This is an excellent fragrance-free, water-resistant sunscreen for those with normal to dry skin. The active ingredients include zinc oxide for broad-spectrum protection, while the base formula has a creamy lotion texture that contains anti-irritants and antioxidant-rich plant oils. Note that this sunscreen no longer recommended for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin because the company changed the formula. It now includes synthetic sunscreen actives which, while typically well tolerated by most people, tend to be problematic for those with sensitive skin. Still, if you have sensitive skin and sunscreens haven’t caused problems in the past, this is absolutely worth trying.
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.
Remarkably effective sunscreen made with oat protein and betaglucans that moisturizer and help fight the signs of aging. Now enriched with Hydresia ... an oleosome from safflower for improved moisture and easy rub in. Oat Beta Glucan has been clinically proven to reduce burn cells by 80%. It's easy and quick to apply, water resistant and free of parabens and artificial colors or fragrances.
Active: Octinoxate 7.50%; Octisalate 3.00%; Zinc Oxide 2.50%,Other: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Polysorbate-20, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Avena Sativa (Oat) Betaglucan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Proteins, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol
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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