Physicians Formula - Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Stick SPF 30, Light

Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Stick SPF 30, Light

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • copernicia cerifera cera
  • dimethicone
  • ethylhexyl palmitate
  • euphorbia cerifera cera
  • glycerin
  • isocetyl stearate
  • methicone
  • phenyl trimethicone
  • polymethylsilsesquioxane
  • silica
  • synthetic beeswax
  • titanium dioxide
  • zinc oxide
  • +13 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
90 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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Formula review

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
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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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
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Moisturizing."
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: butyrospermum parkii butter, caprylic/capric triglyceride.

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
29% - 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
9.8% - 12%
A type of silicone that can decrease loss of moisture from the skin surface. It helps create a nice product texture
4.8% - 5.9%
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
4.1% - 5%
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
3.4% - 4.2%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
2.9% - 3.6%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and thickens the product's texture
2.7% - 3.3%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
2.2% - 2.7%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
1.9% - 2.4%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and creates a thicker product texture
1.5% - 1.8%
A silicone that improves product texture and helps dissolve other ingredients. Can form a non-greasy film on the skin to prevent moisture loss
1.3% - 1.6%
Brazilian palm wax. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1.2% - 1.4%
A great moisturising ingredient that softens the skin and reduces water loss from its upper layer. It also can be helpful in protecting skin from free radicals
1.1% - 1.3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and create a nice product texture
1.1% - 1.3%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1% - 1.2%
Used to thickenthe product consistency
1% - 1.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. It contains a compound salicin that can theoretically be converted into salicylic acid that, in turn, helps reduce inflammation in skin, but the evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking and the extract is usually not used in a concentration that would enable an exfoliating effect
0.9% - 1.1%
A plant extract that works as an emollient. It might help neutralize free radicals in skin but solid research is lacking. Contains some volatile compounds and could be irritating
0.75% - 1.15%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C, it is more stable and can penetrate the skin better than L-Ascorbic acid. It is effective in protecting the skin from free radicals, as well as evening the skin tone, but is less effective in stimulating collagen production compared to L-Ascorbic acid.
0.75% - 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.
0.75% - 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.
0.75% - 1.15%
Used to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a thicker product consistency
0.75% - 1.1%
A preservative
0.7% - 1.05%
Helps to stabilize the product formulation
0.7% - 1.05%
A type of silicone that helps water and oil mix together. Can help to soften upper layer of the skin
0.7% - 1.05%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.75% - 1.1%
Used to create a silky product texture and add volume to products
0.6% - 0.95%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product consistency
0.65% - 0.95%
Lecithin derivative. It helps oil and water mix together and can enhance penetration of other ingredients. It helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.65% - 0.95%
A type of silicone that helps soften the upper layer of the skin and reduces the water loss from the skin surface
0.6% - 0.9%
Used to thicken the product consistency
0.6% - 0.95%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.65% - 0.95%
0.55% - 0.85%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.6% - 0.95%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.65% - 0.95%
A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation
0.45% - 0.7%
Plain old water
0.35% - 0.65%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.3% - 0.6%
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
0.45% - 0.7%

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