Antioxidant Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ Tinted. Because this line is based in Australia, they are permitted to use combinations of active sunscreen ingredients that are not allowed in the United States. That’s why this tinted moisturizer for normal to slightly dry skin not prone to blemishes contains a blend of avobenzone (listed as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane) with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. UVA protection is assured, while the sheer tint is an option for light to medium skin tones that want a slight hint of tan. Keep in mind this product provides enough color to interfere with your foundation, so it is best worn alone or simply set with a translucent powder.
A moisturizing sun protector provides a defense system for your skin. Contains specific ingredients to protect against daily environmental damage with the added advantage of self-adjusting color to enhance your own natural skin tone.
Active: Octyl Methoxycinnamate (8%), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (0.9%), Zinc Oxide (6%), Titanium Dioxide (5%), Other: Purified Water, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Propylene Glycol, Purified Talc, Iron Oxide Red, Iron Oxide Yellow, Iron Oxide Black, Ultramarine Blue, Cyclomethicone, White Beeswax, Zinc Stearate, Tricontanyl PVP, D-Alpha-Tocopherol, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Lauryl Pyrrolidine, Dimethicone 100, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Retinyl Palmitate, Silicon Dioxide, Titanium Dioxide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Methyl Hydroxybenzoate (0.35%), Propyl Hydroxybenzoate (0.1%), Phenoxyethanol (0.4%), DMDM Hydratoin (0.2%)
What a great name for a skin-care line! Not only does the "ultra" prefix speak to consumers looking for the best or most potent products, but also the "ceuticals" suffix lends a medicinal touch that is reminiscent of the emerging term "cosmeceuticals" (which is a marketing term that has no sanctioned validity or standards, so it can be applied to any product).
Ultraceuticals was the brainchild of Australian plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Heber, whose vision to deliver "honest, clinically-proven skin care" back in 1991 was years ahead of the trend of doctors as skin-care salespeople. The company speaks readily of its ingredient technology, which is what the people behind it believe makes Ultraceuticals a cut above the rest. The clinical study results and before-and-after images provided in the company's catalog look convincing, but, as is usually the case, the details are left out. We don't know what product in their double-blind study was used as a control, we don't know what other products the study participants used prior to being treated with the Ultraceuticals cream, and the result (that topical vitamin C can improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin) is hardly revolutionary or exclusive to Ultraceuticals. It is well established that stabilized vitamin C applied topically (and consumed orally) can do this (Sources: The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, August 2005, pages 963–972; The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2005, pages 304–307; and Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, January 2005, pages 4–9). Moreover, many, many other antioxidants have the same ability, including vitamin E, green tea, and retinol. In fact, many researchers believe that, regardless of the content of a single antioxidant in a product, a better approach is to use skin-care products that offer a blend of antioxidants. In that sense, Ultraceuticals falls a bit short.
Australians may be all abuzz about this skin-care line, and it is creeping into the United States. Yet aside from offering mostly fragrance-free products and consistently using packaging to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable, it really isn't anything new under the sun. However, as you will see from the reviews below, there are a few star products to consider if the prices don't bother you.
For more information about Ultraceuticals, call (800) 339-5115 or visit www.ultraceuticals.com.