This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen does not provide sufficient UVA screening because it lacks the UVA-protecting ingredients of avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb. One of these should be present in the active ingredients to ensure you’re getting sufficient protection from the sun’s most aging rays. Even if this provided better UVA protection, it contains several problematic fragrant plant extracts and lavender oil. Lavender oil may smell appealing, but scent isn’t skin care. Moreover, lavender oil can cause oxidative damage and skin cell death (Sources: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150; and Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Kiss My Face offers some excellent sunscreens, but this isn’t one of them!
Lightly moisturize and protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays while reducing the signs of aging. Instantly enhance skin tone, reduce fine lines and protect your skin from environmental stresses. Antioxidant vitamins and botanicals soothe and revitalize throughout the day.
Active: Octyl Methoxycinnamate 7.5%, Octyl Salicilate 5%, Oxybenzone 2%,Other: Aqua, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract*, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Echinacea Angustifolia (Echinacea) Leaf Extract*, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract*, Rumex Crispus (Yellowdock) Root Extract*, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract*, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Flower Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Capryllic Acid, Glycine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Geranium Maculatum (Geranium) Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate. *Organic
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.