Avène - Intense Protect 50+ Sun Cream for Very Sensitive Skin

Avène Intense Protect 50+ Sun Cream for Very Sensitive Skin

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate
  • ethylhexyl triazone
  • glycerin
  • phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine
  • tocopherol
  • +5 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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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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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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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"Only 4 sun filters, in even lower concentrations (-10%), for even less impact."
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).

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"Intense Protect 50+ Sun Cream for Very Sensitive Skin"
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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: glycerin, caprylyl 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: caprylic/capric triglyceride, c12-15 alkyl benzoate.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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MEDIUM
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Enhances the product texture and makes it more spreadable. Helps reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin. Extands the shelf life by preventing bacteria growth
5.7% - 7%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
4.6% - 5.6%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
3.3% - 4%
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
3.2% - 4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.1% - 2.6%
Uvinul T. A UV filter. Effective against UVB rays. It is photostable. Can increase water resistance properties of the sunscreen. Unfortunately, not approved by the FDA (US) yet
2.2% - 2.7%
A new generation UV filter that protects from both UVAII and UVB rays. It is the newest UV filter approved for use in the EU in concentrations below 5%. Is used with benzoic acid in cosmetic formulations
2% - 2.4%
Plain old water
1.2% - 1.5%
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.
1.4% - 1.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.7% - 1.05%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.65% - 1%
Used to improve the product adherence to the skin, for example, to pro-long the protective effect of sunscreens. Can be irritating to very sensitive skin
0.55% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.7%
0.45% - 0.65%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.45% - 0.65%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the product formulation
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to improve the product consistency
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
A red colorant
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.3%
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% - 0.3%
Antioxidant that helps stabilize product formulations and, if used in higher concentration, might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.15% - 0.3%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.25%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.1% - 0.15%

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