Clinique - Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion SPF20

Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion SPF20

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WORKS FOR
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • salicylic acid
  • acetyl glucosamine
  • linoleic acid
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • caffeine
  • cetyl alcohol
  • cholesterol
  • coco-caprylate/caprate
  • dimethicone
  • dimethiconol
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • faex
  • glycerin
  • laminaria saccharina extract
  • octocrylene
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • silica
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sucrose
  • trehalose
  • triticum vulgare germ extract
  • yeast extract
  • +20 more
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FULFILLED
66 /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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What does the product description say?
"Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion SPF20"
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WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients (yeast extract) 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).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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"A refreshing, oil-free hydrating lotion for oily skin that corrects and prevents uneven skintone."
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: faex, 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: dimethicone, dimethiconol.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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This product contains antioxidants (yeast extract) 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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

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 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
4.6% - 5.6%
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
4.6% - 5.6%
Yeast extract. Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
3.5% - 4.3%
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
2.6% - 3.2%
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% - 2.4%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
1.5% - 1.9%
A type of silicone. Used to improve product texture
1% - 1.3%
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
0.65% - 1%
Used to create a silky product texture and add volume to products
0.5% - 0.7%
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
0.4% - 0.65%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin without creating a greasy texture
0.45% - 0.65%
Used to thicken the product's texture
0.6% - 0.95%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients and attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
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% - 0.4%
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%
An aromatic irritating plant extract that can cause photosensitivity in skin
0.15% - 0.25%
Plant extract that might have moisturizing properties. Avoid if you suffer from wheat or gluten intolerance
0.2% - 0.4%
A seaweed extract that contains sugars and can be helpful in attracting water to the upper layers of the skin if used in high enough concentrations
0.1% - 0.2%
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
0.15% - 0.25%
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
0.15% - 0.25%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.1% - 0.2%
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
0.1% - 0.15%
A fruit juice. Might have some anti-oxidant properties but is unlikely to have any benefit when used in skincare
0.1% - 0.25%
Used to thicken the product consistency
0.15% - 0.25%
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)
0.15% - 0.25%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.15% - 0.25%
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
0.25% - 0.5%
An emollient that is naturally found in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.15% - 0.25%
Is claimed to have anti-aging properties, but research about its effect in topical application is missing
0.15% - 0.25%
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
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps oil and water mix together
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
0.1% - 0.2%
Helps adjust pH in products
0.15% - 0.25%
Creates a nice, smooth skin finish
0.15% - 0.25%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.25%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.15% - 0.3%
A type of silicone that helps to soften upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.35%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 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% - 0.4%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.45% - 0.65%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.15% - 0.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%

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