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innisfree [ INNISFREE ] Intensive Anti-Pollution Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-oxidation
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • adenosine
  • bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine
  • centella asiatica extract
  • diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate
  • echium plantagineum seed oil
  • ethylhexyl triazone
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • helianthus annuus seed oil unsaponifiables
  • methyl methacrylate crosspolymer
  • propylheptyl caprylate
  • saccharide hydrolysate
  • salvia hispanica seed extract
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • zinc oxide
  • +13 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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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.

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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"[ INNISFREE ] Intensive Anti-Pollution Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++"
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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.

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
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet 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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"Reflect SPF 45 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion with Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide, Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer with SPF, All Skin Types, Chemical-Free, Reef Safe Zinc Sunscreen, UVA & UVB Protection, 7."
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, 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: helianthus annuus seed oil, helianthus annuus seed oil unsaponifiables.

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

This product contains antioxidants (adenosine, cardiospermum halicacabum flower/leaf/vine extract, portulaca oleracea extract). In theory, they could help neutralize free radicals in skin and lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun), but there is no evidence that these ingredients can have a noticeable effect in skin.

Potential irritants

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
3.7% - 4.5%
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
4.9% - 5.9%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product consistency
3.4% - 4.2%
A type of silicone that helps create a silky product finish and dissolve other ingredients
2.7% - 3.3%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
2% - 2.5%
1.8% - 2.2%
Helps thicken the product consistency
1.6% - 1.9%
Tinosorb S. One of the most effective broad spectrum sunscreen ingredients. Protects from both UVA and UVB rays. It is photostable. Unfortunately, not approved by FDA (US) yet.
1.8% - 2.2%
A synthetic ester of salicylic acid that is used to help disperse pigments and boost effectiveness of sunscreen ingredients. It is able to absorb UV light (working as an organic, or chemical filter), but is not approved as a sunscreen ingredient on its own
1.1% - 1.4%
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
1.2% - 1.5%
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
1.1% - 1.4%
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
1.1% - 1.3%
0.7% - 1.05%
A type of clay that is used to thicken the product consistency
0.7% - 1.05%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.7% - 1.05%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.65% - 1%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.6% - 0.9%
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)
0.6% - 0.95%
An emollient that can also help water and oil mix together, as well as prevent bacteria growth in products
0.6% - 0.9%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.65% - 0.95%
0.5% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.5% - 0.7%
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
0.35% - 0.65%
A preservative
0.35% - 0.65%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.65%
0.3% - 0.6%
An emollient that helps to soften the skin and create a pleasant product texture and stabilize the formulation
0.35% - 0.6%
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.
0.4% - 0.65%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
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
0.2% - 0.4%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant oil that because of its high content of alpha-linolenic acid help support skin barrier function and moisturize the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
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
0.15% - 0.3%
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
0.15% - 0.25%
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
0.15% - 0.25%
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
0.1% - 0.2%
A plant extract that might have some anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties but evidence is missing
0.05% - 0.1%

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