Olay - Total Effects Anti-Ageing BB Face Cream SPF15 For Medium Shade

Olay Total Effects Anti-Ageing BB Face Cream SPF15 For Medium Shade

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WORKS FOR
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Sun protection
  • Exfoliation
  • +4 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • sodium ascorbyl phosphate
  • panthenol
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • dimethiconol
  • glycerin
  • octocrylene
  • phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • zinc oxide
  • +12 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
70 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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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
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WIMJ summary

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains niacinamide.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: sodium ascorbyl phosphate

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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"Total Effects Anti-Ageing BB Face Cream SPF15 For Medium Shade"
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains niacinamide.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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LOW
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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"Olay Total Effects 7in1 BB Anti-Ageing Cream SPF15 For Fair Shade 50ml Olay Total Effects 7in1 BB Day Cream for Fair Shade with SPF15 is an anti-ageing moisturiser for even skin tone."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: niacinamide

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

This product can also help with skin tone because it offers sun protection. Sun damage is the main factor causing age spots, darkening of post-acne marks and other discolorations. This is why sun protection is the best strategy for maintaining an even skin tone. We, however, do not recommend using this product as a sunscreen because the protection it offers is not strong enough).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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LOW
does not meet threshold
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"Olay Total Effects BB Cream exfoliates to enhance skin’s surface natural self-renewal process for healthier looking skin."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain effective exfoliating ingredients. It might be able to deliver physical exfoliation, that is scrub off some of the dead cells on the surface of the skin. We do not recommend physical exfoliation, because it is not uniform (some bits of skin can get exfoliated too much while others not at all). It can also traumatize the skin and aggrevate acne and other skin conditions.

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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.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: niacinamide, panthenol

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
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% - 5.9%
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
4.3% - 5.3%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
3% - 3.7%
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% - 3.7%
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
1.9% - 2.3%
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
2% - 2.4%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
1.4% - 1.7%
Ensulizole. A UV filter that is effective against UVB rays. Does not protect against UVA light. It is photostable and can be used to help stabilize other sunscreen ingredients. It is water-soluble meaning that it can help create lighter sunscreen formulations
1.6% - 2%
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
1.4% - 1.7%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.6% - 0.85%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.45% - 0.7%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.4% - 0.6%
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
0.65% - 1%
A stable derivative of vitamin C. It is oil-soluble which means it is more likely to penetrate the skin compared to the pure form of vitamin C (which is water-soluble), but it is less bio-available and is way less effective in stimulating collagen and reducing wrinkles compared to the pure form of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and its other derivatives (for example, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). At the same time, this vitamin C derivative has been shown in studies to be effective in reducing acne, blemishes and clogged pores. It is less irritating then the pure form of vitamin C
0.3% - 0.5%
0.3% - 0.5%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps water and oil in the product mix well together and improves product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.25% - 0.45%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.2% - 0.35%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.35%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a thicker product consistency
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to improve product texture and help oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.3%
Used to thicken the product's texture
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.15% - 0.25%
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.3%
A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation
0.15% - 0.25%
Used to thicken the product's consistency
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
The same compound that is used safely in dental implants and bone cements. In cosmetics, it is used to improve the consistency of products
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative. Can be irritating
0.01% - 0.02%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.2%
A fragrance. Is a likely irritant
0.1% - 0.2%
A fragrance. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.1% - 0.2%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.05% - 0.1%
An iron oxide. Used as a colorant. Is usually well tolerated
0.05% - 0.1%

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