Every Day SPF 15 Moisturizer now provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection due to its mix of mineral active ingredients of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. It is a very good, gentle, fragrance-free sunscreen for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts. True to the claims, this is an ultra-rich formula in terms of the emollient plant oils and thickeners it contains. The plant oils (all of which are the non-fragrant type) provide antioxidant benefits, which is a boon to any sunscreen because antioxidants help defend skin against the free radicals generated whenever it’s exposed to UV light (which occurs even on cloudy days). All told, this is a top sunscreen option at the drugstore, and would also be suitable for sensitive skin and for use on children.
Note: This product was recently downgraded from our top rating to two stars, which is considered average. The reason for the change is due to the prevailing recommendation that your daytime sun protection product be rated SPF 30 or greater. This revised recommendation is due to the fact that most people are not applying sunscreen liberally enough to earn the stated level of protection on the label; therefore, a higher SPF rating will be more advantageous. See the More Info section for additional details.
Sunscreens Rated SPF 15: A growing body of current research has demonstrated that it's better to use a sunscreen rated SPF 20 or greater to ensure adequate defense against the sun's aging UV rays. SPF 15 is an option, 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. Applying an SPF 15-rated sunscreen under a foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream that offers broad-spectrum SPF 25+ will take far better care of your skin. Plus, this layering approach ensures your skin gets sufficient sun protection even if you’re not applying liberally.
For a list of UVA sunscreen actives, see the Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary entry on PaulasChoice.com.
This ultra-rich formula contains Hydresia oleosomes made from safflower oil to naturally nourish skin, and all mineral SPF 15. All mineral sun protection ... no chemical sun screens, no nanoparticles, no parabens, no artificial colors or fragrances and no animal testing!
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 3.50%; Zinc Oxide 3.50% Other Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Propanediol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin-E), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot)Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin
Kiss My Face At-A-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive; generous sizes; some very good sunscreens, occasional use of antioxidants without troublesome plant extracts; some fragrance-free products.
Weaknesses: Nearly all products contain one or more problematic plant extracts or volatile plant oils; the Obsessively Organic line is a dud; no products to treat acne or lighten skin discolorations; several bar soaps; no reliable AHA or BHA products; irritating toners; problematic self-tanner.
Lining the shelves of many health food stores and the "natural" skin-care aisles of quite a few national grocery store chains is this sweetly named line of skin-care products. Similar to competitor Burt's Bees (where Burt himself sold handmade products out of the back of his pickup truck), the owners of Kiss My Face are also vegetarians. (What does dietary preference have to do with skin care? We don't know, but it's mentioned several times in the information about this company.) Also similar to Burt's Bees, the founders of Kiss My Face started on a farm and took their products and concept to the big city, where it was well received.
Of course, the farm setting juxtaposed with the urban success speaks to the company's desire to maintain their natural image, despite using several ingredients that aren't natural in the least. If anything, many of the natural ingredients Kiss My Face chooses are a problem for skin because they cause irritation. Even more upsetting is that they do so without exerting a benefit. The company claims to use the latest scientific research mixed with the best nature has to offer, saying that doesn't leave any room for "unnecessary chemical additives," but there is a lot of research about all kinds of ingredients, natural and synthetic, that indicates they are excellent for skin. Kiss My Face must be doing some inadequate or extremely limited research.
What Kiss My Face lacks is a product range that keeps up with state-of-the-art options from neighboring lines in the mass market. We are leery of any skin-care company that claims to be using the latest research and yet sells sunscreens without reliable UVA protection, toners with irritants, and far more bar soaps, which are also a problem for skin, than water-soluble cleansers. Again, what research are they using? Although the natural slant here is more a front than factual, there are some winning products to consider, and the price point is very attractive, as is the simple packaging. Shopping Kiss My Face carefully can result in some great beauty bargains.
For more information about Kiss My Face, call 845-360-2060 or visit www.kissmyface.com.
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