SkinCeuticals - Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF 50

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • glycerin
  • methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol
  • octocrylene
  • peg-10 dimethicone
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • tranexamic acid
  • +6 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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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.

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What does the product description say?
"The dual-action cream helps to maintain a youthful-looking complexion, combatting the effects of UV exposure."
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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What does the product description say?
"Dual-action sunscreen helps protect against UV-induced discolouration and evens skin’s complexion."
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
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"Discover a more clarified, bright and even complexion with this multi-benefit moisturiser."
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, butylene 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: peg-10 dimethicone, cetearyl alcohol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Tinosorb M. A UV filter. Is effective against both UVA and UVB rays. It is photostable and can also be used to improve photostability of other sunscreen ingredients. It is soluble in water, which helps to create lightweight sunscreen formulations. Unfortunately, it is not approved by the FDA (US) yet
22% - 33%
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
4.7% - 7.1%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
4.4% - 6.5%
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
3.9% - 5.8%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
2.8% - 4.3%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
2.1% - 3.1%
An amino acid that is effective in reducing hyperpigmentation and evening out the skin tone
1.6% - 2.4%
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
1.2% - 1.8%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
A silicone that works to soften the upper layer of the skin and reduce its water loss
1% - 1.5%
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
1% - 1.6%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.45% - 1.1%
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
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps water and oil in the product mix well together and improves product texture
0.3% - 0.7%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.35% - 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
0.15% - 0.7%
0.15% - 0.55%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.1% - 0.45%
Used to improve stability of the formulation
0.1% - 0.4%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.1% - 0.35%
0.05% - 0.3%
Used to dissolve other ingredients and to improve smell of products. It could be irritating
0.05% - 0.25%

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