Dr. Zenovia Skincare - Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30

Dr. Zenovia Skincare Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30

SPF 30
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Sun protection
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • bakuchiol
  • niacinamide
  • panthenol
  • camellia sinensis catechins
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetyl alcohol
  • coco-caprylate
  • epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract
  • glycerin
  • olea europaea fruit oil
  • resveratrol
  • zinc oxide
  • +9 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
60 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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WIMJ summary

This product uses a single UV filter (zinc oxide) in a relatively low concentration and might not be able to provide a reliable sun protection.

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
zinc oxide
Offers UVB protection
Offers UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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What does the product description say?
"Clinical grade Vitamin C-Ester visibly helps minimize the appearance of dark spots, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles associated with photoaging."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains bakuchiol.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: camellia sinensis catechins, resveratrol.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 delivers highly potent antioxidants to help even skin tone and texture, while helping to protect collagen health and brighten the complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: bakuchiol

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, resveratrol.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

This product can also help with skin tone because it offers sun protection. Sun damage is the main factor causing age spots, darkening of post-acne marks and other discolorations. This is why sun protection is the best strategy for maintaining an even skin tone. We, however, do not recommend using this product as a sunscreen because the protection it offers is not strong enough).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30"
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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: glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice.

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: caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetyl alcohol.

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

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

This product contains antioxidants (bakuchiol, camellia sinensis catechins, resveratrol) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
11%
Declared
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
23% - 35%
5.2% - 7.8%
A plant extract that is, though different in chemical structure, acts similar to retinoids. First studies show that it can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone, reduce clogged pores and blemishes, and reduce inflammation. There is no conclusive evidence that bakuchiol is as effective as retinol however. The study that directly compared retinol with bakuchiol used bakuchiol applied twice daily compared to once per day for the retinol. According to this study, bakuchiol is less irritating than retinol. Bakuchiol is extracted from seeds of Babchi plant. Other parts of the plant contain coumarins that could cause allergic and irritant reactions. These compounds should be removed in the extraction process when bakuchiol is produced, but it is a good idea to be cautious and stay away from products that include the Babchi plant extracts other than purified bakuchiol to avoid irritation
3.6% - 5.4%
A group of chemical compounds extracted from Green Tea. They can help neutralize free radicals in skin. Might be able to help repair sun damage and clam down inflammation in skin
2.6% - 3.8%
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
2.2% - 3.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.7% - 2.5%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.4% - 2.2%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
1.2% - 1.9%
An emollient that softens skin and creates a nice product texture
1.1% - 1.6%
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
0.8% - 1.25%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
0.85% - 1.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.4% - 1%
A plant extract that might contain antioxidants
0.35% - 0.85%
A preservative
0.35% - 0.8%
0.3% - 0.7%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix together while softening the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.7%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.2% - 0.8%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.15% - 0.55%
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps improve the product texture
0.15% - 0.55%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
0.1% - 0.5%
An emollient that helps soften the skin but is not effective for restoring its barrier function. Might be helpful to calm down inflammation
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.1% - 0.5%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.55%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.15% - 0.55%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.5%
0.1% - 0.5%
Plain old water
0.1% - 0.4%
Helps neutralize free radicals in skin and might help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as even out the skin tone
0.1% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.3%
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
0.1% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.1% - 0.35%
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.
0.05% - 0.3%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.05% - 0.2%

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