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User reviews

Recommend 2 reviews
25%
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75%
How would you describe the finish? 2 reviews
Matt
Dewy
Shiny
How much white cast does it leave? 2 reviews
A lot
Not at all
How much does it sting eyes? 2 reviews
A lot
Not at all
How much does it pill under makeup? 1 review
A lot
Not at all
How much does this product clog pores? 1 review
Definitely clogs pores
Doesn't clog pores
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Product summary

We are worried that "Biossance - Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen" might not be able to provide reliable sun protection because it uses a single UV filter (zinc oxide) in a relatively weak concentration.

It contains good moisturizing ingredients and can double as a hydrating day cream.

Sunscreen filters

This product is a mineral sunscreen. It uses zinc oxide for sun protection. Zinc oxide almost never irritates the skin or stings eyes, but it can leave a white cast.

Irritation risk

This sunscreen contains actives that can be irritating. We assess the overall irritancy of this sunscreen to be low. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

What our users say

Based on 2 reviews 75% recommend this product
  • When it comes to comedogenicity, the reviewer found that it does not clog pores.
  • As for the white cast, two out of two reviewers say that the product does not leave a white cast.
  • When it comes to using this sunscreen under makeup, the user found that it pills under a foundation.
  • As for using this sunscreen in the eye area, two out of two reviewers say that it doesn't sting eyes.
Our users describe the finish of this sunscreen as dewy.

Price

The product retails from 30.00$ up to 31.80$ in the United States, from 23.00£ up to 50.30£ in the United Kingdom and at around 40.15CA$ in Canada.

For a detailed price comparison: click here.

Can the product deliver on its promises?

WIMJ summary for sun protection

This product uses a single UV filter (zinc oxide) in a relatively low concentration and might not be able to provide a reliable sun protection.

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.

Non-organic (mineral) filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
zinc oxide
Offers UVB protection
Offers UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
See a mistake?
WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

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).

See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"00 Squalane + Omega Repair Hand Cream $16."
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

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.

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, squalane.

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

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Sun protection
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 60/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
A broad spectrum sunblock (protects from both UVA and UVB rays). Is suitable for most sensitive skins. In small concentrations, can be used as a colorant
14%
Declared
Plain old water
40% - 60%
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
6.7% - 10%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
4.1% - 6.1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.5% - 3.8%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
1.9% - 2.8%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1.5% - 2.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.3% - 1.9%
Used as a cleansing agent (surfactant) in cleansers. Helps water and oil mix together in lotions. Can be irritating
1.3% - 1.9%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and is used to improve product texture and stability
1% - 1.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.9% - 1.3%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be used as a cleansing agent
0.6% - 1.35%
0.45% - 1.05%
Helps mask the small of other ingredients and improve the product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
0.3% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.2% - 0.75%
Helps stabilize product formulations
0.15% - 0.65%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.65%
0.1% - 0.35%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.1% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.25%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.1% - 0.3%

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