Neutrogena - Clear Face Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Clear Face Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 50

SPF 50
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • bisabolol
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • capryloyl glycine
  • cetyl dimethicone
  • dimethicone
  • homosalate
  • octocrylene
  • sarcosine
  • silica
  • sodium polyacrylate
  • +8 more
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IRRITANCY
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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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"Stabilized with Helioplex Technology, the SPF 50 facial sunscreen offers superior broad spectrum protection from skin-aging UVA and skin-burning UVB rays with an oxybenzone-free formula."
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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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 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: sarcosine, butylene 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: dimethicone, cetyl dimethicone.

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

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
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
10%
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
10%
Declared
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
4.8% - 5.9%
A type of silicone. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and creates a nice, light product texture
4.3% - 5.3%
Used to create an even product consistency. Can help boost efficiency of sunscreen filters
3% - 3.6%
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
2.3% - 2.9%
1.8% - 2.2%
A preservative
1.6% - 1.9%
Used to thicken the product's consistency
1.4% - 1.7%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.95% - 1.15%
Used to create a gel-like product texture, as well as to stabilize emulsions
0.75% - 1.15%
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
0.65% - 0.95%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 0.75%
0.5% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
0.45% - 0.7%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
0.3% - 0.6%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product consistency
0.35% - 0.6%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to stabilize product formulation, help create an even product layer over skin (for example, in sunscreen), evenly disperse pigements and create a nice product consistency
0.3% - 0.5%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together, preserve cosmetic products, and attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps to enhance the penetration of other ingredients and attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.4%
0.25% - 0.45%
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% - 0.4%

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