California Baby - Everyday Year Round Broad Spectrum SPF 18 Sunscreen

California Baby Everyday Year Round Broad Spectrum SPF 18 Sunscreen

SPF 18
WORKS FOR
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Sun protection
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • panthenol
  • allantoin
  • cocos nucifera oil
  • cyclomethicone
  • glycerin
  • lysine
  • squalane
  • theobroma cacao seed butter
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • +7 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /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.

Non-organic (mineral) filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
titanium dioxide
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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WIMJ summary

This product contains lysine. 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
LOW
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that if exposure to the Sunscreen, Moisturizing, SPF 18 Safe."
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: allantoin, cyclomethicone.

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: cocos nucifera oil, squalane.

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
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This product contains antioxidants (theobroma cacao seed butter). In theory, they could help neutralize free radicals in skin and lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun), but there is no evidence that these ingredients can have a noticeable effect in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold

Potential irritants

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
26% - 39%
Plain old water
10% - 16%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In combination with other amino-acids, might help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
3.8% - 5.7%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and can be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function. Might have some anti-oxidant effect
2.9% - 4.4%
A type of silicone that leaves a nice silky finish on the skin and can help soften its upper layer
2.4% - 3.6%
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% - 3%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
1.7% - 2.5%
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
1.3% - 1.9%
An emollient. Found to be as effective as a moisturizer for dry skin as mineral oil. Could be comedogenic
1.1% - 1.7%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Used as a fragrance
0.8% - 1.2%
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.
0.6% - 1.4%
0.45% - 1.1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.45% - 1.1%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.45% - 1%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.4% - 0.95%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.8%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.2% - 0.7%
A preservative. There seem to be an increasing number of cases of allergic reactions to it
0.15% - 0.3%

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