This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA (think anti-aging) protection. That means we’re off to a good start in terms of keeping skin protected from wrinkles—if only the rest of the formula kept pace with the benefits sun protection provides.
As is, this is an OK option for normal to dry skin. The formula has a small amount of water-binding agents and a plant-based antioxidant, but that’s about it in terms of extra anti-aging ingredients. The lactic acid in this formula functions as a water-binding agent, not as an exfoliant, owing to the amount included and because the pH of the product is too high for exfoliant efficacy.
Although fragrance isn’t listed, this contains the ingredient ethylene brassylate, whose sole function in skin-care products is…fragrance. The amount isn’t high, so this is a tolerable option, but ideally, choosing fragrance-free skin-care products is better for the overall health and appearance of your skin, no matter your age. In terms of sun protection, this will do, but there are great sunscreens out there with far better formulas that aren’t much more expensive than this one.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Lacks an impressive range of anti-aging ingredients (beyond the sunscreen actives).
- Despite the fragrance-free claims, it does contain fragrance in the form of ethylene brassylate.
Potent moisturizer instantly enhances skin's firmness, hydration and radiance. SPF 15 protects against damaging UVA / UVB rays. Luxurious and lightweight formula improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for an overall smoothing effect.
Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (3.75%), Octisalate (2.50%), Octocrylene (2.75%), Oxybenzone (2 %) Other: Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactic Acid, Triethanolamine, Glycerin, Silica, Adansonia Digitata Pulp Extract, Hydrolyzyed Pea Protein, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Arginine, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Ethylene Brassylate, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Red 40, Ext. Violet 2
There aren't really any doctors at Physicians Formula (the founder of the company was an allergist, Dr. Frank Crandell, but that was back in 1937), and no physicians currently sell or endorse it either. The company asserts that "The term hypoallergenic is more than just a cosmetic claim for Physicians Formula. It is the basis for every product that is created. Physicians Formula honors this claim through stringent product testing and quality control. In fact, Physicians Formula products are formulated without 132 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today." While the line doesn't list the "132 known irritating ingredients" that they claim not to use, one of their newer products contains menthol, which serves no purpose for skin other than to cause irritation, and other products contain alcohol and witch hazel, which won't make any cosmetic chemist's or dermatologist's list of anti-irritants.
It's good that the skin-care products have been streamlined. There are some excellent makeup removers and a couple of gentle sunscreens whose sole active ingredient is titanium dioxide. Surveying this line in its entirety reveals that makeup is its major focus. However, as you'll see from the Physicians Formula makeup reviews below, things aren't exactly rosy there, either.
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Physicians Formula Makeup
Does this assortment of makeup products have what the doctor ordered? The enormous selection of makeup (no other line at the drugstore sells more individual pressed powders, concealers, or powder bronzers) has seen some noteworthy improvements in recent years, but far too much of it is still built on gimmicky premises or eye-catching graphics while performance and texture are given short shrift. And for a line where just about every product carries on about its goodness for sensitive skin and the non-comedogenic nature of its ingredients, they're not using anything that other companies aren't also using, not to mention that many of the ingredients that show up in these products (such as waxes and occlusive thickening agents) can absolutely clog pores.
Still, for a line with increased retail presence in major drugstores, you may be wondering just what to pay attention to, and the good news is that there are indeed some finds among all the mosaic powders and oddly packaged concealers. Physicians Formula has never done foundations and concealers well, and for the most part that still holds true today. Only one of their concealers is recommended, while the others are best described as dismal. The expansive powder category has several attractive options, including a pressed powder with sun protection and many worthwhile bronzing powders. You'll also find best beauty buys among the blushes and other key products, including the matte eyeshadows, felt-tip eyeliner, brow pencil, and a few of the mascaras. There isn't anything medical or extra-pure about Physicians Formula makeup, but if you know what to look for and are on a budget there are some products that any doctor concerned with the subject of beauty would appreciate!
Note: The shade range of this line does not cater to darker skin tones. In fact, for some products, only those with fair to light skin will find options.