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The Sunscreen You Wash On

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Sun Protection for Body
May 30, 2011 Reviewed by Sunil 7 Comments
“Hand Wash & Body Wash with Built in Sunscreen? YES!” That’s the first thing you’ll see when you land on the Solise website. The basic idea is simple: they’ve managed to fuse body wash and sunscreen together, after using it in the shower, the sunscreen “bonds with your skin's natural oils.” When you're done showering, your body is equipped with SPF-15 on every square inch that you washed which is most likely from your ears to in-between your toes. And this isn’t some formula that’s being made up in someone’s bathtub. Solise managed to get awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation's prestigious Seal of Recommendation.

Solise has to be one of the most hassle free sunscreen ideas that’s come along in a long time, forget the cumbersome sun gloves and you can put away that that Suntegrity we’ve recommended because you’ll be getting protection from both UVA and UVB rays and a natural body wash in one. Or am I jumping the gun?

Well, someone once said all that glitters is not gold and that saying may just ring true for Solise. For one, we can’t find a list of all of the ingredients but the site did say this: “The identity of individual components of this mixture is proprietary information and regarded to be a trade secret.” Disappointing to say the least but they did inform us about the active ingredients that do make this a sunscreen, and there are a few.

In it you’ll find homosalate which can absorb UVB radiation but does not protect against UVA. The side effect of this chemical is drying of the skin but we figured that Solise added some mystery ingredients to counteract that. There is also Octisalate which like homosalate can absorb UVB rays. My confusion is that the ethylhexanol portion has oil-like properties that probably wouldn’t work well in a body wash yet Solise claims that their product is “non-greasy.” Keeping with the UVB protection trend you’ll find Octinoxate among the ingredients and Oxybenzone, which is used to combat UVA rays. As Marta notes in the passage, it might not be the safest ingredient:

"For many years, the dangers were ignored on the assumption that oxybenzone didn’t get absorbed by the skin. A team of researchers in Australia, led by Cameron Hayden, demonstrated otherwise using commercially available sunscreen with a 6% concentration  of oxybenzone. Haydon’s conclusion: the use of oxybenzone is inadvisable for large surface area application for extended and repeated periods."

Using Solise as a body wash on a daily basis would probably fit the description of extended and repeated periods. Their final listed ingredient is Titanium Dioxide. Titanium Dioxide is a UV blocker but it is believed that it may be absorbed into the skin and according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

The product also says it’s hypoallergenic, will not clog pores (for those worrying about washing your face with it in the shower), it’s paraben free, and it’s anti-aging. I have no idea what anti-aging means as there aren’t details about what ingredients would make it anti-aging aside from the sun protection you’ll be getting.

Overall, it’s hard to make a distinction as to how great this product is. They haven’t done any clinical test that I can analyze but did note “Our tests indicate that after showering in the morning with Solise, its SPF shield dropped to 12 by 5:00 PM that afternoon.” Once again, vague. The last time I checked, the morning can be anywhere from 3am to 10am. Perhaps worst of all is that right on the main page they proclaim “Solise has natural emollients, a gentle fragrance and effective skin conditioners.” The hazards of fragrance in products are very real so it was unfortunate to see that listed.

We love the idea of a paraben free sunscreen body wash that’s kind of affordable (8oz for $13.99). It’s also great that they offer a hand wash so you can avoid the sun gloves, but we’d like to know more about what’s in it and see some clinical tests done before we put this in our bathrooms.

Would you be willing to shower with this sunscreen on a daily basis or would you rather keep your body wash and sunscreen separate?
  • August 7, 2016

    by md

    I'd like to see a suncreen in an in-shower lotion (to put on after you wash with your preferred soap) - not combined. An in-shower lotion is like puttng conditioner on your hair, you rub it on and then shower it off (similar to Oil of Olay's in-shower lotion and a few othe companies make one) and then pat (not rub) dry. It leaves your skin as if you put on a lotion. This is how I'd like to put on sunscreen!

  • June 11, 2013

    by Adam

    I think this is a great idea. In fact, just last summer I was telling my wife " why hasn't someone come out with a body wash that included an SPF ". Yes, you may need to reapply more if your in constant sun exposure, but it's a great start. I find it interesting that people are up in arms about what's in this product, if you only knew what is in most of your food or where its been, you wouldn't eat I guess either.(specially fast food) For me I work in construction and work outside everyday. A product like this is something that I would appreciate and use.

  • June 11, 2011

    by fadedgirl

    Better judgement IS prevailing amongst those of us that refuse to use chemical sunscreens and titanium dioxide -- most especially on our children.

    I wouldn't be pointing to the things the ridiculous FDA allows, and is completely remiss in regulating, as though it makes your company, its products, and its claims credible. It justifiably has the opposite effect.

  • June 10, 2011

    by John

    Response to blog inaccuracies for your readers:

    While your blog was well thought out and included some strong points, id like to take this opportunity to address a few MAJOR inaccuracies about Solise, as well as your concerns about sunscreen chemicals. First off, Solise HAS been FULLY tested for everything from UVA/UVB efficacy, to skin irritation, to eye irritation, etc. We would have NEVER gotten the Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation without testing results that prove Solise does exactly what it says it does. These results are made available to ANYONE by request, and have already been sent to your website’s listed emails. For your blog’s readers, they can simply email contact@solise.com for them. Second, like our testing results/data, our active AND inactive ingredients are available to anyone by request, or to anyone that looks at the back of our bottles.
    What your blog failed to point out to its readers is that Oxybenzone and Titanium Dioxide are two of the strongest protectors from UVA radiation. While there have arisen some concerns about the POTENTIAL effects of them, that is exactly what they’ve always been, potential. Researchers still do not have clear evidence that either of these UVA blockers have any direct link to various cancers or other stated issues, however, they have proven without a doubt that UVA causes skin cancer, case closed.
    To your issue with our claim of Anti-aging, we point to the fact that the FDA allows sunscreen products to claim anti aging as long as they are true broad-spectrum sunscreens. This makes sense given that 90% of aging is caused by sun damage (Skin Cancer Foundation). We have never said that using solise will somehow reverse a person’s aging cycle, simply that using a daily sunscreen (and that can be ANY broad-spectrum sunscreen) is important if one wishes to avoid wrinkles and sunspots en masse.
    The merits of a daily sunscreen are certainly in hot social debate at the moment, but I appeal to the greater judgment of your readers to see the validity in daily sunscreen products. Not just in Solise, but in others as well. Statistics and testing predict that 1 in 3 in our children’s generation will get skin cancer, yet daily use of sunscreen on children can reduce their risk of getting it by 78%. Being a parent myself, I completely understand your concerns with certain sunscreen components, but given the certainties of many researcher’s results VS. the “potential” and “maybes” of a few, its better judgment that should prevail. And again, that goes for all sunscreens, not just Solise.

  • June 1, 2011

    by Amanda

    Sunscreen and bodywash in a single product? I've never heard of such a thing. But if the company is unwilling to fully disclose its ingredient list, I will then have some doubt about it.

  • May 31, 2011

    by mike

    Sunscreen only lasts for two to three hours, so using a wash might seem practical and easy, but you still need your tube/spray of sunscreen to reapply.

  • May 30, 2011

    by fadedgirl

    Put away my Suntegrity? Never!

    This Solise product does not sound appealing to me. Even if it did, I will not purchase from companies that do not disclose their full ingredients list.

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