Clinique - Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 40

Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 40

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WORKS FOR
  • Moisturizing
  • Sun protection
  • Anti-oxidation
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • acetyl glucosamine
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • caffeine
  • cetyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • faex
  • pantethine
  • plankton extract
  • porphyra yezoensis extract
  • saccharomyces cerevisiae extract
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • yeast extract
  • zinc oxide
  • +14 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
90 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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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.

Organic filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Does not offer UVA II protection
Is photo stable
Non-organic (mineral) filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
zinc oxide
Offers UVB protection
Offers UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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 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, saccharomyces cerevisiae extract.

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, pantethine.

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

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

This product contains antioxidants (caffeine, porphyra yezoensis extract, rosa roxburghii fruit extract). 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
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Octinoxate. When used in higher concentrations, works as a sunscreen protecting the skin from UVB rays. When used in lower concentration, helps to preserve the product formulation. Is shown to be harmful to coral reefs - consider avoiding bathing in coral reef areas when wearing a product with this ingredient. It can be irritating
7.9% - 9.6%
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
4.9% - 6%
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
2.7% - 3.3%
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
2.7% - 3.3%
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
1.6% - 2%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.4% - 1.8%
Helps water and oil mix together
1.3% - 1.6%
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
1.6% - 2%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
1% - 1.3%
A fruit extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but evidence of effectiveness is missing
0.65% - 1%
0.55% - 0.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.45% - 0.7%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
0.35% - 0.65%
Used to thicken the product consistency
0.35% - 0.65%
A moisturizing ingredient that works as a humectant to attract water to the upper layer of the skin.
0.3% - 0.6%
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
0.3% - 0.6%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties. Avoid if you are sensitive to gluten
0.3% - 0.55%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to thicken the product consistency
0.35% - 0.65%
A plant extract that can help strengthen the skin barrier function and improve skin moisture levels
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.4%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.4%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
Yeast extract. Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps water and oil mix together. Could be an allergen (beeswax)
0.25% - 0.5%
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%
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
0.2% - 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% - 0.45%
Helps to hydrate the skin by improving its barrier funciton
0.3% - 0.5%
Creates a nice product texture and can support water-resistance of sunscreens
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
0.2% - 0.4%
An emollient that helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to thicken the product's texture
0.35% - 0.65%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.25% - 0.5%
Improves the texture of the product and helps soften the skin. Helps oil and water mix together and can be used as a cleansing agent
0.3% - 0.55%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a nice product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps water and oil mix together and create gel-like textures
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps create a thicker product consistency. Might be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.3% - 0.6%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.15% - 0.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.25%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.05% - 0.1%

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