The claims for this sunscreen are contradictory: While it claims to provide sun protection and reduce sun-induced skin aging, it also “promotes a more even tan”! Unbelievable! Make no mistake, any amount of color from the sun is your skin telling you it has been damaged and this damage leads to wrinkles and potentially skin cancer. Using sunscreen to protect your skin and getting a tan is the wrong approach; it’s sort of like taking vitamin supplements in the hopes that it will reduce the risks associated with smoking cigarettes—it doesn’t!
Despite the disingenuous tanning claim, this sunscreen provides great broad-spectrum protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for critical UVA (think anti-aging) protection. The lotion formula is best for normal to dry skin, but the lack of protective antioxidants is disappointing.
One more comment: This sunscreen contains a high amount of fragrance as well as fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation. Because the sunscreen actives themselves will be sensitizing for some people, it’s best to use fragrance-free sunscreens to ensure your skin gets the protection it needs without excess irritation. See More Info for further details.
- Creamy lotion texture spreads easily.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Contains more fragrance than antioxidants; antioxidants are skin-caring, fragrance is not.
- You must ignore the claims that this product protects your skin from the sun yet still encourages getting a tan from the sun, even though any amount of color from the sun will lead to signs of aging.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).