La Roche-Posay - anthelios hydrating lotion spf 50+

La Roche-Posay anthelios hydrating lotion spf 50+

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  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
  • bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • dimethicone
  • dimethiconol
  • drometrizole trisiloxane
  • glycerin
  • isopropyl lauroyl sarcosinate
  • octocrylene
  • sodium polyacrylate
  • terephthalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acid
  • tocopherol
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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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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.

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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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"anthelios hydrating lotion spf 50+"
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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.

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, dimethiconol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Enhances the product texture and makes it more spreadable. Helps reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin. Extands the shelf life by preventing bacteria growth
6.9% - 8.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.9% - 6%
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
3.7% - 4.5%
Used to create an even product consistency. Can help boost efficiency of sunscreen filters
2.1% - 2.6%
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
2% - 2.5%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
1.8% - 2.1%
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.
2.1% - 2.5%
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%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
1.2% - 1.5%
A silicone that makes products more spreadable and keeps skin smooth. Helps to add gloss to skin and may visually fill in fine lines/wrinkles for short time
0.95% - 1.2%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.7% - 1%
Mexoryl XL. A UV filter. Effective in the UVB and UVA range. It is stable. Unfortunately, not approved in the US yet
0.9% - 1.15%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.65% - 0.95%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product consistency
0.55% - 0.85%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.55% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.6%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to create a gel-like product texture, as well as to stabilize emulsions
0.3% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.4% - 0.65%
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
0.35% - 0.65%
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
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
0.15% - 0.3%

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