03.26.2014
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Oat Protein Complex Sun Screen SPF 18
Rating
4 fl. oz. for $11.95
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 15-29 Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is an excellent fragrance-free, water-resistant sunscreen for those with normal to dry skin. The active ingredients include zinc oxide for broad-spectrum protection, while the base formula has a creamy lotion texture that contains anti-irritants and antioxidant-rich plant oils. Note that this sunscreen no longer recommended for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin because the company changed the formula. It now includes synthetic sunscreen actives which, while typically well tolerated by most people, tend to be problematic for those with sensitive skin. Still, if you have sensitive skin and sunscreens haven’t caused problems in the past, this is absolutely worth trying.

Claims

Remarkably effective sunscreen made with oat protein and betaglucans that moisturizer and help fight the signs of aging. Now enriched with Hydresia ... an oleosome from safflower for improved moisture and easy rub in. Oat Beta Glucan has been clinically proven to reduce burn cells by 80%. It's easy and quick to apply, water resistant and free of parabens and artificial colors or fragrances.

Ingredients

Active: Octinoxate 7.50%; Octisalate 3.00%; Zinc Oxide 2.50%,Other: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Polysorbate-20, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Avena Sativa (Oat) Betaglucan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Proteins, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol 

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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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