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Physicians Formula Natural Defense Setting the Tone Finishing Powder, 1711354 Light, SPF 20

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Physicians Formula Natural Defense Setting the Tone Finishing Powder, 1711354 Light, SPF 20 product label collected on March 12, 2020 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 Natural Defense Setting the Tone Finishing Powder, 1711354 Light, SPF 20 is 9.

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Data last updated: March 2020

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is MODERATE

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
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

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

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)

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)

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)

Limited

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

Limited

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

Fair

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

Fair

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

Fair

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

Fair

• 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)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Fair
CI 77499
Appeared as: IRON OXIDES (CI 77491

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

Fair

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

Fair

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

Limited

• Enhanced skin absorption

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

None

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

Limited

Fair

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

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

None

Robust

None

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 5.0%, Oxybenzone 1.5%, TITANIUM DIOXIDE 3.0%, ZINC OXIDE 2.0%; Inactive Ingredients: MICA, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, ZINC STEARATE, TRICAPRYLIN, BORON NITRIDE, DIMETHICONE, LAUROYL LYSINE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS/ALEURITES FORDI OIL COPOLYMER, O-CYMEN-5-OL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, WATER, LECITHIN, PLANKTON EXTRACT. MAY CONTAIN: IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

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