- Product: Naturopathica’s Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 17
- Vendor: www.Naturopathica.com
- Initial Review: 5/30/2015
- Price: 58.00 USD
- Reason for Purchase: I wanted a moisturizer that I could wear all day that wouldn’t smudge my makeup and would also protect my skin from the blazing summer month ahead.
According to Naturopathica, the ingredient responsible for protection against the sun without forming that signature “chalky” appearance is the Micronized Zinc Oxide. They claim it “acts as a barrier between UVA/UVB rays” (Source). So I did not expect this protect to show itself in the sun, especially when I was down in the Florida Keys.
I also expected it to work as a strong moisturizer, where I would be able to wear it without getting oily. I also expected that Naturopathica would also see to my youthful good looks by making sure that there were no free radicals that could damage my skin while I wore their products.
Naturopathica highlights their “Hero Ingredients” on their products. I have broken them down here:
Micronized Zinc Oxide – According to Naturopathica, this mineral will protect from broad spectrum sun damage such as UVA/UVB rays. UVA is associated with sunburns, skin cancer and many other forms of photo-aging (Source). UVB varies in intensity, but is mostly associated with sunburns. Supposedly, SPF only protects from UVB, but UVA is too powerful and burns right through it (Source). However, Micronized Zinc Oxide scatters, reflects and absorbs the harmful UVA rays as SPF cannot (Source).
Tetrahydrocurcuminoids (THC) – Naturopathica characterizes this ingredient as a polyphenolic compound (a natural multi-phenol structure that forms acid) that has the ability to fight free radicals. It is found in the Turmeric root and has been clinically tested as an agent in sun protection on aged skin as well as “offers protection against rancidity of the fat components used in the formulation of cosmetics” (Source).
So it functions as an anti-oxidant to prevent aging and also acts as a gentle SPF for aged skin.
Lavender Vera – Lavender Vera is said to calm inflammation on the skin. Naturopathica uses the ingredient to calm the skin when it has been damaged by sun exposure. Lavender has a compound in it called Linalool, which is related to vitamin E. Therefore, it helps heal skin and regenerate skin cells (Source). It is also known for its Cytophlaxis properties, which protect the cells from lytic acid (an acid that kills cells).
There are other far reaching benefits to lavender. Daisy Raybould has written an article on Lavender and the Top 5 Herbs for Glowing and Gorgeous Skin.
Vitamin E & Beta Glucan – Vitamin E is a well-known healer of skin, promoting cell regeneration and growth. This is often why it is prescribed as concentrate by doctors after surgery for scar tissue. My friend, in fact, used vitamin E on her scars after her breast reduction. She pushed the oil right out of the pills to get the most concentrated form of it she could. She wore it morning, noon and night. She no longer has any scars after about 2 years.
Beta Glucan is said to heal wounds that are open. If the skin is healthy, then most likely the Beta Glucan cannot enter the epidermis (top layer of skin). Therefore, if you are using this product and you have open acne wounds or scars, the Beta Glucan will be hugely beneficial. If not, it is harmless, it will just be an added agent (Source).
SPF 17 – the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of how well a sunscreen protects the skin from UVB rays after a certain period of time. Multiply the number on the bottle times 10 and you will have how many minutes the sunscreen is said to protect you. (Source)
The Lavender Protective Moisturizer has an SPF of 17, so this product should protect the skin for 170 minutes. The bottle says to apply 15 minutes before heading outside.
This product did not have a designated time period where it was supposed to show “results”. However, I decided to use the product over the summer and winter months so as to review it based on weather.
Naturopathica’s Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 17 was developed to provide the following benefits: anti-inflammation, SPF protection, anti-aging.
Anti-Inflammation – During the summer months, inflammation is not as much of a problem for me, as my skin does not dry out to the point where I am experiencing flare-ups. However, testing this product down in the Florida Keys, I was able to use it every day and I did not experience any inflammation due to sunburns or the salty air.
Over the course of the summer, I never had any inflammation or swelling on my face for any reason. I do not often experience this, but the product also did leave my skin feeling soothed and hydrated.
