The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Face Mist SPF 45 PA++ Review and Ingredients Analysis

Aug 7, 2019

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Face Mist SPF 45 PA++ Review and Ingredients Analysis


When I got to know that The Body Shop was bringing in a new sunscreen, I was excited. 

A. It was from Skin Defence range which has one of the best sunscreens in the market – The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence SPF 50 P++++

B. I have never used sunscreen in spray form, so that is going to be fun. 

... or so I thought.

Price: Rs 2895 for 60ml. High for something in a spray form.


The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Face Mist SPF 45 PA++ Review and Ingredients Analysis



The moment I used it first, I was moved by the amount of alcohol in it. It felt that I am using a cheap perfume which first reeks of alcohol and then has an intense scent. The scent is similar to the liquid formula but you will have to wade through the cloud of alcohol to get there and the final scent is not exactly pleasing. 

Maybe this is how all spray sunscreen work. No? 

Next time, I decided that instead of applying directly to my face/body, I will put some on my palm and use it. But, the smell is still strong. The texture feels nice on the skin. Still, something was not right. 

I finally decided to put my investigation cap on and analyze the ingredients. 

Ingredient: Alcohol Denat., Homosalate, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Diisopropyl Adipate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Parfum/ Fragrance, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Aqua/Water/ Eau,Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Linalool, Palmaria Palmata Extract, BHT, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol. 

Why this not a happy list? 

This is a chemical sunscreen (meaning it absorbs the sun rays and creates a barrier so, the sun cannot damage your skin). But, there are good options and there are bad. This has much more bad than good. 

Let’s start: 
  • Alcohol must have been to make the delivery easier via the spray form.
  • Homosalate is a very common ingredient in sunscreen. There are not sufficient data to prove this but there is a possibility that it penetrates the skin, cause issues, and maybe even be a hormone disruptor. 
  • Octocrylene and Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (aka octinoxate) are both possible hormone disruptor. 
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (aka Avobenzone) is a good ingredient but not stable and the breakdown product can cause allergy. 
  • Diisopropyl Adipate is a lubricant. 
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate is to absorb UVB rays. 
  • Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer is to give it a smooth texture. 

Then we have perfume and since perfume cannot be more than 2%, anything mentioned after that will have a low presence. There are some good ingredients after that. Unfortunately, we also have Geraniol which is known allergen and for immunotoxicity. 


I rest my case here. I expect far better from The Body Shop.

I actually could not believe myself after I wrote this so, I checked other reviews and even on TBS's website, there are several one stars (the lowest possible rating) and almost everyone complained about the high level of alcohol.

I just hope that TBS does not replace my favorite Skin Defense Multi-Protection Essence with this spray because I love the essence.

(But, I did not stop here. I rechecked the ingredients of the essence and it is not great either. I will allow it because it was introduced two summers back where we lacked more information about these ingredients. Yes, the essence has better ingredients.)

Love, 
Shayoni


The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Face Mist SPF 45 PA++ Review and Ingredients Analysis
The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Face Mist SPF 45 PA++ Review and Ingredients Analysis
The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi Protection Face Mist SPF 45 PA++ Review and Ingredients Analysis

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