Face Factor Face + Neck SPF 30 is a truly outstanding product in the Kiss My Face line! This in-part zinc oxide sunscreen for normal to dry skin contains a very good array of antioxidants, soothing agents, emollients, and the cell-communicating ingredients—and it's fragrance-free, too. This formula should be suitable for those struggling with dry skin and occasional breakouts as it isn't as emollient as some of the other formulas in the Kiss My Face line. However, as with any skincare product, it takes experimentation to discover what works best for you.
The amount of zinc oxide does not leave a white cast on skin after it has had a few moments to dry, and the formula is also water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.
The Face Factor Face + Neck SPF 30 earned its high rating for its blend of beneficial ingredients which go above and beyond for a sunscreen, that it is fragrance free and provides broad-spectrum sun protection to an excellent degree. Did we mention it's inexpensive as well? What's not to love?
Note: Because this product is regulated in the United States as an over-the-counter drug, its inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content. Although this may be allowed by law, we have more respect for companies that choose instead to list their inactive ingredients in descending order of concentration, so you know more about what you are putting on your face, just like with any other skincare or makeup product.
Addendeum: Kiss My Face makes a similarly named product, Face Factor Face & Neck SPF 50 which Beautypedia does not recommend due to its inclusion of the potentially irritating lavender oil.
Face Factor Sunscreen SPF 30 is the ultimate in natural sun protection for your face and neck and is enriched with Hydresia to be ultra-moisturizing. This formula offers broad spectrum protection and is rich in antioxidant Green Tea and Licorice extracts to help fight damaging free radicals. Anti-aging peptides help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and a remarkably effective Linoleic Acid help decrease sensitivity to sunscreens, naturally. Natural Hyaluronic acid, Hydresia olesomes, and Aloe and Cucumber extracts hydrate and soothe for beautiful skin every day. Hydresia is nature’s moisturizer nurtured from safflower seeds. Hydresia olesomes are little “capsules” of oil that collapse at varying rates on your skin, providing controlled release of ultra-moisturizing properties. This fragrance free formula is water resistant and works great as a base under make-up. What’s more, Kiss My Face procures non-nano minerals for use in our sunscreen.
Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (3%), Zinc Oxide (3%). Inactive: Acetyl Hexapeptide 8, Acrylates Copolymer, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Cetearyl Olivate,Cetyl Alcohol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Linoleic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Water
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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