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DeVita Solar Body Block- reader reviewed

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Sun Protection for Face, Sun Protection for Body
Reviewed by TIA Community Member July 15, 2012 28 Comments
by Nina

I worry that DeVita Solar Body Block is too good to be true. The light, SPF 30+ cream protects with a generous 19% dose of zinc oxide and yet it’s invisible on the skin and so light I can best describe it as a skinny-dip of a sunblock. Even my Indian dad’s coffee-brown glow was undiminished. See? Too good to be true!

DeVita is a lotion with a consistency that hints at gel. It’s comparatively translucent and virtually invisible upon application, by which I mean not only is there zero white, it absorbs beautifully – no oily gleam, nor does skin look like it carries the weight of a moisturizer. During the first few moments after application, my skin felt slightly sticky (likely due to aloe vera, ingredient number two), but the stickiness quickly vanishes, leaving my skin soft and clean to the touch. And after a day under the sun, I had no tan lines, nor in the past month have my limbs grown any darker (and I tan easy).

DeVita is vegan and uses non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide, meaning the particles are larger than the slip-through-your-skin-100nm-or-less size, and are not encased in laboratory-applied chemicals, such as hydrophobic silicas, aluminum, paraffin and triethoxycaprylylsilane, which some say prevents skin reactions and allows for easy blending between zinc and the other ingredients (I reject those claims because DeVita soothed my reactive skin and there’s no separation or caking).

Aloe Vera, DeVita’s “dynamic delivery system,” is a gift of an ingredient. It contains nearly 200 nutrients, including 27 vital amino acids and powerhouse antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase. Lignin, a constituent of plant cell walls, enhances absorption in aloe vera skin preparations and helps ferry nutrients along. Aloe’s vitamin roster includes A, B, C, E, Choline, B12, and folic acid; and in the mineral lineup there’s calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. Aloe vera penetrates all seven layers of dermis and closely matches our skin’s pH balance.  Along with the aloe, DeVita Solar Body Block gives you hyaluronic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (a stable vitamin C derivative) and rosehip oil.

For me, the true test of sunblock is how well it works on my face (I like my camping trips to be one-bottle affairs), so I’ve been applying it to the visage and it’s just as great there as it is on my shoulders and feet. On both body and face, my skin feels conditioned but never heavy or coated, and my face in particular is hydrated yet delightfully bare. I’ve got dry skin and acne, and often choosing a cream means deciding which of the two is the lesser evil.  Again, my skin feels conditioned and balanced, and is lightly dewy, but never slick. Dr. Cherylanne DeVita (formulator of this fine line) credits this to the aloe vera, which she says creates the “soft, dewy finish.”  It’s nice to see my cheeks for their real color, and because it blends with such breathability I don’t feel cake-y or made up. No compensatory cosmetics necessary, but if you do want to doll-up, this cream is a fantastic base for whatever else you’d like to wear. (And this is the body block; I can’t wait to try the facial formulation!)

DeVita is available online and at various stores, including Whole Foods. Again, I worry DeVita is like easy credit. Sans my visible white haze, I feel naked – almost naughty – and yet, if not Santa Claus, I do need something to believe in. I’m actually going to run out and buy this for myself, my friends, and my dad. I highly, highly recommend this very reasonably priced ($27.95 for 7 ounces) sunblock.

Active Ingredient: Zinc oxide 19% Inactive Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (certified organic aloe vera gel), Water (purified), Camellia sinensis (Japanese green tea) leaf extract, Capric/caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut oil), Glycerin (vegetable), Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Lecithin phospholipid, Hyaluronic acid (vegan source), Simmondsia chinensis* (jojoba) seed oil, Squalane (olive), Panthenol (vitamin B5), Tocopherol (vitamin E), NaPCA, Rosa moschata (rose hips) oil, Centella asiatica (goto kola), Copper gluconate, Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, Fucus vesiculosis (seaweed) extract, Allantoin, Sodium riboflavin phosphate, Chondrus crispus (Irish moss), Lavandula officinalis* (lavender) essential oil, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower essential oil, Vitis vinifera* (grape) seed extract. Ingredient labeling adheres to international INCI standards
  • July 3, 2013

    by Charley

    I've been using Prana Natural Defense SPF25 for a few weeks now. It's everything that people love about Devita -- no ghostly cast, good SPF, good ingredients -- without all the negatives mentioned here. It doesn't sting when it melts into my eyes and hasn't broken out my oily t-zone.

  • April 21, 2013

    by JV

    Just to add to the Devita news, they claimed that their March 2013 was "back and better than ever" but alas it is as bad the batch from summer 2012.

    They apparently continue sending free replacements to disgruntled customers but the fact remains that I don't want a free tube of BAD sunscreen! They don't even acknowledge or address the problem on their website and that is pretty shady of them not do so.

    Furthermore, I've noticed a bunch of 5-star reviews popping up on their site for their sunscreen products. Of course I don't know this for a fact, but I would suspected the rave reviews are fake because any longtime customer would know how bad the sunscreens are now and 5-stars would never be awarded. It's sad that Devita has pretty much ruined the only product they're good for...It really leaves no reason to shop from them again.

  • March 31, 2013

    by Angel

    Beverly, thank you so much for the recommendation. I will definitely check out the Arcona. Glad to hear it sinks in. Thanks again!

  • March 30, 2013

    by Beverly

    I'm the same way when it comes to sunscreens. Most break me out, and I used to loooove Devita. I've been using the Arcona Reozone spf 20. It's wonderful. A bit odd to apply, kinda smears all over, but sinks in. Doesn't break me out, and doesn't feel like I'm wearing anything. Just an idea for you.

  • March 30, 2013

    by Angel

    Oh man, I'm seriously bummed :( I just stumbled upon all this news as I was getting ready to reorder a tube. I've been using this for years, it's the only SPF that doesn't break me out. Thanks for all the info. This seems shady to me, they don't address it on their website which ticks me off. I remember the old verbiage, they went on and on about how great the formula was, perfect for acne prone skin, blah, blah. I feel like they're duping me. This was a huge seller in their line, now they up and change it without addressing the complaints? Sorry, I'm just rambling and venting, but I'm mad. Now on to the never ending search for the new Holy Grail SPF. I'll go check out Snowberry. I'm writing Devita, not sure what good it will do, but I don't like this one bit.

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