Tested on animals:No
Pure Light SPF 50 has some pretty significant strikes against it, not the least of which is a price that could discourage liberal application. It’s certainly not the most expensive daytime moisturizer with sunscreen, but you should be mindful of investing in pricier SPFs if you think doing so may prompt you to skimp on application so you don’t have to buy the product as often. Without liberal application, you won’t be getting good enough protection against multiple signs of aging.
The biggest problem this product has is a particularly high amount of fragrant oils known to irritate skin. They include lavender, eucalyptus, and ylang ylang (Canaga odorata) oils, all of which smell nice but their effects on skin can be anything but! Of particular concern are the lavender oils, which we explain in the More Info section, but eucalyptus isn’t great for anyone’s skin either. We can’t imagine why Dermalogica added those when the active ingredients in this daytime moisturizer can end up being sensitizing on their own—why increase the risk to skin?
On the plus side, this will provide broad spectrum sun protection and, coinciding (at least somewhat) with Dermalogica’s claim, there is research showing that the safflower oleosomes present in this product play a supportive role in helping skin recover from sun damage (Source: Rejuvenation Research, October 2013, pages 404–13).
One more comment: Getting back to the problematic fragrant oils present, it’s disappointing these non-beneficial ingredients are present in amounts greater than the truly helpful ingredients (beyond the sunscreen actives) such as sodium hyaluronate, peptides, and a licorice-derived anti-irritant.
- Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
- Safflower-rich formula.
- Contains some proven anti-aging ingredients.
- The price may discourage liberal application.
- Contains an unusually high amount of fragrant plant oils known to irritate skin.
- Lavender oil presents numerous problems for skin.
Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it’s fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products. (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).