SPF 50 Protective Face Base

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$40 - 50 ml
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Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
7/3/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is capable of providing broad spectrum sun protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for UVA (think anti-aging) screening, and it's formulated in a lightweight but moisturizing thin lotion base best for normal to dry skin.

Although the formula contains a decent mix of antioxidants and a few other beneficial ingredients, it also contains fragrant geranium and lavender oils, the latter of which can pose serious problems for skin as detailed in the More Info section. Geranium oil has antibacterial activity, but also contains fragrance components (such as citronellol and geraniol) known to irritate skin. Because the active ingredients in this sunscreen can be sensitizing for some people (more so when applied around the eyes) we're unwilling to recommend this product when there are so many others that can provide the same level of moisture plus sun protection without the potential risk of irritation from fragrance ingredients (and no question, this product has a strong scent).

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Lightweight yet moisturizing formula.
  • Contains a decent mix of antioxidants.
Cons:
  • Contains lavender and geranium oils, both of which pose a risk of irritation.
  • Contains fragrance ingredients (such as citronellol) that can irritate skin.
More Info:

Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products. (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

Lightweight, high-performance lotion provides a high level of broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection to prevent signs of premature aging, dark spot formation and sun burn. The fast absorbing formula delivers a boost of hydration to smooth and plump skin and works well with any skincare and makeup regimen.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.00%, Homosalate 5.00%, Octisalate 5.00%, Octocrylene 2.70%, Oxybenzone 3.00% Inactive Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Methyl Trimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Algae Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Ergothioneine, Sorbitol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetyl Alcohol, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Mica

It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.

The popularity of the line, particularly the makeup, did not go unnoticed by Estee Lauder, who acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1995. Since Lauder has been at the helm the line has expanded well beyond what Brown likely envisioned back in the early 1990s, and it now includes fragrance and baby-care products, among others. Yet it is Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations (though the ones without sufficient UVA protection disappoint), true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to a woman's classic makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many women, it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.

Turning to the skin-care collection, there isn't a great deal to say or extol. The prices are rather steep, especially when you consider how many well-intentioned products use jar packaging, and fragrant irritants are a common thread, including in most of the sunscreens, which is a shame. Color is Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of mostly inadequate or problematic skin-care products.

For more information about Bobbi Brown, owned by Estee Lauder, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

Bobbi Brown Makeup

We admire Brown's latest philosophy on beauty. She says, "The secret to beauty is simple—be who you are." No arguments here! However, it's clear from promotional materials for this line that Brown believes being who you are should involve some amount of makeup, a concept many women may disagree with. Still, there's no question that the right makeup, applied and blended correctly, can make a world of positive difference to a woman, and in this regard Brown's counter staff is well-prepared. It was nice to overhear the makeup artists explaining step-by-step application tips to customers, rather than just pushing products. With just a few exceptions, this is a makeup collection its namesake creator should be proud of—not only for the products, but also for the level of service and education provided.

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