Product comparasion: tinted sunscreen
  • I've been loving Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 (link to product info & ingredients) for a long time now, but the price is quite expensive. So I found that the brand is owned by L'Oreal and that they have recently released a similar product at a lower price point, Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion SPF 50+ (again link to info & ingredients). The ingredients are different so this may not be exactly the replacement I'm looking for. Could you explain the difference?
  • Thanks for the question! We'll take a look at this and get back to you. 
  • MK: I took at look at these ingredients and you're right, they are VERY different. The biggest change is that the Skinceuticals product only uses mineral sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) while the Advanced Suncare product only uses UV absorbers (avobenzone, etc.)

    This is a deal breaker for some people because they don't like UV absorbers for various reasons. But if you don't mind them you could certainly give this product a try. 

    Don't expect the feel of the product to be the same, though, because the base ingredients are also very different. You may find it helpful to see what Paula B thought of these products so I've cut and pasted her link below. I hope this helps. 

    I also looked for a cheaper knockoff of the Skinceuticals product and while I couldn't find an exact duplicate, I did find several that use the same combination of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The base chemicals are different but some of these may be to your liking. Here's the link: http://safemama.com/cheatsheets/sunscreen/ and here are a few of the products they mention (I'm not sure if they're cheaper or not): 

    True Natural Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Baby & Family
    Goddess Garden SunnyKids & SunnyBaby Natural Sunscreen
    Coola Baby SPF 50 Unscented Moisturizer

     




    Active: Titanium Dioxide (6%), Zinc Oxide (5%), 

    Other: Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Undecane, Triethylhexanoin, Isohexadecane, Nylon-12, Caprylyl Methicone, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Phenyl Benzoate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Tridecane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Talc, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Aluminum Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-9 Polydimtheylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Iron Oxides, PEG-8 Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycapylylsilane, Tocopherol, Propylene Carbonate, Artemia Extract, Benzoic Acid, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, PEG-9



    ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: AVOBENZONE 3%, HOMOSALATE 10.72%, OCTISALATE3.21%, OCTOCRYLENE 6%, OXYBENZONE 3.86% 

    COSMETIC INGREDIENTS: WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ALCOHOL DENAT., SILICA, DICAPRYLYL ETHER, STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, NYLON-12, PEG-8 LAURATE, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, DODECENE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) FRUIT EXTRACT, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, IRON OXIDES, p-ANISIC ACID, TOCOPHEROL, DISODIUM EDTA, POLOXAMER 407, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, LAURYL PEG/PPG-18/18 METHICONE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ISOSTEARYL ALCOHOL, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, POLY C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE


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