Paula's Choice - Redness Relief SPF 15 Mineral Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin

Paula's Choice Redness Relief SPF 15 Mineral Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin

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SPF 15
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • avena sativa kernel extract
  • ceramide ng
  • palmitoyl hexapeptide-12
  • allantoin
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • dimethicone
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja sterols
  • methicone
  • peg-10 dimethicone
  • prunus armeniaca kernel oil
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • superoxide dismutase
  • titanium dioxide
  • ubiquinone
  • zinc oxide
  • +17 more
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75 /100
IRRITANCY
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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
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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What does the product description say?
"You will have beautiful hydrated skin with the improved appearance of fine lines, dullness, and uneven skin tone."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains palmitoyl hexapeptide-12.

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
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"You will have beautiful hydrated skin with the improved appearance of fine lines, dullness, and uneven skin tone."
WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients () that could help reduce hyperpigmentation (for example, post-acne marks or age spots) in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

The biggest effect for evening out skin tone in this product comes from 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
does not meet threshold
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"Redness Relief SPF 15 Mineral Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin"
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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: allantoin, 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, methicone.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: ceramide ng, palmitoyl hexapeptide-12

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (superoxide dismutase, ubiquinone) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

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

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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
3.85%
Declared
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
3.12%
Declared
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
5.7% - 7%
Forms a protective film on the surface of the skin to prevent moisture loss. Gives a velvety feel to products while reducing tackiness
5.3% - 6.5%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
4.3% - 5.3%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
3.6% - 4.4%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
3% - 3.7%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
2.7% - 3.3%
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
2.3% - 2.8%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
2.1% - 2.6%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
1.6% - 1.9%
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
1.2% - 1.5%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
1.1% - 1.4%
Used to improve the product adherence to the skin, for example, to pro-long the protective effect of sunscreens. Can be irritating to very sensitive skin
1.1% - 1.3%
An effective moisturizing and skin barrier repair ingredient. Helps calm down inflammation and has some anti-oxidant properties
1% - 1.3%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.1% - 1.3%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
1% - 1.2%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.9% - 1.15%
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.
0.95% - 1.15%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.9% - 1.1%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C. It is more stable than ascorbic acid, but still degrades quickly and needs to be stabilized in a formulation with another ingredient. It is claimed to penetrate skin better than pure vitamin C and have the the similar benefits, but solid studies of its effectiveness are lacking. Is likely to require a higher concentration in a product than pure vitamin C to be effective.
0.8% - 1.15%
An antioxidant enzyme that is naturally present in skin. It can help support skin barrier function and reduce inflammation in skin. It is used in topical medications for inflammatory skin conditions including atopic dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis. There are three types of natural Superoxide Dismutase in human skin. The compound used in topical treatments and cosmetics are mimics of typically one of these natural variants
0.75% - 1.1%
Coenzyme Q10. It helps neutralize free radicals in skin, improves skin hydration and might be helpful agains fine lines and wrinkles. It can be an allergen
0.75% - 1.15%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.75% - 1.1%
A type of silicone that helps soften the upper layer of the skin and reduces the water loss from the skin surface
0.7% - 1.1%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.75% - 1.1%
A silicone that works to soften the upper layer of the skin and reduce its water loss
0.75% - 1.1%
Might be somewhat helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals but its typical concentration in a product is too low for having an effect
0.7% - 1.1%
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
0.75% - 1.1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.75% - 1.1%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.7% - 1.1%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.65% - 0.95%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.65% - 0.95%
The same compound that is used safely in dental implants and bone cements. In cosmetics, it is used to improve the consistency of products
0.7% - 1.05%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.65% - 1%
Used to help evenly disperse other ingredients (for example, pigment) in a formulation
0.6% - 0.9%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.6% - 0.9%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.6% - 0.85%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.55% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.5% - 0.8%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.45% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%

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