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CVS Ultimate Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen, SPF 70
CVS by CVS Corporation
OVERALL SCORE
Data: Limited
UVB PROTECTION SPF 70
UVA PROTECTION MODERATE
UVA/UVB BALANCE MODERATE
SUNSCREEN STABILITY EXCELLENT
HEALTH CONCERN HIGH
OTHER CONCERNScontains oxybenzone,
contains vitamin A,
misleading SPF

This product is found in the following categories

Sunscreen UV Absorbance
Absorbance is the capacity of the sunscreen to absorb UV radiation before it reaches your skin.
Sunscreen Ingredients
AVOBENZONE

3%

HOMOSALATE

10%

OCTISALATE

5%

OCTOCRYLENE

7.5%

OXYBENZONE

5%

Read what's on your label. Other formulations may exist on the market. [See the ingredients used for this report.]
Label directions: Shake well before use. Apply a thin even coat liberally to your face 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply after prolonged swimming, towel drying, vigorous activity or extended sun exposure.
Label warnings: For external use only. When using this product keep out of eyes. Rinse eyes with water to remove. Stop use and ask doctor if rash or irritation develops and lasts. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. May stain fabrics. Sun alert: Limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreens may reduce the risks of skin aging, skin cancer, and other harmful effects of the sun.
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About the ratings

EWG provides information on sunscreen products from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings indicate both efficacy and the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other sunscreens. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any.
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Ingredient Hazard Score Concerns
AVOBENZONE
active ingredient 3%
Data: Limited
Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (BENZOIC ACID, 4-T-BUTYLBENZOIC ACID, BENZALDEHYDE, P-ANISIC ACID, ACETOPHENONE, DIBENZOYLMETHANE), Use restrictions
HOMOSALATE
active ingredient 10%
Data: Limited
Enhanced skin absorption, Ecotoxicology, Endocrine disruption, Contamination concerns (SALICYLIC ACID, TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXANOL), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
OCTISALATE
active ingredient 5%
Data: Fair
Enhanced skin absorption, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions
OCTOCRYLENE
active ingredient 7.5%
Data: Fair
Biochemical or cellular level changes, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions
OXYBENZONE
active ingredient 5%
Data: Fair
Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions
WATER
Data: Robust
n/a
CETYL DIMETHICONE
Data: Limited
Data gaps
SILICA, AMORPHOUS
Data: Fair
n/a
STYRENE/ ACRYLATES COPOLYMER
Data: None
Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE), Use restrictions
C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE
Data: Limited
Ecotoxicology
POLYESTER
Data: Fair
n/a
PENTYLENE GLYCOL
Data: Limited
n/a
ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN
Data: Limited
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
STEARETH-100
Data: Limited
Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
Data: Limited
n/a
STEARETH-2
Data: Limited
Data gaps, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
CYCLOPENTASILOXANE
Data: Limited
Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Neurotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation
CHLORPHENESIN
Data: Limited
Use restrictions
BISABOLOL
Data: Limited
Enhanced skin absorption
DISODIUM EDTA
Data: Fair
Enhanced skin absorption
ACRYLATES/ DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER
Data: None
n/a
PROPYLENE GLYCOL
Data: Fair
Enhanced skin absorption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) FRUIT EXTRACT
Data: Fair
n/a
BHT
Data: Fair
Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
MANNAN
Data: Fair
n/a
XANTHAN GUM
Data: Limited
n/a
POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE
Data: Fair
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
CAMELLIA OLEIFERA (TEA-OIL CAMELLIA) LEAF EXTRACT
Data: Limited
n/a
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Data: Fair
Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
PORTULACA OLERACEA (GREEN PURSLANE) EXTRACT
Data: Limited
n/a
PHOSPHOLIPIDS
Data: Fair
n/a
RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)
Data: Fair
Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)
Data: Fair
n/a
ISOMALT
Data: Limited
n/a
SODIUM BENZOATE
Data: Fair
Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
LECITHIN
Data: Fair
Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES), Use restrictions
PHENOXYETHANOL
Data: Limited
Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions
FRAGRANCE
Data: Fair
Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
CHOLECALCIFEROL
Data: Fair
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions

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