Full Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Illuminating Finish
StriVectin’s Full Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Illuminating Finish delivers reliable broad-spectrum protection with a shimmering, lightly hydrating finish for all skin types. Regrettably, the amount and lingering nature of this sunscreen’s fragrance, including fragrance chemicals like citral and linalool, makes it tough to recommend (see More Info for details).
Like the brand’s other Full Screen sunscreens, the Illuminating version is housed in an opaque plastic squeeze tube which nicely protects its antioxidants. Among those great-for-skin ingredients are form of niacinamide known as myristyl nicotinate, non-fragrant plant oils like argan, coconut, and soy, vitamin E (tocopherol), and several plant extracts. Although these ingredients support the brand’s claim of blue light and pollution defense, all are listed after the fragrance. A highly scented product won’t do skin any favors.
Another downside of the fragrance is that it increases the likelihood of this sunscreen’s synthetic active ingredients causing a sensitized reaction for some, especially if you plan to apply this around the eyes. Leave this on the shelf and turn your attention to our latest list of best facial sunscreens instead.
- Delivers broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Leaves skin softly illuminated.
- Strong, lingering fragrance highly likely to irritate skin.
- Contains more fragrance than beneficial anti-aging ingredients.
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.
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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
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Full Screen SPF 30 Illuminating Finish a daily defender from StriVectin delivers a super dose of skin-boosting vitamins and helps protect against environmental pollution and blue light. Lightweight formula leaves skin instantly glowing.
StriVectin put itself on the skincare map with its original StriVectin-SD cream, designed to treat stretch marks. The product took off and became the cornerstone of skincare collection whose focus is now on anti-aging. Its main selling point is its use of myristyl nicotinate (called NIA-114 in brand literature), which is related to and has many of the same properties as niacinamide.
Overall, the brand has some worthwhile products and for the most part theyre in packaging that will protect their ingredients from light and air. Unfortunately there are a number of options that include fragrance and other potential irritants, which are noted in our individual reviews.
As of 2019, StriVectin no longer sells in mainland China and is now cruelty-free. For more information about StriVectin, visit www.strivectin.com.
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