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Aveeno

Positively Radiant Targeted Cream Dark Spot Corrector with Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 15

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 10.99
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Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Targeted Cream Dark Spot Corrector with Sunscreen delivers broad-spectrum sun protection, but unfortunately, its SPF 15 rating falls below the minimum standard recommended by most medical boards around the world.

The lightweight, easy-to-spread cream is housed in an opaque tube to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable. Once absorbed, the cream leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated, but what about the dark spot-correcting part?

The only exciting ingredient of note for fading dark spots is soybean seed extract. Although there’s some research supporting soy’s ability to lighten dark spots, you’re getting more visible impact from the brightening mineral pigments this daytime moisturizer contains.

In essence, the dark spot claims aren’t a total bust, but unless your spots are of the sheer, light tan variety (rather than an actual brown color), you’ll need more than this can provide, such as a combination of hydroquinone, niacinamide, or vitamin C. Find such options on our list of best skin-lightening products, and check out our top picks for best day creams for options rated SPF 30 or greater. Sunscreen plays a vital role in preventing the formation of new dark spots and keeping those you see now from worsening.

One more comment: This fragranced formula poses a risk of irritating skin, especially around the eyes. The synthetic sunscreen actives themselves can be sensitizing for some people, so adding fragrance doesn’t help matters.

Pros:
  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
  • Lightweight, easy-to-spread cream leaves skin soft and hydrated.
  • Opaque tube packaging keeps light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
Cons:
  • SPF 15 is below modern-day sunscreen recommendations.
  • Soybean seed extract isn’t likely to do much for dark spots.
  • Soy is the only antioxidant.
  • Fragrance poses a risk of irritating skin, especially around the eyes.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Reveal naturally radiant skin with Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Dark Spot Corrector Cream with Total Soy Complex. This targeted cream is clinically proven to improve the look of dark spots and discoloration for radiant, healthy-looking skin. The formula features Total Soy Complex for softer and smoother skin over time.

 

Active ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (2%). Inactive ingredients: Water, C12-15Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Steareth-2, Fragrance, Steareth-21, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyacrylamide, Arachidyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Silica, Benzalkonium Chloride, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, 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 & Johnsonowned 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 skinjust 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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