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DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+ - reviewed and recommended

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Sun Protection for Face
Reviewed by Kim September 29, 2010 25 Comments
A few weeks ago my very best friend Alyssa came to visit me from LA.  And, of course, one of our favorite rituals is a very girlie game of show and tell. I wanted her Sweedish Hasbeen clogs, she wanted my Rebecca Minkoff sample sale bag… blah blah blah. We do, at times, become girlie clichés, which is only reinforced in the bathroom as we dig through each other’s makeup bags and product stashes, oohing and ahhing.

I was immediately drawn to a quite beautiful and elegant bottle in her little toiletry bag. It was DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+, which she insisted I try. I have very fair skin, so it’s important I wear sunscreen every day. But to be honest, I hate the way it often makes me feel like I have an unbreathable, somewhat sweaty, seal on my face.  Alyssa said this one is ultra light, so I was excited to give it try.

I should start by saying that DeVita is an all-natural brand, that sources “the very best organic Aloe Vera (the base for most all of their formulations), the finest essential oils, the purest plant and fruit extracts, the richest emollients, and the safest, most advanced anti-aging cosmeceuticals.” And they never use parabens, phthalates, fragrance, or chemicals.  The main sunscreen ingredient is micronized zinc oxide 19%. I know there’s all sorts of debate about micronized ingredients. And honestly, I don’t know enough about the facts to truly have an educated opinion. However, if this means anything to anyone, it does say on the package, “Not a nanotechnology product. Average particle size is 250 nm.”  The rest of the ingredients are harmless, if not healing. The first is the wonderful skin soother, organic aloe vera gel. There’s also super hydrating hyaluronic acid, as well as vitamin E and grape seed extract, making it a quite nourishing moisturizer.

Once again, Alyssa is right.  DeVita’s feather light sunscreen dries quickly and is not greasy at all. It feels super nice on, and makes for a great daytime moisturizer.  It’s formulated for sensitive skin, which I have. And I must say, it hasn’t been at all irritating - I ordered a bottle soon after she left!  Even though we are transitioning into fall, and many days (like today) can be quite over cast, it’s still really important to wear a sunscreen – everyday. Remember, it’s the day-to-day exposure to the sun that can really have a long-term effect on your skin. Not just those lazy summer days at the beach.

Active Ingredients: Micronized Zinc oxide 19%.

Inactive Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe vera gel), Purified Water (aqua), Capric/caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut oil), Glycerin (vegetable), Hyaluronic acid (vegan source), Glyceryl stearate SE (derived from vegetable oil), Stearic acid, Lecithin phospholipid, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Allantoin, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract.
  • June 28, 2012

    by Dianne Ward

    Kristen, I have been using several of the DeVita products for over a year. I began with the Soar Protective Moisturizer because I got a sunburn around my eyes and was looking for an eye cream with an
    SPF. I love this product! I have sensitive eyes and most products make them water. Not this one. I use this as my daily moisturizer over their Vitamin C Serum. I also use their Aloe Vera Cleansing Gel (not at all drying on my combination skin) and Cucumber Toner. At night I have been using the Glycolic Acid Blend and Evening Rich Nutritional Moisturizer. I've tried the eye serum and am now using the Eye Lift Cream in the a.m. and Sen Zen Double Dose Eye Cream from the TIA store for p.m. All of DeVita's products are light and absorb easily on my combination skin and are very affordable. Last week I began using the Royal Nectar Face Mask. Just wish I could find a facelift in a jar for my 69 year old skin.
    For NoeyD77 the active ingredient is zinc oxide 19% Alantoin is the second to last ingredient. If that helps.

  • August 10, 2011

    by NoeyD77

    Hi Oksana-I'm interested in trying the Devita in the larger size you mentioned but I noticed in looking at the pics, the label SPF is missing....should this be a concern that it has not been FDA cleared as a true SPF product??? I'm questioning this because there are a plethora of accolades on this sunblock it leaves no white residue and in my experience that's almost always impossible with all physical sunblocks, what ar your thoughts on the missing label of SPF???

  • April 16, 2011

    by Oksana

    I have used the sunscreen on 2 occasions now and absolutely loved it!
    it absorbed very well, did not shine, and actually somehow slightly "airbrushed" my skin. It moisturizes so well!
    now it comes in 2.7 oz.

    speaking about testing other Devita products, it would be very interesting to trial Capillary Serum - it's new and there are just a few reviews.

    I tried their Aloe Cleanser and returned it - made mu skin feel tight.

  • February 20, 2011

    by kim

    Thanks Kirstin! I'm going to look into seeing if Devita would like to send us products to review. Stay tuned...


  • February 20, 2011

    by Kristin

    I LOVE the Devita sunscreen, used since 2003 and will not use anything else. They also have a product called Optimal Rejuvination...another staple. I try other things and always come back to this brand. Only downside is it can be tricky to find, but there is always online. So happy to find a review on this...possible to review the whole line??? Would love to know your opinion!

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