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Kiss My Face
Kids 100% Natural Pink Sun Stick SPF 30 (Discontinued)
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0.5 fl. oz. for $10.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > Kid's Sunscreen
Last Updated:02.27.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

If not for the fragrant citrus oils in this sunscreen stick, it would be an excellent option for use on dry areas where gentle, mineral-based sunscreen is needed. As is, the citrus oils make this too irritating for a kid's, or an adult's, skin, so this is not recommended. See More Info for details on why irritation is a problem for everyone's skin.

One more comment: This sunscreen stick has a neat feature, in that it applies blue, and then lightens over time, indicating when it's time to reapply. The "fun" blue color may appeal to kids, and parents may like the visual reminder that it's time to reapply, but this chemistry trick doesn't change the fact that this sunscreen contains fragrant irritants.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
  • Convenient stick form for use on dry, sun-sensitive areas.
  • Kid- and parent-friendly feature: This goes on blue and lightens over time, indicating when it's time to reapply.
Cons:
  • Contains citrus oils known to be irritating, especially when skin is exposed to sunlight.
  • Heavy, somewhat waxy texture means it's only for use on small areas. It can feel too thick if applied all over the face.

More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrant oils, whether synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types, including children's skin. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Claims

Mineral sun block for lips, nose, cheeks & ears. Use this stick to block the sun, then all day long have fun! On the beach, on a bike, on the slopes or on a hike, this convenient and 100% natural sunblock provides extra protection for sensitive, over-exposed areas. Your parts will stay blue when you smooth it on, it's time to re-apply when the colors gone!

Ingredients

Active: Titanium Dioxide (12.5%), Zinc Oxide (7.5%), Other: Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Essential Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E); May contain Mica and Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Kiss My Face At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; generous sizes; some very good sunscreens, occasional use of antioxidants without troublesome plant extracts; some fragrance-free products.

Weaknesses: Nearly all products contain one or more problematic plant extracts or volatile plant oils; the Obsessively Organic line is a dud; no products to treat acne or lighten skin discolorations; several bar soaps; no reliable AHA or BHA products; irritating toners; problematic self-tanner.

Lining the shelves of many health food stores and the "natural" skin-care aisles of quite a few national grocery store chains is this sweetly named line of skin-care products. Similar to competitor Burt's Bees (where Burt himself sold handmade products out of the back of his pickup truck), the owners of Kiss My Face are also vegetarians. (What does dietary preference have to do with skin care? We don't know, but it's mentioned several times in the information about this company.) Also similar to Burt's Bees, the founders of Kiss My Face started on a farm and took their products and concept to the big city, where it was well received.

Of course, the farm setting juxtaposed with the urban success speaks to the company's desire to maintain their natural image, despite using several ingredients that aren't natural in the least. If anything, many of the natural ingredients Kiss My Face chooses are a problem for skin because they cause irritation. Even more upsetting is that they do so without exerting a benefit. The company claims to use the latest scientific research mixed with the best nature has to offer, saying that doesn't leave any room for "unnecessary chemical additives," but there is a lot of research about all kinds of ingredients, natural and synthetic, that indicates they are excellent for skin. Kiss My Face must be doing some inadequate or extremely limited research.

What Kiss My Face lacks is a product range that keeps up with state-of-the-art options from neighboring lines in the mass market. We are leery of any skin-care company that claims to be using the latest research and yet sells sunscreens without reliable UVA protection, toners with irritants, and far more bar soaps, which are also a problem for skin, than water-soluble cleansers. Again, what research are they using? Although the natural slant here is more a front than factual, there are some winning products to consider, and the price point is very attractive, as is the simple packaging. Shopping Kiss My Face carefully can result in some great beauty bargains.

For more information about Kiss My Face, call 845-360-2060 or visit www.kissmyface.com.

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