PCA SKIN - Active Body Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30

PCA SKIN Active Body Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • bisabolol
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • ectoin
  • glycerin
  • jojoba esters
  • methyl dihydroabietate
  • octocrylene
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • simmondsia chinensis seed oil
  • tocopherol
  • zinc oxide
  • +10 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
90 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

WIMJ summary

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

This sunscreen uses organic (so-called "chemical") sunscreen filters. Organic, or "chemical" filters usually provide reliable sun protection and rarely leave a white cast. Sunscreens with organic filters can sting eyes.

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.

Organic filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
octocrylene
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Does not offer UVA II protection
Is photo stable
ethylhexyl salicylate
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Does not offer UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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
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What does the product description say?
"This ocean friendly, water-resistant broad spectrum SPF protects against UVA/UVB rays while delivering ingredients that protect the skin from aging pollutants and other environmental stressors."
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
does not meet threshold
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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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"Broad spectrum protection defends skin against aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays"
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, 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
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
23% - 35%
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
6.3% - 9.4%
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
5.3% - 8%
Helps stabilize the product formulation
3.5% - 5.3%
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
2.8% - 4.2%
2.5% - 3.7%
A synthetic ester of salicylic acid that is used to help disperse pigments and boost effectiveness of sunscreen ingredients. It is able to absorb UV light (working as an organic, or chemical filter), but is not approved as a sunscreen ingredient on its own
2.2% - 3.2%
A preservative
2% - 3%
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
1.9% - 2.8%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
1.3% - 2%
Used to create thicker product consistency and stabilize emulsions
0.9% - 1.35%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.85% - 1.25%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.45% - 1.05%
Used as a cleansing agent (surfactant) in cleansers. Helps water and oil mix together in lotions. Can be irritating
0.45% - 1%
A fruit extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.4% - 0.9%
A fruit extract that might help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some antioxidant properties but evidence of effectiveness in skin is missing
0.4% - 0.9%
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
0.4% - 0.9%
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
0.4% - 0.9%
Softens the upper layer of the skin and can support skin barrier function
0.3% - 0.75%
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.35% - 0.8%
An emollient made of jojoba oil. Helps soften the skin and support its barrier function
0.3% - 0.75%
Used as a fragrance and can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
Used as a fragrance and can be irritating
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.75%
0.2% - 0.8%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.75%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.3% - 0.75%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.2% - 0.8%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.75%
A fruit extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties but evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking
0.2% - 0.75%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.6%
Softens the upper layer of skin and helps restore the healthy skin barrier. Has shown to help calm down inflammation in skin. It is a stable oil, meaning that it retains its properties even when exposed to air.
0.15% - 0.7%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.15% - 0.55%
Plain old water
0.1% - 0.45%

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