Physicians Formula - Triple Defense Multicolor Stick SPF 20

Physicians Formula Triple Defense Multicolor Stick SPF 20

SPF 20
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cera microcristallina
  • dimethicone
  • methicone
  • plankton extract
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • triethylhexanoin
  • zinc oxide
  • +8 more
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Formula review

WIMJ summary

This product does not offer good protection against UVA rays.

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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What does the product description say?
"This ultra-blendable, miracle blurring formula features our 360 Total Defense Complex to defend against harmful sunrays (SPF), blue light (RPF), and pollution (PPF), helping to reduce the signs of aging with effortless color for a completely natural, all-over look."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain ingredients that are able to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or help with skin elasticity, but it can improve the look of the skin temporarily through moisturization. Well-moisturized skin might also be able to repair the sun damage better.This ingredient - butyrospermum parkii butter - could be helpful for preventing or repairing signs of aging in theory, but there is no evidence that it actually works.

The biggest anti-aging effect in this product comes from sun protection. Sun damage is the main factor causing early signs of skin aging. We, however, do not recommend using this product as a sunscreen because the protection it offers is not strong enough).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
meets threshold
does not meet threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: butyrospermum parkii butter, caprylic/capric triglyceride.

Keep in mind that this product does not contain effective ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. This is why an additional product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid can be helpful (apply it before this product for the best results).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
meets threshold
meets threshold
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
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
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
30% - 37%
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
6.6% - 8%
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
5.7% - 7%
Used to thicken the product's texture
4.3% - 5.3%
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
3.6% - 4.4%
3% - 3.7%
The ingredient is not recognized
Is used to enhance product texture and can help to optically mask skin imperfections
2.7% - 3.3%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
2.3% - 2.8%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin, reduce water loss from its surface and create a thicker product consistency
2.2% - 2.6%
Creates a nice product texture and can support water-resistance of sunscreens
1.5% - 1.9%
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
1.2% - 1.5%
Used to thickenthe product consistency
1.1% - 1.3%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
1.1% - 1.4%
Used to create a silky product texture and add volume to products
1.1% - 1.3%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
1.2% - 1.4%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
1% - 1.2%
0.95% - 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 stabilize the product formulation
0.75% - 1.15%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation
0.75% - 1.15%
A type of silicone that helps soften the upper layer of the skin and reduces the water loss from the skin surface
0.7% - 1.05%
0.65% - 0.95%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.65% - 0.95%
A preservative
0.6% - 0.9%
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.
0.6% - 0.9%
Plain old water
0.65% - 0.95%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.65% - 0.95%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 0.85%
Carmine. A colorant. Can be an allergen
0.55% - 0.8%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.5% - 0.75%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.5% - 0.7%

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