super psyched to test out skincare products endorsed by many medical derma-professionals.

These are the products in the trio (from left to right):

☆ Non-Drying Cleansing Lotion (100ml)
☆ Age Defense PA+++ UVA/UVB SPF 50+ Sunscreen (50g)
☆ Light Textured Moisturizer (50g)

Now let’s test them out!

Non-Drying Cleansing Lotion (100ml)

TDF’s Non-Drying Lotion is part of a series designed for dry, dehydrated skin. This cleanser is specially formulated to thoroughly cleanse delicate sensitive skin without irritation, and at the same time protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier. The product doesn’t lather before or after contact with water (hence the thickness), which makes the cream slightly difficult to wash off at first.

I discovered that with a little finger scrubbing, my skin can be thoroughly cleansed and oil-free after washing with the product, without feeling as though all moisture has been sucked from it. When I needed a little bit more help removing makeup residues on my eyelids and lashes, this soft cleanser did the job for me. Kudos!

I’m always experimenting with new cleansers, but was surprised by the creamy, thick texture of TDF’s Non-Drying Lotion. Didn’t trust that it could wash my face well, but it surprisingly did!

Age Defense PA+++ UVA/UVB SPF 50+ Sunscreen (50g)

TDF’s Age Defense PA+++ UVA/UVB SPF50+ Sunscreen is clinically proven to protect our skin from sunburns, skin darkening and future photo damage. This high performance sunscreen provides maximum blockage against age-inducing UVA and harmful UVB rays with PA+++ rating and ultra microfine zinc oxide.

I love how the product delivers its non-whitening, non-oily and fragrance free promise, which is something I dislike about most sunscreens. It is also enriched with the powerful antioxidant CoQ10 for maximum sun protection.

Will show you how the product looks like upon application! In the second (unfiltered) photo is how my skin looks 2 minutes after rubbing the sunscreen in. There’s zero coverage, but definitely forms a visible, thin sheer layer.


After a short wait, my skin is neither oily nor sticky. Re-application is definitely necessary for sea sports and outdoor activities, as the product wears off like all sunscreens do. I discovered that this also works perfectly as makeup base on thin coverage days.

In Singapore’s tropical climate, sun damage causes a lot of pre-mature skin aging. Hence this layer of protection is crucial to maintaining  youthful skin. As part of TDF’s Age Defense Line, there are also products in the series complementing this sunscreen for anybody who’s afraid of getting sunspots!

Light Textured Moisturizer (50g)

TDF’s Light Textured Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight fragrance-free formula that can be used alone or double up as your makeup base or primer. The cream formula has a quick-drying nature, and does not leave much oily residue. It locks in moisture and prevents further moisture loss, thereby improving skin texture and overall clarity.

I’m picky about the kind of moisturisers I use. This moisturizer doesn’t get absorbed as quickly or completely as I would have liked, but it’s definitely a great value-for-money over-the-counter product!

When applied to my skin, in 2 quick minutes the formula was almost fully absorbed by my skin, leaving behind a smooth exterior, and minimal stickiness. In a few hours, when applied alone, I find my skin producing less oils than usual, possibly as my skin was well-moisturized. I personally use this over one of my trusted skin serums for added moisture.

I’m glad that these products, though full-sized, are also convenient for travelling. Even better, they come in tester-sizes at BlackBox SG’s online store! Apply my code ‘BBXJEAN10‘ at checkout for 10% discount off your entire purchase!

Out of these 3 products, I grew to rely a lot on TDF’s Sunscreen, so much so I’m applying it on a daily basis.

About TDF:

Founded by Miss Christina Lim, a trained pharmacist and a Master of Business Administration graduate from the National University of Singapore. TDF is the pioneer in alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) glycolic acid formulations and a respected name in the field of aesthetic dermatology. Dedicated to this purpose, TDF provides science-based aesthetic solutions with superior quality and proven efficacy.

Where to buy:, National Healthcare Group Polyclinics, Singhealth Polyclinics and Hospitals

Retail Size and Price:
☆  TDF Light Textured Moisture | 50ml, $28
☆  TDF PA++  UVA / UVB SPF 50 | 50g, $44
☆  TDF Non-Drying Cleansing Lotion​ | 100ml, $26; 237ml, $50

Visit BlackBox SG for tester sized TDF goods!
Quick link: Here.

Viktoria Jean

2 responses to “BlackBox SG – Therapeutic Dermatologic Formula (TDF) Skincare Review”

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