SPF 30 Sunscreen (Discontinued)

by Mary Kay  Sun Care
Price:
$14 - 4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sunscreens (including Kids) > Water-Resistant Sunscreen
Last Updated:
12/12/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

SPF 30 Sunscreen is a water-resistant sunscreen for normal to oily skin. It includes avobenzone for UVA protection and contains a nice selection of vitamin-based antioxidants (plus green tea) known to help skin defend itself better from sun exposure. This is an outstanding sunscreen formulation that’s priced right; it does contain fragrance.

Yard work, daily errands, vacations – now you have UVA/UVB protection for everything under the sun. Waterproof and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes, Mary Kay SPF 30 Sunscreen is a lightweight, oil-free sunscreen for face or body. Enriched with antioxidant vitamins and free-radical scavengers, it absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

Active: Homosalate (10%), Octinoxate (7.5 %), Octisalate (5%), Oxybenzone (4%), Avobenzone (2%), Other: Water, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid/Glycerin Crosspolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Silica, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Squalane, PEG-100 Stearate, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Cetyl Dimethicone, Steareth-2, Polysorbate 60, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, PEG-4 Laurate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ethylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

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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