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Linda's sunscreen picks

May 22, 2010 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 2 Comments
By Linda (visit her website

I recently stopped by a La Jolla Pharmaca - the new chain that bills itself as an Integrative Pharnacy and tries to steer away from sunscreens where the active ingredients are absorbed into the skin. Instead, they look for sunscreens that use natural preservatives like Vitamin E and have either titanium or zinc oxide as ingredients.

Two favorites: Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30 is for the body and is 20% zinc oxide ($14 for 2.9 fluid ounces). Juice Beauty Mineral Moisturizer, a tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 for the face. It has 6.6% titanium dioxide ($30 for 2 fluid ounces). Another thing you can do is wear sunscreen in your make up such as the mineral based powder by Jane Iredale with titanium and zinc oxide.

My step-father recently turned me on to a sunscreen - that has a high concentration of zinc oxide that I really like. It's a zinc oxide, but instead of that pasty white film that makes me look like my surfer son, it is clear and you can't see it at all on your skin. It's called Dermatone Z-cote and it's primarily for lips and face. It's $6 for a little lip balm sized tin.

Ingredients in Badger

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (20.5%) (sunscreen); Inactive Ingredients: Oliva Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Auranitium Dulcis (Blood Orange) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Co2 Extract, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil

Ingredients in Juice

Pyrus Malus Juice (Apple*), Vitis Vinifera Juice (White Grape*), Punica Granatum Juice (Pomegranate*), Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (*), Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (Cucumber*), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea*), Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower*), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic Acid, Phospholipids, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Beeswax*), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Mica, Iron Oxides (Mineral Tints), Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Limonene, Linalool, Farnesol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Citrus Aurantium (Petitgrain), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood), Citrus Reticulata Pure Essential Oils (Mandarin)
  • May 26, 2010

    by Ellena

    I just read some reviews re Badger and many people (that bought this on Amazon) reported that it does not spread easily, lives a white thick film on skin and smells bad...
    Don't know anymore what to get!!!
    The Dermatone above does not have the list of ingredients so here it is (any comments on the ingredients from people that understand them, would be appreciated)

    Dermatone SPF 36 Lotion with Z-cote ® transparent Zink Oxide

    Active Ingredients:
    Zinc Oxide 9.5% Sunscreen
    Octinoxate 7.5% Sunscreen
    Ensulizole 3.0% Sunscreen

    Inactive Ingredients:
    Ceresin, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Diazolidinyl Urea, Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Mineral Oil, Polyglyceryl-4, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate (and) Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol (and) Hexyl Laurate, Sodium Chloride, Water

    I also read the article about the book "Toxic Beauty" and somewhere there is a list of four products to avoid and one of them is Titanium Dioxide and this is found on most sunscreens...Is this dangerous or not???

  • May 25, 2010

    by Ellena

    I have a very sensitive skin. I have used La Roche Posay (advised by the dermatologist) with not so much success as it rubs off like dirt, makes my face white and shiny. I was not sure also how good the ingredients were, therefore I asked another dermatologist for advice. Here is his chosen product:
    SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
    This is supposed to be light and not white, good for sensitive skin and also with physical filters (that the doctor said that they do not penetrate skin). I have not tried it yet, so please advise if anyone knows more or if you are a chemist or doctor and understand the list of ingredients below (from which I only understand the first two and the talc which I have read it is bad for your skin):

    Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Undecane, Triethylhexanoin, Isohexadecane, Nylon-12, Caprylyl Methicone, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Phenethyl Benzoate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Tridecane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Talc, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Aluminum Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Peg-8 Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Propylene Carbonate, Artemia Extract, Benzoic Acid, Peg-9

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