Oclipse Sunscreen + Primers SPF 30 UVA/UVB Protection
1 fl. oz. for $65
Last Updated:03.25.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

We were expecting this incredibly expensive daytime moisturizer with sunscreen to offer at least some bells and whistles (e.g., antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, cell-communicating ingredients) to justify the price, but no such luck. Plus, given you have to apply sunscreen liberally to get the SPF benefit on the label, at this price you are unlikely to be generous when applying.

What you do get is a blend of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in a silky silicone base with a tiny amount of one peptide, although there is no research showing peptides have any anti-aging impact on skin. The formula is tinted so it doesn’t leave a whitish cast on skin, which many will appreciate. What we don’t appreciate is a doctor-designed line charging this much money for a mostly no-frills sunscreen that may discourage consumers from liberal application. If you’re considering this product (and without question it provides excellent sun protection and feels lightweight), ask yourself how liberally you’ll apply a sunscreen that, if you apply it as liberally as you should, even if only on your face and/or neck, you’ll be replacing it at the very least once a month.


Protects against UVA/UVB sun damage to reduce the visible signs of aging and improve skin health. Stimulates collagen production. Hydrates and moisturizes. Smooths and primes for even makeup application and leaves skin feeling like silk.


Active: Titanium Dioxide (10.2%), Zinc Oxide (3.7%), Other: Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Melanin, Tribehenin, Calcium Behenate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, Dimethiconol, Alumina, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Methicone, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Zo Skin Health

Strengths: Company provides complete ingredient lists on the Zo Skin Health Web site; good cleansers and scrubs; very good fragrance-free mineral sunscreen; all of the body-care products; the sunscreens provide sufficient UVA protection and include a mineral-based formula for those with sensitive skin or rosacea; some very good moisturizers and serums.

Weaknesses: Can be expensive; some products contain fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation; some jar packaging.

The ZO in ZO Skin Health is the initials of this line's creator, dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi. It’s not the first skincare line for the Beverly Hills-based doctor; you may recall Obagi, his original namesake skin-care line, which initially was sold only in physicians' offices. After several years with the brand, Obagi left and founded a new line, ZO Skin Health.

This newer line actually makes improvements upon Obagi’s initial foray into skincare, with distinctly better formulas than similar products in the original Obagi line. For the most part, this line does a good job of offering consumers formidable options to improve the appearance of skin and (in the case of sunscreens) to prevent further damage to aging skin. This is a worthwhile line if you're looking for products with retinol that also contain other state-of-the-art ingredients (most retinol products are one-note formularies).

The body-care products are also a cut above, though they’re not the easiest on the pocketbook. However, there are less expensive options, so there's no need to worry if you can't afford this line. Zo Skin Health is not one-stop shopping for all manner of sun-damaged or aging skin and it also isn't comprehensive enough to meet everyone's needs and preferences. However, formula- and appearance-wise it bests much of what was offered in his original line.

For more information about Zo Skin Health, call 888-893-1375 or visit www.zoskinhealth.com.

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ZO lIne

I just started this new line. I was using the old Obago line for over 10 years. I love the cleanser, toner and day and night creams of the new line. I have used the sunblock only a couple times. If you put it on without using the DNA cream or moisturizer then it drys out your skin terribly. If you moisturize well then you should have no problems. I do notice my skin appearance improving. For example, the old "Clear" product and the new comparable product in the ZO line works faster and stronger

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