Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

2.50 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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Aveeno Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 gets one critical aspect right, but so many others wrong that it really isn't worth strong consideration even if your skin is normal and you just want sun protection.

This moisturizer in a pump bottle has a lightweight lotion texture that feels silky and hydrating without being heavy. Though Aveeno describes it as sheer (and it is), the dewy finish isn't the best option for oily skin, yet those with dry skin will likely find this doesn't provide enough moisture.

The broad-spectrum SPF 30 is essential for protecting skin against sun damage and is always recommended in a daytime moisturizer such as this one, but when that's the best aspect of a product, you have to know you can do better.

Fragrance isn't one of the top ingredients included, so it's surprising that this lotion has a strong, perfumey scent that lingers. The fragrance is so strong that it can cause eyes to sting and tear up!

Even if you can handle the fragrance, the ingredient list is "blah," with very few impressive options outside of the SPF and a couple of antioxidants. For a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen to truly be outstanding it needs to be complimented by a host of antioxidants in addition to skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients.

Better alternatives (including many in the same price range) can be found on our list of Best Daytime Moisturizers.

  • Moisturizer is lightweight yet hydrating.
  • Provides broad-spectrum SPF 30.
  • Has a very strong, perfume-like fragrance that lingers.
  • Can cause eyes to sting.
  • Lacks a complement of antioxidants to boost the SPF.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

This lightweight daily moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 helps to reveal radiant looking skin in just 1 week and instantly leaves skin glowing. Enriched with our exclusive ACTIVE NATURALS Total Soy Complex, it is clinically proven to improve the look of tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness and brown spots.

Active: Avobenzone 1.5%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 4%, Octocrylene 6%. Inactive: Water, Caprylyl Methicone, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyacrylate-13, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Steareth-21, Polyisobutene, Disodium EDTA, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.

Aveeno At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers and sunscreen products; fantastic Skin Relief Healing Ointment and soothing bath wash products; a handful of well-formulated baby-care products.

Weaknesses: Well-intentioned but ineffective anti-acne products; reliance on a single showcased ingredient (typically soy) that makes their anti-aging products less enticing than the competition; ineffective products to address hyperpigmentation; formulas packaged in a jar wont remain stable.

Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).

Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnson-owned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.

Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skin, just not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.

The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!

For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.

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