Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 30 for Sensitive Skin

2.50 fl. oz. for $ 12.99
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Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen is a fragrance-free daytime moisturizer that now provides broad spectrum protection (the previous formula was not labeled for this). It's best for normal to slightly combination skin, and has a lightweight lotion texture that won't leave skin looking or feeling greasy. Those with breakout-prone skin should do well with this unless you know from experience that zinc oxide exacerbates your acne.

As for "all day" moisture, don't count on it. The formula isn't going to be enough for dry skin, as it lacks the emollients and repairing ingredients that skin type needs to improve and thrive. The amount of zinc oxide and dry-finish ingredient isohexadecane keep this from being a good pick for easing dryness.

Because Olay included other synthetic sunscreen active ingredients, this is not a slam-dunk choice for sensitive skin (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are the most gentle choices for this skin type). It's not that the actives are bad, they're just not the best choices when your goal is formulating a sunscreen for truly sensitive skin.

The light texture works well under makeup, and this contains cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide along with antioxidants green tea and vitamin E (as tocopheryl acetate). That's nice, but not on par with what today's best daytime moisturizers can provide. Still, this contains and provides enough to earn its rating, and is worth exploring as long as you keep in mind it's not a slam-dunk for sensitive skin (including from rosacea).

Note: The images and ingredient list for this product Olay currently has on their site are outdated and not reflecting what we and other consumers are seeing in stores.

  • Provides reliable broad spectrum protection.
  • Lightweight, silky lotion base won't leave skin feeling greasy.
  • Works well under makeup.
  • Contains a decent mix of cell-communicating ingredients and antioxidants.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Lacks a more impressive mix of antioxidants and repairing ingredients that today's best daytime moisturizers (including others from Olay) have.
  • The majority of the active ingredients aren't ideally suited to truly sensitive skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Help protect your sensitive skin with SPF30 sunscreen, while providing an immediate surge of Active hydration to moisturize dryness.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 2.5%, Octocrylene 0.5%, Zinc Oxide 7.0%. Inactive Ingredients: Water/Eau, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Steareth-21, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polyethylene, Behenyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, DMDM Hydantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, PEG/PPG-20/20 Dimethicone, Laureth-7, Steareth-2, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

Olay At-A-Glance

Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.

In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.

For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.

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