Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF 30 contains lavender oil, which is completely unsuitable for "super sensitive" skin. It's good that the active ingredient is just titanium dioxide (a very good sunscreen ingredient for sensitive skin), and the formula has some well-researched antioxidants and soothing agents, but the lavender oil trumps them all.
Although we cannot recommend this product, it's nice that the formula has a sheer tint to offset the white cast titanium dioxide can have.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Sheer tint to prevent a telltale white cast.
- Contains numerous fragrant oils known to cause irritation.
- Lavender oil is a problem for all skin types.
- Not calming in the least and a poor choice for anyone with truly sensitive 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).
Broad Spectrum sunscreen with tinted earth minerals helps guard skin against UV damage with antioxidants from soothing Grape Seed and Green Tea extracts, as physical sunscreens shield against skin-aging and irritating UV damage. Contains our exclusive UltraCalmingTM Complex. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.
Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide (11.00%); Other Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Arachidyl Alcohol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Melissa Officinalis Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Panthenol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol, Proline, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Glycerin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Silica, Arachidyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Sodium DNA, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Neopentyl Glycol Diisostearate, Alumina, Methicone, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxy Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diiostearate, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Iron Oxides.
Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.
Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.
According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?
For more information about Dermalogica, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.