Cell Block-C New Cell Protection SPF 20
1 fl. oz. for $30
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:False
Tested on animals:No

This is a remarkable mineral sunscreen (titanium dioxide is the sole active ingredient) for normal to dry or sensitive skin. It is fragrance-free and loaded with antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients, and the packaging will keep these sensitive ingredients stable during use.

There are very few sunscreens/daytime moisturizers available that supply skin with such an impressive cocktail of beneficial ingredients. As such, this deserves strong consideration. The only sour note is the price, which may discourage liberal application, which is essential for achieving the sun protection your skin needs daily (though this is still less expensive than many department store offerings).


This dual delivery system helps protect your skin from environmental aggressors like the sun's UVB rays, and helps prevent signs of aging by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so your skin stays looking young, healthy and beautiful. Safe for all skin types.


Active: Titanium Dioxide (6.6%), Other: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aluminum Stearate, Cetyl Esters, Jojoba Esters, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Ascorbic Acid Polypeptide, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Bisabolol, Squalane, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extra, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf, Di-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Alumina, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin

Brand Overview

BeautiControl At-A-Glance

Strengths: The Cell Block-C products include stablized Vitamin C; some well-formulated moisturizers; decent scrub products; excellent retinol products; some good cleansers plus an exceptional makeup remover; Lip Apeel; very good lip balm with sunscreen; some great foundations (including one with full coverage); very good powder blush and eyeshadow trios; the liquid eyeliner and lip gloss are excellent; some innovative products that make this line deserve a second look.

Weaknesses: Most of the body-care products contain irritating ingredients, as do several others throughout the line; the jar packaging is really disappointing; most of the toners contain problematic ingredients that can hurt skin; almost all of the men's products are full of irritants; limited options for sunscreens, although what's available provides sufficient UVA protection; the Skinlogics Sensitive skin-care line contains ingredients that are problematic for those with sensitive skin; mostly problematic concealers; limited to poor foundation, concealer, and powder shades for women of color.

Texas-based BeautiControl has been around for nearly three decades and has maintained a consistent focus on skin care. Most recently they have shaped their line around the concept of creating your own in-home spa, which the company uses to entice women to host BeautiControl parties for their friends and family. Whether you find out about (or end up purchasing) these products by attending a BeautiControl party or you happen across their Web site, there are some compelling reasons to consider several BeautiControl products. Let's start with the positives.

The best face forward side of BeautiControl is that their price point is not over the top, and mostly reasonable; plus several of their products are exceptional. We also think their overall approach to taking care of skin is well-intentioned. Without question, the ingredients in their best products demonstrate they're keeping up with the state-of-the-art. If they stopped including problematic ingredients and discontinued the poorly formulated products this line would be a much stronger option for consumers looking to take excellent care of their skin while remaining brand-loyal.

BeautiControl's focus on launching more and more miracle products with incredibly misleading claims might help them sell more products, but it doesn't always make for good skin care. And how come they have so few facial moisturizers with sunscreen? Protecting skin from sunlight indisputably keeps it looking younger, firmer, smoother, and even-toned far longer than anything else you can do for skin.

BeautiControl's makeup collection has been streamlined a bit, and that's good news. The foundation colors are divided into warm, cool, and neutral tones though the warm tones (those that begin with the letter Y) are more neutral than warm, which is good news. The cool shades (those that begin with the letter P) are the least impressive. Throughout the color line are some happy surprises, such as the improved powder blush and eyeshadow trios but also some really bland products such as the eye pencil and some gimmicky primer-type products. You'll find some great products whether you want to shop BeautiControl's color line piecemeal or assemble a complete makeup wardrobe, and the prices are reasonable.

For more information about BeautiControl, call (800) 232-8841 or visit www.beauticontrol.com.

Note: We would like to acknowledge and extol how exceptionally helpful the staff at BeautiControl's main office has been in allowing my team and me to compile the information necessary to complete this review. Very few cosmetics companies extend such a high level of service and reliable information to us, and we truly appreciate it.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Best Face Sunscreen I Have Used

This sunscreen goes on silky smooth; leaving no white residue or greasy film. Worth every penny!

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Heather J
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bought this product on ebay US (not available in the Netherlands, as most recommended products). Not happy with it. I have dry skin and this made my skin look oily. Not a nice glow, my face looked like I put olive oil on it. And then, at the end of the day I saw my skin broke out, which is unusual for me. Decided to give it a try for a week and after a stopped using it, my skin calmed down. Wouldn't recommend it.

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Heidi B.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
So far so good

Recently bought this after reading Paula's review. So far I really like it. I do have a question though. Does this product offer UVA protection as well as UVB protection? And is this type of suncreen good for those who have a tendency to develop brown spots after being out in the sun? Thank you!

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Friday, January 17, 2014
I LOVE This product

I have never found a product to work for my skin. Often I just wear nothing at all, not even sunscreen, because I found that it made my skin look worse (dry, older or irritated). So I have tried many sunscreens that are said to be good, like for example Allie SPF 50 and Caudalie. But, this one is the best ever, I think I'll be using it forever. It leaves my skin looking very nice and soft. So I am very glad I finally found something that works for me :)

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