Vertra - Lightweight Invisible Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 45

Vertra Lightweight Invisible Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 45

SPF 45
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • beeswax
  • bisabolol
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer
  • carthamus tinctorius seed oil
  • coco-caprylate
  • cocos nucifera oil
  • euphorbia cerifera cera
  • helianthus annuus seed cera
  • oryza sativa bran oil
  • persea gratissima oil
  • silica
  • theobroma cacao seed butter
  • tocopherol
  • zinc oxide
  • +13 more
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FULFILLED
90 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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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
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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
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).

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What does the product description say?
"Optimum Broad Spectrum protection against skin damaging UVA rays and skin burning UVB rays."
WIMJ summary

This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: beeswax, 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
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
22%
Declared
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
23% - 35%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
6.9% - 10.4%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
5% - 7.5%
3.6% - 5.4%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and can be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function. Might have some anti-oxidant effect
3% - 4.5%
An emollient that softens skin and creates a nice product texture
2.5% - 3.8%
A synthetic ester of salicylic acid that is used to help disperse pigments and boost effectiveness of sunscreen ingredients. It is able to absorb UV light (working as an organic, or chemical filter), but is not approved as a sunscreen ingredient on its own
2.2% - 3.3%
Forms a protective barrier that holds water and keeps dry skin hydrated. Keeps an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components, and increases the thickness of a product. Can be an allergen
1.9% - 2.8%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and thickens the product's texture
1.6% - 2.4%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
1.2% - 1.7%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.95% - 1.4%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.95% - 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
0.9% - 1.3%
An emollient. Found to be as effective as a moisturizer for dry skin as mineral oil. Could be comedogenic
0.55% - 1.3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and could be helpful in repairing its barrier function
0.55% - 1.3%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 1.15%
0.5% - 1.1%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.45% - 1.1%
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
0.45% - 1%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.95%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and might help calm down inflammation
0.3% - 0.7%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.15% - 0.55%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.1% - 0.45%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.15% - 0.7%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.15% - 0.5%

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