Ilia created a formulation that takes care of this for you by including squalane, a non-comedogenic emollient, says Dr. King. “[Squalane] is a great emollient. It helps with skin barrier function, membrane fluidity, and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.”

Niacinamide, in the meantime, brightens tone and will increase the pores and skin’s manufacturing of ceramides, which in flip can forestall lack of moisture. It’s additionally appropriate for all pores and skin sorts, Dr. King provides, which is an enormous purpose why this product is nice for delicate pores and skin. “It’s a light but moisturizing formulation that has mineral SPF from non-nano zinc oxide — and it’s great that it comes in so many shades,” she says.

The consistency is probably going due to propanediol and shea butter ethyl esters, says beauty chemist Krupa Koestline. “Shea butter in its raw form is thick, but the ethyl ester form is lightweight and easy to spread while retaining a lot of the same moisturizing and nourishing benefits,” she says. “And when used in formulations, propanediol helps decrease viscosity — giving products a thinner texture.” Koestline additionally notes that the formulation will seemingly separate over time, so shaking it properly earlier than use is essential.

Key Ingredients

The key substances in Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 are plant-based squalane (a hydrating lipid and emollient), niacinamide (a type of vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid (a humectant), non-nano zinc oxide (a bodily sunscreen made from molecules that aren’t sufficiently small to enter the blood stream),  and shea butter ethyl esters (a hyrdrating ingredient wealthy in fatty acids). This formulation meets the Allure Clean Standard.

How I Tested It

I’ve, presumably, probably the most troublesome pores and skin on the japanese seaboard. Not solely do I’ve each rosacea and eczema (dermatologists love me), my pores and skin can be delicate, dry, and — uh — not in its 20s anymore. The foundations and tinted moisturizers that was once dependable staples don’t actually minimize it anymore. If they don’t actively irritate my pores and skin, it looks as if they simply conspicuously sit on my face as a substitute of mixing correctly.

In order for a product to make it into my rotation it must play good with my temperamental pores and skin, even out a few of my redness, and make me look glowy and wholesome (not dry and patchy). I’ve been dabbling in clear formulation, in hopes that extra pure substances will stymie any irritation.