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Based on Ingredient List, which One Would Work Best?

Trying to decide between these two daytime moisturizers with SPF. Looking at the ingredients gets me nowhere since I'm not versed as a scientist. A quick perusal...which do you think would be more effective? Or do they both stack up OK?

I'll reveal the brands if folks are interested after they are vetted.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 8%; Other Ingredients:
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 8%; Other Ingredients: Water,
Tribehenin PEG-20 Esters (skin conditioning agent/thickener),
Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate (silicone slip agents),
Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Caprylyl Methicone (skin
conditioning agent), Stearic Acid, Squalane (emollients), Sodium
Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate
(vitamin E/antioxidants), Ubiquinone, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed
Extract, Oryzanol, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Buddleja
Davidii Extract (antioxidants), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
(water-binding agent), Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate (emollient),
Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone film-forming
agent), Cetyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickeners),
Polyacrylamide (film-forming agent), Polyhydroxystearic Acid
(thickener), Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate/Triethoxycaprylylsilane
Crosspolymer (polymer-based texture enhancer), Triethoxycaprylylsilane
Crosspolymer (binding agent), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Thymus Vulgaris
Extract (antioxidant), C13-14 Isoparaffin, Alumina (thickeners), Sodium
Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Disodium EDTA
(chelating agent), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol (preservatives).

Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide*, Isohexadecane, Dimenthicone, Isopropyl
Isostearate, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate**, Panthenol***,
Tocopheryl Acetate****, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Zinc Oxide,
Titanium Dioxide, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl
Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Laureth-7,
Peg-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Propylparaben, Disodium
Edta, Methylparaben, Bht, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylparaben, Ammonium
Polyacrylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Fragrance, Yellow 5, Red 40. *
Vitamin B3, ** Vitamin C, ***Pro-Vitamin B5, ****Vitamin E


  • These appear to be quite different products. 

    The first one looks like a legit sunscreen-moisturizer (note that the SPF active is listed in the proper way for a drug.) The rest of the ingredients are just emollients, moisturizers, etc. 

    The second one may not be a good sunscreen given that the active ingredients are not listed properly and they're pretty far down on the list. However, it appears to contain some good anti-aging ingredients (Niacinamide and Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate.)

    Based on the info you provided, if SPF is your priority I'd go with the first one. 

  • Thanks v. much!

    The big reveal...

    Paula's Choice Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25


    Olay Total Effects 7 in One Moisturizer

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