Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15: ($11.19 for 4.0 oz)
Positives: As a sunscreen, this product is an excellent chemical-based one! Not only does it contain 3% avobenzone, but it also contains (drum roll please) 10% octocrylene, which will ensure the stability and enhanced performance of avobenzone and its ability to provide UVA protection. Granted, you should still reapply about every two hours if you’re in constant sunlight, but at least you know that you’re getting superior UVA and UVB protection! Haha there are so many exclamation points because I’m thrilled when I see a great sunscreen formulation! There is also a moderate amount of glyercin, which will help condition the skin, and a dusting of vitamin E.
Neutrals: Unfortunately there’s not much to say about the other ingredients because, well, there aren’t many other ingredients present. In this particular aspect, the Cetaphil product is sub-par. It would be nice to see the inclusion of various antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Antioxidants are important in sunscreens because they work synergistically with sunscreen actives to form a second layer of protection for your skin. Anti-inflammatories are important because they calm and soothe the skin as it’s bombarded by pollution, wind, etc… Not to mention that chemical sunscreen actives are can cause irritation.
Packaging: As long as the bottle is kept away from sunlight, the sunscreen will remain effective for a few years.
Overall: Other than a lack of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, this is an excellent and inexpensive chemical sunscreen that I would definitely recommend for all skin types except very oily.
PS = [[[PIS – 0] x WIC] + [TPS x WPC]] x 100%
PS = [[8.5/10 x 2/3] + [3/3 x 1/3]] x 100%
PS = [17/30 + 3/9] x 100%
PS = [51/90 + 30/90] x 100%
PS = 81/90 x 100%
PS = .900 x 100%
PS = 90.0%
AS = A-
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Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (10%).
Other: Water, Diisopropyl Adipate, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer 940, Disodium Edta, Triethanolamine.