Triple Sunscreen SPF 40
Triple Sunscreen SPF 40 hits some high notes, but it isn't quite a slam dunk—particularly not for those with sensitive skin due to its highly fragranced formula (see More Info on how that kind of irritation pro-ages skin).
While the fragrance factor is a gamble for skin, we do give Laneige credit for some things they did very well with this formula. If you're looking for a sunscreen that imparts a luminous glow, Triple Sunscreen SPF 40 does so, in a noticeable, yet not overly sparkly, way. The slight white cast dissipates as the formula absorbs into skin, and you're left with a healthy glow that brightens and enlivens skin.
The lightly hydrating, fluid-cream texture is best for those whose skin falls somewhere between dry and oily, due to the fact that this formula won't be moisturizing enough for someone with very dry skin and the luminosity can be overkill for those with already excessively shiny skin. Triple Sunscreen SPF 40 initially leaves skin looking dewy, but eventually absorbs down to a natural, non-greasy finish.
As far as other notable traits go, we appreciate that Triple Sunscreen SPF 40 comes in an opaque, air-restrictive tube to maintain the stability of the sensitive ingredients in the formula. Unfortunately, it has a few substantial flaws that lead to its lower rating: an unusually strong fragrance and (to add insult to injury) a lack of broad-spectrum sun protection (see More Info for details on its lack of UVA/UVB protection). For superior options that do provide broad-spectrum sun protection and that do not have the shortcomings of this formula, see our top-rated Moisturizers with Sunscreen.
- Imparts a luminous glow that brightens skin.
- Absorbs down to a natural, non-greasy finish that's ideal for normal to combination skin.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection for anti-aging benefit.
- Increased risk for sensitization due to fragrance.
- Does not provide broad-spectrum sun protection.
Sunscreens Not Rated "Broad Spectrum": Although this sunscreen may contain ingredients that have the potential to provide broad-spectrum sun protection, it also bears the following warning as part of the Drug Facts labeling: "Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging."
This product's label indicates that the formula did not meet the broad-spectrum testing requirements of the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2012), so it isn't as anti-aging capable as many other SPF-rated products.
To ensure your sunscreen provides both UVA and UVB protection, it must be labeled "broad spectrum" and must also contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients listed as "active": avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2005).
Strengths: SPF-rated products provide broad-spectrum sun protection; utilization of some intriguing melanin-inhibiting ingredients.
Weaknesses: Highly fragranced formulas put skin at risk of irritation; use of see-through bottles and jar packaging weakens the potency of the beneficial ingredients; claims for mineral water dont stand up to the research; despite a higher-than-average drugstore price point, Laneige products arent superior to their competitors.
Laneige is a South Korean brand owned by high-end cosmetics company, AmorePacific. Launched in 1994, the story behind this brand centers around mineral waterwhich they tend to label Optimal Mineral Waterharvested from the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. They allegedly spent 20 years perfecting its scientifically engineered properties for skin and, according to Laneige, this superior water is the secret to hydrating, protecting, and revitalizing skin.
Heres what we really know: All water thats included in cosmetics, regardless of the source, must go through a rigorous purification process, and there isnt any research showing that water from any one source is better for skin than water from any other source. More to the point, repairing and hydrating skin is not as simple as adding water. Even Laneiges highly touted mineral water wont retain moisture in skin unless the outer barrier is reinforced with ingredients like antioxidants, emollients, and skin-repairing ingredientsall of which are required or the water just evaporates. So, does Laneige deliver in that regard? Yes and no.
The problem is that their products tend to include beneficial ingredients right alongside potentially irritating ingredients (including fragrance), which detracts from what the good ingredients would otherwise be able to do for skin. In some cases, the jar or clear bottle packaging further impedes the potency and stability of the formula because many of the superstar ingredients break down in the presence of air and/or light.
As far as Laneige makeup goes, at the time of this review they sell only a BB cream in the United States, but it is also plagued by the inclusion of potentially irritating ingredients.
In the end, despite their highly touted Korean brand prestige and steeper-than-average mass-market price point (the line is sold at Target stores in the United States), Laneige ends up being more about marketing fluff than whats actually good for skin. Beyond the mineral water, Laneige products would have merit for their anti-aging prowess, but their inclusion of potential irritants and the use of packaging that compromises the stability of the beneficial ingredients renders the products generally unworthy of consideration.
For more information about Laneige, visit www.us.laneige.com.
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