This sunscreen is identical to Aveeno's Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50. The only difference is the distinction that one is for use on a baby's skin, when in truth, either formula is fine for skin of any age (for babies it's always best to check with your physician).
With its gentle, fragrance-free blend of mineral sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), Aveeno has created a winning water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen for sensitive skin, including children's skin. The lightweight creamy lotion spreads easily, sets quickly, and leaves a satin matte finish that should please those with normal to combination skin. The finish isn't moisturizing enough for dry skin, but if you're using this on kids, they probably won't care—and it's the sun protection that counts the most, for them and for you.
The finish is quite tenacious; long-lasting protection is assured, but don't forget to reapply to your child as needed. The only disappointing part of this sunscreen is its lack of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients, which all skin types need, although this is less of a concern for children because they have plenty of these elements naturally in their skin. A teeny-tiny amount of the anti-irritant oat kernel extract is present, but it's unlikely to benefit the skin.
This sunscreen is suitable for the face, too.
- Fragrance-free formula is great for sensitive skin, including children's skin.
- Contains mineral actives for broad-spectrum protection.
- Lightweight, easy to apply, and sets to a smooth, non-greasy finish.
- Formula lacks a range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
- The amount of called-out oat extract is minuscule.
Formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat Extract and mineral ingredients (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide), this sunscreen forms a protective barrier on top of the skin that scatters UVA/UVB rays for superior sun protection. It ensures your baby’s delicate skin is protected and not irritated.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (6%) (Sunscreen), Zinc Oxide (3%) (Sunscreen), Other Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-8, Beeswax, Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Polyamide-5, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Arachidyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Trisiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Behenyl Alcohol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Bisabolol, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Arachidyl Glucoside, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Sodium Citrate, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract
Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).
Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnson–owned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.
Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skin—just not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.
The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!
For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.