Paula's Choice - HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30

Paula's Choice HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30

SPF 30
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • panthenol
  • algae extract
  • allantoin
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • cetyl alcohol
  • cyclomethicone
  • diethylhexyl carbonate
  • dimethicone
  • ethylhexyl palmitate
  • glycerin
  • titanium dioxide
  • zinc oxide
  • +10 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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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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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LOW
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LOW
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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).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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LOW
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"HYDRALIGHT Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30"
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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: algae extract, allantoin.

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, algae extract.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (camellia sinensis leaf extract) 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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LOW
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
TBC
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
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Plain old water
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An emollient that helps soften the skin and create a nice product texture
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A type of silicone that leaves a nice silky finish on the skin and can help soften its upper layer
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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
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Helps water and oil mix together
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A type of silicone that helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
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An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
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Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
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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
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Used to create a thicker product consistency
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Improves the texture of the product and helps soften the skin. Helps oil and water mix together and can be used as a cleansing agent
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A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
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Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
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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
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A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
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Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
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Plant extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but research is not extensive yet
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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
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Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
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One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
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Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
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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
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Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
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The same compound that is used safely in dental implants and bone cements. In cosmetics, it is used to improve the consistency of products
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A type of silicone that helps to soften upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
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Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
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Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
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A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation
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Stabilizes the product formulation
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A preservative
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A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
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