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Product summary

"theBalm - BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer Medium Dark" "is a broad spectrum sunscreen meaning that it protects both from UVB rays (" burning "- they cause sunburn) and UVA rays (" aging "- they don't cause sunburn but lead to premature aging and pigmentation issues). However, this moisturizer does not offer enough sun protection. We recommend to use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily.

It also works as a moisturizer, so you do not have to use an additional hydrating product.

Sunscreen filters

This is a" mixed "sunscreen in the sense that it uses both mineral and organic (so-called" chemical ") sun filters. The organic filters in the product are: avobenzone, octinoxate and octisalate. As for the mineral filters, this sunscreen uses titanium dioxide.

Irritation risk

This moisturizer contains actives that can be irritating. We assess the overall irritancy of this moisturizer to be medium. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

About the brand

According to Cruelty-Free Kitty" theBalm "is cruelty free and so is its parent company.

Price

The product retails for 76.57A$ in Australia and from 15.00$ up to 25.00$ in the United States.

For a detailed price comparison: click here.

Can the product deliver on its promises?

WIMJ summary for sun protection

This product offers broad spectrum sun protection, but it is weak. We recommend to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Weightless, silky-smooth formula Improves the look of skin tone and texture UVA and UVB sun protection SPF 18 A superior formulation that provides long lasting moisture, complete with SPF 18, BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer gives you the perfect polished look while leaving your skin feeling silky."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

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.

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).

See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer Medium Dark"
From product name
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: dimethicone, cetyl dimethicone.

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
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Sun protection
Moisturizing
Anti-aging
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 58/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
22% - 33%
Avobenzone. An organic, or so-called "chemical" UV filter. Protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Needs to be combined with other filters in a formulation to be stable.
7.5%
Declared
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%
Declared
Plain old water
9.3% - 14%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
2.9% - 4.4%
An emollient that helps soften the skin. Could be comedogenic
3.6% - 5.4%
A type of silicone. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and creates a nice, light product texture
2.6% - 3.9%
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
2.2% - 3.3%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product consistency
1.7% - 2.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.1% - 1.6%
1% - 1.5%
Used to help oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
0.5% - 1.15%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.1% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
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
0.1% - 0.3%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.05% - 0.3%

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