SkinCeuticals - Brightening UV Defense SPF30 Sunscreen Protection

SkinCeuticals Brightening UV Defense SPF30 Sunscreen Protection

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • cetyl alcohol
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • dimethicone
  • drometrizole trisiloxane
  • ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • glycerin
  • terephthalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acid
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • +6 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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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.

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?
"A HyperBright Complex evens out the skin tone, minimising the appearance of brown spots, fine lines and pigmentation and creating a glowing and radiant finish."
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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What does the product description say?
"A HyperBright Complex evens out the skin tone, minimising the appearance of brown spots, fine lines and pigmentation and creating a glowing and radiant finish."
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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"The light and creamy sun lotion melts effortlessly into skin to create a defensive barrier against UVA and UVB rays, as well as replenishing vital hydration to prevent dryness."
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: dimethicone, cetyl alcohol.

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

Potential irritants

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Octinoxate. When used in higher concentrations, works as a sunscreen protecting the skin from UVB rays. When used in lower concentration, helps to preserve the product formulation. Is shown to be harmful to coral reefs - consider avoiding bathing in coral reef areas when wearing a product with this ingredient. It can be irritating
7% - 8.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.6% - 5.7%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
3.3% - 4.1%
Ecamsule, Mexoryl SX. A UV filter. Is effective mostly against the UVA rays. It is legally marketed in the US with the FDA approval since 2006, even though the ingredient is not on the official FDA list of the approved sunscreen active ingredients. It is photostable
3.4% - 4.1%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
2.1% - 2.5%
Mexoryl XL. A UV filter. Effective in the UVB and UVA range. It is stable. Unfortunately, not approved in the US yet
2.2% - 2.7%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
1.5% - 1.9%
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
1.3% - 1.6%
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
1.4% - 1.7%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.95% - 1.15%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.65% - 0.95%
Used to create a nice product consistency
0.7% - 1%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.55% - 0.85%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.55% - 0.8%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.5% - 0.8%
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
0.5% - 0.75%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.4% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.3% - 0.55%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps adjust pH in products
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps water and oil mix together and create gel-like textures
0.3% - 0.5%
Is used to add opaque (non-transparent) appearance to formulations. Can be used to coat other ingredients for even dispersion. This is a different ingredient compared to the ones used in antipersperants (aluminium chloride and aluminium chlorohydrate)
0.3% - 0.6%
Improves the texture of the product and helps soften the skin. Helps oil and water mix together and can be used as a cleansing agent
0.4% - 0.65%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.2% - 0.4%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Used as a fragrance and can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%

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