We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the sun. But if you have sensitive skin or eczema, sunscreen may irritate your skin, making you have to choose between a dangerous sunburn and itchy, red skin or worse. In addition, most sunscreens are packed full of chemicals and fragrance that are as harmful as the sun's rays. These sometimes toxic chemicals are absorbed into the skin and stay within the body, becoming part of the chemical stew that many experts think we're being filled with bit by bit, day by day. Ironically, some of these chemicals' toxicities increase when exposed to sunlight! Vanicream sunscreen is different.
Available in SPF 30, SPF 35 Sport, and SPF 50+, Vanicream sunscreen's active ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Both are non-toxic, and the sunscreens themselves are free of harsh chemicals found in common sun blocks. But more importantly, they're effective. Vanicream sunscreen's ingredients are also gentle on your skin and typically work better for those with MCS and eczema than other sun screens. Enjoy broad spectrum protection from the sun that resists water for over an hour, all without exposing yourself to harmful chemicals or irritating sensitive skin. Available in 4 oz. tubes.
- Complete broad spectrum protection - blocks UVA I, UVA II, and UVB rays.
- Free of PABA, preservatives, and common chemical irritants, including benzophenones, dyes, parabens, formaldehyde releasers, and fragrance, making it ideal for those with chemical sensitivities, eczema or sensitive skin.
- Light, transparent formula is easy to spread and moisturizing.
- Multipurpose use - use on both face and body.
- Non-comedogenic - won't clog pores and cause blackheads.
- Sport is long lasting and non greasy, ideal for those active outdoors.
- Contains Coenzyme Q10 - an antioxidant which helps prevent damage to the skin by neutralizing free radicals produced when skin is exposed to the sun.
- Water Resistant - up to 80 minutes of protection.
- Good for sensitive skin, but not blocking the sun
The good news is that this product did not give me hives, as I'm allergic to the parabens in most sunscreens, and it protected me from sunrash. However, I got severely sunburned even after reapplying every two hours. I am very fair and I was wearing the SPF 50+, but it did not protect me from the sun.
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I am extremely allergic to formaldehyde and was alarmed when my MD talked about sunscreens made with formaldehyde! Thank you for giving me a product that I finally used safely that did not make me sick!!!
- Safe Sunscreen for sensitive skin
I was so excited to find this sunscreen. I actually stopped using sunscreen for the most part last summer (and just tried to avoid staying in the sun too long) after I read that you're more likely to get cancer from sunscreen than UV ray exposure! Most sunscreens actually contain carcinogenic chemicals which get directly absorbed by the skin. So I was glad to find a product that doesn't contain any harmful chemical additives. Vanicream sunscreen is soft on the skin and soft on the nose, too. The sunscreen does have a slight odor, but you can only smell it if you stick your nose right next to your skin just after you put it on. It sure beats walking around smelling like artificial coconut chemical stew all day!
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I was so excited to find this sunscreen. I actually stopped using sunscreen for the most part last summer (and just tried to avoid staying in the sun too long) after I read that you're more likely to get cancer from sunscreen than UV ray exposure! Most sunscreens actually contain carcinogenic chemicals which get directly absorbed by the skin, and as awareness of this grows, there seem to be few alternatives. Even types that seem to be less laden with chemicals often contain fragrance, a catch-all name synonymous for chemicals. Aerosolized sunscreen is popular now, but this can lead to inhalation and worries about the propellant used. So with all that being said, I was more than glad to find a product that doesn't contain any dyes, fragrances, parabens, or other harmful chemical additives.
Vanicream sunscreen is soft on the skin and nose, too. It spreads easily and provides excellent coverage. The sunscreen does have a slight odor, but you can only smell it if you stick your nose to your skin right after you put it on. It goes on clear and sure beats walking around smelling like artificial coconut chemical stew all day! More recently, it has changed it's labeling to mention that it is water resistant for up to 80 minutes, as good an an comparable sunscreen, and unlike many deceptively advertised brand name sunscreens, Vanicream always has and continues to provide broad spectrum protection.
Overall, it's effective and devoid of the harmful chemicals found in more common sun block, including formaldehyde releasers, parabens and dyes. For more fair skinned complexions, use SPF 50+. For others try either the SPF 30 or the SPF 35 Sport (for active outdoors individuals).