AMBI - Even & Clear CC+ Cream with SPF 30 Sunscreen, Dark

AMBI Even & Clear CC+ Cream with SPF 30 Sunscreen, Dark

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SPF 30
WORKS FOR
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • argania spinosa kernel oil
  • benzophenone-3
  • biosaccharide gum-1
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • dimethicone
  • ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • phenyl trimethicone
  • polymethylsilsesquioxane
  • silica
  • +6 more
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FULFILLED
60 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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Formula review

WIMJ summary

This product does not offer good protection against UVA rays.

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.

Organic filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Does not offer UVA II protection
Is photo stable
benzophenone-3
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
ethylhexyl salicylate
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Does not offer UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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What does the product description say?
"Ambi CC+ Cream is designed to even skin tone instantly with soft focus technology, while helping to shield your skin from environmental elements that may cause uneven skin tone, dry out the skin, and accelerate fine lines and wrinkles."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain ingredients that are able to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or help with skin elasticity, but it can improve the look of the skin temporarily through moisturization. Well-moisturized skin might also be able to repair the sun damage better.

The biggest anti-aging effect in this product comes from sun protection. Sun damage is the main factor causing early signs of skin aging. We, however, do not recommend using this product as a sunscreen because the protection it offers is not strong enough).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Even & Clear CC+ Cream with SPF 30 Sunscreen, Dark"
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WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients () that could help reduce hyperpigmentation (for example, post-acne marks or age spots) in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

The biggest effect for evening out skin tone in this product comes from sun protection. Sun damage is the main factor causing age spots, darkening of post-acne marks and other discolorations. This is why sun protection is the best strategy for maintaining an even skin tone. We, however, do not recommend using this product as a sunscreen because the protection it offers is not strong enough).

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What does the product description say?
"Specially formulated to match the rich tones of women of color, Ambi Even & Clear CC+ Cream Even Tone & Environmental Shield contains argan oil, shea butter, and antioxidants to moisturize the skin."
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: biosaccharide gum-1, butylene glycol.

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: dimethicone, phenyl trimethicone.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
5%
Declared
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
5%
Declared
Same as oxybenzone. Protects in the UVB and short UVA range. In small concentrations, used to stabilize product formulation. Can be irritating. Is shown to be harmful to coral reefs - consider avoiding bathing in coral reef areas when wearing a product with this ingredient. It can penetrate the skin and get absorbed into bloodstream faster than other popular filters available in the US. The study that produced this finding did not address any potential health effects of the absorption
5%
Declared
Plain old water
45% - 55%
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
6.4% - 7.8%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
4.5% - 5.5%
A type of silicone that helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
3.2% - 4%
A type of silicone that can decrease loss of moisture from the skin surface. It helps create a nice product texture
2.7% - 3.3%
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
2.3% - 2.8%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
2% - 2.4%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
1.7% - 2.1%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
1.4% - 1.7%
1.2% - 1.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.75% - 1.15%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.65% - 0.95%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and is claimed to provide a longer-lasting hydration because of its ability to create a water-binding film on the surface of the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
A silicone that improves product texture and helps dissolve other ingredients. Can form a non-greasy film on the skin to prevent moisture loss
0.55% - 0.8%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to stabilize product formulations and create a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.6%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.4% - 0.6%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.3% - 0.6%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to increase effectiveness of preservatives
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
A great moisturising ingredient that softens the skin and reduces water loss from its upper layer. It also can be helpful in protecting skin from free radicals
0.25% - 0.5%
An emollient that helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Might have some weak anti-oxidant properties
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to increase stability of product formulations
0.25% - 0.45%
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.
0.25% - 0.5%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.35% - 0.65%
0.3% - 0.6%
0.25% - 0.45%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.25% - 0.45%
An iron oxide. Used as a colorant. Is usually well tolerated
0.25% - 0.4%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.2% - 0.4%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.2% - 0.35%

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