AHC - Natural Perfection Double Shield Sun Stick Sunscreen SPF 50+ / PA++++

AHC Natural Perfection Double Shield Sun Stick Sunscreen SPF 50+ / PA++++

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • anhydroxylitol
  • argania spinosa kernel oil
  • bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine
  • bisabolol
  • camellia japonica flower extract
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • capryloyl glycine
  • centella asiatica extract
  • cocos nucifera oil
  • diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate
  • dimethicone
  • ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • glycerin
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • helianthus annuus seed oil unsaponifiables
  • homosalate
  • hydrogenated poly(c6-14 olefin)
  • hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid
  • lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract
  • sarcosine
  • tocopherol
  • xylitylglucoside
  • +19 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
90 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product offers a good level of protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

This sunscreen uses organic (so-called "chemical") sunscreen filters. Organic, or "chemical" filters usually provide reliable sun protection and rarely leave a white cast. Sunscreens with organic filters can sting eyes.

This product can be considered "reef safe" because it does not contain the UV filters (oxybenzone and octinoxate) that can be harmful to coral reefs when present in the water in high concentrations.

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"-Reduces the look of fine lines & wrinkles while enhancing clarity (Whitening & wrinkle-improvement functional product)."
WIMJ summary

This product can help prevent early signs of skin aging because it offers a good level of broad spectrum sun protection. Sun damage is the main cause of premature skin aging, and protecting your skin from the sun is the best anti-aging strategy.

These ingredients in the product might also be helpful for reducing and preventing fine lines, wrinkles, and skin elasticity, even though there is no conclusive evidence for their effectiveness: centella asiatica extract.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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WIMJ summary

This product offers broad spectrum sun protection. It means that it can prevent hyperpigmentation and help keep the skin tone even (sun damage is the main factor causing age spots, darkening of post-acne marks and other discolorations).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: anhydroxylitol, glycerin.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: cocos nucifera oil, dimethicone.

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This product contains antioxidants (camellia japonica flower extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, centella asiatica extract) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

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MEDIUM
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
26% - 32%
A type of silicone that create a smooth product finish and can create an optical soft-focus effect on the skin. Helps to thicken the product consistency
7.1% - 8.6%
Used to thicken the product's texture
4.5% - 5.5%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and creates a thicker product texture
3.5% - 4.2%
A weak sunscreen that offers some protection against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB), but does not offer meaningful protection against protect against the most aging sun rays (UVA). It loses its effectiveness quickly when exposed to sunlight. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen. When used in low concentrations, helps to stabilize the product formulation
3.6% - 4.3%
Octinoxate. When used in higher concentrations, works as a sunscreen protecting the skin from UVB rays. When used in lower concentration, helps to preserve the product formulation. Is shown to be harmful to coral reefs - consider avoiding bathing in coral reef areas when wearing a product with this ingredient. It can be irritating
2.8% - 3.5%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
1.9% - 2.4%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
1.6% - 1.9%
Octisalate. A UV filter. It offers some protection against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB), but does not protect against the most aging sun rays (UVA). It loses its effectiveness quickly when exposed to sunlight. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen
1.8% - 2.2%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
1.1% - 1.3%
Uvinul A Plus. A new generation broad spectrum sunscreen that offers an effective protection especially in the UVA range. It is stable in formulations. Unfortunately, is not approved by the FDA (US) yet
1.2% - 1.4%
Tinosorb S. One of the most effective broad spectrum sunscreen ingredients. Protects from both UVA and UVB rays. It is photostable. Unfortunately, not approved by FDA (US) yet.
1.1% - 1.3%
Used to thicken the product consistency
0.75% - 1.15%
Used as a fragrance. It can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.65% - 1%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that, especially when exposed to air, can cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin
0.6% - 0.9%
An essential oil with a lemon-like smell that is extracted from a fruit grown in Asia. Used as a fragrance
0.6% - 0.9%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.6% - 0.9%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.6% - 0.85%
0.5% - 0.75%
A plant extract that has been shown to be able to reduce inflammation in skin, support restoration of skin barrier function, as well as support collagen production. Contains active compounds called centelloids: asiaticoside, madecasosside, asiatic acid and madecassic acid. Might be helpful in preventing stretch marks. It can be itself be irritating though.
0.5% - 0.75%
Plain old water
0.45% - 0.7%
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to thicken the product consistency
0.4% - 0.65%
An emollient that helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Might have some weak anti-oxidant properties
0.45% - 0.7%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.4% - 0.65%
A plant extract that has some anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.65%
An emollient. Found to be as effective as a moisturizer for dry skin as mineral oil. Could be comedogenic
0.4% - 0.6%
0.4% - 0.6%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
0.5% - 0.75%
Dissolves other ingredients. It does not have additional skin benefits compared to plain water
0.45% - 0.65%
A fermentation product created by bacteria Lactobacillus out of soybean. The fermented product helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and has anti-bacterial properties. It might be helpful in calming down inflammation and could be helpful in evening out skin tone, but studies are lacking
0.45% - 0.65%
0.45% - 0.65%
0.45% - 0.65%
0.45% - 0.65%
Used as a fragrance
0.45% - 0.65%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. It contains a compound salicin that can theoretically be converted into salicylic acid that, in turn, helps reduce inflammation in skin, but the evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking and the extract is usually not used in a concentration that would enable an exfoliating effect
0.45% - 0.65%
A mushroom extract that might help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.65%
A plant extract that has some anti-oxidant activity, but solid research is lacking. Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.65%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.5% - 0.7%
A plant extract that might contain a compound baicalin that could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation in skin. The baicalin concentration in skincare products is often too low for an effective action. Can be used for its fragrant properties
0.45% - 0.65%
0.45% - 0.65%
0.45% - 0.65%
0.45% - 0.65%
0.45% - 0.65%
0.45% - 0.65%
0.45% - 0.65%
Used as a fragrance
0.45% - 0.65%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
0.5% - 0.7%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.4% - 0.65%
A type of silicone that helps to soften upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
0.45% - 0.65%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Plain old water
0.4% - 0.65%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. A version of it is naturally present in skin
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
0.35% - 0.65%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.4% - 0.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrir function
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together, preserve cosmetic products, and attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.65%
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps to enhance the penetration of other ingredients and attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.35%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
Oxygen molecules that are abundant in normal air. In cosmetic formulas typically comes as a perfluorohexane oxygen emulsion. There is no evidence for benefits of the oxygen emulsion in topical creams, lotions or serums. There is a study available confirming a positive impact of oxygen therapy for skin wound healing, but it used an emulsion stored under high pressure using special equipment
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.15% - 0.25%

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