Clinique - Even Better Moisturizer SPF 20

Clinique Even Better Moisturizer SPF 20

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Sun protection
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • salicylic acid
  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • acetyl glucosamine
  • linoleic acid
  • betaine
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • caffeine
  • cetyl esters
  • cholesterol
  • dimethicone
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • faex
  • glycerin
  • myristyl myristate
  • octocrylene
  • octyldodecyl neopentanoate
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • saccharomyces cerevisiae extract
  • saccharomyces lysate extract
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sucrose
  • trehalose
  • triticum vulgare germ extract
  • yeast extract
  • +22 more
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83 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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WIMJ summary

This product offers broad spectrum sun protection, but it is weak. We recommend to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

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.

Organic filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
cross
Offers UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
octocrylene
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Does not offer UVA II protection
Is photo stable
ethylhexyl salicylate
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Does not offer UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains acetyl glucosamine.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: ascorbyl glucoside.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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"Wear daily to see a more even skin tone."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: acetyl glucosamine

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: ascorbyl glucoside.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

This product can also help with skin tone because it offers 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).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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"Even Better Moisturizer SPF 20"
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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: betaine, faex.

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, myristyl myristate.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: acetyl glucosamine, linoleic acid

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (ascorbyl glucoside) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

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IRRITANCY
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
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
45% - 55%
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
6.6% - 8.1%
Used to create a nice product consistency
5.1% - 6.2%
An emollient that helps soften the skin. Often used to stabilize other ingredients, for example, sunscreen
3.6% - 4.4%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
2.9% - 3.5%
An emollient. Is not recommended for acne-prone skin as it can be comedogenic
2.4% - 2.9%
A moisturizing ingredient that works as a humectant to attract water to the upper layer of the skin.
2% - 2.4%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Has a potential to boost collagen production, nutralise free radicals and reduce hyperpigmentation, but the required concentration is likely to be much higher than for the pure form of vitamin C, limiting the ingredient's effectiveness in products
1.9% - 2.3%
Helps soften upper layer of the skin and can enhance penetration of other ingredients into the upper layer of the skin
1.6% - 1.9%
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
1.2% - 1.4%
Used to thicken the product's texture
1.1% - 1.3%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.6% - 0.95%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant and skin lightening properties. It can help calm down inflammation in skin
0.5% - 0.7%
Yeast extract. Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant and skin lightening properties. It can help calm down inflammation in skin
0.4% - 0.6%
Has astringent properties. Creates a tightening and drying effect on the skin. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.65%
Might be somewhat helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals but its typical concentration in a product is too low for having an effect
0.35% - 0.65%
A plant extract that might contain a compound baicalin that could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation in skin. The baicalin concentration in skincare products is often too low for an effective action. Can be used for its fragrant properties
0.3% - 0.55%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.3% - 0.5%
A mushroom extract that might have some skin-lightening and moisturizing properties, but solid research is lacking. It is unlikely to be effective in the concentration used in skincare products
0.25% - 0.5%
Plant extract that might have moisturizing properties. Avoid if you suffer from wheat or gluten intolerance
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Can have some anti-inflammatory effect
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.4%
An emollient that helps soften the skin but is not effective for restoring its barrier function. Might be helpful to calm down inflammation
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that can contain an active compound curcumin, that may have some anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin, but solid research is lacking and the typical concentration used in skincare products is too low. Can be an irritant
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to thicken the product consistency
0.2% - 0.4%
An aromatic irritating plant extract that can cause photosensitivity in skin
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients and attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
An emollient that is naturally found in skin
0.3% - 0.5%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.45% - 0.65%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.65%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.2% - 0.4%
Is claimed to have anti-aging properties, but research about its effect in topical application is missing
0.2% - 0.4%
Can be used to help absorb oil as well as add volume and imporve texture of products.
0.25% - 0.5%
An effective moisturizing ingredient that also has been shown to be effective in evening out the skin tone and reducing hyperpigmentation. It can help somewhat reduce wrinkles in skin
0.2% - 0.4%
A type of silicone that helps to create nice product texture and is used as an anti-foaming agent
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps adjust pH in products
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.2% - 0.4%
Creates a nice, smooth skin finish
0.2% - 0.4%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
0.2% - 0.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.4%
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.
0.25% - 0.45%
A type of silicone. Used to improve product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
An excellent emollient. Helps soften the skin, restore its barrier function, and can help to calm down inflammation. It can be helpful to prevent blemishes and clogged pores
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps stabilize and preserve a product formulation
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A derivative of vitamin C that is more stable, but less bioavailable than the pure form of vitamin C. It does not penetrate the skin well, but has been shown to convert to pure vitamin C once in skin. It can be helpful in stimulating collagen production and lightening the skin tone, but the required concentration is likely to be very high
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.4%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
A salt derived from licorice. Works as an emollient to soften the upper layer of the skin and can help calm down inflammation. Might be helpful for skin lightening
0.25% - 0.4%
A type of silicone that helps to soften upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative. There seem to be an increasing number of cases of allergic reactions to it
0.15% - 0.25%

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