Positively revving up now…
I encountered a curious incidence recently–just earlier today–of a silly sunscreen. It’s one of those mentioned in the previous post as unwearable. I should add: I have not tried it, I’m working on paper here. You’ll recall that I criticised the EWG for doing precisely that. But:
- I’ve tested out sunscreens with similar-to-identical formulae in the past (note: tested: had to be removed from face fast, due to reaction, and near-visible spot-formation in progress).
- I know my irritants… some of them, anyway…
- rhetorical/BS allergic response was triggered
Herewith the exchange. (And the only way I can put up with this sort of nonsense on a daily basis is in the knowledge that, with names removed, it can be repeated here; oh, and knowing that I have a day-job too. *Sigh.*)
ANONYMOUS PERSON #1 (think: cute, friendly, enthusiastic, ebullient–but not terribly smart, a bit ADD, and prone to over-trusting–puppy):
[Company X] finally have their new sunscreens! Can’t wait to try and see, if it works it’ll save me a lot of pennies …or maybe not? I still love [Y: to which I say “pfff” as I not only had irritation but burning too. Whatev. I digress. Back to our puppy.] but lets see how this brand works as well
[…] the email they sent me today!Hi [puppy],Our new clear sunscreens are now available for sale on our website! Please let me know if you any questions on the new products or anything else. Also to be available over the next week or two, our new Anti-Aging cream, Bubblegum Body Wash and Lotion and our Adorable Baby Line! [sic(k)]Enjoy the sunshine![big scary guard-dog, who’s mean, smart, has big teeth, and eats puppies for breakfast][Company X]Website: […]Facebook: […]Skin Deep: [… aka our friends at the EWG]
This is loaded with oils – the zinc might be clear but this would be very shiny and oily on anything but the very driest skins in a dry desert climate. Anywhere humid this would likely only work for sports and not for everyday wear.
ME (who’s had it up to here with silly questions from silly people about, especially, silly sunscreens: but still thinks, cussedly, that warning people they’re being abused might wake them up to it and help them to grow
some eyes and a functioning attached brain some common-sense and back teeth, and learn to look out for themselves…)
well, let’s have a look hmmm…Pretty standard, unadventurous formula; there are many other variations on the same theme around the place. I’ve seen worse!
Ingredients: Active Sunscreen Ingredient: Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 24.8%
Ingredients: Grape Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (derived from Coconut Oil), Soy Wax (Non-GMO), Organic Sesame Oil, Organic Plum Kernel Oil, Candelilla Wax, Organic Cocoa Butter (Fair Trade), Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Macadamia Nut Oil, Organic Cocoa (Fair Trade), Organic Green Tea, Sea Salt, Water
1. Grapeseed, sunflower, sesame: good choices, 0-to-low probability of irritation and breakouts. Water, ditto. Plum kernel and hemp seed: generally well-tolerated, though heavier.
2. No fragrance.
3. As they say, good bet for kids as you can see it’s on them (NB: well-off, neurotic, but scientifically-illiterate mothers are a major demographic for the EWG and those in their pockets). Reminds me of my youth… in the early 1970s. I can see this being great on kids; less great on anyone beyond pubescence (hormones, zits)…
4. Full ingredient lists.
5. Decent prices. But, given that it’s basically repackaged relabelled diaper-/nappy-rash cream: that’s rather expensive baby butt paste.
6. Marketing BS: tolerable–prickles on back of neck, slight itching, I’m not coming out in hives and running a screaming fever. (It’s still there, but, again: I’ve seen much, much worse.)
1. Cocoa butter and macadamia nut oils: heavier, high probability of comedogenicity. Avoid unless you’re dry and not acne-prone. Soy in skincare not always well tolerated. Coconut-oil triglycerides ditto, for many acne-prones.
2. I’ve seen so many formulae like this, in person and in paper, that I would put money on what it feels and looks like. Indeed: it’s formulaic… In a word: Badger. Thick, gloopy, and white. High probability of bonus zits.
Anything with that much large-size ZnO in it will protect you: forming a coat on your skin. The same is true of diaper cream. Or covering up. A bag on the head has the advantage of not leading to zits.
3. The formula is so simple that you could actually probably put something very similar together yourself, using a better selection of oils (ex. ditch the cocoa butter), although the SPF & PPD would be a gamble unless you had access to a lab…
4. Mindless/blind copy-pasting of silliness about nano-particles
5. Misuse of the word “safe” (and correlates)–I’m getting so used to this, though, reacting less, hopefully not becoming inured/numbed.
Also, passim, EWG-inspired “toxin”-abuse: http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&
6. “we earnestly research”: thesaurus-abuse. If done properly, research needs no adjective; it should by definition be serious, proper, full, and indeed earnest.
and a few more quibbles:
I’d like to know how 24.8% large-size (“.5-10 microns” [sic]) uncoated ZnO can be clear? miracle? magic? BurnOut is nearly clear, and it’s at the smaller end of the micro- scale.
“The burden of toxins in our bodies today can be overwhelmingly heavy.”
“[…] ingredients being absorbed into our babies skin.”
“We found that many of the so called “natural products” didn’t seem so natural after reading a long list of unexplained ingredients that we had never heard of or could not pronounce.”
“We would often use a product that we thought was safe and find out later it contained a harmful ingredient.”
“We also learned that companies can disguise a chemical as simply “fragrance” and can actually omit “key” ingredients on the label if they have been “proven” safe.”
“[…] provide consumers with a product they could trust.”
“You can be assured, we will earnestly research every ingredient we use, use the most natural or organic ingredients available and always disclose every single ingredient.”
“research every ingredient”
sorry to rant: but untruths, daylight robbery, & abuse of weaker more trusting people makes me angry