It’s summer so it shouldn’t be surprising that sun screen products are rising to the top of Amazon.com. This week EltaMD if number 7!
Zinc Oxide (9.0%), Octinoxate (7.5%)
Despite scare stories to the contrary, zinc oxide this is still a safe sunblock ingredients. Octinoxate is good for UVB only.
As you can see from the first ingredient this is a water-based lotion.
This volatile silicone helps the product spread evenly across the skin and then evaporates to give a dry finish. Interestingly this product is free from oils that you see in many sunscreens.
This vitamin is included at the very high level of 5% which could help even skin tone.
Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer
These ingredients are emulsifiers and thickeners that stabilize the emulsion.
This is a hydrocarbon material that mimics the properties of silicone. It is typically used in place of dimethicone to smooth skin and lock in moisture.
PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether
A water binding material.
Vitamin E is typically used that such low levels that it doesn’t do much for skin.
This acid could be present to balance the pH or if enough is in the formula it could have some exfoliating and moisturizing benefits.
Yet another emulsifier.
Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl
A coating for zinc oxide particles to help with suspension and dispersion.
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