Finding a moisturizer that works as a sunscreen and foundation at the same time is akin to finding a soul mate. The good news is I’ve been on more bad dates with Mr. Crummy Foundation than Mr. Wrongs. I’m still looking for a good foundation with the right color, coverage for acne spots, and SPF. Some women on many beauty boards refer to this makeup quest as the search for the HOLY GRAIL (hg for short) and a few lucky ones have landed on theirs.
I’ve been carrying on with Aveeno Positively Radiant tinted moisturizer for a few bottles worth. This product is branded as Aveeno Active Naturals and is dermatologist recommended. I started with Aveeno Positively Radiant because it didn’t make me break out, is SPF 30, hypoallergenic, and has great coverage. It’s also priced right at $14 for how well it works. I have acne prone skin and many products cause me itchiness followed by break out.
I’m afraid to bust this one on toxins, but I also want to know how it measures up in my search for lower toxin products. Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ranks 9/10 in toxicity on the Skindeep website. Why? 3 out of 4 active ingredients and the use of fragrance make this unfriendly to our systems. I would definitely be happy if Aveeno removed the fragrance – that seems like an unnecessary addition. The sunscreens would be a more challenging upgrade, but I believe they could do it!
Oxybenzone – toxic sunscreen
Octinoxate – toxic sunscreen
Homosalate – lower toxicity sunscreen
Octisalate – low toxin sunscreen
I’m dumping this Mr. Wrong! I’ll be phasing this Aveeno product out, even though the price tag and effectiveness make this an almost winner. If only they had less toxins! A final nail in the coffin: Aveeno (made by Johnson and Johnson) tests on animals according to PETA.