SPF Protection – Going along with the anti-inflammation, I am a woman with a lot of melanin in her skin. Therefore, I do not often see obvious signs of sunburn from UVB rays. I did, however, manage to get some on my shoulders on a particular hot spell. However, I had remembered to put on the Lavender Protective Moisturizer, but not body sunscreen. I didn’t receive any burns to the face while wearing this product.
Also, Ulta Beauty Salon has a UV Ray tool that can look under the skin for sun damage. I went this year and found that my skin has healed since the year before where I didn’t wear any facial sun protection at all. So I during the summer of 2015 I was able to escape both UVA and UVB damage to my face.
Anti-Aging – My skin throughout the summer was very moisturized and soft. The skin healed easily from any acne scars I received, and remained bouncy and wrinkle-free. This is most likely due to the Vitamin E that is both in this product and the Vitamin E concentrate I use at night. The scars were most likely healed by the Beta Glucan in the moisturizer as they were open epidermal wounds that the Beta Glucan could access.
Overall – Overall, the product also managed to stay on my face throughout the days I would wear it. It usually lasted a good 2 hours, which is the time it is recommended users reapply it. I have very oily skin and when I get hot or workout, my face is dripping. The summer is my grossest time. But the Lavender Protective Moisturizer did not form a milky film on my face or give me a weird mustache on my upper lip. It blended in very nicely and had a wonderful lavender scent to it.
This is definitely a summer product that was truly successful.
Fall/Winter 2015 – 2016
The same expectations applied for the Fall and Winter seasons. I wanted to see how the product would fare in the dry panhandle of Texas where I go to University, and if it could also protect me during the harsh winter months in Chicago where the wind literally hurts your face.
Anti-Inflammation – During the winter months it is very dry in both Lubbock, TX and Chicago, IL. This usually results in skin that is so dry that acne will flare as the cracks in the skin are filled with dead skin cells and other sebaceous materials. However, I did not experience my usually acne flareups during the Fall and Winter months, nor did my nose swell up from sensitivity. I also usually get some sort of eczema during this time. I did not receive any on my face this season in either Lubbock or Chicago. I did not have a change in diet (in fact I tend to splurge during the Christmas season), and I did all the same activities that I normally do during this time of year. Therefore, I will attribute my improved skin quality to my current skin care regimen.
SPF Protection – During the winter months, UVB rays tend to be less intense, and thus why we do not experience the same sunburn effects during the fall and winter seasons as we do in the summer. However, UVA is still an unseen, but harmful issue. I still wear the Lavender Protective Moisturizer to keep these potentially harmful rays at bay.
Anti-Aging – During the cold season, I was able to keep my skin hydrated and healed despite the biting cold. Frostbite on the face in Chicago is not an uncommon thing. However, my face and neck managed so stay moisturized and clear and did not show signs of severe tightening due to cold. When I returned to Lubbock, the world was warmer, but very dry. I have been applying the moisturizer daily and have been satisfied that I have not had any eczema patches or itchy face due to dryness. Thus, I have not seen new wrinkles forming as the oil is keeping the skin lubricated and the cells regenerating to avoid cracks and lines.
Overall – Overall, the Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 17 was an extremely beneficial product during the winter months, and was gentle enough to put on my face when it was dry, but firm enough that it did not come off when I applied thick cover-up for all the Christmas parties I attended. The scent also was not super overpowering so I could wear my winter colognes without mixing scents.
In conclusion, the Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 17 was amazing for my face during the severity of the two seasons. I was able to keep my skin protected from the UVA/UVB rays, moisturize it from the dry winter seasons, and stop scarring and inflammation the day it happened. It was also able to withstand my gross sweating and settled nicely under heavy makeup. The smell was beautiful but not overpowering, and it was gentle enough that if my skin was feeling sensitive, it didn’t not burn as some moisturizers can do.
I know I will be recommending this product to friends and family for the upcoming summer 2016.
INGREDIENTS/INCI: Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 7.02% Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sorbitan Olivate, Squalane, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Isostearate, Caprylyl Clycol, Alcohol Denat., Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Citric Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Beta-Glucan (D), Gluconolactone, Phytic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Tropolone, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Alcohol, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Astaxanthin