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Lisa Hoffman's Day Cream SPF 15

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Sun Protection for Face
October 31, 2008 Reviewed by admin 0 Comments
Lisa Hoffman's Day Cream SPF 15 ($75, 1 oz)
I was sent a free sample of Lisa Hoffman's Day Cream SPF 15 the other day, and I haven't tried it out - yet.  Lisa Hoffman is the wife of Dustin Hoffman, and she says she was motivated to create a skin care line that would be easily transportable for those amongst the jet-set crew such as herself.  What's nice about her line is that the products can come in individual ampoules for single use.  But, of course, one day's worth will set you back $20.

She has a lot of interesting ingredients in her day care cream.  And by a lot, I mean A LOT, A LOT.  When you look at the ingredient list, you kind of get an all-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of vibe.  On the plus side, she's got squalene, vitis vinifera, matrixyl-3000, loads of plant extracts, sodium hyluronate, salicylic acid, amino acids serine, lysine arginine & threonine, and vitamin E.  But on the other hand: PEG-20, phenoxyethanol, methyl glucose sesquistearate, and tetrasodium EDTA.  All these ingredients however are at less than 1% in the formula, a statistic that is both damning and redemptive.  So yes, all the negatives are at such low concentrations that they will do little harm.  But so are the positives, which at 1% or less are likely to do little for your face!

So far, I guess pretty neutral. However, when you look at the main ingredients I'm prompted to give Lisa Hoffman more of a thumbs down.  When you strip away all the thickeners and emulsifiers, here are the ones that matter:

Zinc oxide provides the main SPF protection, and is supported by homosalate (a weak UVB absorber) and octyldodecyl neopentanoate (and SPF booster and emollient).  All have relatively good safety reports.

However... there's the chemical octinoxate, which is toxic (although not in concentrations that can be readily absorbed by your skin) and then known contact dermatitis contributors sodium dihydroxycetyl phosphate and methyl glucose sesquistearate.

In the end, I'm left feeling like Lisa Hoffman's Day Cream is little more than a glorified sunscreen and one that those with sensitive skin should avoid.


Water, homosalate, octinoxate, octyldodecyl neopentanoate, butylene glycol, zinc oxide, sodium dihydroxycetyl phosphate, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, glycerin, brassica campestris/aleurites fordi oil copolymer, cholesterol, methyl glucose sesquistearate.

Ingredients less than 1%: PEG-20 methyl glucose sesquistearate, polysorbate 60, squalene, carbomer, phytic acid, saxifraga sarmentosa extract, vitis vinifera (grape) fruit extract, phenoxyethanol, hydolized algin, benzyl alcohol, chlorella vulgaris extract, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, polysorbate 20, sea water, triethoxycaprylysilane, morus bombycis root extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, tetrasodium EDTA, tocopheryl acetate, xanthan gum, daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, betaine, benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid, lavendula angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract, salicylic acid, camellia oleifera leaf extract, epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract, sodium PCA, vaccinium myrtillus extract, benzethonium chloride, retinyl palmate, sorbitol, proline, sodium hyaluronate, serine, glutamic acid, lysine, alanine, disodium EDTA, arginine, threonine.

Active ingredients: Homosalate, octinoxate, zinc oxide.

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