BABOR - Doctor Babor Brightening Intense: Daily Bright Cream SPF20

BABOR Doctor Babor Brightening Intense: Daily Bright Cream SPF20

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WORKS FOR
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • ascorbic acid
  • panthenol
  • arginine
  • bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • centella asiatica leaf extract
  • cetyl alcohol
  • diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate
  • diisopropyl sebacate
  • ethylhexyl triazone
  • glycerin
  • methyl methacrylate crosspolymer
  • pantolactone
  • phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid
  • saccharide isomerate
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • +15 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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WIMJ summary

This product offers broad spectrum sun protection, but it is weak. We recommend to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

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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What does the product description say?
"For a naturally radiant and brightened face and a youthful complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product contains centella asiatica leaf extract. This ingredient might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works. 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
MEDIUM
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Day after day, it balances and brightens a yellowish-brown, pale, irregular complexion, intensively moisturises the skin and protects it from UV and environmental stress."
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: arginine, 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: arginine, c12-15 alkyl benzoate.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: panthenol

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

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin without creatng a greasy finish
6.9% - 8.4%
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
5.4% - 6.6%
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
3.2% - 3.9%
Ensulizole. A UV filter that is effective against UVB rays. Does not protect against UVA light. It is photostable and can be used to help stabilize other sunscreen ingredients. It is water-soluble meaning that it can help create lighter sunscreen formulations
3.1% - 3.8%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
2% - 2.4%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
1.6% - 2%
Helps thicken the product consistency
1.6% - 1.9%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.4% - 1.7%
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.
1.5% - 1.9%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.8% - 1.15%
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
0.95% - 1.15%
Helps water and oil mix together and works as a cleansing agent
0.65% - 1%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.6% - 0.9%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.5% - 0.75%
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.
0.5% - 0.75%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 0.75%
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
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.4% - 0.6%
0.4% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.3% - 0.55%
A derivative of vitamin C that is more stable, but less bioavailable than the pure form of vitamin C. It does not penetrate the skin well, but has been shown to convert to pure vitamin C once in skin. It can be helpful in stimulating collagen production and lightening the skin tone, but the required concentration is likely to be very high
0.3% - 0.55%
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
0.35% - 0.65%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.45% - 0.65%
0.25% - 0.5%
A compound obtained from horse chestnut. It is claimed that this chemical can improve circulation, but there is no evidence available that it works in skin
0.25% - 0.5%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.5%
Might have some anti-inflammatory properties but research is lacking
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
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. It can be irritating to sensitive skin. Might be helpful in preventing stretch marks. It could, however, itself be irritating.
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that has some anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps regulate pH level of products
0.15% - 0.3%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.15% - 0.25%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.1% - 0.2%

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