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Body Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
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3.5 fl. oz. for $14.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 30-49 Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.28.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This water-resistant sunscreen is identical in every respect to CeraVe's Face Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. As such, the same review applies: It claims to be like no other sunscreen you've tried, and that's true—but it's not necessarily a good thing. Although this dispenses as a lightweight lotion, it contains an unusually high amount of zinc oxide, which means this product does not go on invisibly as claimed. In fact, the amount of zinc oxide lends a slightly grainy texture and also gives this "body" sunscreen a dry finish that feels drier the longer it's worn.

We're perplexed as to why CeraVe included so much zinc oxide, especially given that this product also contains other active ingredients, including titanium dioxide and several others. In fact, the formula contains over 41% active ingredients—overkill for SPF 30 and even for higher SPF ratings. The combined amount of active ingredients makes this feel less silky that it might have otherwise, although it is still surprisingly light.

On the upside, the formula contains a nice mix of skin-repairing ingredients and the cell-communicating agent niacinamide. What's missing are antioxidants—essential ingredients that CeraVe has yet to include in any of their SPF-rated products, despite the research proving their benefit when added to sunscreens, although those aren't quite as critical for body sunscreens as for facial sunscreens.

This isn't the ideal sunscreen, but some people with normal to oily body skin may find it workable. Be careful, though, because when applied liberally (as any sunscreen should be), this will leave a discernible white cast. Applied sheer, the white cast is not an issue, but doing so compromises the amount of sun protection you'll get.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free formula.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Contains a good mix of skin-repairing ingredients and cell-communicating niacinamide.
Cons:
  • Amount of zinc oxide is overkill and leads to a dry finish that feels drier the longer it's worn.
  • Lacks antioxidants to provide an extra measure of environmental defense.
Claims

Like no other sunscreen you've ever experienced. Enjoy high performance protection from the same zinc oxide trusted by lifeguards and dermatologists, now in a lightweight formula that spreads easily, dries clear and is suitable for daily use on even the most sensitive skin. Ceramides help repair and restore the protective skin barrier. Hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to the top layer of the skin.

Ingredients

Homosalate (5%), Meradimate (5%), Octinoxate (5%), Titanium Dioxide (2.5%), Zinc Oxide (23.65%); Inactive Ingredients: Water/Eau, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dimethicone, Isostearic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, Propylene Carbonate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trideceth-6, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

Brand Overview

CeraVe At-A-Glance

Strengths: Affordable, gentle, and fragrance-free; some excellent moisturizers and facial cleansers; a well-formulated eye cream; products provide broad-spectrum sun protection; remarkably gentle baby care; good (but small) assortment of anti-aging products.

Weaknesses: SPF products would do better with the inclusion of antioxidants and more elegant textures; the Renewing SA products aren't as adept at treating keratosis pilaris as they could be.

This small-ish (but expanding( collection of skin-care products keeps things gentle and effective with fragrance-free formulas, many of which are more state-of-the-art than any other product in its price range or pricier versions at the drugstore. In short, this line is a real find!

CeraVe uses a delivery system the company refers to as Multivesicular Emulsion Technology, which releases key ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid over a period of several hours. Although this technology is undoubtedly helpful, such time-delayed delivery systems aren't unique to CeraVe, and the fact remains that most of the ingredients they use are very helpful on their own, no matter what delivery system you use.

The important point is that ongoing, consistent use of this kind of moisturizer designed to repair the skin's barrier function will result in smoother, softer, healthier skin. An interesting element for this product is the inclusion of phytosphingosine. It is an ingredient that research shows is effective in regulating damaged or diseased epithelial cells. It seems this ingredient can be a cell-communicating ingredient, albeit one that is best for compromised skin. However, given CeraVe is positioned for those struggling with psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea, that's a great addition. (Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, October 2003, pages 1135–1137).

It is for these reasons that all the CeraVe products are definitely worth considering, especially at this price. You'll find a options for moisturizing, cleansing, baby care,broad spectrum sun protection (though many of the SPF products don't feel or look so great on skin), and baby care.

For more information about CeraVe, call 866-819-9007 or visit www.cerave.com.

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04.02.2014
So drying.

There is no doubt that it provides adequate sun protection, but the drying effect it has on my skin is unbearable. My skin is normal to oily and I rarely have issues with flaky, dry skin on my arms and hands. But, after using this product for only a few days my hands and forearms are in horrible shape. I've tried all my go to moisturizers along with this sunscreen and none help. I'm going to have to discontinue use. It's just too harsh for my skin.

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