Etude House - UV Double Cut Sun Gel SPF 50+/PA++++

Etude House UV Double Cut Sun Gel SPF 50+/PA++++

SPF 50
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • adenosine
  • centella asiatica extract
  • diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate
  • echium plantagineum seed oil
  • ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • ethylhexyl triazone
  • helianthus annuus seed oil unsaponifiables
  • homosalate
  • saccharide hydrolysate
  • salvia hispanica seed extract
  • silica
  • tocopherol
  • +10 more
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100 /100
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WIMJ summary

This product offers a good level of protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

This sunscreen uses organic (so-called "chemical") sunscreen filters. Organic, or "chemical" filters usually provide reliable sun protection and rarely leave a white cast. Sunscreens with organic filters can sting eyes.

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.

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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.

These ingredients in the product might also be helpful for reducing and preventing fine lines, wrinkles, and skin elasticity, even though there is no conclusive evidence for their effectiveness: adenosine.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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meets threshold
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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?
"The refreshing sun gel in water splash texture provides greasy-free, non-sticky look and hydration to the skin RELAXES the skin with a light feeling, just like the air."
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: saccharide hydrolysate, butylene glycol.

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: helianthus annuus seed oil unsaponifiables, salvia hispanica seed extract.

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
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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
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A weak sunscreen that offers some protection against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB), but does not offer meaningful protection against 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. When used in low concentrations, helps to stabilize the product formulation
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Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
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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
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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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Uvinul A Plus. A new generation broad spectrum sunscreen that offers an effective protection especially in the UVA range. It is stable in formulations. Unfortunately, is not approved by the FDA (US) yet
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Uvinul T. A UV filter. Effective against UVB rays. It is photostable. Can increase water resistance properties of the sunscreen. Unfortunately, not approved by the FDA (US) yet
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Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
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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
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A type of silicone that helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
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A preservative
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Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
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Used to stabilize product formulations and create a nice product texture
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Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
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Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
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An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
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An emollient that helps to soften the skin and create a pleasant product texture and stabilize the formulation
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Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
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Helps adjust pH in products
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A preservative
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Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to stimulate collagen production in skin
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Helps create a thicker product formulation
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A plant extract that has been shown to be able to reduce inflammation in skin, support restoration of skin barrier function, as well as support collagen production. Contains active compounds called centelloids: asiaticoside, madecasosside, asiatic acid and madecassic acid. Might be helpful in preventing stretch marks. It can be itself be irritating though.
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A plant extract that has some anti-oxidant activity, but solid research is lacking. Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
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A plant extract that can contain an active compound curcumin, that may have some anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin, but solid research is lacking and the typical concentration used in skincare products is too low. Can be an irritant
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A plant oil that because of its high content of alpha-linolenic acid help support skin barrier function and moisturize the skin
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A plant extract that typically contains linolenic and linoleic acids that help soften the upper layer of the skin and can support skin barrier function
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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
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Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
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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
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A plant extract that might have some anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties but evidence is missing
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A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
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Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
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