Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Body Broad Spectrum SPF 30 combines the mineral actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in a fragrance-free, lightweight lotion meant for use from the neck down. Broad-spectrum protection is assured, but there are a couple of issues you should know about before picking this up.
The lotion texture is preferred for normal to dry skin (and can be applied to the face, too), but application is where this sunscreen's chief issue becomes visible: It leaves a soft white cast that's tricky to sheer out or make invisible. To some extent, this is true for all mineral-based sunscreens, but we found that even on fair skin this sunscreen's white cast was evident.
Granted, the visible white cast tends to be less of an issue on the body than on the face, but it's still a choice worth weighing before deciding to purchase this.
Another consideration is this sunscreen's lack of antioxidants. Research has made it clear that adding proven antioxidants to a sunscreen provides even better environmental defense. We discuss this in the More Info section.
On balance, this is an OK sunscreen, but it could've easily earned our top rating if the aesthetics were improved and the if formula were infused with beneficial antioxidants. As is, we're hard pressed to recommend it over today's Best Sunscreens.
Sunscreens That Lack Antioxidants: While this sunscreen goes the distance in terms of providing broad-spectrum sunscreen protection, a high SPF rating, and unique aesthetics (making it one you'll actually wear and apply liberally every day), it lacks a comprehensive array of added antioxidants. Research has demonstrated that antioxidants, when formulated into a broad-spectrum sunscreen formula, boost its effectiveness in defending your skin against UV rays, free radicals, and other environmental damage (Journal of Long Term Effects of Medical Implants, 2004 and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2012).
So, if you decide to try this sunscreen, we strongly recommend you layer it over a well-formulated antioxidant-rich serum. Serums are available in water-light textures for oily or combination skin and in hydrating formulas for normal to dry skin. Wearing one under your sunscreen every day will pay dividends in defending your skin against free-radical damage and inflammation that destroy the skin's ability to heal and to remain healthy and firm over time (Journal of Pathology, 2007 and Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012).
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 3.2%; Zinc Oxide 2%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Dimethicone/PEG 10/15 Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Trimethoxysiloxysilicate, Hydroxyapatite, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Methyl Trimethicone, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone Silylate, Quaternium 90 Bentonite, Sodium Chloride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Isostearic Acid, Silica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides.
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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