Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

by Mary Kay  Sun Care
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$17 - 4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 30-49 Sunscreen
Last Updated:
7/18/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a water-resistant sunscreen best for normal to oily skin. It includes stabilized avobenzone for UVA (think anti-aging) protection and, true to its name, it does provide broad-spectrum protection from sun damage.

The formula contains a nice selection of vitamin-based antioxidants (plus green tea) known to help skin defend itself better from sun exposure, making for an outstanding sunscreen formulation that's priced right. It does contain fragrance.

Note: The inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content, which means you have no idea how much of any ingredient is in here. This is permissible in the United States because sunscreens are regulated as over-the-counter drugs, which are allowed to list their ingredients alphabetically. However, most companies list ingredients in descending order anyway to help consumers better understand what they are putting on their face.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Contains proven antioxidants for additional defense and anti-aging benefits.
  • Water-resistant and priced fairly.
  • Won't feel slick or heavy, so is great for oily skin.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance, although the scent isn't overpowering.
A lightweight, oil-free sunscreen for the face or body that helps protect and replenish skin. Absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling soft and moisturized. Provides UVA and UVB protection. Waterproof and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes. Suitable for sensitive skin.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2%, Homosalate 10%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 4%. Other Ingredients: Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzyl Alcohol, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cetyl Dimethicone, Chlorphenesin, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Methylparaben, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Propylparaben, Silica, Sorbitan Isostearate, Squalane, Steareth-2, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Water, Xanthan Gum

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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  1. j.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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    buring in my eyes
    • This product works great if you are in the heat/sun for a short amount of time. If you are planning to be out in the heat/sun for any length of time, it starts running down your face and into your eyes and burns and burns and burns some more.

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