Obagi - Medical Sun Shield Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF50 Cream 85

Obagi Medical Sun Shield Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF50 Cream 85

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • glycerin
  • polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • zinc oxide
  • +6 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
90 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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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
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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What does the product description say?
"Preserve your skin’s youthful bounce and radiance with the Obagi Sun Shield Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF50 Cream."
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).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"It contains unique INVISIBLE ZINC, an advanced and clinically-proven technology which fuses Ceramides and Niacinamide to deeply moisturise, sooth and reinforce the protective skin barrier."
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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: 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, dimethicone.

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

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
30% - 36%
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
15.6%
Declared
Plain old water
12% - 15%
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
5.7% - 7%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
4.3% - 5.3%
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
4.3% - 5.3%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.1% - 3.8%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
2.7% - 3.3%
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
2.3% - 2.9%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
2.1% - 2.5%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
1.5% - 1.8%
Helps water and oil in the product mix well together and improves product texture
1.2% - 1.4%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin
1% - 1.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.1% - 1.3%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.8% - 1.15%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
1% - 1.2%
The same compound that is used safely in dental implants and bone cements. In cosmetics, it is used to improve the consistency of products
1% - 1.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.75% - 1.1%
A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation
0.7% - 1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.65% - 1%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.65% - 1%
A preservative
0.5% - 0.8%
0.5% - 0.7%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.5% - 0.75%
A salt derived from licorice. Works as an emollient to soften the upper layer of the skin and can help calm down inflammation. Might be helpful for skin lightening
0.35% - 0.65%
Might have some anti-inflammatory properties but research is lacking
0.35% - 0.6%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.35% - 0.6%

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