EltaMD - UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF41

EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF41

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • linoleic acid
  • hydrated silica
  • octyldodecyl neopentanoate
  • quercetin
  • thioctic acid
  • titanium dioxide
  • zinc oxide
  • +4 more
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90 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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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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What does the product description say?
"Antioxidant that reduces free radicals to help diminish the visible signs of aging."
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
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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).

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What does the product description say?
"Aluminum Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Hydrated Silica, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Linoleic Acid, Octyl Stearate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Perfluoronyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylate 13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Purified Water, Quercitin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Selenite, Soft Tex Yellow Iron Oxide-C337773, Soft Tex Red Iron Oxide-C337775, Soft Tex Russett Iron Oxide-C337721, Soft Tex Black Iron Oxide-C337751, Thioctic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane."
WIMJ summary

This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: octyldodecyl neopentanoate, ethylhexyl stearate.

Keep in mind that this product does not contain effective ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. This is why an additional product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid can be helpful (apply it before this product for the best results).

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

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

This product contains antioxidants (thioctic acid) 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 - quercetin also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

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
9%
Declared
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
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)
23% - 35%
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
6.8% - 10.3%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
4.8% - 7.3%
3.4% - 5.1%
3% - 4.6%
A preservative. Can be irritating
0.01% - 0.02%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a thicker product consistency
2.1% - 3.1%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1.8% - 2.7%
An excellent emollient. Helps soften the skin, restore its barrier function, and can help to calm down inflammation. It can be helpful to prevent blemishes and clogged pores
1.4% - 2.1%
1.2% - 1.8%
An emollient that helps soften the skin. Often used to stabilize other ingredients, for example, sunscreen
1% - 1.6%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.9% - 1.3%
0.55% - 1.25%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the product formulation
0.55% - 1.25%
Used to improve the product consistency
0.55% - 1.25%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.55% - 1.25%
Plain old water
0.5% - 1.2%
Might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.45% - 1%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.4% - 0.95%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.4% - 1%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.35% - 0.85%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.35% - 0.8%
An iron oxide. Used as a colorant. Is usually well tolerated
0.3% - 0.7%
0.35% - 0.75%
A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation
0.3% - 0.7%

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