Liz Earle - Environmental Skin Defence Tube

Liz Earle Environmental Skin Defence Tube

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WORKS FOR
  • Moisturizing
  • Sun protection
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • borago officinalis seed oil
  • butyrospermum parkii butter extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • coco-caprylate
  • diheptyl succinate
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja oil
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • shea butter ethyl esters
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • zinc oxide
  • +11 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
50 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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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.

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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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, caprylyl 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: caprylic/capric triglyceride, helianthus annuus seed oil.

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
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
12% - 14%
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
5.8% - 7.1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.7% - 4.5%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
3% - 3.7%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
2.6% - 3.2%
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
2.6% - 3.2%
1.9% - 2.3%
An emollient that softens skin and creates a nice product texture
1.5% - 1.8%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and creates a nice product finish on the skin
1.2% - 1.4%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.95% - 1.15%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.75% - 1.1%
0.7% - 1.05%
A plant oil that is effective in reducing irritation in skin, restore the barrier function and support its hydration
0.65% - 0.95%
A great moisturising ingredient that softens the skin and reduces water loss from its upper layer. It also can be helpful in protecting skin from free radicals
0.65% - 0.95%
Plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties. Can be irritating
0.55% - 0.85%
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
0.6% - 0.9%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps water and oil in the product mix well together and improves product texture
0.5% - 0.8%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.5% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to help evenly disperse other ingredients (for example, pigment) in a formulation
0.45% - 0.65%
The same compound that is used safely in dental implants and bone cements. In cosmetics, it is used to improve the consistency of products
0.55% - 0.8%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to improve stability of the formulation
0.4% - 0.6%
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
0.4% - 0.65%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.6%
0.35% - 0.6%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.15% - 0.25%
An iron oxide. Used as a colorant. Is usually well tolerated
0.1% - 0.2%
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
0.1% - 0.2%
A good emollient that helps soften the skin and helps repair its barrier function
0.1% - 0.2%

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