La Roche-Posay - Anthelios Suncare Ultra-Light Pocket SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Suncare Ultra-Light Pocket SPF 50

SPF 50
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • ethylhexyl triazone
  • glycerin
  • homosalate
  • octocrylene
  • terephthalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acid
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • +5 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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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
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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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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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This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": glycerin, caprylyl glycol.

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. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
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
6.3% - 7.7%
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
4.4% - 5.4%
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
3.5% - 4.3%
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.
3.1% - 3.8%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
1.9% - 2.3%
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
2.1% - 2.5%
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
2% - 2.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.2% - 1.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.95% - 1.15%
Absorbs oil and moisture helping to create a dryer product finish
1% - 1.2%
0.6% - 0.85%
A silicone that serves as an emollient. Helps create a nice non-greasy feels
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
0.35% - 0.65%
Used to stabilize product formulations and thicken product consistency
0.4% - 0.6%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.6%
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)
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together. Could be comedogenic
0.25% - 0.45%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.25% - 0.5%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
Ecamsule, Mexoryl SX. A UV filter. Is effective mostly against the UVA rays. It is legally marketed in the US with the FDA approval since 2006, even though the ingredient is not on the official FDA list of the approved sunscreen active ingredients. It is photostable
0.25% - 0.5%
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
0.1% - 0.2%
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
0.1% - 0.15%

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