Epicuren - Zinc Oxide Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 27

Epicuren Zinc Oxide Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 27

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SPF 27
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • glycerin
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • limnanthes alba seed oil
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • zinc oxide
  • +4 more
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56 /100
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Formula review

WIMJ summary

This product offers broad spectrum sun protection, but it is weak. We recommend to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

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?
"A whipped, antioxidant-rich sunscreen that naturally protects your skin from UV-related damage, including premature aging and hyperpigmentation."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain ingredients that are able to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or help with skin elasticity, but it can improve the look of the skin temporarily through moisturization. Well-moisturized skin might also be able to repair the sun damage better.This ingredient - camellia sinensis leaf extract - could be helpful for preventing or repairing signs of aging in theory, but there is no evidence that it actually works.

This ingredient camellia sinensis leaf extract might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin and help it fight off some of the sun damage.

The biggest anti-aging effect in this product comes from sun protection. Sun damage is the main factor causing early signs of skin aging. We, however, do not recommend using this product as a sunscreen because the protection it offers is not strong enough).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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LOW
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"This sunscreen is transparent, all zinc protection helps to lightly hydrate, reduce the appearance of dark spots, visibly even skin tone, and perfect your skins overall look."
WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients () that could help reduce hyperpigmentation (for example, post-acne marks or age spots) in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

The biggest effect for evening out skin tone in this product comes from 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
LOW
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"This sunscreen is transparent, all zinc protection helps to lightly hydrate, reduce the appearance of dark spots, visibly even skin tone, and perfect your skins overall look."
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, 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: caprylic/capric triglyceride, helianthus annuus seed oil.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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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.

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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
10%
Declared
Plain old water
45% - 55%
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
6.5% - 8%
A type of silicone that helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
5.7% - 7%
Helps oil and water mix together
3.7% - 4.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
3.3% - 4.1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3% - 3.6%
A plant extract. Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
2.5% - 3.1%
2.1% - 2.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
1.5% - 1.8%
A plant extract that can be irritating. It might contain a compound anthocyanin that could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
1.1% - 1.4%
0.75% - 1.1%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.75% - 1.15%
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
0.75% - 1.1%
This oil's cmposition is closest to rapeseed oil. It is a very stable oil and serves as an emoillient
0.7% - 1.05%
0.65% - 0.95%
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
0.55% - 0.8%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.45% - 0.65%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.35%
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
10%
Declared

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