COSRX - Aloe Soothing SPF50 PA+++ Sun Cream

COSRX Aloe Soothing SPF50 PA+++ Sun Cream

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • dimethicone
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • glycerin
  • isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate
  • phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • +8 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
90 /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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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.

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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
LOW
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"Ultra pigmented for 24 hours of intense colour and hydration"
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, 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: dimethicone, cetearyl alcohol.

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

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
5.4% - 6.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.2% - 5.2%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
3.1% - 3.8%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
2.4% - 3%
Ensulizole. A UV filter that is effective against UVB rays. Does not protect against UVA light. It is photostable and can be used to help stabilize other sunscreen ingredients. It is water-soluble meaning that it can help create lighter sunscreen formulations
2.6% - 3.2%
Tinosorb S. One of the most effective broad spectrum sunscreen ingredients. Protects from both UVA and UVB rays. It is photostable. Unfortunately, not approved by FDA (US) yet.
2.2% - 2.7%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
1.5% - 1.8%
Amiloxate or Neo Heliopan E1000. A UV filter. It is effective against UVB and UVA II rays. Not available in the US
1.7% - 2.1%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.95% - 1.15%
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
0.7% - 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
0.65% - 0.95%
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
0.5% - 0.75%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.5% - 0.8%
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
0.55% - 0.85%
A non-drying alcohol that helps stabilize product formulations
0.45% - 0.65%
Is used to enhance product texture and can help to optically mask skin imperfections
0.45% - 0.7%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.45% - 0.65%
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
0.3% - 0.6%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to stabilize product formulations and create a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
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)
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.45% - 0.65%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.3% - 0.5%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.5%
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
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.5%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
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%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
A fragrance with jasmine smell. A likely irritant
0.2% - 0.35%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
A fragrance. Is a likely irritant
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
Fragrance with sweet balsamic smell. Help to preserve products and dissolve other ingredients. Could trigger allergic reactions and be irritating
0.1% - 0.15%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.1% - 0.15%

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