Review of Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 50 by heathermrm
I have researched and read so much info on SS over the past 7 months that my head is spinning, trying to find a stable, hi PPD, hi SPF SS that would not interfere w/ my MMU (as in I can't wear SS containing avobenzone due to the ingredients in my MMU) and I CANNOT risk my melasma getting worse. Basically, I discovered I'm limited to European SS and I'm OK w/ that expense for my face - keeping my melasma at bay is worth it.
However, in these economic times, I simply cannot justify spending that kind of $ on a body SS that I will go thru so quickly, and since I don't use MMU on my body, avobenzone is OK.
I tried VERY hard to find a ds SS w/out oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate (google these for info), but what I discovered I was limited to was either less than spf 50 or turned me completely white (Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple spf 50 or Coppertone Sensitive Skin spf 50 = identical ingredients btw) and it took a LONG time for the stuff to sink in, leaving a white cast until it finally does. NOTE - I do recommend both those SS and I do use them on my child - I just don't have that kind of time in the mornings for me.
I finally read all the reviews about this product and yes, even tho it contains oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, I decided that unless I wanted to spend $$ on Elta MD or other similar very nice, but hi end product, this seemed to be woth a shot.
Fast foward a month later - LOVE that my Walmart carries it!! Its inexpensive $7 + change for a 8 fl oz tube. According to the tube, it contains Vitamin D3, is water/sweat resistant (it is) and has anti-aging /skin nourishing ingredients. I'm no chemist, so just stating what the tube says. I did post the ingredients at the top of the product page.
It is effective and doesn't have any octionoxate to destabilize the avobenzone. I wore it and was in the sun all day on multiple days (I did re-apply after 4 hours just in case and wasn't in any water) = no color! I have no idea what the PPD is (probably low), but for my body and wallet, this works for me (at least until I can find something with an equally nice finish, a higher PPD and not a lot of $ - any recommendations appreciated.) :)
It sinks in w/in 45 seconds - 1 minute, no whiteness left behind, doubles nicely as my body moisturizer w/ a light, fruity, creamcicle fragrance that dissipates quickly.
1 lippie off for the oxybenzone - am waiting to see addtl info about retinyl palmitate. If anyone knows the PPD, please pm me and I'd be happy to include.
Bottom line - love this, but am concerned about 2 of the ingredients, so will continue reading and if it turns out that the retinyl palmitate is indeed a bad idea in SS, will have to begin my search for the perfect SS again...
06/01/11 UPDATE - per sunscreen simulator, PPD = 7.4 :)