02.26.2014
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Kiss My Face
Brightening Day Creme with SPF 4
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $23
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:02.26.2014
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:No
Overview

Not only is SPF 4 a dangerously low rating, but also the price and claims for this product are offensive given the formulation and the fact that the active ingredients aren’t listed on the label as they are supposed to be according to FDA regulations. It does contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, but the lack of active status and the meager SPF rating adds up to a big zero. This is not a daytime moisturizer worth trying, for many reasons, including the irritants of peppermint, clary sage, and melissa, which are damaging to skin.

Claims

Brighten and even skin tone and diminish skin discoloration with organic ingredients. A double duty cream that combines organic aloe and botanical brighteners with natural mineral sun protection. Evens and brightens the complexion while diminishing the appearance of sun discoloration. Great for face, neck and chest.

Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Algae Extract, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Cassava (Tapioca) Root Starch, Caprylic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) Extract, Veronica Officinalis (Speedwell) Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Glycine, Geranium Maculatum (Geranium) Oil, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Alpha Arbutin (Uva Ursi) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate

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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