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Reviewed and recommended: Devita Body Block

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Sun Protection for Body
September 11, 2008 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 3 Comments
Reviewed by Anna

My sunscreen of choice is Devita Body Block SPF 30. I use it instead of the facial sunscreen because I didn't see a large difference between the two and there is a significant price differential.  The ingredients are mostly the same.  For the amount you get, (6 ounces) it's a really great value.  Retail value is $28, but the vendor I buy it from sells it at a discount.  I don't think the "a little goes a long way" philosophy applies for sunscreen and I use it generously.  I go through about 4 oz of it a month.

It has 14% zinc oxide, which is pretty good protection, but probably would not be enough for the beach.  It's a light cream, not greasy at all.  Amazingly, there's no white cast to speak of, it dries clear. It does not flake off, which is my biggest problem with some physical sunscreens.  However, it's not mattifying, the effect is very "dewy". It's not water resistant at all.  On hot days, the dewy can start looking a little too dewy.  I also think it's a good moisturizer, not just sunscreen. It has a lot of good ingredients, like green tea extract, and nothing bad. I don't break out from it at all.

However, if it's applied in the eye area it makes me tear up. I think it's because it's so thin and light- it's easy for it run into the eyes. My solution to that is to mix it with something thicker so that it's not as thin. I mix it with Badger SPF 30 and Dermalogica sensitive SPF 25 (both are physical, and the Dermalogica is tinted). My eye sunscreen is moisturizing and tinted so it's an all in one product. But I use those products only because I have them. When I use them up, I'm not sure if I'll repurchase them or go with something else.

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: MICRONIZED ZINC OXIDE: 14% (TRANSPARENT)
Purified Water, Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Japanese Green Tea Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (derived from Coconut Oil), Vegetable Glycerin, Dexapathenol (Vitamin B5), Vitamin E (Acetate), Olive Oil, Lecithin, Shea Butter, Copper Gluconate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Olive Squalene, Vitamin A (Palmitate), Hyaluronic Acid, NaPCA, Essential Oils of Lavender and Chamomile, Rosehip Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Seaweed Extract, Riboflavin Phosphate, Carrageenan, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Allantoin, and Grape Seed Extract.
  • May 24, 2016

    by Ed

    I like the older list of ingredients better. Too bad the Tocopherol (Vitamin E) was added. Look up side effects.

  • March 27, 2012

    by Marta

    Thanks Dennis, it's really useful to be informed of formulation updates.

  • March 26, 2012

    by Dennis

    Hi, not sure this has been addressed, but I wanted to post an update on this product. DeVita have removed the Retinyl Palmitate. I use this as my main sunscreen because it's far bigger than their face block, feels, and goes on the same with no white cast whatsoever, has more anti-aging ingredients and is the same price.

    The ingredients are now:
    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.

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