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Data last updated:
June 2019

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Paula's Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer, SPF 30

EWG scientists reviewed Paula's Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer, 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 Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer, SPF 30 is 2.
Ingredient Concerns:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Use restrictions
 
 

Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
TITANIUM DIOXIDE (sunscreen grade)
(Active Ingredient)
Biochemical or cellular level changes, Occupational hazards, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Ecotoxicology
Data: Good
UNSPECIFIED EMOLLIENTS
C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE (EMOLLIENT)
Miscellaneous
Data: None
ZINC OXIDE (sunscreen grade > 100nm)
(Active Ingredient)
Biochemical or cellular level changes, Occupational hazards, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Cancer, Ecotoxicology
Data: Good
POLYACRYLAMIDEUse restrictions, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (ACRYLAMIDE)
Data: Fair
PHENOXYETHANOLIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Allergies/immunotoxicity
Data: Limited
PEG-20 CETEARYL ALCOHOL
CETEARYL ALCOHOL (EMOLLIENT/TEXTURE ENHANCER)
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)
Data: None
PEG-10 GLYCERYL STEARATE
GLYCERYL STEARATE (TEXTURE ENHANCER)
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)
Data: None
LECITHINMultiple, additive exposure sources, Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES-in the presence of nitrosating agents)
Data: Good
TOCOPHERYL ACETATEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
Data: Fair
CETEARETH-20Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions, Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE, ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)
Data: Limited
POLYACRYAMIDE/ ISOPARRAFIN/ LAURETH-7
LAURETH-7 (EMULSIFIER)
Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)
Data: None
ALUMINAPersistence and bioaccumulation, Enhanced skin absorption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology
Data: Good
ALUMINUM STEARATEMultiple, additive exposure sources, Data gaps
Data: Limited
GLYCERINUse restrictions
Data: Good
ACRYLATES COPOLYMERUse restrictions, Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE)
Data: Limited
CITRIC ACIDUse restrictions
Data: Good
BUTYLENE GLYCOL MONTANATE
BUTYLENE GLYCOL (TEXTURE ENHANCER)
None Identified
Data: None
POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATENone Identified
Data: Limited
ACRYLATES/ DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER
DIMETHICONE (HYDRATION)
None Identified
Data: None
ACTINIDIA CHINENSIS (KIWI)None Identified
Data: Limited
TETRAPEPTIDE-1
TETRAPEPTIDE-30
None Identified
Data: Limited
CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID
LINOLEIC ACID (SKIN-RESTORING AGENTS)
None Identified
Data: Fair
RESVERATROLNone Identified
Data: Fair
ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDENone Identified
Data: Limited
PHOSPHOLIPIDSNone Identified
Data: Fair
GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN)None Identified
Data: Limited
ANTIOXIDANT TSP
XANTHOPHYLLS (ANTIOXIDANT)
None Identified
Data: None
AUREOBASIDIUM PULLULANS/RICE BRAN FERMENT
PULLULAN (TEXTURE ENHANCER)
None Identified
Data: None
SCLEROTIUM GUMNone Identified
Data: Limited
MILK CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE
CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE (SKIN-REPLENISHING)
None Identified
Data: None
TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANENone Identified
Data: Limited
ISOPARAFFINIC SOLVENT
C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN (SOLVENT)
None Identified
Data: Limited
GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACTNone Identified
Data: Limited
ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OILNone Identified
Data: Limited
MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATEData gaps
Data: Limited
SODIUM GLUCONATENone Identified
Data: Fair
XANTHAN GUMNone Identified
Data: Fair
POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACIDNone Identified
Data: None
NIACINAMIDENone Identified
Data: Fair
CAPRYLYL GLYCOLNone Identified
Data: Limited
BISABOLOLEnhanced skin absorption
Data: Limited
ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERINIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Limited
TOCOPHEROLCancer, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
Data: Fair
ISONONYL ISONONANOATEUse restrictions
Data: Limited
WATERInnocuous
Data: Robust


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