Tested on animals:Yes
Note Spring 2016: This product has been reformulated since its original review. We appreciate your patience as we take the time to thoroughly update this review! Check back later this summer for a full update.
This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen feels light and does offer broad-spectrum sun protection without a greasy feel, traits that those with normal to oily skin will likely find appealing. The fragrance-free formula also contains a standard, but decent, mix of antioxidant vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate) and a couple of soothing agents.
Unfortunately, the party is crashed by the ingredient methylisothiazolinone, a sensitizing preservative not recommended for use in leave-on products (Sources: Contact Dermatitis, December 2012, pages 334–341 and November 2011, pages 276–285). Given that the sunscreen actives themselves can be potentially problematic for sensitive skin, it doesn't make any sense to add a sensitizing preservative to the mix. Plus, if you have sensitive skin, the synthetic active ingredients present a risk of irritation, a risk that mineral-based sunscreen actives don't have. Given that Simple's skin-care products are supposed to be all about taking care of sensitive skin, this formula is really disappointing, and this product isn't recommended.
Simple's skin-care statement is as follows: "Our philosophy is: Simple says—never use perfumes, dyes or harsh irritants that can upset your skin. Simple says—settle for only the purest possible ingredients. Simple says—trust the natural goodness in all of our products especially for sensitive skin." That's a good philosophy, but, unfortunately, most of Simple's products don't live up to their lofty goals. There are fragrant ingredients in many of their products; there are potentially irritating preservatives in some of their products; their sun-protection products contain synthetic sunscreen ingredients, which aren't the best for sensitive skin; and many of their ingredients are not natural. (We know their claim of natural goodness doesn't state outright that they use only natural ingredients, but that's what they imply, and many consumers will believe it.)
- Lightweight texture and non-greasy finish.
- Inexpensive and generously sized.
- Contains a sensitizing preservative not recommended for use in leave-on products.
- The active sunscreen ingredients are not the best for those with sensitive skin.