Skinlongevity Vital Power Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Skinlongevity Vital Power Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 from BareMinerals has some excellent traits, including its broad-spectrum pure mineral sun protection that doesn’t leave a strong white cast; unfortunately, the sun quickly sets on this promising formula thanks to the strong, citrus-y fragrance it contains.
Packaged in a tall, sleek, opaque bottle outfitted with a pump and cap, this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen has a light cream texture that thins out to a lotion as it’s massaged over skin.
It sets to a satin-like finish that feels mattifying due to the amount of zinc oxide it contains. Zinc oxide is a great sunscreen ingredient but it’s also a natural absorbent, which is why this formula is best for normal to combination and oily skin.
The lightweight nature of the base formula also lets the zinc oxide feel more absorbent, yet those with oilier skin will likely find this provides balanced hydration. There’s no slick or greasy feel, so what might seem a detriment is actually a plus for the right skin types!
What’s decidedly not a plus is the fragrance this contains along with additional fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation (linalool and limonene among them). See More Info for details.
It’s a shame, too, because along with the mineral sunscreen and light hydration comes a some very good plant-derived antioxidants such as coffee seed oil, Peucedanum japonicum, peony root, and vitamin E (tocopherol), all of which enhance skin’s environmental defenses.
As much as we’d love to recommend this, the strong fragrance is simply too risky. See our list of best daytime moisturizers for better options.
A couple more comments: If you decide to try this, know the mineral blend can look a tad white-ish on very dark skin tones. Also, the brand’s claim that this is “free of chemical sunscreens” isn’t true because mineral sunscreens are definitely chemicals (everything in nature is made of chemicals).
- Provides gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Lightweight, hydrating formula.
- Doesn’t feel slick or greasy.
- Contains some good antioxidants in packaging that will keep them stable.
- Doesn’t leave a strong white cast on many skin tones.
- Contains fragrance ingredients known to irritate skin.
- Website claim “free of chemical sunscreens” is inaccurate.
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
Protect your skin’s radiant, healthy-looking glow — every single day. Inspired by our best-selling serum, SKINLONGEVITY Vital Power Moisturizer SPF 30 instantly replenishes essential moisture and helps prevent premature signs of aging. Long Life Herb helps improve skin's resilience to better protect against damaging environmental stressors, while mineral-based SPF 30 provides protection from damaging UVA/UVB rays. Green Coffee Bean and Peony Extract help to awaken and visibly brighten tired or dull-looking skin, making it perfect for daily morning application. The result? Skin that looks healthier and younger, longer.
Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance
Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.
The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.
We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of, yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn't your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).
Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.
Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.
For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.
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