Differin - Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with Sunscreen, Broad

Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with Sunscreen, Broad

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • hydroxypalmitoyl sphinganine
  • panthenol
  • allantoin
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • diisopropyl sebacate
  • dimethicone
  • dimethiconol
  • glycerin
  • glycyrrhetinic acid
  • isopropyl lauroyl sarcosinate
  • octocrylene
  • silica
  • zinc gluconate
  • +10 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
95 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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Formula review

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
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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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
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
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

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
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
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
7%
Declared
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
23% - 34%
Used to thicken the product's consistency
5% - 7.5%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
4% - 6%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
3.4% - 5.1%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin without creatng a greasy finish
2.8% - 4.2%
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% - 3.2%
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
1.7% - 2.5%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.5% - 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
1.1% - 1.6%
Active compound of licorice root. Works to calm down inflammation, as an anti-oxidant, and might be helpful in lightening the skin and reducing hyperpigmentation
0.6% - 1.35%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.45% - 1.05%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product consistency
0.4% - 0.95%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.2% - 0.7%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.8%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.55%
Is used to enhance product texture and can help to optically mask skin imperfections
0.2% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.6%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.7%
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.
0.15% - 0.5%
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
0.1% - 0.5%
Plain old water
0.1% - 0.4%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.1% - 0.4%
Typically used to stabilize the product formulations. It is a salt of a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) and in larger concentrations, can help shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. It can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals, but solid research is missing. Due to the zinc content, might help calm down inflammation in skin
0.1% - 0.4%

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