Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB Sunscreen SPF 30 PA+++

by Nia24   
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$49 - 2.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/28/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
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This is a beautifully formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for those with normal to combination or slightly dry skin. The blend of sunscreen actives provides broad-spectrum protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for critical UVA screening.

The lightweight lotion texture doesn't make skin feel greasy and it works well under makeup. Even better, the formula is loaded with state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients, including myristyl nicotinate, which is similar to the cell-communicating and skin-lightening ingredient niacinamide.

Skin is treated to an impressive mix of skin-repairing and antioxidant ingredients and the formula is fragrance-free, too. The sunscreen actives chosen make this a potentially iffy choice for sensitive skin because sensitive skin typically does best with sunscreens that contain only mineral actives—titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. Still, there's much to love about this product. If you decide to try it, don't let the price keep you from applying it liberally because liberal application is necessary to get the stated amount of sun protection.

See More Info for an explanation of the PA+++ designation in this product's name.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free formula.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Contains a very good range of anti-aging ingredients.
  • Lightweight texture and finish work well under makeup.
Cons:
  • None.
More Info:

PA followed by plus signs (PA+++, for example) is a designation used in Japan to rate the UVA protection of a sunscreen, whereas the SPF number is about the sun's UVB rays; very few countries that have a UVA rating reference. The number of "+" plus symbols after the "PA" indicate the level of UVA protection; PA+++ is the highest level, PA+ means some UVA protection.

The PA standard is not accepted or used in other countries, so although the concept is interesting, ultimately, the SPF rating and the active ingredients matter far more because the method of assessing UVA protection is not widely accepted, primarily because it is difficult to get scientists to agree on what tests to use and what they mean.

A lightweight non-greasy lotion with SPF 30 and PA+++that absorbs instantly into skin. Powerful ingredients provide UVA/UVB protection while helping repair and build stronger barrier, skin’s natural protective layer.

Active Ingredients: Homosalate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.00%, Avobenzone 3.00%, Octocrylene 2.60%. Other: Water (Aqua/Eau), Dipropylene Glycol, Myristyl Nicotinate, Polyester-8, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Panthenol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 3, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Vaccinum Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Cetyl Alcohol, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyidimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Polyacrylate-15, Polyacrylate -17, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Hydroxide.

As you may have guessed from this line's name, Nia24 is all about the B vitamin niacinamide. We have written about niacinamide extensively in the past, and without question it is one of many valuable ingredients for skin. Topical application of niacinamide has been shown to increase ceramide and free fatty acid levels in skin, prevent skin from losing water content, and stimulate microcirculation in the dermis (Sources: British Journal of Dermatology, September 2000, pages 524–531; and Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, April 2004, page 88).

Niacinamide also has been shown, in studies from Procter & Gamble (whose Olay brand sells several niacinamide-rich products), to be an effective option for lightening sun-induced skin discolorations, both on its own and when combined with acetyl glucosamine (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2007, pages 20–26; and British Journal of Dermatology, July 2002, pages 20–31).

Nia24 is working hard to position itself as the superior, doctor-designed choice for those seeking niacinamide. To that end, the two physicians behind this brand (Dr. Myron Jacobson and Dr. Elaine Jacobson) tout their years of research on niacinamide and how this led to their development of a patented niacin molecule, which they have termed Pro-Niacin. Both of the Jacobsons have published some of their research on the Pro-Niacin ingredient, which is listed as myristyl nicotinate, but as it turns out, how it performs on skin isn't fundamentally different from how "regular" niacinamide functions.

Myristyl nicotinate is a derivative of nicotinic acid, a component of vitamin B3 (niacin). It isn't the same ingredient as niacinamide, but functions in nearly the same manner (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Just like niacinamide, there is research on myristyl nicotinate's ability to improve skin barrier function, mitigate signs of sun damage, and reduce the incidence of atopic dermatitis, commonly known as dry skin. Niacinamide and myristyl nicotinate are both compatible with several prescription drugs used to treat various skin conditions and are believed to enhance their efficacy and/or minimize the negative side effects. Myristyl nicotinate is stabilized to prevent the release of, or quick conversion to, nicotinic acid, which can cause facial flushing, particularly in those dealing with rosacea (Sources: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, February 2007, pages 893–899; Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, November 2007, pages 1176–1182; and Experimental Dermatology, November 2007, pages 927–935, and June 2007, pages 490–499).

So why should consumers choose Nia24's patented version of niacinamide over other products (particularly those from Olay)? Well, according to the company, their version of niacinamide penetrates skin better than other forms. It stands to reason that getting niacinamide further into the skin means the benefits it provides will be that much greater. Of course, these allegedly enhanced benefits come with enhanced price tags. This isn't an affordable line by any stretch of the imagination, though at least most of the formulas are good.

We would love to see published, peer-reviewed research that compares the Pro-Niacin molecule with other forms of niacinamide, such as what Olay or the Estee Lauder companies use. Because such comparative research doesn't exist, you're left to take Nia24's word that their form of this B vitamin is the one to beat. We wouldn't bank on that, but on the other hand, the research on niacinamide in general is strong enough to support its use for a variety of skin concerns and conditions. Bottom line: Nia24 isn't the only game in town when it comes to niacinamide and its derivatives, and their claims of superiority aren't supported in peer-reviewed, published studies. You'll very likely see your skin improve from using Nia24 products, especially if you're dealing with an impaired skin barrier, dryness, and discolorations. However, you're just as likely to see the same benefits from using less expensive products that contain efficacious amounts of niacinamide. Although Nia24 deserves credit for not resting solely on niacinamide, the Nia24 products are also further proof that expensive products don't necessarily mean better or more effective products.

For more information about Nia24, call (866) 642-3963 or visit www.nia24.com.

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  1. G.D.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 13, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Wonderful Product
    • I love this product. So interesting how products affect people differently. I consider myself to have a strong sense of smell as I can't stand to wear any fragrance at all. I just put the Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention lotion on, land, for me, there is only a slight smell to it. It absorbs very well and doesn't leave any white tint to my skin. Love it.

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    Strong smell
    • This has such a strong smell I was unable to continue wearing it. I wrote to the company and they confirmed it is is fragrance free. However, to me the natural ingredients have such a strong scent that it smells fragranced and the scent is lingering. Even my husband commented on it. Otherwise a great texture and suited my fussy skin - would have been very happy with it were it not for the smell.

  3. M.T. W.
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 20, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Superb!
    • The best ever, uptill now, moisturizer with sunscreen that I have used. And I have used many over the years.

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