02.04.2014
3
Essentials Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Sunscreen
5 fl. oz. for $24
Expert Rating
Community Rating (1)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:02.04.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

This sunscreen provides reliable broad-spectrum protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for sufficient UVA (think anti-aging) screening. It has a lightweight, thin lotion texture suitable for normal to oily skin and leave a smooth, greaseless finish.

We rated this average because the formula contains more alcohol (the bad kind) than anti-aging antioxidants everyone's skin needs to look and act younger. This formula is also fragranced, yet fragrance can be a skin irritant, perhaps more so when added to a product that contains sunscreen actives like avobenzone. There are better antioxidant-enriched sunscreens to be found on our list of Best Sunscreens (Including Kids).

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Feels light and has a non-greasy finish.
Cons:
  • Contains more alcohol (the bad kind) than antioxidants.
  • Expensive given its basic, less-than-ideal formula.
Community Reviews
Claims

Formulated for all over the body use, ESSENTIALS SPF 30 Body Sunscreen is a lightweight, non-sticky and non-greasy broad spectrum sunscreen.

Ingredients

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Avobenzone 2%, Homosalate 7%, Octisalate 4%, Octocrylene 1.7% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Polyester-8, Alcohol Denat., VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyacrylate-15, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Polyacrylate-17, PEG-100 Stearate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance.

Brand Overview

Rodan + Fields At-A-Glance

Many of you are probably familiar with physicians Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields from their appearances on infomercials about their successful ProActiv line of anti-acne skincare products. The Rodan + Fields approaches are advertised for those suffering from a variety of skin conditions, and are claimed to work for anti-aging, skin discolorations, sensitive skin, and acne.

Most consumers want simplicity when it comes to making decisions about what skincare products they should use. The Rodan + Fields marketing strategy is to make it simple. They eliminate the confusion about what products work together by creating streamlined, prepackaged product groups, each aimed at specific skin-care concerns. Each product group is enclosed in a clever, take-along parcel that is the skin-care equivalent of a sack lunch. (Products are also available separately for those who want to customize their routine or add products outside the predetermined routines.) This structured approach has merit, but, each routine has at least one questionable or lackluster formulation, or a problem with packaging.

For more information about Rodan + Fields, call (888) 995-5656 or visit www.rodanandfields.com.

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Rodan + Fields At-A-Glance

Many of you are probably familiar with physicians Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields from their appearances on infomercials about their successful ProActiv line of anti-acne skincare products. The Rodan + Fields approaches are advertised for those suffering from a variety of skin conditions, and are claimed to work for anti-aging, skin discolorations, sensitive skin, and acne.

Most consumers want simplicity when it comes to making decisions about what skincare products they should use. The Rodan + Fields marketing strategy is to make it simple. They eliminate the confusion about what products work together by creating streamlined, prepackaged product groups, each aimed at specific skin-care concerns. Each product group is enclosed in a clever, take-along parcel that is the skin-care equivalent of a sack lunch. (Products are also available separately for those who want to customize their routine or add products outside the predetermined routines.) This structured approach has merit, but, each routine has at least one questionable or lackluster formulation, or a problem with packaging.

For more information about Rodan + Fields, call (888) 995-5656 or visit www.rodanandfields.com.