Zelens - Body Defence Sunscreen SPF 30

Zelens Body Defence Sunscreen SPF 30

SPF 30
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • centella asiatica extract
  • emblica officinalis fruit extract
  • ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • ginkgo biloba leaf extract
  • glycine soja oil
  • glycine soja sterols
  • homosalate
  • octocrylene
  • olea europaea fruit oil
  • phospholipids
  • sesamum indicum seed oil
  • silybum marianum extract
  • tocopherol
  • vitis vinifera seed oil
  • +14 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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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?
"A blend of powerful antioxidants defends against free radical damage, strengthens the skin’s natural protective barrier and prevents premature signs of ageing."
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
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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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"Not only protecting skin, the water-resistant sunscreen envelops the body in a veil of hydration."
WIMJ summary

This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycine soja oil.

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
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This product contains antioxidants (emblica officinalis fruit extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
22% - 34%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product consistency
3.9% - 5.9%
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
4.6% - 6.9%
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
4% - 6.1%
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
3.5% - 5.2%
A weak sunscreen that offers some protection against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB), but does not offer meaningful protection against 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. When used in low concentrations, helps to stabilize the product formulation
2.7% - 4%
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.
2.2% - 3.3%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin while creating a non-greasy feel on the skin. Helps to dissolve other ingredients
1.5% - 2.3%
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
1.7% - 2.5%
An emollient that helps soften the skin but is not effective for restoring its barrier function. Might be helpful to calm down inflammation
1.1% - 1.6%
A good moisturizing plant oil. Due to the high linoleic acid content, it helps soften the upper layer of the skin, reduce water loss and support skin barrier function
0.95% - 1.4%
A great emollient that can also have anti-oxidant properties
0.85% - 1.25%
0.8% - 1.25%
Emollients that are naturaly present in skin. In addition, they help water and oil mix together in the product
0.5% - 1.2%
Used as a fragrance for its mint-like smell
0.5% - 1.15%
0.55% - 1.25%
A plant extract that can contain an active compound curcumin, that may have some anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin, but solid research is lacking and the typical concentration used in skincare products is too low. Can be an irritant
0.45% - 1.05%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.45% - 1%
A plant extract that has been shown to be able to reduce inflammation in skin, support restoration of skin barrier function, as well as support collagen production. Contains active compounds called centelloids: asiaticoside, madecasosside, asiatic acid and madecassic acid. Might be helpful in preventing stretch marks. It can be itself be irritating though.
0.45% - 1%
A plant extract that might be helping in neutralizing free radicals in skin. It could help reduce hyperpigmentation. There is some research to confirm its effectiveness in skin
0.4% - 0.95%
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that has been shown to be effective in helping boost skin's ability to protect against UV radiation and reduce hyperpigmentation when taken orally. No conclusive evidence for its effectiveness and effective concentration in topical application
0.4% - 0.9%
0.45% - 1%
Might be able to help neutralize free radical, calm down inflammation in skin, and even skin tone
0.35% - 0.85%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation in skin. It can be irritating
0.35% - 0.85%
0.4% - 0.9%
0.35% - 0.85%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.45% - 1%
0.35% - 0.85%
A good emollient that helps soften the skin and helps repair its barrier function
0.4% - 0.95%
An essential oil that is likely to be irritating and can cause photosensitivity
0.3% - 0.75%
0.35% - 0.8%
A highly irritating fragrance
0.35% - 0.8%
Used as a fragrance
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.85%
Used as a fragrance
0.4% - 1%
0.35% - 0.75%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
An essential oil with a lemon-like smell that is extracted from a fruit grown in Asia. Used as a fragrance
0.3% - 0.75%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.3% - 0.75%
0.15% - 0.65%
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
0.15% - 0.65%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.15% - 0.5%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.45%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.45%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.1% - 0.45%

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