Dermalogica - Dynamic Skin Recovery Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • arginine/lysine polypeptide
  • palmitoyl tripeptide-5
  • urea
  • algae extract
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • carthamus tinctorius oleosomes
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • dimethicone
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • galactoarabinan
  • glucosamine hcl
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja protein
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • polysilicone-11
  • saccharomyces cerevisiae extract
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium polyacrylate
  • squalane
  • titanium dioxide
  • +22 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.

Organic filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
cross
Offers UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
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?
"This medium-weight SPF50 moisturizer helps neutralize free radical pollution, improves skin's complexion, and as an active sunscreen, it protects against 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.

These ingredients in the product might also be helpful for reducing and preventing fine lines, wrinkles, and skin elasticity, even though there is no conclusive evidence for their effectiveness: arginine/lysine polypeptide, palmitoyl tripeptide-5.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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"This medium-weight SPF50 moisturizer helps neutralize free radical pollution, improves skin's complexion, and as an active sunscreen, it protects against UVA and UVB rays."
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: algae extract, galactoarabinan.

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, helianthus annuus seed oil.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: arginine/lysine polypeptide, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, urea

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

Potential irritants

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
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
7.5%
Declared
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
4% - 4.8%
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
4.4% - 5.3%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
3.8% - 4.6%
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
2.8% - 3.4%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
2.1% - 2.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.9% - 2.3%
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.
2.1% - 2.6%
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
1.5% - 1.8%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients, especially sunscreens
1% - 1.3%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.8% - 1.2%
0.65% - 1%
Flower oil that is used as a fragrance
0.65% - 1%
An essential oil. Can be irritating. Can become an allergen with oxidation
0.6% - 0.95%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
0.65% - 1%
An essential oil. Can be irritating
0.6% - 0.85%
A highly irritating fragrance
0.5% - 0.75%
A moisturizing ingredient that works as a humectant to attract water to the upper layer of the skin.
0.5% - 0.75%
A very irritating fragrant ingredient
0.45% - 0.65%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.45% - 0.65%
Plant extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but research is not extensive yet
0.5% - 0.8%
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
0.4% - 0.6%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.7%
Might be able to stimulate production of skin's natural moisturizing compounds such as hyaluronic acid. Could be helpful for evening the skin tone.
0.35% - 0.65%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.35% - 0.65%
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.
0.35% - 0.65%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
0.5% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.6%
A silicone that forms a light film on the skin surface helping to bind water and temporarily absorb oils creating a matt and powdery feel
0.5% - 0.75%
A plant extract that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and soften it. It might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. It might be somewhat helpful for evening out the skin tone. It might be able to support elastin production but solid research is lacking
0.45% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.35% - 0.65%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
0.5% - 0.75%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together. Has some emollient properties
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to create a gel-like product texture, as well as to stabilize emulsions
0.5% - 0.75%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
0.35% - 0.6%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Naturally present in skin (urea makes up about 7% of natural moisturizing factors in skin). Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Also has a positive effect on the skin barrier beyond the humectant action. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients. Is an exfoliating ingredient when used in high concentrations
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.6%
Helps to create a nice product texture and spread the product more easily on the skin
0.35% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to adjust the pH in formulations
0.25% - 0.45%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.4%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.25% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Is a likely irritant
0.15% - 0.3%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.2% - 0.35%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
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
0.15% - 0.25%

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