Garnier - BB Cream Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer, Light/Medium

Garnier BB Cream Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer, Light/Medium

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WORKS FOR
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • capryloyl salicylic acid
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • dimethicone
  • ethylhexyl palmitate
  • glycerin
  • magnesium pca
  • manganese pca
  • octocrylene
  • rosa canina fruit oil
  • sodium pca
  • titanium dioxide
  • zinc pca
  • +10 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
62 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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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.

Organic filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
octocrylene
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Does not offer UVA II protection
Is photo stable
butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
cross
Offers UVA I protection
Offers 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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What does the product description say?
"BB Cream Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer, Light/Medium"
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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 - zinc pca - could be helpful for preventing or repairing signs of aging in theory, but there is no evidence that it actually works.

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
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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"This anti-aging face moisturizer reduces the look of wrinkles, firms skin, evens skin tone, deeply hydrates and helps prevent sunburn with Broad Spectrum SPF 15."
WIMJ summary

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: capryloyl salicylic acid.

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
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: capryloyl salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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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, magnesium pca.

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, ethylhexyl palmitate.

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Avobenzone. An organic, or so-called "chemical" UV filter. Protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Needs to be combined with other filters in a formulation to be stable.
3%
Declared
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
5%
Declared
A weak sunscreen that protects against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB) and is somewhat effective against the UVA rays. It is quite stable and can help stabilize other, more vulnerable, sunscreen ingredients like Avobenzone. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen
7%
Declared
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Forms a protective film on the surface of the skin to prevent moisture loss. Gives a velvety feel to products while reducing tackiness
5.3% - 6.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.8% - 5.9%
A silicone that serves as an emollient. Helps create a nice non-greasy feels
3.6% - 4.4%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
2.7% - 3.3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and create a nice product texture
2.3% - 2.8%
1.9% - 2.4%
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
1.7% - 2%
Used to thicken the product's consistency
1.4% - 1.7%
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
1.1% - 1.4%
0.75% - 1.1%
Used to create an even product consistency. Can help boost efficiency of sunscreen filters
0.6% - 0.9%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.5% - 0.7%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
0.45% - 0.7%
0.3% - 0.6%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Has a potential to boost collagen production, nutralise free radicals and reduce hyperpigmentation, but the required concentration is likely to be much higher than for the pure form of vitamin C, limiting the ingredient's effectiveness in products
0.3% - 0.55%
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.
0.3% - 0.55%
Claimed to have anti-oxidant properties but it is unlikely that it can have an effect in the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
A great emollient. Contains vitamin E (tocopherol) which may give it some anti-oxidant properties. Can contain volatile compounds and can be irritating
0.3% - 0.5%
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Often used as a part of an ingredient complex Physiogenyl together with Sodium PCA, Magnesium PCA and Zinc PCA. The manufacturer claims that it does more than attracting water, but there is no evidence or studies supporting this claim
0.2% - 0.35%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.25% - 0.45%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.2% - 0.35%
A compound that combines zinc with a hydrating ingredient PCA. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Can help calm down inflammation in skin. Could be helpful in reducing the formation of free radicals in skin. Might help to reduce fine lines in wrinkles, but solid evidence is missing
0.15% - 0.3%
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
0.3% - 0.6%
Used to stabilize product formulations and create a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.4%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together while softening the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
An emollient that helps to soften the skin and create a pleasant product texture and stabilize the formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
0.25% - 0.45%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.25% - 0.45%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.2% - 0.4%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
A fragrance. Is a likely irritant
0.2% - 0.4%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.2% - 0.4%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.2% - 0.4%

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