CeraVe - Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Face

CeraVe Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Face

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WORKS FOR
  • Moisturizing
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • ceramide ap
  • ceramide eop
  • ceramide np
  • panthenol
  • phytosphingosine
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cholesterol
  • dimethicone
  • dimethiconol
  • glycerin
  • isododecane
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • titanium dioxide
  • zinc oxide
  • +13 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
90 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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WIMJ summary

This product offers a good level of protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

It is a mineral sunscreen. In other words, it contains non-organic UV filters. It will probably not sting your eyes but might leave a white cast.

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
zinc oxide
Offers UVB protection
Offers UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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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
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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"Chemical-free, formulated with three essential ceramides that help restore the skin's natural barrier and lock in moisture long after."
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, sodium hyaluronate.

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: dimethicone, dimethiconol.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: ceramide ap, ceramide eop, ceramide np, panthenol, phytosphingosine

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

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
6%
Declared
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
5%
Declared
Plain old water
45% - 55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
6.6% - 8.1%
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
6.5% - 8%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
4.8% - 5.9%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
3.6% - 4.5%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and can decrease moisture loss. Helps create a nice product texture
3.2% - 3.9%
A synthetic ester of salicylic acid that is used to help disperse pigments and boost effectiveness of sunscreen ingredients. It is able to absorb UV light (working as an organic, or chemical filter), but is not approved as a sunscreen ingredient on its own
2.6% - 3.2%
Used to create an even product consistency. Can help boost efficiency of sunscreen filters
2.2% - 2.7%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.6% - 2%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
1.4% - 1.7%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
1.1% - 1.4%
Helps water and oil mix together
1% - 1.2%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
0.95% - 1.15%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.95% - 1.15%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.95% - 1.15%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.75% - 1.15%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.8% - 1.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.75% - 1.1%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.65% - 1%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.7% - 1.05%
Helps oil and water mix together. Has some emollient properties
0.65% - 1%
A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation
0.6% - 0.9%
A silicone that makes products more spreadable and keeps skin smooth. Helps to add gloss to skin and may visually fill in fine lines/wrinkles for short time
0.65% - 0.95%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.6% - 0.9%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.65% - 0.95%
Helps oil and water mix together. Could be comedogenic
0.55% - 0.85%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 0.8%
An emollient that is naturally found in skin
0.55% - 0.8%
Is used to add opaque (non-transparent) appearance to formulations. Can be used to coat other ingredients for even dispersion. This is a different ingredient compared to the ones used in antipersperants (aluminium chloride and aluminium chlorohydrate)
0.55% - 0.8%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.55% - 0.85%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.45% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
0.4% - 0.65%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.45% - 0.7%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.55%
A type of lipid that is naturally present in skin. It might help in repairing skin barrier function and has anti-bacterial effect
0.35% - 0.6%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.35%

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