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Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation Brightening Complex Foundation, MW2, SPF 20

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation Brightening Complex Foundation, MW2, SPF 20 product label collected on October 23, 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 Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation Brightening Complex Foundation, MW2, SPF 20 is 6.

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Data last updated: October 2019

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW_MODERATE

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is HIGH

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Occupational hazards
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Neurotoxicity
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair
RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)
Appeared as: RETINYL PALMITATE

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

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

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

Fair

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

Limited

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

Fair

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

Fair

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

Fair
BHT

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Limited

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

Limited

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

Fair
CI 77499
Appeared as: IRON OXIDES

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

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: WATER/EAU

Limited

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

Limited

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

None

None

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Fair

None

Fair

None
SCHINZIOPHYTON RAUTANENII KERNEL OIL
Appeared as: SCHINZIOPHYTON RAUTANENII (MONGONGO) KERNEL OIL

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Limited

None

Good
SILICA, AMORPHOUS
Appeared as: SILICA

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

Limited

Limited
EVODIA RUTAECARPA FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: EVODIA RUTAECARPA (WU-ZHU-YU) FRUIT EXTRACT

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Fair

None

Fair

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited
SEDUM ROSEA ROOT EXTRACT
Appeared as: RHODIOLA ROSEA ROOT EXTRACT

Fair

Limited

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Good

• Cancer (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (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: OCTINOXATE 3.0%; Inactive Ingredients: WATER/EAU, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, ISODODECANE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ACRYLATES/ POLYTRIMETHYLSILOXYMETHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, PROPANEDIOL, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, SCHINZIOPHYTON RAUTANENII (MONGONGO) KERNEL OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLENE BRASSYLATE, DIMETHICONE/BIS-ISOBUTYL PPG-20 CROSSPOLYMER, SILICA, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, EVODIA RUTAECARPA (WU-ZHU-YU) FRUIT EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, CELLULOSE GUM, TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, RETINYL PALMITATE, RHODIOLA ROSEA ROOT EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, BHT, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, TOCOPHEROL, IRON OXIDES (CL 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

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