e.l.f. Cosmetics e.l.f. BB Cream SPF 20, Dark

e.l.f. Cosmetics - e.l.f. BB Cream SPF 20, Dark
Effectiveness
Efficacy
65 /100
Effectiveness
irritancy
MEDIUM

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Formula review

Effectiveness
Efficacy
65 /100
Can work for:
  • Moisturizing
  • Sun protection
Promises, but can't deliver:
All promises can be fulfilled by this formula at least in theory
WIMJ summary

This product does not offer good protection against UVA rays.

Organic filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
benzophenone-3
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer 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
ethylhexyl salicylate
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Does not offer UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"e. l. f. BB Cream SPF 20, Dark"
From product name
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 extract.

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: simmondsia chinensis seed oil, c12-15 alkyl benzoate.

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

Potential irritants

Effectiveness
irritancy
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

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
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

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