BC Spa Facial Defend & Restore Moisture Lotion SPF 20

by BeautiControl  BC Spa
$34 - 2.6 fl. oz.
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Other than a texture that’s slightly less creamy, this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is nearly identical to BeautiControl’s BC Spa Facial Defend & Restore Moisture Creme SPF 20. As such, the same review applies: This fragrance-free daytime moisturizer with a pure titanium dioxide sunscreen provides gentle, broad-spectrum protection in a creamy, antioxidant-rich base that’s excellent for normal, dry, or sensitive skin. (Despite the “lotion” part of the name, this is too emollient for oily skin.) True to claim, this does indeed combine maintenance, repair, and prevention in one product. Antioxidants are joined by skin-repairing and soothing ingredients, along with a few cell-communicating ingredients that help “train” cells to act in a younger, healthier manner.

  • Gentle, fragrance-free formula provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Great for sensitive skin, including for those with rosacea.
  • Anti-aging benefits from antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients.
  • Provides smoothing hydration without a greasy feel.
  • None.

This lightweight, oil-free lotion nourishes and protects skin without leaving a greasy after-feel like some sunscreens do.

Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide, Other Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Esters, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Citrullus Lanatus, Acetyl Tyrosine, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Adenosine Triphosphate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Sodium PCA, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 60, Di-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Proline, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Alumina, Aluminum Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Steareth-20, Carbomer, Polyquaternium-67, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrulline, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Chlorhexidine Digluconate

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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  1. tami1215
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Good but pricey
    • This is a good moisturiser for dry skin. In the winter my dry skin shifts to very dry and it's the only moisturiser I've found so far that almost does the trick. My complaint is that even after I wait 20 minutes to put on my make up, my foundation still only lasts until mid day. I have used both the cream and lotion versions and they are virtually identical in texture. I use the lotion now because they added some irritant preservative to the cream version. It's good but not perfect.

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 13, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    love it
    • love it, but a little expensive for this tube.

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