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Data last updated:
June 2019

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Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Lotion, SPF 30

EWG scientists reviewed Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Lotion, SPF 30 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Ultra-Sheer Daily Defense Lotion, SPF 30 is 3.
Ingredient Concerns:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Use restrictions
 
 

Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
OXYBENZONE
(Active Ingredient)
Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Good
TITANIUM DIOXIDE (sunscreen grade)
TITANIUM DIOXIDE (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)
Biochemical or cellular level changes, Occupational hazards, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Ecotoxicology
Data: Good
HOMOSALATE
(Active Ingredient)
Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Endocrine disruption, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (SALICYLIC ACID, TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXANOL)
Data: Fair
SODIUM HYDROXIDEUse restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Fair
PHENOXYETHANOLIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Allergies/immunotoxicity
Data: Limited
OLETH-2 POLYSORBATE 20
POLYSORBATE 20 (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)
Data: Limited
STEARETH-2Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology, Data gaps, Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)
Data: Limited
SORBIC ACIDAllergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
STEARETH-21Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)
Data: Limited
OCTOCRYLENE
(Active Ingredient)
Biochemical or cellular level changes, Use restrictions, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Fair
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) GEL
ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER (HYDRATION)
Use restrictions, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Data gaps
Data: Limited
CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT
CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT (GREEN TEA EXTRACT/ANTIOXIDANT)
Use restrictions
Data: Fair
ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATEOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions, Contamination concerns (ALUMINUM POWDER)
Data: None
AVOBENZONE
(Active Ingredient)
Use restrictions, Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (BENZOIC ACID, 4-T-BUTYLBENZOIC ACID, BENZALDEHYDE, P-ANISIC ACID, ACETOPHENONE, DIBENZOYLMETHANE)
Data: Limited
BUTYLENE GLYCOL MONTANATE
BUTYLENE GLYCOL (HYDRATION)
None Identified
Data: None
SODIUM SILICA
SILICA (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)
None Identified
Data: None
PLANT PHOSPHOLIPIDS
PHOSPHOLIPIDS (SKIN-RESTORING)
None Identified
Data: Limited
SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASENone Identified
Data: Fair
ADENOSINE CYCLIC PHOSPHATE
ADENOSINE (SKIN-RESTORING)
None Identified
Data: Fair
BOERHAVIA DIFFUSA (PUNARNAVA)
BOERHAVIA DIFFUSA ROOT EXTRACT (ANTIOXIDANT/SKIN-SOOTHING)
None Identified
Data: Limited
ETHYL PANTHENOL
PANTHENOL (SKIN REPLENISHING)
None Identified
Data: None
GINKGO BILOBA (MAIDENHAIR TREE) LEAF EXTRACT
GINKGO BILOBA LEAF EXTRACT (ANTIOXIDANT)
None Identified
Data: Fair
CETYL DIMETHICONEData gaps
Data: Limited
SALIX ALBA (WHITE WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT
SALIX ALBA BARK EXTRACT (WILLOW HERB EXTRACT/SKIN-SOOTHING)
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Limited
ASCORBYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN C PALMITATE)
ASCORBYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN C/ANTIOXIDANT)
Ecotoxicology
Data: Limited
BISABOLOLEnhanced skin absorption
Data: Limited
DISODIUM EDTAEnhanced skin absorption
Data: Fair
TOCOPHEROLCancer, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
Data: Fair
ACRYLATES/ C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER
ACRYLATE/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)
Use restrictions
Data: Limited
WATERInnocuous
Data: Robust
COLLOIDAL OATMEALInnocuous
Data: Robust


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