Dermalogica - super sensitive shield spf30

Dermalogica super sensitive shield spf30

SPF 30
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate
  • avena sativa kernel extract
  • bisabolol
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cyclomethicone
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • dimethicone
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • glycerin
  • lens esculenta fruit extract
  • peg/ppg-18/18 dimethicone
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • silica
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium lactate
  • sodium pca
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • zinc oxide
  • +17 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.

It is a mineral sunscreen. In other words, it contains non-organic UV filters. It will probably not sting your eyes but might leave a white cast.

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.

Non-organic (mineral) filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
titanium dioxide
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
zinc oxide
Offers UVB protection
Offers UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet 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
LOW
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Also contains Ultra Calming complex to help with itching and burning while providing hyrdration for your skin."
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: cyclomethicone, 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, cyclomethicone.

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

This product contains antioxidants (camellia sinensis leaf 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

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
7%
Declared
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
9%
Declared
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
6.1% - 7.5%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin while creating a non-greasy feel on the skin. Helps to dissolve other ingredients
5.7% - 6.9%
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
4.1% - 5%
3.5% - 4.3%
A type of silicone that helps to soften upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
3% - 3.7%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
2.7% - 3.3%
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)
2.3% - 2.9%
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
2.1% - 2.6%
A preservative that comes from radishes fermented by a bacteria. New research suggests that the preservation properties in the ingredient come from an ammonium salt that is not present naturally in radish root but used in its cultivation. Is problematic because the exact amount of the preservative agents is difficult to determine
1.5% - 1.8%
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
1.1% - 1.4%
An effective moisturizing and skin barrier repair ingredient. Helps calm down inflammation and has some anti-oxidant properties
1.1% - 1.3%
A plant extract that might help reduce inflammation and neutralize free radicals
1% - 1.3%
1% - 1.3%
A plant extract that can contain an antioxidant compound
1% - 1.2%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
1% - 1.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.95% - 1.2%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.95% - 1.15%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.8% - 1.2%
A plant extract containing sugars that might help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is claimed by the manufacturer to help reduce pore size but evidence is lacking
0.75% - 1.1%
A vitamin C derivative. Studies show that is might be effective in reducing hyperpigmentation, but there are no studies confirming that it is effectively converted into the bioavailable form of Vitamin C in skin. It is not clear how this derivative compares in effectiveness to the topical application of bioavailable form of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)
0.75% - 1.1%
0.75% - 1.15%
An essential oil that can be very irritating. Has some anti-bacterial properties
0.65% - 1%
Plant extract that can be irritating and is a known allergen
0.75% - 1.1%
0.7% - 1.05%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.75% - 1.1%
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
0.75% - 1.15%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.7% - 1.05%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.8% - 1.2%
Might help to reduce inflammation in skin, but solid research is lacking
0.7% - 1.05%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.65% - 1%
A plant extract that can contain an irritating essential oil. Might have some anti-oxidant effect, but evidence is lacking
0.6% - 0.95%
Used to stabilize product formulations and create a nice product texture
0.75% - 1.1%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.8% - 1.2%
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
0.65% - 1%
0.6% - 0.9%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.6% - 0.9%
A silicone that mixes with water creating nice light-weight product texture
0.65% - 1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.65% - 1%
A type of silicone that leaves a nice silky finish on the skin and can help soften its upper layer
0.65% - 0.95%
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.
0.6% - 0.9%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.6% - 0.85%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to thicken the product formulation and might help to add minerals to the surface of the skin. It is used in scrubs as a physical exfoliant. Can increase sensitivity to other ingredients if left on the skin or used in high concentration
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
0.5% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.4% - 0.6%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.65%

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