Anti-Aging BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreen

$49.95 - 1.5 fl. oz.
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Hydroxatone now offers a BB cream, and outside of being expensive, the formula is a mixed bag. On the plus side, it contains titanium dioxide as its sole active ingredient, so broad-spectrum sun protection is assured. The formula also contains some intriguing anti-aging ingredients, though most of them are present in tiny amounts that don’t necessarily add up to a big boon for your skin.

This BB cream has a silky, creamy texture that’s easy to blend. It provides sheer to light coverage and, after a moment or so, sets to a soft matte finish that can feel too drying over dry areas, but those with normal to oily skin should find it agreeable. The core ingredients simply aren’t moisturizing enough for dry skin, so this is less versatile than it’s made out to be in terms of skin type. For certain this isn’t a hydrating product that will be all dry skin needs!

One thing we noticed right away was the strong scent this BB cream has, and most of it comes from orange oil. Although orange oil smells nice, fragrance isn’t skin care. In fact, orange oil contains volatile components that can irritate skin, and this product contains other plant extracts with potential to cause irritation, which is never helpful. It’s a good thing this BB cream provides sun protection, because orange oil can cause a phototoxic reaction when unprotected skin is exposed to UVA light (Source:  Acta Dermato-Venereologica, Volume 87, 2007, pages 312–316).

Three shades are available, all of which have a decidedly warm (but workable) cast. The Light shade is too dark for fair skin, but acceptable for light to medium skin, while Tan isn’t as dark as you may think (it’s best for medium to slightly tan or olive skin). There are no shades for dark skin tones.

Although this BB cream contains a better range of anti-aging ingredients than many others, its weaknesses (which include the high price and dry, somewhat tacky finish) don’t propel it to a good rating. In short, you can find better BB creams (or tinted moisturizers, which is essentially all BB creams are) for less money.

Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide *12.16%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Glycereth-26, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Alumina, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone,  Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Boron Nitride, Methicone, Methicone, Sodium PCA, Propanediol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Urea, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract,  Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Adenosine, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Beta-Glucan, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Oleate, Sodium Phosphate, Tocopherol,  Phytosterols, Squalane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceramide 3, sh-Polypeptide-7, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Oligopeptide-68, Fragrance, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Iron Oxides.

*Note: The active ingredient percentage varies by shade, with Light having the most titanium dioxide and Tan having the least, at 7.72% (still a respectable amount).

Hydroxatone is a mail-order company that sells various anti-wrinkle and anti-aging products, all at fairly high prices. You need to know that these products are absolutely not worth your attention, let alone your beauty dollars. It's not that they don't contain some great ingredients, but almost every formula has its share of problems that make investing in this line the wrong way to go (especially if your concern is wrinkles or discolorations).

The key ingredients Hydroxatone touts are peptides and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are used industry-wide, so you're not getting anything special or unique with Hydroxatone. What's particularly frustrating is that the company makes a much bigger deal about their "special" ingredients then is deserved. For example, the peptides don't work like Botox, the hyaluronic acid won't replace the need for dermal fillers, and their claim that these products contain the most effective anti-wrinkle ingredients isn't supported by published research. Even the "clinical studies" Hydroxatone mentions are meaningless, especially since they weren't done double-blind and the results were not compared with other products (that, in most cases, would likely work even better).

For more information about Hydroxatone, call 1-800-672-2259 or visit

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  1. Doris m
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 25, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Good results
    • I as well purchased 2 tubes (pkg) at SAMs Club and finding it making my skin seem prettier, and I'm 73 yes old. I have sent for Paula's foundation on her merits and it was to light for me, so they thoughtfully sent me sample of Darker shade which also didn't match my skin. My ruddy complexion works well with this BB cream. I have been a loyal fan of Paula's for years( re: don't wear blue eye shadow) one of her books I own,

  2. Rachel
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    This BB Cream is a winner!
    • I purchased this as a set of two from Sam's making it $20.00 a tube. My skin looks and feels like it did when I was in my 40's. I have tried so many other BB creams and like this one the best.

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