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Paula's Choice Skincare Calm Mineral Moisturizer, SPF 30

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Paula's Choice Skincare Calm Mineral Moisturizer, 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 Skincare Calm Mineral Moisturizer, 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 MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupational hazards
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Neurotoxicity
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
None
UNSPECIFIED EMOLLIENTS
Appeared as: TRIBEHENIN (EMOLLIENT)

None
PEG-10 PHYTOSTEROL
Appeared as: PEG-10 PHYTOSTEROL (TEXTURE-ENHANCING/EMOLLIENT)

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

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
CYCLOPENTASILOXANE
Appeared as: CYCLOPENTASILOXANE (HYDRATION)

• Cancer (low)
• Neurotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

None
PEG-5 GLYCERYL STEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE (EMOLLIENT)

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

None
GLYCERYL STEARATE/ PEG-100 STEARATE
Appeared as: PEG-100 STEARATE (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

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

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

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

Limited
PEG-10 DIMETHICONE
Appeared as: PEG-10 DIMETHICONE (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

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

Limited
OLETH-2 POLYSORBATE 20
Appeared as: POLYSORBATE 20 (STABILIZER)

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

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

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• 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)
• 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: GLYCERIN (HYDRATION/SKIN REPLENISHING)

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited
HYDROGENATED LECITHIN
Appeared as: HYDROGENATED LECITHIN (SKIN REPLENISHING)

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Good
ALUMINA
Appeared as: ALUMINA (STABILIZER)

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

Limited
CHLORPHENESIN
Appeared as: CHLORPHENESIN (PRESERVATIVE)

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: WATER (AQUA)

Limited
C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE
Appeared as: C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE (TEXTURE-ENHANCING/EMOLLIENT)

Limited
ISONONYL ISONONANOATE
Appeared as: ISONONYL ISONONANOATE (TEXTURE-ENHANCING/EMOLLIENT)

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited
PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL
Appeared as: PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL OIL (APRICOT OIL/NON-FRAGRANT PLANT OIL/EMOLLIENT)

None
BUTYLENE GLYCOL MONTANATE
Appeared as: BUTYLENE GLYCOL (HYDRATION)

Limited
PENTYLENE GLYCOL
Appeared as: PENTYLENE GLYCOL (HYDRATION)

Limited
CETEARYL ALCOHOL
Appeared as: CETEARYL ALCOHOL (EMOLLIENT)

None
ACRYLATES/ DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER
Appeared as: DIMETHICONE (HYDRATION)

Limited
GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) STEROLS
Appeared as: GLYCINE SOJA STEROLS (SOYBEAN/EMOLLIENT)

Limited
VP/ EICOSENE COPOLYMER
Appeared as: VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

Fair
AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT
Appeared as: AVENA SATIVA KERNEL EXTRACT (OAT EXTRACT/SKIN-SOOTHING)

Fair
SODIUM HYALURONATE
Appeared as: SODIUM HYALURONATE (HYDRATION)

None
ALLANTOIN CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE
Appeared as: ALLANTOIN (SKIN-SOOTHING)

None
TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE
Appeared as: TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE (VITAMIN C/ANTIOXIDANT)

Fair
SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE
Appeared as: SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE (ANTIOXIDANT)

Fair
UBIQUINONE
Appeared as: UBIQUINONE (ANTIOXIDANT)

Fair
CERAMIDE
Appeared as: CERAMIDE NG (HYDRATION/SKIN REPLENISHING)

Limited
METHICONE
Appeared as: METHICONE (HYDRATION)

None
PALMITOYL HEXAPEPTIDE 12
Appeared as: PALMITOYL HEXAPEPTIDE-12 (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

Fair
CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: CUCUMIS SATIVUS FRUIT EXTRACT (CUCUMBER EXTRACT/SKIN-SOOTHING)

Limited
CAPRYLIC/ CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE
Appeared as: CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE (EMOLLIENT)

Limited
SORBITAN STEARATE
Appeared as: SORBITAN STEARATE (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

None
POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID
Appeared as: POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

Limited
ALUMINUM STEARATE
Appeared as: ALUMINUM STEARATE (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

None
DEHYDRO XANTHAN GUM
Appeared as: XANTHAN GUM (TEXTURE-ENHANCING)

Limited
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
Appeared as: CAPRYLYL GLYCOL (PRESERVATIVE)

Fair
DISODIUM EDTA
Appeared as: DISODIUM EDTA (STABILIZER)

• Enhanced skin absorption

Limited
ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN
Appeared as: ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN (PRESERVATIVE)

• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

Some cosmetics companies have taken People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Leaping Bunny animal-testing pledges. For consumers who are concerned about companies’ policies on animal testing, Skin Deep reports this information.

PETA Cruelty-free Companies

Companies that join the "Caring Consumer" program of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a leading international animal rights advocacy organization, attest that "neither they nor their ingredient suppliers conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations or finished products, and that they pledge not to do so in the future."

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: Titanium Dioxide 3.85%, Zinc Oxide 3.12%, Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (texture-enhancing/emollient), Isononyl Isononanoate (texture-enhancing/emollient), Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil (apricot oil/non-fragrant plant oil/emollient), Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Glyceryl Stearate (emollient), PEG-100 Stearate (texture-enhancing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Pentylene Glycol (hydration), Cetearyl Alcohol (emollient), Dimethicone (hydration), Glycine Soja Sterols (soybean/emollient), VP/Eicosene Copolymer (texture-enhancing), Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (oat extract/skin-soothing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin replenishing), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Ubiquinone (antioxidant), Ceramide NG (hydration/skin replenishing), Methicone (hydration), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (texture-enhancing), PEG-10 Dimethicone (texture-enhancing), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (cucumber extract/skin-soothing), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient), Tribehenin (emollient), PEG-10 Phytosterol (texture-enhancing/emollient), Sorbitan Stearate (texture-enhancing), Polyhydroxystearic Acid (texture-enhancing), Alumina (stabilizer), Polysorbate 20 (stabilizer), Aluminum Stearate (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Chlorphenesin (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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