Neutrogena - Pure & Free Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50

SPF 50
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • bisabolol
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • dimethicone
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • zinc oxide
  • +3 more
90 /100
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Formula review

WIMJ summary

This product offers a good level of protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

It is a mineral sunscreen. In other words, it contains non-organic UV filters. It will probably not sting your eyes but might leave a white cast.

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
zinc oxide
Offers UVB protection
Offers UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
titanium dioxide
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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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 can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: dimethicone, c12-15 alkyl benzoate.

Keep in mind that this product does not contain effective ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. This is why an additional product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid can be helpful (apply it before this product for the best results).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
meets threshold
meets threshold
meets threshold

Potential irritants

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
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
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
7.2% - 8.8%
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
6.7% - 8.2%
A type of silicone. Used to improve product texture
4.6% - 5.6%
Used to create an even product consistency. Can help boost efficiency of sunscreen filters
3.5% - 4.2%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
3.1% - 3.8%
A type of silicone that helps water and oil mix together. Can help to soften upper layer of the skin
2.6% - 3.1%
Helps water and oil mix together
2.1% - 2.5%
Used to create a nice product finish
1.5% - 1.9%
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
1.1% - 1.3%
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)
1.1% - 1.3%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.8% - 1.2%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.9% - 1.1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 0.75%
A preservative that releases formaldehyde and can be irritating
0.25% - 0.5%
A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%

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