Epicuren - Defend & Balance Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Epicuren Defend & Balance Tinted Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

SPF 50
WORKS FOR
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • aleurites moluccanus seed oil
  • allantoin
  • argania spinosa kernel oil
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • dimethicone
  • ethylhexyl palmitate
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • limnanthes alba seed oil
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • titanium dioxide
  • zinc oxide
  • +9 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
90 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
Wish list
Compare

Where to buy?

In stock $84.00
BUY
Price as of 8/29/2021 6:33 GMT. More info
Amazon Australia
In stock A$117.60
BUY
Price as of 11/14/2021 4:28 GMT. More info
Links might be affiliated. Read disclaimer

Formula review

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
See a mistake?
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
HIGH
does not meet threshold
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"This unique light weight tinted SPF 50 moisturizer was specifically formulated to be a chemical free, mineral based CC cream."
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: allantoin, sodium hyaluronate.

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, helianthus annuus seed oil.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
See a mistake?
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
4%
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
15.5%
Declared
Plain old water
45% - 55%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and create a nice product texture
6% - 7.4%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
6.6% - 8.1%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
4.5% - 5.6%
This oil's cmposition is closest to rapeseed oil. It is a very stable oil and serves as an emoillient
3.6% - 4.4%
An emollient that helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Might have some weak anti-oxidant properties
3.1% - 3.8%
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
2.7% - 3.3%
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
2.1% - 2.5%
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
1.6% - 1.9%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
1.2% - 1.5%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that, especially when exposed to air, can cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin
0.95% - 1.2%
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
0.95% - 1.2%
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.
0.75% - 1.15%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C. It is more stable than ascorbic acid, but still degrades quickly and needs to be stabilized in a formulation with another ingredient. It is claimed to penetrate skin better than pure vitamin C and have the the similar benefits, but solid studies of its effectiveness are lacking. Is likely to require a higher concentration in a product than pure vitamin C to be effective.
0.7% - 1.1%
0.65% - 1%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.7% - 1.05%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.6% - 0.9%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
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
0.45% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.35% - 0.65%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.3% - 0.55%
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
4%
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
15.5%
Declared

Similar products & dupes

Loading...
See all similar products

Questions

Scientific Sources