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GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer

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Ginzing SPF 40 Energy Boosting Tinted Moisturizer provides broad spectrum sun protection, which is its only good quality. Rather than an energy boost for skin, this tinted moisturizer is an irritation boost thanks to the numerous fragrant oils it contains. See More Info to learn why highly fragrant products spell trouble for skin.

Housed in a squeeze tube, this tinted moisturizer with sunscreen comes in one shade. It's said to be for all skin tones, but its sheer, medium peach tint isn't ideal for fair to light skin. Then again, the color issue is irrelevant given all of the problematic ingredients packed into this tint.

There's not much point in sharing information about esthetics, as this product is simply too potentially irritating to recommend, especially if you apply it around the eyes. See our list of Best Tinted Moisturizers for superior—and gentler—options.

Pros:
  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
  • Easy to blend.
Cons:
  • Highly fragrant formula poses a strong risk of irritating skin.
  • Contains sensitizing citrus oils used in high amounts.
  • The single shade is too dark and peachy for all skin tones.
More Info:

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:

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: Yes
Hydrate, energize, perfect & protect. In 1 simple step! This amazing multi-tasker with Coffee Beans and Panax Ginseng instantly boosts moisture & energy levels. Plus helps protect from UV rays. All while adding a sheer tint to perfect for a flawless finish. Skin looks vibrant, healthy & radiant.
Active: Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 2%, Octocrylene 2%, Titanium Dioxide 3%, and Zinc Oxide 3%. Inactive: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, C12-15 Alky Benzoate, Dimethicone, Laureth-4, Polyethylene, Peg-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Garcinia Mangostana Peel Extract, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Wax, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Psidium Guajava (Guava) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Adenosine Phosphate, Pantethine, Creatine, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) ExtractExtrait D'orge, Folic Acid, Tourmaline, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acetyl Carnitine Hcl, Caffeine, Rhodochrosite, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isopropyl Myristate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Trehalose, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Yeast ExtractFaexExtrait De Levure, Isostearic Acid, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone Silylate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Nylon-12, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Silica, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Origins At-A-Glance

Strengths: The makeup products fare best including liquid concealer, blush, brow enhancer, and lip liner; very good makeup brushes composed of synthetic hair.

Weaknesses: Almost every skincare product contains potent irritating ingredients; no products to effectively address needs of those with acne or skin discolorations; some of the makeup products contain irritating ingredients.

Started in 1990, Origins was Estee Lauder's contribution to the (still going strong) demand for natural products. Their approach and claims all hinge on the wonder of plants and the allegedly miraculous properties they offer for skin, whether it be dry, sensitive, oily, or simply showing the effects of time. Here's the issue: Just as there are good and bad synthetic ingredients, there are good and bad natural ones. Ironically, Origins isn't all that "natural" because it uses its share of synthetic ingredients, and the plant extracts they do use include some that are bad for skin.

We have never been opposed to using natural ingredients. However, it lacks integrity when a company throws in any plant ingredient with no proven benefit for skin beyond anecdotal information, and then boasts about all sorts of improbable results. It becomes a far more serious issue when the natural ingredients in question have published research showing that they are in fact irritating or damaging to skin. That's the predicament of reviewing Origins' skin care products: almost every product they sell contains several volatile oils (another term for essential oils), all of which have their share of negative qualities when used on skin. In their attempt to appear more natural, Origins uses quite a bit of these offending ingredients, and they're often listed before the much more beneficial additives, such as antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-identical ingredients.

You might be wondering why, if Origins has had such continued success, their products can be such a problem for skin? Can't women just use what they like? The answer is two-fold: yes women can use what they like, but often women like what isn't good for them. For example, smoking is bad for skin (and for your lungs), but lots of people smoke; getting a tan from the sun is bad for your skin, but lots of people spend time outdoors getting a tan; and using products that contain irritating ingredients is bad for your skin, and lots of products come to the table with these inconsistencies.

As we have explained in the introduction tothe book, there is a litany of problems that take place when skin is irritated or inflamed, but fundamentally this results in the skin's immune system becoming impaired, collagenase (the breakdown of collagen) occurs, and the skin is stripped of its outer protective barrier. What is perhaps most shocking is that all of these damaging responses can be taking place underneath the skin and you won't even notice it on the surface. The clearest example of this is the significant and carcinogenic effect of the sun's "silent" UVA rays. You don't feel the penetration of these mutagenic rays, but they are taking a toll on your skin nonetheless (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2006, pages 3038; International Journal of Toxicology, May-June 2006, pages 183193;Skin Research and Technology; November 2001, pages 227237; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 1625; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, May 2004, pages 327337; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, November 2003, pages 663669; Drugs, 2003 volume 63, issue 15, pages 15791596; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, March 2002, pages 138146; Cosmetics & Toiletries, November 2003, page 63; Global Cosmetics, February 2000, pages 4649; and Contact Dermatitis, February 1995, pages 8387).

Most of the Lauder companies really have their acts together when it comes to formulating state-of-the-art moisturizers, serums, and sunscreens that leave out the problematic plant extracts (and that represents a lot of products given the almost two dozen cosmetics companies under the Lauder corporate banner). Origins is the exception, and we encourage my readers who prefer to shop for skin care at the department store to explore the truly far better options from Clinique, Estee Lauder, Prescriptives, M.A.C., Bobbi Brown, or even La Mer. Even salon-styled Aveda, also owned by Lauder, with a natural theme similar to Origins, has less problematic formulas.

For more information about Origins, owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 674-4467 or visit www.origins.com.

Origins Makeup

Compared to the makeup offered by almost all of the other Estee Lauderowned lines, Origins falls short by virtue of including ingredients that align with its marketing image of offering natural ingredients that have the blessing of Mother Nature regardless of the risks they pose for skin. As omnipotent as Mom may be, this force of nature is a disaster waiting to happen. A secondary reason Origins isn't competing as well with its sister companies is that for many products (particularly the lipsticks, blush, and cleverly named but non-essential specialty products) the technology isn't as advanced. That lack of technological creativity combined with significant amounts of hostile essential oils will help you understand why we recommend exploring similar, but superior (and irritant-free), options from any of the other Lauder companies from Clinique to M.A.C.

If you're prone to being swayed by the promises of natural products (though Origins is not any more natural than many other lines, it just uses the most problematic plant extracts possible), there are a few outstanding gems to unearth here, and at prices that aren't unrealistic. Additionally, Origins' latest tester units, especially in their freestanding stores, are accessible and user-friendly. They include pull-out counters for added space and feature large mirrors. Combine this with a low-key yet helpful sales staff and knowing what to zero in on and you'll find shopping the best of Origins is a pleasure.

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