02.27.2014
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Sun Spray Oil SPF 30
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6 fl. oz. for $15.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 30-49 Sunscreen
Last Updated:02.27.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This fragrance-free spray-on sunscreen is such a mixed bag, it doesn’t rise above average. It’s great for your skin that Kiss My Face didn’t add fragrance (natural or synthetic, fragrance can be a source of irritation) but not so great that, for a sunscreen rated SPF 30, the amount of avobenzone is only 1%. Avobenzone is on hand for its role in providing critical UVA (think anti-aging) protection but ideally, you want to see at least 2% in a product rated above SPF 15.

The emollient, silky formula feels great and leaves skin with a smooth sheen, but lacks antioxidants your skin needs for optimal environmental defense. True to claim, the formula is water-resistant but its wrinkle-reducing prowess is tied only to the sunscreen—something that can be said about most SPF-rated products.

If you decide to try this, it is best suited for normal to dry skin that's not prone to breakouts.

Pros:
  • Convenient spray-and-go application.
  • Leaves skin feeling silky-smooth.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • The amount of critical UVA sunscreen ingredient avobenzone is lower than usual.
  • Lacks antioxidants to help strengthen and further defend skin from damage.
Claims

Practice safe sun! Oil up with this effective combo of skin glistening protection and Antioxidant Defenders. So, spray liberally and sun conservatively!

Ingredients

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (3.5%), Homosalate (5.0%), Avobenzone (1.0%) Other: Isopropyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, 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.

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05.13.2015
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My bottle of this also lists avobenzone as 2%.

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02.01.2014
Formula changed

The company's website and the bottle I just bought now list 2% avobenzone instead of 1%.

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