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Waxhead Sun Defense Tinted Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 31 (2019 formulation)

Data Availability: FAIR

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EWG's Sunscreen Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Waxhead Sun Defense Tinted Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 31 (2019 formulation) product label collected on April 02, 2019 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 Waxhead Sun Defense Tinted Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 31 (2019 formulation) is 1.

Data last updated: April 2019

EWG's Sunscreen Findings

  • Based on our modeling this product provides EXCELLENT UVA protection and a GOOD balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF.
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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
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Limited

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

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
GLYCERIN
Appeared as: VEGETABLE GLYCERINE (GLYCERIN)

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair
CI 77499
Appeared as: IRON OXIDES

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

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: SPRING WATER (AQUA)

Fair
COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL
Appeared as: EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (OLEO EUROPAEA FRUIT OIL)

Limited
SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL
Appeared as: JOJOBA OIL (SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS SEED OIL)

Limited
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER) OIL
Appeared as: SHEA BUTTER (BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII SEED OIL)

Limited

Fair
TOCOPHEROL
Appeared as: VEGETABLE VITAMIN E (TOCOPHEROL)

• Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

Leading international certifiers PETA and Leaping Bunny have no information concerning this company’s use of animal testing.

Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 25.0%, Inactive Ingredients: Spring Water (Aqua), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Oleo Europaea Fruit Oil), Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil), Vegetable Glycerine (Glycerin), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Seed Oil), Vegetable Emulsifying Wax Nf (Cetearyl Alcohol / Polysorbate 60), Vegetable Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Iron Oxides

Directions from packaging:

Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying, or at least every 2 hours.

Warnings from packaging:

For external use only. Keep product out of eyes. Rinse with water to remove. Do not use on damaged skin. Stop use and ask a doctor if rash develops. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately. May stain clothing.

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