Bioderma - Photoderm AR SPF50+ Tinted Cream

Bioderma Photoderm AR SPF50+ Tinted Cream

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • ectoin
  • fructooligosaccharides
  • ginkgo biloba leaf extract
  • glycyrrhetinic acid
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • hydrogenated palm kernel glycerides
  • laminaria ochroleuca extract
  • mannitol
  • methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol
  • octocrylene
  • rhamnose
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • +15 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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"It also includes a tint of natural colour to help even the skin’s tone."
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
MEDIUM
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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: fructooligosaccharides, mannitol.

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: helianthus annuus seed oil, cyclopentasiloxane.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (glycyrrhetinic acid) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - ginkgo biloba leaf extract also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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MEDIUM
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HIGH
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
5.7% - 7%
A weak sunscreen that protects against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB) and is somewhat effective against the UVA rays. It is quite stable and can help stabilize other, more vulnerable, sunscreen ingredients like Avobenzone. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen
5.3% - 6.5%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
2.8% - 3.4%
Tinosorb M. A UV filter. Is effective against both UVA and UVB rays. It is photostable and can also be used to improve photostability of other sunscreen ingredients. It is soluble in water, which helps to create lightweight sunscreen formulations. Unfortunately, it is not approved by the FDA (US) yet
3.1% - 3.8%
Avobenzone. An organic, or so-called "chemical" UV filter. Protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Needs to be combined with other filters in a formulation to be stable.
2.4% - 2.9%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
1.6% - 2%
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.
2% - 2.4%
1.2% - 1.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.1% - 1.3%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.8% - 1.2%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.7% - 1.1%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
0.7% - 1%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
0.55% - 0.8%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.7% - 1.05%
Help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 0.8%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.5% - 0.75%
Active compound of licorice root. Works to calm down inflammation, as an anti-oxidant, and might be helpful in lightening the skin and reducing hyperpigmentation
0.45% - 0.7%
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.
0.45% - 0.7%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.45% - 0.65%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.4% - 0.65%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.3% - 0.55%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.35% - 0.6%
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
0.45% - 0.7%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.35% - 0.6%
An emollient that softens the skin
0.45% - 0.65%
0.4% - 0.6%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.3% - 0.55%
0.35% - 0.6%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation in skin. It can be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.3% - 0.55%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.25% - 0.5%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.3% - 0.5%
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% - 0.45%
Softens the upper layer of the skin and can support skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
Help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.3% - 0.5%
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
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together. It also helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
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
0.15% - 0.3%

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