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UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 Plus

UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 Plus
2.6

/ 10

Is it right for me?

Moisturizing

0.6Humectancy4.7Occlusivity

30

SPF

Overview

How moisturizing is it? Slightly moisturizing. EltaMD UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 Plus has a moisturizing rating of 2.6 out of 10.

Is it more humectant or occlusive? Rather occlusive. It has a low Humectancy of 0.6 out of 10 and a moderate Occlusivity of 4.7 out of 10.

What else is good about it? This product has an SPF 30, which is the right SPF to use when spending quite some time outdoors and in the sun. Look out for a “broad spectrum” indication to be also protected from photoaging (i.e., wrinkles and sunspots).

  • ALCOHOL-FREE
  • SULFATE-FREE
  • FRAGRANCE-FREE
  • PHTHALATE-FREE
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • ESSENTIAL OIL-FREE
  • OIL-FREE

Score
IngredientOriginFunctions
65
WaterNaturally occurringFormula Helper
7.5
OctinoxateSyntheticSunscreen,Formula Helper
7
Zinc OxideNaturally occurring,SyntheticSunscreen,Antimicrobial,Colorant,Formula Helper
4
PetrolatumPetroleumMoisturizing (occlusive),Soothing,Emollient,Formula Helper
3
Isopropyl PalmitateBotanical,Synthetic,AnimalEmollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
2.5
Ethylhexyl StearateSynthetic,AnimalEmollient
2
Cetearyl GlucosideBotanical,SyntheticFormula Helper
1.5
Glyceryl StearateBotanical,SyntheticEmollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
1.3
DimethiconeSyntheticMoisturizing (occlusive),Emollient,Formula Helper
1
PEG-100 StearateSyntheticCleansing,Formula Helper
0.3
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer SyntheticFormula Helper
0.3
PolyisobutenePetroleumFormula Helper

Ingredients explained

Score

65

Function

Solvent

Origin

Naturally occurring

The most used ingredient in skincare. Its concentration defines the product texture: rich creams may have about 50% of water while a light jelly about 90%. Water doesn’t moisturize the skin by itself and is used in skincare as a solvent for other ingredients.
Score

7.5

Function

Sunscreen, Light stabilizing, Solvent

Origin

Synthetic

A chemical sunscreen also known as ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate. It protects against UVB, which causes the skin to burn and tan and can lead to certain types of skin cancers. For broad-spectrum protection claims, octinoxate should be paired with a UVA sunscreen.
Score

7

Function

Sunscreen, Antimicrobial, Colorant, Bulking, Light stabilizing

Origin

Naturally occurring,Synthetic

A white mineral powder mainly used in skincare as a physical sunscreen. It protects against UVA light that leads to visible signs of aging, including wrinkles and fine lines. Zinc oxide can also be used as a colorant to enhance the whiteness of a product.
Score

4

Function

Moisturizing (occlusive), Soothing, Emollient, Antistatic

Origin

Petroleum

Also known as Vaseline, this is the most powerful occlusive moisturizer and at least twice as effective as other occlusives. This is why we multiply the petrolatum score by 2 when calculating the Occlusivity of the product. Petrolatum is not comedogenic.
Score

3

Function

Emollient, Fragrance, Binding

Origin

Botanical,Synthetic,Animal

An emollient ester of palmitic acid and isopropanol that gives the skin a smooth, soft, dry, non-oily after-feel. Isopropyl palmitate is listed as a common comedogenic ingredient by acne.org.

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