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Kylie Skin

Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Oil

3.90 fl. oz. for $ 32.00
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Kylie Skin’s Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Oil shields skin from damaging UV rays and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth thanks to its antioxidant-rich plant oils. So why doesn’t it rate higher? Let’s dive right in…

The first strike against the formula is the high amount of denatured alcohol that this contains, which can erode skin’s protective barrier and put a strain on how skin replenishes itself (see More Info for the research-backed explanation).

Strike number two is the wafting fragrance.  Volatile fragrance ingredients increase the likelihood of skin sensitization and trigger inflammation. In a double whammy, this issue is problematic for skin even if you can’t immediately see or feel the effects (see More Info for details). We love a pleasant scent, but research is clear that fragrance, especially when it’s strong like this, is risky for skin.

This otherwise could have been a great body sunscreen for anyone who prefers an oil spray format. True to claim, it easily rubs into skin leaving a glowing sheen thanks to soothing, skin-smoothing oils derived from coconut, kiwi, and meadowfoam. It imparts an invisible (no white cast) finish thanks to the synthetic sunscreen agents, which provide reliable broad-spectrum protection.

Last but not least, we have to mention that the pump for the non-aerosol sprayer was very hard to press down. That may have just been a one-off faulty packaging issue, as we haven’t seen it mentioned in customer reviews for this sunscreen. Other than that, the opaque packaging is a smart choice for protecting the light- and air-sensitive antioxidants.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection from damaging UV rays.
  • Antioxidant rich oils leave skin soft, smooth, glowing.
  • Easy to rub into skin—no white cast or streaks.
Cons:
  • High amount of denatured alcohol is problematic for skin.
  • Fragrance ingredient put skin at risk of inflammation.
  • Sprayer was hard to use (but that may just have been an isolated incident of faulty packaging).

More Info:

Alcohol-Based Skincare Products: Research makes it clear that alcohol, as a main ingredient in any skincare product, especially one you use frequently and repeatedly, is a problem.

When we express concern about the presence of alcohol in skincare or makeup products, we’re referring to denatured ethanol, which most often is listed as SD alcohol, alcohol denat., denatured alcohol, or (less often) isopropyl alcohol.

When you see these types of alcohol listed among the first six ingredients on an ingredient label, the product is highly likely to irritate and cause other problems for skin; it doesn’t take much of this type of alcohol to trigger skin stress. There’s no way around it—these volatile alcohols are simply bad for all skin types.

The reason they’re included in products is because they provide a quick-drying finish, immediately degrease skin, and feel weightless, so it’s easy to see their appeal, especially for those with oily skin. If only those short-term benefits didn’t lead to negative long-term outcomes.

Using products that contain these alcohols will cause dryness, erode skin’s protective barrier, and a strain on how skin replenishes, renews, and rejuvenates itself. Alcohol just weakens everything about skin.

The irony of using alcohol-based products to control oily skin is that the damage from the alcohol can actually lead to an increase in breakouts and enlarged pores. As we said, the alcohol does have an immediate de-greasing effect on skin, but it causes irritation, which eventually will counteract the de-greasing effect and make your oily skin look even more shiny.

There are people who challenge us on the information we’ve presented about alcohol’s effects. They often base their argument on a study in the British Journal of Dermatology (July 2007, pages 74–81) that concluded “alcohol-based hand rubs cause less irritation than hand washing….” But, the only thing this study showed was that alcohol was not as irritating as an even more irritating hand wash, which contained sodium lauryl sulfate. So, the study is actually just telling you that one irritant, sodium lauryl sulfate, is worse than another irritant, alcohol.

Not all alcohols are bad. For example, there are fatty alcohols, which are absolutely non-irritating and can be beneficial for skin. Examples that you’ll see on ingredient labels include cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol, all of which are good ingredients for skin. It’s important to differentiate between these skin-friendly alcohols and the problematic alcohols.

What about very low levels of denatured alcohol? These sometimes show up in products because the alcohol may be part of the preservative system or may have been used to make certain ingredients more soluble in the formula. In these instances the amount of alcohol is typically below 0.1%, so is unlikely to pose a risk to skin.

References for this information:
Journal of Hospital Infection, August 2019, pages 419-424
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, April 2017, pages 188-196
Drug Design, Development and Therapy, November 2015, pages 6,225-6,233
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, November 2014, pages 109-117
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice, March 2013, pages 195-196
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, November 2008, pages 1–16
Dermato-Endocrinology, January 2011, pages 41–49
Experimental Dermatology, June 2008, pages 542–551
Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366
Alcohol Journal, April 2002, pages 179–190

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Our Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Oil is an every day essential that helps protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. This hydrating formula is filled with antioxidants and essential fatty acids like coconut oil and sunflower seed oil that help promote healthy looking skin and prolong moisture. Our non-messy, non-aerosol sprayer, makes for easy application, with our invisible formula gliding onto skin leaving zero white residue. No more streaky sunscreen, just glowing, hydrated, protected skin.

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%). Other: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol Denat., C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Octyldodecanol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Polyamide-3 , Polyester-8, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Lauryl Lactate, Fragrance, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Coumarin, Tocotrienols, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Linalool, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Citric Acid.

As the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family of media moguls, social media darling Kylie Jenner had a monumental impact on the makeup scene with the launch of her Kylie Cosmetics brand in 2015. Featuring matte liquid lipsticks and liners initially, these “lip kits” became best sellers, quickly establishing Jenner as a name to watch in the beauty industry. It seemed inevitable, then, that she would follow up on that success with the creation of a skin care brand, Kylie Skin, which launched in 2019.

Kylie Skin doesn’t have a backstory in the traditional sense that there was a specific instance that sparked its creation; rather Jenner says she’s always had an interest in skin care, thanks to her mother and older sisters, and wanted to offer her fans the types of products she uses.

To that end, the brand has a small but mostly well-curated selection of skin care that avoids jar packaging and is instead comes in opaque containers that shield their beneficial ingredients from exposure to light and air to preserve their effectiveness— we just wish the formulas were more effective, as most of them make at least one misstep. The reason we say it's mostly well-curated is because at the time of its launch, Kylie Skin offers no SPF option, so the line is currently not a complete skin care routine (although Kylie's hinted one will be coming soon).

Generally speaking, the formulas contain a good mix of research-backed antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients, and the textures are pleasant (no overly sticky or drying products to be found). There are a couple of fragranced products, but thankfully the fragrance is mild for the most part, doesn’t linger, and is low on the ingredient lists.

The biggest ill-informed decision with this skin care line is one single product: a walnut scrub that harkens back to the old days when harsh, abrasive physical scrubs were the rule at the drugstore. Now though there are plenty of gentler options available, including both physical scrubs and chemical exfoliants, so it’s strange to see this product included in the line. We weren’t surprised by the strong negative response this product got on various social media platforms, although its initial launch did sell out, so it seems curiosity won out.

Overall, Kylie Skin has some unexpectedly worthwhile products to consider and is an overall decent debut. Although we were pleasantly surprised, it also must be said that nothing from Kylie Skin is groundbreaking or innovative enough to rank among the best skin care products available today. For more information on Kylie Skin, visit https://kylieskin.com/.

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