CeraVe Sunscreen Face lotion spf30


I found a sunscreen face lotion product, which looks good. I mean it has a relatively low price ($13) and contains good sunscreen ingredients. What do you think?

Active Ingredients:  
Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide

Inactive Ingredients: 
Water, Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone PEG-8 Laurate, Polysorbate 60, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Niacinamide, Trisiloxane, Isohexadecane, Arachidyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Hydrated Silica, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbic Acid, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Arachidyl Glucoside, Beeswax, Behenyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Bisabolol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Pantothenic Acid/Yeast Polypeptide, PEG-8, Xanthan Gum, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Alumina, Potassium Sorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Methicone, Methylisothiazolinone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane


  • Hard to tell without knowing the concentration of active ingredients. 
  • Titanium Dioxide 3.67% (Sunscreen), Zinc Oxide 3.5% (Sunscreen) 

    Here is the concentration.
  • edited February 2017

    Depends on where you live.

    the concentration of Actives is tiny.

    I am shocked how easy it is to get SPF30 in USA. That would not even get SPF15 here in Australia.

    I would not use this based on the UV activity where I live.
  • edited February 2017

    Concentrations of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide doesn't tell you very much about the SPF level. Other ingredients can boost the SPF level, like film formers or certain coatings. For example Butyloctyl Salicylate and Polymethyl Methacrylate are such ingredients, and copolymers to get an even layer of sunscreen on the skin as well. The spf testings are not that different around the world, so probably the SPF will also be 30 in Australia.

    I don't like Retinyl Palmitate in a sunscreen. Benzyl Alcohol is a fragrance. And Methylisothiazolinone is a somewhat more problematic preservative. The product probably does use nano particles considering there are some common coating ingredients, Alumina and Triethoxycaprylylsilane for example. 

    It does contain Niacinamide, Ceramides, Vitamin C, Licorice, Bisabolol and Oat extracts which is good. So on the whole a reasonable good sunscreen, if it has a pleasant texture.
  • what about this sunscreen? 

    La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Cream SPF50+50ml


    Aqua/Water C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate Glycerin BIS-Ethylexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine Alcohol Denat. Dimethicone Ethylhexyl Triazone Dromethrizole Trisiloxane Butyl Methoxydibenzoymethane Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate Titanium Dioxide [Nano] / Titanium Dioxide Propylene Glycol Disopropyl Sebacate Stearyl Alcohol Talc Tocopherol Nylon-12 Synthetic Wax Aluminum Hydroxide Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate / Steareth-8 Methacrylate Copolymer Amonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate Caprylyl Glycol Dimenthicone Crosspolymer Disodium EDTA Glyceryl Isostearate Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate PEG-8 Laurate Pentylene Glycol Phenoxyethanol Potassium Cetyl Phosphate Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract/Scutellara Biacalensis Root Extract Stearic Acid T-Butyl Alcohol Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid Triethanolamine Xanthan Gum

    Shipping Restriction: Can only ship to European (EEA) destinations.

  • @Tiffany60

    I don't know about the texture and how it feels, but the ingredients look good. You don't have the nice actives like the Cerave one, but probably this one will give a better UVA coverage. It does have a small amount of alcohol, so you need to try it to see if it is drying to your face. 

    It contains very good stable sunscreen agents:
    • Tinosorb S (BIS-Ethylexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine)
    • Uvinul T150 (Ethylhexyl Triazone)
    • Mexoryl XL (Dromethrizole Trisiloxane)
    • Avobenzone
    • Titanium Dioxide
    • Mexoryl SX (Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid)

  • edited February 2017
    @Peter I have compiled all the mineral sunscreen list of every product available in Australia. I know the average and lowest active ingredients.

    Fact: none of our Australian certified SPF30 sunscreen has as little Actives as the product shared.

    I agree that sunscreen is not just based on the actives, there are other variables that can enhance sunscreen properties like I have referenced several journals in reddit /r/sunblock.

    In this case 7% mineral Actives is definitely not going to pass our TGA test.

    Mineral Actives like Zinc & titanium dioxide is different from chemical sunscreen. They are harder to use too but generally better fit sensitive skin types. My current spf50+ has 27% Zinc Oxide. Many SPF30 have 20-25% Zinc Oxide in Australia

    @Peter I like the LRP sunscreen you recommended, I used something like that for 2-3 years before switching to my dermatologist's private label sunscreen. Good recommendation :)

    Not perfect it has avobenzone I would not use it personally.
  • edited February 2017
    i suggest you try the BASF Sunscreen Calculator where you input your actives and calculate the SPF / PPD ratings.

  • edited February 2017
    see a list of Physical sunscreen in Australia

    Australia TGA certified SPF30 had 18% or more active ingredients, more than double the quantity in Cerave's SPF30 (USA FDA certified) sunscreen.

    I had never seen anything rated SPF30 with only Titanium Dioxide 3.67% (Sunscreen), Zinc Oxide 3.5% (Sunscreen) 

    the recommended concentration for chemical sunscreen on the other hand is quite different. That's @Peter specialty. I only know mineral sunscreens :P

  • edited February 2017

    BASF Sunscreen Calculator:
    That's very inaccurate because it doesn't take into account spf booster ingredients, like I explained. It's just a theoretical calculation.

    Coola has 3.2% Titanium Dioxide and 1.8% Zinc Oxide, but it's also rated at SPF30. It all depends on other non-sunscreen ingredients in the formula. If I take 13% Zinc Oxide for the Paula Resist suncreen (Z-Cote HP1, this is the form Paula uses). You get an SPF8, while Paula's product has been rated at SPF30.
  • edited February 2017
    Coola, Paula Choice are not Australian @Peter

    The point is Australian standards are tougher.

    Ps: going to go on sabbatical, aka social media fast, see you after Easter ;)
  • how about if i use avobenzone in my day cream,,,,,then apply another separate sunscreen with octinoxate.   will that degrade the avobenzone still?
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