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Paula's Choice PC4MEN Daytime Protect Lotion, SPF 30

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Paula's Choice PC4MEN Daytime Protect Lotion, SPF 30 product label collected on June 18, 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 Paula's Choice PC4MEN Daytime Protect Lotion, SPF 30 is 4.

Data last updated: June 2019

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

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

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

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Contamination concerns (SALICYLIC ACID and TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXANOL)

Fair
SODIUM HYDROXIDE
Appeared as: SODIUM HYDROXIDE (PH ADJUSTER)

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

Limited
PHENOXYETHANOL
Appeared as: PHENOXYETHANOL (PRESERVATIVE)

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

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Limited

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

Fair
POLYSORBATE-20
Appeared as: POLYSORBATE 20 (TEXTURE-ENHANCINGS)

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

Limited

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (BENZOIC ACID, 4-T-BUTYLBENZOIC ACID, BENZALDEHYDE, P-ANISIC ACID, ACETOPHENONE, and DIBENZOYLMETHANE)

Limited
ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE
Appeared as: ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE (ABSORBENT/EMOLLIENT/TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ALUMINUM POWDER)

Fair
CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT (ANTIOXIDANT)

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good
TITANIUM DIOXIDE (SUNSCREEN GRADE)
Appeared as: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

• 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)

Fair
SORBIC ACID
Appeared as: SORBIC ACID (PRESERVATIVE)

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: WATER (AQUA)

None
BUTYLENE GLYCOL MONTANATE
Appeared as: BUTYLENE GLYCOL (HYDRATION/TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

Good
SILICA, AMORPHOUS
Appeared as: SILICA (ABSORBENT)

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

Limited
CETYL DIMETHICONE
Appeared as: CETYL DIMETHICONE (EMOLLIENT)

Limited

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)

Limited
ASCORBYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN C PALMITATE)
Appeared as: ASCORBYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN C/ANTIOXIDANT)

Limited
PLANT PHOSPHOLIPIDS
Appeared as: PHOSPHOLIPIDS (SKIN-RESTORING)

Fair
SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE
Appeared as: SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE (ANTIOXIDANT ENZYME)

Fair
ADENOSINE CYCLIC PHOSPHATE
Appeared as: ADENOSINE (SKIN-RESTORING)

Fair
TOCOPHEROL
Appeared as: TOCOPHEROL (VITAMIN E/ANTIOXIDANT)

• Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Limited
BISABOLOL
Appeared as: BISABOLOL (SKIN-SOOTHING)

• Enhanced skin absorption

Limited
BOERHAVIA DIFFUSA (PUNARNAVA)
Appeared as: BOERHAVIA DIFFUSA ROOT EXTRACT (ANTIOXIDANT/SKIN-SOOTHING PLANT EXTRACT)

Robust
COLLOIDAL OATMEAL
Appeared as: COLLOIDAL OATMEAL (PLANT-BASED SKIN-SOOTHING)

None
ETHYL PANTHENOL
Appeared as: PANTHENOL (SKIN REPLENISHING)

Fair
GINKGO BILOBA (MAIDENHAIR TREE) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: GINKGO BILOBA LEAF EXTRACT (ANTIOXIDANT)

Limited
SALIX ALBA (WHITE WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT
Appeared as: SALIX ALBA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT (SKIN-SOOTHING)

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited
ACRYLATES/ C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER
Appeared as: ACRYLATE/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

• Use restrictions (low)

Fair
DISODIUM EDTA
Appeared as: DISODIUM EDTA (STABILIZER)

• Enhanced skin absorption

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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For more information visit: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx

Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 7%, Octocrylene 2%, Oxybenzone 4%, Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration/texture-enhancing), Silica (absorbent), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (absorbent/emollient/texture-enhancing), Cetyl Dimethicone (emollient), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (hydration), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Phospholipids (skin-restoring), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant enzyme), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing plant extract), Colloidal Oatmeal (plant-based skin-soothing), Panthenol (skin replenishing), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing), Titanium Dioxide (texture-enhancing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Steareth-21, Steareth-2, Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancings), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sorbic Acid (preservative)

Directions from packaging:

Use as the last step in your AM skincare routine. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. If you don’t apply liberally, you will need to reapply every two hours after your skin is exposed to direct sunlight. If you plan to swim or perspire you must apply a water-resistant sunscreen.

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