Paula's Choice

LIPSCREEN SPF 50

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Ingredient
Sunscreen Active, 

Avobenzone

Best

Synthetic sunscreen ingredient (also known as Parsol 1789 or butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane) that provides broad-spectrum sun protection by absorbing aging UVA rays. Avobenzone is one of the most widely used UVA filters in the world and has been rigorously tested for safety and efficacy. To increase its photostability, UV absorbers such as octocrylene and non-UV filters (e.g., diethylhexyl 2, 6-napththalate) often accompany avobenzone in a cosmetic formula. Antioxidants (such as vitamin E and ubiquinone) also show promise for enhancing avobenzoneŠ—Ès photostability. For more information on the importance of sunscreen and how to apply it, see our article here. References for this information:

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Texture Enhancer,  Viscosity Control, 

Beeswax

Good

Natural substance made by bees to build the walls of their honeycomb. It is a thickening agent that has some emollient properties, and is often used in lip balms.

Emollient,  Texture Enhancer, 

BIS-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate

Good

Bisabolol has antioxidant properties and helps soothe sensitized skin.

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Replenishing,  Moisturizer, 

Butyrospermum Parkii

Best

Absorbent,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Texture Enhancer, 

Copernicia Cerifera Wax

Good

Antioxidant,  Vitamin, 

D-Alpha-Tocopherol

Best

Antioxidant that's considered the most effective form of vitamin E.

Sunscreen Active, 

Homosalate

Best

FDA-approved sunscreen active ingredient that provides primarily UVB protection. Its UVA range is very narrow, and so it is not used alone in sunscreens. Homosalate is internationally approved for use in sunscreens, up to a maximum concentration of 15%. ItŠ—Ès considered non-sensitizing, and is most often seen in sunscreens rated SPF 30 and greater.

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Plant Extract,  Fragrance,  Solvent, 

Hydrogenated Olive Oil

Best

When a plant oil is hydrogenated, it is chemically converted from a liquid to a semi-solid or solid form using a process that involves hydrogen gas under high pressure. Hydrogenation allows an oily liquid to remain in a solid state at room temperature. Hydrogenated olive oil is a rich source of antioxidants, and, as described, hydrogenating the oil changes it from its natural liquid state into a solid state.

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Moisturizer,  Fragrance,  Solvent, 

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil

Best

Non-fragrant plant oil from soy that has been hydrogenated so it retains a semi-solid rather than liquid state.

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Replenishing,  Skin-Restoring,  Moisturizer, 

Jojoba Oil

Best

Emollient, non-fragrant oil (technically, a polyunsaturated wax) extracted from the seeds of a perennial shrub. Jojoba oil has been shown to enhance skinŠ—Ès restorative properties.ξ

Texture Enhancer,  Thickeners/Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control, 

Microcrystalline Wax

Good

Plastic-type, highly refined wax derived from petroleum and purified for use in cosmetics. Used as a thickener and to give products a semi-solid to solid smooth texture.

Sunscreen Active, 

Octisalate

Best

Technical name for active sunscreen ingredient octyl salicylate (also known as ethylhexyl salicylate).

Sunscreen Active, 

Octocrylene

Best

Globally-approved sunscreen agent that protects skin from the UVB range of sunlight. It also helps stabilize the UVA sunscreen active, avobenzone. Like all synthetic sunscreen actives, octocrylene can be sensitizing for some people.ξ

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Replenishing,  Fragrance,  Solvent, 

Olea Europaea Fruit Oil

Good

Texture Enhancer,  Viscosity Control,  Antistatic, 

Ozokerite

Good

Mineral wax used as a texture enhancer in cosmetics, especially to add stability to lipsticks and stick foundations and keep them blended.

Preservative, 

Phenoxyethanol

Good

Common cosmetics preservative that's considered one of the least sensitizing for use in formulations. It does not release formaldehyde. Phenoxyethanol is approved worldwide (including in Japan and in the EU) for use in all types of water-based cosmetics, up to a 1% concentration.

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Pigment, 

Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter

Best

Antioxidant,  Vitamin,  Moisturizer, 

Tocopheryl Acetate

Best

Solvent,  Miscellaneous, 

Water

Good

Most widely used cosmetic ingredient; water is almost always listed first on an ingredient label because it is usually the ingredient with the highest concentration in the formula. Despite claims of skinŠ—Ès need for hydration and claims regarding special types of water, it turns out that water may not be an important ingredient for skin. Only a 10% concentration of water in the outer layer of skin is necessary for softness and pliability in this part of the epidermis. Studies that have compared the water content of dry skin with that of normal or oily skin do not find a statistically significant difference in moisture levels between them.

Viscosity Control, 

Oxidized Polyethylene

Viscosity Control, 

Hydrated Silica

This fragrance- and flavor-free lip balm with SPF protects against harmful UVA rays as it moisturizes and soothes dry, rough lips.
Non-greasy formula with no unpleasant taste
Broad-spectrum sun protection

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