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Paula's Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer, SPF 30

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Ingredients

Ingredients from label Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 5.25%, Zinc Oxide 6.12%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Tetrapeptide-30, Linoleic Acid, Resveratrol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Phospholipids, Lecithin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Xanthophylls, Pullulan, Sodium Gluconate, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Alumina, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citric Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Ceteareth-20, Aluminum Stearate, Laureth-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

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Data Availability

Ingredient Name & Details

GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT

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

POLYACRYLAMIDE

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), Contamination concerns (ACRYLAMIDE)

PHENOXYETHANOL

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

DIMETHICONE

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low)

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE

Concerns: Cancer (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate), Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

CETEARETH-20

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (low), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

LAURETH-7

Concerns: Use restrictions (low), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

TITANIUM DIOXIDE (SUNSCREEN GRADE) active ingredient 5.3%

Concerns: 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)

ZINC OXIDE (SUNSCREEN GRADE > 100NM) active ingredient 6.1%

Concerns: 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)

GLYCERIN

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate)

BISABOLOL

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate)

LECITHIN

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

ALUMINA

Concerns: Cancer (low), Enhanced skin absorption, Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

CITRIC ACID

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate)

ACRYLATES COPOLYMER

Concerns: Use restrictions (low), Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, and 2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE)

ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN

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

C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

ISONONYL ISONONANOATE

Concerns: Use restrictions (low)

BUTYLENE GLYCOL

Concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

TOCOPHEROL

Concerns: Cancer (low), Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) STEROLS

Concerns: Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)

XANTHOPHYLL

Concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN

Concerns: Use restrictions (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

ALUMINUM STEARATE

Concerns: Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

TITANIUM DIOXIDE (sunscreen grade) active ingredient 5.3%

Concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards

ZINC OXIDE (sunscreen grade > 100nm) active ingredient 6.1%

Concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards, Persistence and bioaccumulation

WATER

Concerns: none identified

C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE

Concerns: Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

GLYCERIN

Concerns: Use restrictions

ISONONYL ISONONANOATE

Concerns: Use restrictions

BUTYLENE GLYCOL

Concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

CETEARYL ALCOHOL

Concerns: Ecotoxicology

POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE

Concerns: none identified

DIMETHICONE

Concerns: Ecotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions

GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE

Concerns: Ecotoxicology

GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT

Concerns: Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Neurotoxicity

ACTINIDIA CHINENSIS (KIWI) EXTRACT

Concerns: none identified

ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OIL

Concerns: none identified

TETRAPEPTIDE-1

Concerns: none identified

LINOLEIC ACID

Concerns: Ecotoxicology

RESVERATROL

Concerns: none identified

ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE

Concerns: none identified

NIACINAMIDE

Concerns: none identified

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE

Concerns: Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE

Concerns: Data gaps

BISABOLOL

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions

TOCOPHEROL

Concerns: Cancer, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

PHOSPHOLIPIDS

Concerns: none identified

LECITHIN

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

GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) STEROLS

Concerns: Developmental/reproductive toxicity

XANTHOPHYLL

Concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources

PULLULAN

Concerns: none identified

SODIUM GLUCONATE

Concerns: none identified

XANTHAN GUM

Concerns: none identified

SCLEROTIUM GUM

Concerns: none identified

ALUMINA

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation