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Vanicream Sunscreen, SPF 30 (2017 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Sunscreen Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Vanicream Sunscreen, SPF 30 (2017 formulation) product label collected on April 04, 2017 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 Vanicream Sunscreen, SPF 30 (2017 formulation) is 2.

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Data last updated: April 2017

EWG's Sunscreen Findings

  • Based on our modeling this product provides MODERATE UVA protection and a MODERATE balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF.
  • Based on EWG's modeling this product would likely fail the FDA proposed UVA test.
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Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Contamination concerns
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair
CETYL PEG/ PPG-10/ 1 DIMETHICONE
Appeared as: CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE (HLB 5)

• 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)

None

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

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)

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)

None
C20-40 ALCOHOLS
Appeared as: C20-40 ALCOHOLS (MP 79C)

Limited

None

None

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

Limited

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Limited
HYDROGENATED POLYBUTENE
Appeared as: HYDROGENATED POLYBUTENE (370 MW)

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Fair

Limited

Limited

Limited

Robust

Robust
SILICA, CRYSTALLINE (QUARTZ)
Appeared as: SILICON DIOXIDE

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

None

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

• Endocrine disruption (low)

None
STEARYL DIMETHICONE
Appeared as: STEARYL DIMETHICONE (400 MPA.S AT 50C)

None

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Fair
UBIQUINONE
Appeared as: UBIDECARENONE

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: titanium dioxide 3.4%, zinc oxide 6%, Inactive Ingredients: c20-40 alcohols (mp 79c), caprylyl glycol, cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone (hlb 5), coco-glycerides, dicaprylyl carbonate, dimethicone, 1,2-hexanediol, hydrogenated castor oil, hydrogenated polybutene (370 mw), magnesium chloride, octadecene, peg-30 dipolyhydroxystearate, pentylene glycol, phenyl trimethicone, water, silicon dioxide, silica dimethyl silylate, squalane, stearyl dimethicone (400 mpa.s at 50c), tridecyl salicylate, triethoxycaprylylsilane, ubidecarenone

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