Sunscreens are an essential part of our skincare routines, but we mostly skip out on them for lack of finding a quality product. Today I’ll be reviewing a sunscreen that has been touted by many to be a great product and lists in many a bloggers favorites.
This product is manufactured by Glenmark which is a Pharmaceutical company. The company claims the LA Shield Sunscreen Gel has an SPF 40 with PA+++ rating which provides you broad spectrum sun protection. The formulation is oil free which makes it appealing for people with normal to oily skin. It has been dermatologically tested and is claimed to improve skin hydration. It does no irritate your skin and contains no preservatives.
Cyclomethicone and Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Octinoxate, C12-C15 Alkyl Benzoate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Titanium Dioxide (and) Dimethicone (and) Silica, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Caprylyl Methicone (and) PEG-12 Dimethicone (and) PPG-20 Crosspolymer and Fragrance
This sunscreen is a broad spectrum sunscreen, which means it protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. The main UVB blocking ingredient in this sunscreen is Octinoxate, also called Octyl methoxycinnamate or (OMC). Octinoxate is known to be an Endocrine disruptor, which means it leads to hormonal imbalances in the body(worst case scenario, you can get breast cancer). It is also considered toxic, since it is readily absorbed in to the skin it can lead to severe allergies. It is a skin penetration enhancer, which means any ingredients which would not have been absorbed in your skin will be absorbed if used along with Octinoxate. The EWG gives it a score of 6(which means it is a moderate hazard). Most cosmetic companies claim that there is no evidence of Octinoxate being a hazard in sunscreen formulations, this is also backed by the fact that it is an approved ingredient for use in many cosmetics worldwide.
Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine and Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone are also UV filtering ingredients. Although they are approved in Europe, the safety and efficacy of these has not yet been reviewed for sunscreen use by the FDA and it cannot be used in sunscreen drug products in the United States.
The other UV blocking agent is Titanium Dioxide, which is a physical sunscreen and is very effective in blocking the UVA radiations. It is a mineral and is completely safe for the skin.
The UVA and UVB blockers are dispersed in a silicone base which forms a clear film on your skin. Other ingredients do not pose any skin related problems either. The main ingredient in this sunscreen is a Crosspolymer of Cyclomethicone and Dimethicone which are silicones, these give it the texture of a makeup primer. Silicone forms a film on your skin and nothing can pass through this film.
When I first used the product I was highly impressed, it feels very lightweight on the skin when first applied. Like I mentioned it has the texture of a makeup primer and forms an impervious film that doesn’t really move all day. The only issue I had with this was that I didn’t know whether I should wear my makeup under it or on top of it. Ideally sunscreen should be the last product on your face but the texture of this product made it a bit difficult to apply on top of my foundation, so I only wore the sunscreen with a powder on top. I did notice that my skin was sweating a lot from using this sunscreen. This sunscreen also did not leave a white cast, which is the case with most Titanium Dioxide based sunscreens.
Even though there is no real evidence suggesting that the concentration of Octinoxate in sunscreen can cause serious hazard, it is best avoided by pregnant women and children. On the whole this is a great product in terms of the look and feel, but the choice of ingredients has deterred me from using it. I suggest that you find a mineral based sunscreen instead of using this chemical based one, since the risks greatly outweigh the benefits. I also hope that the manufacturers realize the hazards caused by the ingredients and replace them with a safer UV blocking ingredients.
Have you used this product? Do you have any good sunscreen suggestions? Please leave me a comment!