Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 claims to not clog pores (as do many other moisturizers), but the thickeners in this product make it easy to refute that claim. You may or may not break out from this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen, but either way it is a shockingly boring product and the active ingredients do not supply good enough UVA protection.
The sun’s UVB rays are what cause sunburn, and the SPF number reflects that protection, but there is no rating for the sun’s silent, though more penetrating (and in many ways more damaging), UVA rays. Any SPF-rated product should contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients listed as “active” to ensure you are getting UVA protection: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Sources: Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, December 2011, pages 81–90; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie MD, McGraw Hill, 2009, pages 246–252; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Supplement, 2009, pages 19–24; The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Shaath, Nadim A., Allured Publishing, 2007; and Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, October 2003, pages 242–253).
This water-based moisturizing formula filters both UVA and UVB rays and provides the SPF 15 protection recommended by dermatologists. Puprose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 is a gentle, non-greasy formula offering daily protection against incidental sun exposure and over time helps prevent the signs of premature aging, helping to keep your skin soft, even-toned, and healthy looking.
Active: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 3%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, BisabololL-Alpha
Strengths: Inexpensive; one good cleanser.
Weaknesses: Bar soap; sunscreen that contains preservatives not recommended for use in leave-on products; claims that are not supported by intelligent formulas.
Johnson & Johnson–owned Purpose is a very small line of products that make a big deal out of their gentleness and suitability for sensitive skin. We have a lot of respect for many J&J products, particularly in their Neutrogena and Aveeno lines; however, Purpose is best summed up by a purposeful "don't bother." There is only one great product in this line, and it can also be found (for less money) in the Clean & Clear line (and that line also offers a fragrance-free version of the cleanser). The remaining products are absolutely not "gentle enough for all skin types, even sensitive skin." That's because none of them contain ingredients that are what sensitive skin needs to look and feel better. The bar soap is drying and the fragrance irritating, while the daytime moisturizers contain potentially sensitizing ingredients, including active sunscreen agents that no research anywhere has proven capable of reducing facial redness.
For more information about Purpose, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 344-4848 or visit www.purposeskincare.com.