Unblemish Oil Control Lotion SPF 20
Unblemish Oil Control Lotion SPF 20 is a very good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for those with normal to oily skin. The actives are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, two of the gentlest sunscreens around. This is formulated with a silky, lightweight base that sets to a smooth matte finish. Without question, keeping skin protected from sun exposure will allow faster healing of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne. Unblemish Oil Control Lotion SPF 20 works great under makeup, too.
Even though it has a broad-spectrum formula with great aesthetics, there are three things holding it back from earning a higher rating. For starters, research has shown that it's better to use an SPF of 30 or greater for adequate sun protection, so the SPF 20 just isn't cutting it for us (see More Info for details). Beyond that, we wish that the antioxidants and other intriguing ingredients were present in a higher amount. The third strike against it? Because it contains both fragrance and the potentially-irritating preservative methylisothiazolinone, we do not recommend it for sensitive or blemish-prone skin. As for oil control, the formula does a good job of keeping skin matte, but you will see some shine break through before the day is done.
Overall, this is a decent sunscreen if you don't have overly sensitive or blemish-prone skin, but there are much better options on our list of Best Sunscreens.
Sunscreens Rated SPF 20 or Lower: A growing body of current research has demonstrated that it's better to use a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater to ensure adequate defense against the sun's aging UV rays. SPF 20 or lower is an option—and certainly better than no sunscreen at all—but only if you're willing to apply liberally and your skin will be seeing five hours of daylight or less.
While this sunscreen will provide the SPF number on the label and has UVA-protecting ingredients, no sunscreen with an SPF lower than 20 will rate higher than two stars in Beautypedia. For more information on our criteria for rating sunscreens, please visit the Best Sunscreens section of the site.
Rodan + Fields At-A-Glance
Many of you are probably familiar with physicians Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields from their appearances on infomercials about their successful ProActiv line of anti-acne skincare products. The Rodan + Fields approaches are advertised for those suffering from a variety of skin conditions, and are claimed to work for anti-aging, skin discolorations, sensitive skin, and acne.
Most consumers want simplicity when it comes to making decisions about what skincare products they should use. The Rodan + Fields marketing strategy is to make it simple. They eliminate the confusion about what products work together by creating streamlined, prepackaged product groups, each aimed at specific skin-care concerns. Each product group is enclosed in a clever, take-along parcel that is the skin-care equivalent of a sack lunch. (Products are also available separately for those who want to customize their routine or add products outside the predetermined routines.) This structured approach has merit, but, each routine has at least one questionable or lackluster formulation, or a problem with packaging.
For more information about Rodan + Fields, call (888) 995-5656 or visit www.rodanandfields.com.
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