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Paula's Choice Smoothing Primer Serum, SPF 30

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Contains retinyl palmitate, which may damage sun-exposed skin. Read more

Sunscreens can break down while still in the bottle. To be safe dispose of products when the mixture clumps or separates.

This product contains chemical active ingredient(s) that the FDA does not have enough health safety data to classify as safe and effective: AVOBENZONE, HOMOSALATE, OCTINOXATE, OCTISALATE

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Ingredients

Ingredients from label Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2%, Homosalate 4.0%, Octinoxate 6.0%, Octisalate 4.0%; Inactive Ingredients: Isododecane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Polysilicone-11, Bisabolol, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Calluna Vulgaris Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Physalis Angulata Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate

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Ingredient Name & Details

RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)

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

OCTINOXATE active ingredient 6%

Concerns: 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)

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)

HOMOSALATE active ingredient 4%

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

OCTISALATE active ingredient 4%

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate)

AVOBENZONE active ingredient 2%

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

BISABOLOL

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate)

CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT

Concerns: Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Neurotoxicity (low)

ISODODECANE

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

DIMETHICONE/ VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER

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

BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE

Concerns: Use restrictions (low)

ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF EXTRACT

Concerns: Cancer (moderate), Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Use restrictions (low)

CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate)

 
 

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