The second and last facial sunscreen I used while at the beach was Arbonne’s SPF20 Restorative Day Creme, a product with many positives and one big negative.
Ingredients (provided at arbonne.com)- “Active Ingredients: Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 8.0%, Zinc Oxide 7.35 %. Inactive Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, PEG-40 Stearate, Dimethicone, Orange Peel Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Matricaria Flower Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Clover Flower Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Thioctic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Polyamino Sugar Condensate, Urea, Panthenol, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Lecithin, Sodium PCA, Stearamine, Squalane, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyglycerin, and Phenoxyethanol.”
None of Arbonne’s current formulations of products are in the Cosmetics Database, so I’ve linked to each ingredient individually above. The ingredients with hazard scores above a 3 are as follows: PEG-40 Stearate (3-6, depending on usage), Retinyl Palmitate (8), Tocopheryl Acetate (4), Ceteareth-20 (4-7, depending on usage), Lecithin (3-5, depending on usage), and Phenoxyethanol (3-4, depending on usage). Additionally, there is no data for Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.
Here’s what the EWG has to say about Retinyl Palmitate (the ingredient in this product with the highest hazard score)- “Retinyl palmitate is an ingredient composed of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). When exposed to UV light, retinol compounds break down and produce toxic free radicals that can damage DNA and cause gene mutations, a precursor to cancer. Recently available data from an FDA study indicate that retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions. FDA also raised a concern that extensive, daily skin application of vitamin A creams may build up in the woman’s body a high enough level of Vitamin A that may be toxic to the developing fetus.”
Some great things about this product:
2. It’s cruelty-free and there are no animal products or animal by-products.
Product Description(provided at arbonne.com)- “High concentrations of advanced moisture-enhancing ingredients support collagen, and protect and restore skin’s youthful appearance.”
Performance– This sunscreen managed to keep my skin from burning while also keeping oiliness at bay. My skin actually looked radiant for the few days I was using this product. Also, applying this creme takes no time at all; it absorbs quickly and stays put for hours.
Scent– It smells nice, light and citrusy, with a mild sunscreen finish.
Rating– 7/10. I’m subtracting 2.5 points for the questionable ingredients, 2 of which are being subtracted specifically for Retinyl Palmitate (an ingredient that, in my opinion, has no business being in sunscreen). I’m subtracting another half a point for the price.
Would I purchase this item again? Sadly, unless Arbonne decides to remove Retinyl Palmitate from its ingredient list, then I cannot buy this product with a clear conscience.
* Samples were provided by an Arbonne Representative. Opinions were provided by me.
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