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Paula's Choice Skincare Skin Restoring Moisturizer, SPF 50

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daily use SPF

BRAND

Paula's Choice

DATA LAST UPDATED

March 24, 2023

Health Concerns

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • SOME
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • SOME
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • HIGH
    Use Restrictions

Efficacy Concerns

  • Caution We have flagged this product with 3 concerns
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    Contains oxybenzone, a hormone disrupting chemical. 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, OXYBENZONE

  • moderate
    UVA/UVB Balance

Ingredient Scores

Ingredients are scored based on their formulation and concentration in this product. Click on an ingredient for more information.

OCTINOXATE active ingredient 7.5%
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate), Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate), Enhanced skin absorption, Neurotoxicity (low), Endocrine disruption (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)
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OCTISALATE active ingredient 5%
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (low), Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)
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GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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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)
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HOMOSALATE active ingredient 5%
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), Contamination concerns (SALICYLIC ACID and TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXANOL)
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OXYBENZONE active ingredient 5%
Data Availability: Good
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CONCERNS Cancer (low), Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate), Use restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)
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DIMETHICONE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (high), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low)
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SODIUM HYDROXIDE
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (high), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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PHENOXYETHANOL
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Use restrictions (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high), Occupational hazards (high)
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CYCLOPENTASILOXANE
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Cancer (low), Neurotoxicity (low), Endocrine disruption (low), Persistence and bioaccumulation (high), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low)
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PEG-100 STEARATE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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AVOBENZONE active ingredient 3%
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Cancer (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Use restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low), Contamination concerns (BENZOIC ACID, 4-T-BUTYLBENZOIC ACID, BENZALDEHYDE, P-ANISIC ACID, ACETOPHENONE, and DIBENZOYLMETHANE)
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GLYCERIN
Data Availability: Good
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (moderate)
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TOCOPHEROL
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Cancer (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Endocrine disruption (low), Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
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CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Use restrictions (low), Endocrine disruption (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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WATER
Data Availability: Robust
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SILICA, AMORPHOUS
Data Availability: Good
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CONCERNS Cancer (moderate), Use restrictions (low), Persistence and bioaccumulation (high), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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CETEARYL ALCOHOL
Data Availability: Limited
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BUTYLENE GLYCOL
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
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PENTYLENE GLYCOL
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Enhanced skin absorption, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (low)
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PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Use restrictions (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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VP/ EICOSENE COPOLYMER
Data Availability: Limited
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BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Use restrictions (low)
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ALLANTOIN
Data Availability: Fair
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NIACINAMIDE
Data Availability: Fair
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ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Cancer (moderate), Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Use restrictions (low)
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ATRACTYLOIDES MACROCEPHALA ROOT EXTRACT
Data Availability: None
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AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Use restrictions (low)
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COFFEA ARABICA (ARABIAN COFFEE) SEED EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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PORTULACA OLERACEA (GREEN PURSLANE) EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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MAHONIA AQUIFOLIUM ROOT EXTRACT
Data Availability: None
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DIETHYLHEXYL SYRINGYLIDENEMALONATE
Data Availability: None
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SARCOSINE
Data Availability: Fair
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CAPRYLOYL GLYCINE
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (low)
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MALTOOLIGOSYL GLUCOSIDE
Data Availability: None
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DIMETHICONOL
Data Availability: Limited
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ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER
Data Availability: Limited
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CONCERNS Use restrictions (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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HYDROGENATED STARCH HYDROLYSATE
Data Availability: Limited
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HEXYLENE GLYCOL
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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4-T-BUTYLCYCLOHEXANOL
Data Availability: None
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GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Data Availability: Limited
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XANTHAN GUM
Data Availability: Fair
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DISODIUM EDTA
Data Availability: Fair
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CONCERNS Enhanced skin absorption
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CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
Data Availability: Limited
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Ingredients from label

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%; Homosalate 5%; Octinoxate 7.50%; Octisalate 5%; Oxybenzone 5% (sunscreen actives). Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Silica (opacifier and texture enhancer), Glycerin (hydration), Cetearyl Alcohol (texture enhancer), Dimethicone (hydration), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol (hydration), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate (emulsifier), Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract (skin-restoring), VP/Eicosene Copolymer (texture enhancer), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (emollient), Allantoin (skin soothing), Niacinamide (skin-restoring), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin soothing), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration, soothing), Atractylodes Macrocephala Root Powder (antioxidant), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (skin soothing), Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Mahonia Aquifolium Root Extract, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate (antioxidants), Sarcosine, Capryloyl Glycine, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Glucoside (skin softeners), Dimethiconol (texture enhancer), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (stabilizer), Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate (hydration), Hexylene Glycol (texture enhancer), 4-T-Butylcyclohexanol (emollient), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (texture enhancers), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Xanthan Gum (stabilizer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol (preservatives), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin softening).

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Understanding scores

Not all sunscreen products are the same when it comes to sun protection and ingredient health hazards. The scoring system for EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens is designed to help the public find products that are safer, avoid ingredients of concern, and are more effective in reducing potential health harms from ultraviolet A and B exposure.

Every product in the guide gets a hazard and efficacy rating. The top scoring products have both a low hazard rating and an excellent UVA/UVB balance rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. Beyond this 1 to 10 ranking, the EWG VERIFIED® mark on a sunscreen means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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EWG Verified Process

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EWG VERIFIED

Beyond the hazard score, the EWG VERIFIED® mark on a sunscreen indicates that a sunscreen company’s ingredient disclosures show the product has met our full criteria to ensure it adheres to our strictest standards for efficacy, ingredient safety and transparency.


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Wear clothes

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Plan around the sun

Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky.

Find shade - or make it

Picnic under a tree or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade, reducing the risk of multiple burns by 30%.


Don’t get burned

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Sunglasses are essential

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Check UV index

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