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Canyon Ranch moisturizer- reviewed and rejected

Is a Solution for:
Rosacea, Dry Skin, Oily Skin, Sun Protection for Face
December 5, 2009 Reviewed by admin 5 Comments
Okay, I admit it. I have always had a love-hate relationship with facial moisturizer. I know every woman needs it, especially as she waves goodbye her early 30s (for me, that was around the time of Meg Ryan’s first facelift). And as the dangers of sun damage and air pollution have been trumpeted to us so thoroughly that we can recite their perils in our sleep, I thought, why not give the new Canyon Ranch SPF 30 moisturizer a try?

Here’s why not: moisturizer has always made me break out. And why would I want to wear something that gives me zits at the age of 47, when my skin is supposed to be as dry as the Sonora Desert? Sadly, this chic moisturizer produced the same effect as anything I ever bought at the Walgreen’s down the street.

Heaven knows, it shouldn’t have happened this way, especially when you read the product information for this $60 bottle of facial magic. As one of a twelve-product line, this lotion is supposed to transform your skin’s health, thanks to ProNAD, a niacin (vitamin B3) that helps repair and prevent visible signs of aging.  Niacin really is a superstar: it’s both organic and a powerhouse at strengthening skin barriers to preserve moisture and keep irritants from getting (literally) under your skin.

The other significant ingredients are titanium dioxide, a naturally occurring mineral that’s processed into an odorless, absorbent pigment that’s used as a sunscreen. And mighty zinc oxide, of course, sops up both UVA and UVB rays, which are present even in winter sun.

Like all Canyon Ranch products, this moisturizer has no parabens, artificial dyes, chemical fragrances or substances derived from petroleum. That is pretty terrific, I have to say. I would use the product again, in fact, if it hadn’t forced me into wildly searching for my best concealer nearly every day for the three weeks I road-tested it. Sigh.

Ingredients in Canyon Ranch Protect UVA/UVB SPF 30 Facial Moisturizer 1.7 fl oz (50 ml):

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (5.27%), Zinc Oxide (6.0%)

Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Myristyl Nicotinate, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside,Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Glycine Soja Seed Extract (Soybean), Ceramide 2, Ceramide 3, Caprylyl Methicone, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Cyclomethicone, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Lauryl PEG 9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract (Blueberry), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexylcinnamal,Linalool
  • July 9, 2017

    by Alison

    I love this moisturizer...anyone know where I can still buy it?

  • May 12, 2016

    by Mariana

    Thankyou Erik, your comment saved me from using a product (another one ) with Butylphenyl Methylpropional.... I am allergic to parabens and I've boughted a product thinking I was save... You've just saved me from an terrible allergic week!

  • June 19, 2014

    by Santanyi

    Thank you Eric for making this subject so accessible; for the average man on the street, the scientific names are a barrier to understanding the ingredients. To see how manufacturers are responding to the public concern about the nature of a products ingredients by simply changing the names of the dangerous one is distressing! Is there a simple web site for the layman that gives clear information - not a chemistry lecture! I want to type in the name into a search engine and come up with a green light or a red light with an explanation as to why you should not use it? (I feel like Penny in The Big Bang Theory, and I've got a degree, I'm really smart - just not in this field).

  • December 7, 2009

    by Melissa

    Butylphenyl Methypropional is a fragrance, yes synthetic but not a paraben. I really like the Canyon Ranch line. I use the serum and Protect as my moisturizer, sunscreen and additional treatment in one product. Agreed, its great that they made a product without parabens etc.

  • December 5, 2009

    by Erik

    Butylphenyl Methylpropional is a paraben, what's worse, is it's a highly reactive aldehyde-para substituted benzene. I've never seen this in any skin care product, but it looks nastier than any paraben given that's its an aldehyde to boot (para-substituted benzenes - 'para' for the 1,4 carbon substitutions in the 6 carbon ring, and 'ben' short for 'benzene'.) Look up the graphical structures on and you can easily see what I mean.
    Does Canyon Ranch really say they don't have any ingredients derived from petroleum? They are lying to their consumer base - I'd like to see where they're getting butylene glycol, phenoxyethanol and Butylphenyl Methylpropional to name but a few of their highly questionable ingredients from a vegetable source.
    Roberta, seriously! Learn some chemistry before perpetuating such nonsense!

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