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TimeWise Day Solution Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35
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1 fl. oz. for $32
Last Updated:06.09.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

TimeWise Day Solution Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 is a product with a straightforward name and a straightforward purpose. Mary Kay doesn't make a lot of lofty claims with this sunscreen, simply stating it will protect skin from sun damage by shielding it from UVA and UVB rays—and it does exactly what it says, which is why it earns our highest rating!

Packed in a opaque pump-style bottle, TimeWise Day Solution does provide reliable broad spectrum sun protection in the form of an in-part avobenzone sunscreen. The formula is fluid and lightweight with some skin-identical ingredients and emollients, making it a good option for normal to slightly dry skin. Because of its silky formula, it also works brilliantly under makeup, serving as a good primer with SPF. Even better, this sunscreen is fragrance-free!

Adding to the list of pros for TimeWise Day Solution is the fact that it includes antioxidants like tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which help boost its sunscreen protection (sunscreen is always aided by the inclusion of antioxidants to help fight free radical damage). These antioxidants are also protected from breaking down in the presence of light and air thanks to this sunscreen's opaque packaging.

Overall, TimeWise Day Solution Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 is a great facial sunscreen to consider for normal to dry skin due to its aesthetic qualities, SPF level and the bonus inclusion of beneficial antioxidants.

Pros:
  • Provides reliable in-part avobenzone broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fluid formula is lightweight and lightly moisturizing.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Packaged in a container that will keep its beneficial ingredients stable.
  • Includes a few beneficial antioxidants to help protect against free-radical damage.
Cons:
  • None.
Claims
TimeWise® Day Solution Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35* helps prevent sun damage such as lines and discoloration before it occurs by shielding skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays.
Ingredients
Active: Avobenzone 2%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2%, Oxybenzone 4%,. Inactive: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Ceteareth-25, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Plankton Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dipropylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Disodium Ethylene Dicocamide PEG-15 Disulfate, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-75, PEG-150, PEG-8 Cetyl Dimethicone, PEG-4 Laurate, Laureth-3, Disodium EDTA, Ammonium Hydroxide, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol.
Brand Overview

Mary Kay At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance-free; packaging that keeps light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use; a handful of well-formulated moisturizers; very good eye-makeup remover; effective wrinkle filler; excellent cream blush and several other impressive makeup products.

Weaknesses: The overall collection is a mixed bag of exciting and disappointing products; several outdated moisturizers and cleansers; no AHA or acceptable BHA products; the CC Cream doesn't provide good enough UVA protection; some lackluster makeup products.

The last few years haven't been glamorous for one of the world's largest direct sellers of cosmetics. Mary Kay lost a lawsuit filed by TriStrata, the company whose founders hold over 100 patents on the use of AHAs in skin-care products. It was revealed that Mary Kay's former AHA products infringed on three of these patents, and, after some back-and-forths in court, Mary Kay ended up paying royalties of over $40 million (interest included) to TriStrata. Perhaps because they're still licking their wounds after this defeat, the company has not launched any new AHA products, and no longer sells the ones that were in question during the legal battle (Source: www.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2006/04/03/daily26.html).

However, the company's spin on the issue of AHAs is that they no longer use them because skin-care technology has advanced. That's an interesting twist, but the fact of the matter is that AHA products, when well-formulated, are still considered advanced and capable of doing far more for skin than the alternatives Mary Kay has devised (including an at-home microdermabrasion scrub and products with vitamin C derivatives).

Although they're not a company for you if you are looking for exfoliants (though you should be looking for a good exfoliant), Mary Kay has recently developed a surprising number of excellent products. With over 1.6 million Mary Kay consultants selling products in 30 countries, this family-owned company (founder Mary Kay Ash passed away in 2001) has slowly been proving that they intend to remain competitive with the best of the best. A refreshing change of pace is the omission of fragrance from almost all of the products. Now that is what we call progress!

Despite its size and capital (wholesale figures were $3 billion in 2012), Mary Kay still has a lot to learn. For instance, although their guiding philosophy of empowering women is admirable, the assortment of products still leaves much to be desired. Yes, things are looking up, but there are several weak spots that keep Mary Kay from being in the same league as Avon, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble (Olay), and Johnson & Johnson (Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC). These include outdated cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, along with letdowns in products designed for oily, blemish-prone skin. The TimeWise product range has expanded considerably, and offers a few state-of-the-art products worthy of its name (although, as with all skin-care products, they're not going to turn back the hands of time and erase all signs of aging).

If improvements like those in Mary Kay's latest products were translated to the entire line, it would be standing much taller, at least as far as what current, substantiated skin-care research indicates is optimum for creating and maintaining healthy skin. As is, this is a line to approach with a keen understanding of what to focus on and what to avoid. One last bit of good news: Mary Kay offers well-packaged samples of selected products, either directly or from your consultant.

Unless mentioned otherwise, all Mary Kay products are fragrance-free.

Note: Mary Kay is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Mary Kay, call (800) 627-9529 or visit www.marykay.com

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07.17.2015
wears nice with makeup

This product does what it says and wears well with makeup.

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04.22.2015
zinc dioxide?

I do not understand why the review says it has zinc dioxide , and yet in the list of ingredients does not appear.

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05.19.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  It's likely that the formula changed at some point (from mineral to non-mineral) and that the ingredients listing was updated here but that typo remained.  We've since confirmed with Mary Kay that the ingredient list here is correct (as of May 2015) but we will work on getting the review up to date as well :)  Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

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12.23.2012
Lightweight

I recently tried this at a MK party and was impressed with how light weight this product felt on my skin. I have often been dissappointed by other moisturizers with sunscreen as I felt they left a powdery feel and a residue on my skin. My skin is very oily in the t-zone and dry on my cheeks. I also was impressed with how it really settled into my skin as opposed to feeling like it sat on top. I did feel it was a little pricey so will be staying with my Olay for now.

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