This is a good sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection and is best for those with normal to dry skin.
Critical UVA protection (think anti-aging) is supplied by titanium dioxide, which is joined by higher levels of several synthetic sunscreen ingredients. The formula is an option for active individuals, but just like any water-resistant sunscreen, you must reapply after swimming or perspiring heavily. Also, because this sunscreen contains synthetic sunscreen ingredients, it will irritate your eyes once you start sweating. For the eye area it is far better to use a sunscreen that contains only the mineral active sunscreen ingredients—titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, or both—on your face. Synthetic sunscreen ingredients, while effective, can irritate the eyes.
Jason Natural included a couple of antioxidants for enhanced protection, but the amounts are lower than in their sunscreens that we rated highest. Still, this is a reliable, affordable option worth checking out.
Ideal for the active individual, whether hiking, playing or swimming, this non-greasy, oil-free, water- and sweat-resistant formula is ideal for hours of outdoor activity With broad spectrum, UVA/UVB protection, Sport Natural Sunblock SPF 45 helps protect skin from prolonged sun exposure to help prevent sun burn which can lead to premature aging. It is also formulated with antioxidants from Açaí Extract to help reduce oxidative stress that may cause free-radical damage.
Active: Homosalate (10%), Octocrylene (10%), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (7.5%), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (5%), Titanium Dioxide (2%), Other : Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, VP/Hexadecane Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance
It may not come as a surprise to those who have read previous editions of this book to learn that the Jason Natural line of products, which presents itself as a "green," environmentally friendly alternative skin-care line in health food stores (its primary distribution point), also includes in its products a majority of ingredients that are decidedly unnatural. Yes, many natural ingredients are included in these products, but Jason Natural is not practicing what they preach by "giving consumers effective, environmentally friendly alternatives to mass-produced, synthetic chemical products." As far as mass-produced goes, Jason Natural fills the bill. The product line has been available since 1959, and is distributed worldwide.
Owner Hain Celestial plans to increase the line's presence by entering new retail outlets, meaning that this isn't a batch of products cooked up in a home-style manner and made fresh to order. And the company uses plenty of synthetic ingredients, including preservatives, thickeners, slip agents, and film-forming agents. These aren't bad for skin; in fact, they're essential to create products people will actually want to use—but claiming they're all natural or purer than other brands is false. Natural or otherwise, many of these products are not only outstanding options to consider, but also exceptional values. Of particular interest are the antioxidant-rich Sunbrellas sunscreens, some water-soluble cleansers, and a few state-of-the-art moisturizers.
Jason's penchant for natural means that several products are problematic due to the inclusion of essential oils (which are really unessential because they cause irritation and often sun sensitivity or cell death), along with other ingredients that, while natural, are not helpful for skin. The company claims that everything they put into their products is from the earth, and that's true. But if you think about it, where else would the ingredients come from? Mars? Every cosmetics company is using ingredients from the earth, so just because Jason Natural outfits theirs with a selection of plants doesn't mean they're inherently better (and in some instances, the plants are even a detriment). Still, there are enough high points in this line to make it worth considering. This line is huge, however, so be prepared to zero in on what's best or you may be overwhelmed by the choices.
For more information about Jason Natural, call 1-866-595-8917 or visit www.jason-natural.com.