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Alpha Hydrox Sheer Silk Moisturizer, SPF 15 (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Alpha Hydrox Sheer Silk Moisturizer, SPF 15 (2016 formulation) product label collected on April 08, 2016 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 Alpha Hydrox Sheer Silk Moisturizer, SPF 15 (2016 formulation) is 4.

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Data last updated: April 2016

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Occupational hazards
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Limited

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Contamination concerns (ACRYLAMIDE)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (PAHS)

Good

• Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Fair
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Appeared as: TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E)

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Good
ZINC OXIDE (SUNSCREEN GRADE > 100NM)
Appeared as: ZINC OXIDE

• Cancer (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Occupational hazards (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Good
TITANIUM DIOXIDE (SUNSCREEN GRADE)
Appeared as: TITANIUM DIOXIDE

• Cancer (moderate)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
• Occupational hazards (high)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Robust

Limited

Fair
GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL
Appeared as: SOYBEAN (GLYCINE SOJA) OIL

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)

None

• Use restrictions (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Limited
PANTHENOL
Appeared as: PENTHANOL (VITAMIN B5)

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Fair
CAMELLIA OLEIFERA (TEA-OIL CAMELLIA) SEED EXTRACT
Appeared as: GREEN TEA EXTRACT

Limited

Fair

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

Limited

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (7.5% Sunscreen), Zinc Oxide (5% Sunscreen). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Peroxidized Corn Oil, Soybean (Glycine Soja) Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Polyacrylamide, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Laureth 7, Steareth 21, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Myristyl Myristate, Petrolatum, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Penthanol (Vitamin B5), Green Tea Extract, Lactic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Steareth 2, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Triethanolamine, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene Glycol

Directions from packaging:

For Daily UseFor best results: Cleanse skin thoroughly and apply an Alpha Hydrox AHA treatment to the face and neck. Follow with Alpha Hydrox Sheer Silk Moisturizer for hydration plus sun protection. Alpha Hydrox Sheer Silk Moisturizer is light enough to be worn under make-up.Directions After cleansing, apply product to face and neck. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweatingReapply at least every 2 hoursChildren under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor

Warnings from packaging:

For external use onlyDo not use on damaged or broken skinWhen using this product Keep out of eyes. Rinse with water to removeStop use and ask a doctor ifRash occursKeep out of reach of children If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.Sun Protection MeasuresSpending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a Broad Spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including:Limiting time in the sun, especially from 10am - 2pmWear long sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglassesChildren under 6 months: Ask a doctor. For use on skin only.Other InformationProtect this product from excessive heat and direct sun

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