ACWELL - Licorice pH Balancing Advance Serum

ACWELL Licorice pH Balancing Advance Serum

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • adenosine
  • avena sativa kernel extract
  • beta-glucan
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • glutathione
  • glycerin
  • polyglycerin-3
  • propylheptyl caprylate
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • tocopherol
  • +8 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
93 /100
IRRITANCY
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What does the product description say?
"Even out pigmentation in the skin to help acne scars and dark spots fade over time."
WIMJ summary

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains niacinamide.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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What does the product description say?
"Also formulated with antioxidant-rich Pycnogenol® (pine bark extract) to draw in hydration and minimize fine lines, plus glutathione and niacinamide additionally to help brighten."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains niacinamide.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: adenosine.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

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What does the product description say?
"Even out pigmentation in the skin to help acne scars and dark spots fade over time."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glutathione, niacinamide

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: glycyrrhiza uralensis root extract, pinus pinaster bark extract.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Also formulated with antioxidant-rich Pycnogenol® (pine bark extract) to draw in hydration and minimize fine lines, plus glutathione and niacinamide additionally to help brighten."
WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, polyglycerin-3.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: caprylic/capric triglyceride, propylheptyl caprylate.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: niacinamide

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (glutathione) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
22% - 34%
Helps dissolve other ingredients in a formulation
5.7% - 8.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.1% - 6.1%
A preservative
2.3% - 3.4%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
2.5% - 3.8%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
1.9% - 2.8%
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
1.7% - 2.5%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
1.2% - 1.9%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1% - 1.6%
Plain old water
0.6% - 1.35%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.45% - 1.1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.35% - 0.75%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.3% - 0.7%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.2% - 0.8%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.75%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.15% - 0.7%
Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to stimulate collagen production in skin
0.15% - 0.65%
Helps adjust pH in products
0.15% - 0.55%
An emollient that helps create a nice silky finish on the skin
0.2% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.5%
An effective moisturizing and skin barrier repair ingredient. Helps calm down inflammation and has some anti-oxidant properties
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin, calm down inflammation and irritation, restore the barrier function and support wound healing. It can be helpful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.1% - 0.45%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.1% - 0.45%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties. It might be irritating
0.1% - 0.45%
0.1% - 0.45%
A sugar that is used to stabilize the product formulation. Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.45%
0.1% - 0.35%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
0.05% - 0.25%
Licorice root extract. Might be helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation
0.1% - 0.35%
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
0.05% - 0.3%
Eggplant fruit extract. Might have some anti-oxidant effect
0.05% - 0.3%
A peptide that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and reduce melanin production resulting in skin lightening effect and reduction in hyperpigmentation. It can also help attract moisture to the upper layer of the skin
0.05% - 0.2%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals and reduce hyperpigmentation, but evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking
0.05% - 0.25%

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