Clinique - Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Cream

Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Cream

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • benzophenone-3
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • caffeine
  • cetyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • homosalate
  • octocrylene
  • silica
  • sucrose
  • +7 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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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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"Innovative SolarSmart technology stabilizes high-level protection against the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays."
WIMJ summary

This product can help prevent early signs of skin aging because it offers a good level of broad spectrum sun protection. Sun damage is the main cause of premature skin aging, and protecting your skin from the sun is the best anti-aging strategy.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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LOW
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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).

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"Innovative SolarSmart technology stabilizes high-level protection against the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays."
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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: sucrose, butylene glycol.

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: butyrospermum parkii butter, dimethicone.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Same as oxybenzone. Protects in the UVB and short UVA range. In small concentrations, used to stabilize product formulation. Can be irritating. Is shown to be harmful to coral reefs - consider avoiding bathing in coral reef areas when wearing a product with this ingredient. It can penetrate the skin and get absorbed into bloodstream faster than other popular filters available in the US. The study that produced this finding did not address any potential health effects of the absorption
5%
Declared
Octisalate. A UV filter. It offers some protection against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB), but does not protect against the most aging sun rays (UVA). It loses its effectiveness quickly when exposed to sunlight. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen
5%
Declared
A weak sunscreen that offers some protection against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB), but does not offer meaningful protection against protect against the most aging sun rays (UVA). It loses its effectiveness quickly when exposed to sunlight. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen. When used in low concentrations, helps to stabilize the product formulation
5%
Declared
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.
3%
Declared
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
2.7%
Declared
Plain old water
40% - 60%
A type of silicone that helps create a silky product finish and dissolve other ingredients
4.8% - 7.3%
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
3.4% - 5.1%
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
2.5% - 3.8%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product consistency
1.8% - 2.7%
A great moisturising ingredient that softens the skin and reduces water loss from its upper layer. It also can be helpful in protecting skin from free radicals
1.5% - 2.2%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
1.2% - 1.8%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
1.2% - 1.8%
0.55% - 1.3%
A type of silicone that helps to soften upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
0.45% - 1.1%
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
0.4% - 0.9%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.35% - 0.75%
0.15% - 0.65%
0.15% - 0.55%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin but solid research is lacking. Contains a number of volatile compounds and could be irritating
0.15% - 0.5%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.1% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.55%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In crystal form, it can work as a gentle exfoliant, gentler than the salt scrub. Helps stabilize the emulsion
0.1% - 0.35%
Used to create an even product consistency. Can help boost efficiency of sunscreen filters
0.1% - 0.4%
0.1% - 0.4%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.1% - 0.4%
Used to improve the product adherence to the skin, for example, to pro-long the protective effect of sunscreens. Can be irritating to very sensitive skin
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.05% - 0.25%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.05% - 0.3%
Is claimed to have anti-aging properties, but research about its effect in topical application is missing
0.05% - 0.2%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.3%
0.05% - 0.2%
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.
0.05% - 0.25%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.05% - 0.3%
Helps preserve product formulations and can mask the smell of other ingredients in a product
0.05% - 0.25%
0.05% - 0.25%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.1% - 0.5%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.05% - 0.3%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.05% - 0.2%
Used to stabilize the formula of product formulation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals in skin
0.05% - 0.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.3%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.1% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%

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