African Botanics - Svelte Sculpting and Firming Cream

African Botanics Svelte Sculpting and Firming Cream

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • sodium ascorbyl phosphate
  • niacinamide
  • paraffinum liquidum
  • allantoin
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • caffeine
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetyl alcohol
  • decyl oleate
  • glycerin
  • hyaluronic acid
  • hydrolyzed soy protein
  • sclerocarya birrea seed oil
  • silybum marianum extract
  • +11 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
41 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"Svelte Cream is powered by our unique phytocomplex of Milk Thistle, Sacred Lotus Leaf, Horsetail, Spirulina, Guarana and Marine Red Seaweed extract which help stimulate the lipolytic activity, strengthen the skin’s structure and visibly improve skin that has lost its firmness."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain ingredients that are able to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or help with skin elasticity, but it can improve the look of the skin temporarily through moisturization. Well-moisturized skin might also be able to repair the sun damage better.These ingredients - butyrospermum parkii butter, hyaluronic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate - could be helpful for preventing or repairing signs of aging in theory, but there is no evidence that it actually works.

This ingredient silybum marianum extract might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin and help it fight off some of the sun damage.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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LOW
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"White Willow Bark contains Salicylic acid, a BHA that is a natural exfoliant, helps stimulate healthy cell formation."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain effective exfoliating ingredients. It might be able to deliver physical exfoliation, that is scrub off some of the dead cells on the surface of the skin. We do not recommend physical exfoliation, because it is not uniform (some bits of skin can get exfoliated too much while others not at all). It can also traumatize the skin and aggrevate acne and other skin conditions.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Svelte Sculpting and Firming Cream"
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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: allantoin, glycerin.

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: butyrospermum parkii butter, cetyl alcohol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (silybum marianum extract, sodium ascorbyl phosphate) 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
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MEDIUM
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LOW
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.9% - 6%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
4.1% - 5.1%
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
3.2% - 3.9%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might have some anti-aging, anti-oxidant, and skin lightening properties, but solid evidence is missing
2.3% - 2.8%
1.9% - 2.3%
Might be able to help neutralize free radical, calm down inflammation in skin, and even skin tone
1.6% - 1.9%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.5% - 1.9%
1.2% - 1.4%
0.95% - 1.15%
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
0.75% - 1.15%
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.55% - 0.8%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.45% - 0.7%
A stable derivative of vitamin C. It is oil-soluble which means it is more likely to penetrate the skin compared to the pure form of vitamin C (which is water-soluble), but it is less bio-available and is way less effective in stimulating collagen and reducing wrinkles compared to the pure form of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and its other derivatives (for example, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). At the same time, this vitamin C derivative has been shown in studies to be effective in reducing acne, blemishes and clogged pores. It is less irritating then the pure form of vitamin C
0.45% - 0.7%
0.4% - 0.65%
0.4% - 0.65%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that, especially when exposed to air, can cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.3% - 0.6%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
An emollient that helps to soften the skin. It has a high contetn of oleic acid that might weaken the skin barrier. Might have some anti-oxidant properties. It might be somewhat helpful against hyperpigmentation.
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.25% - 0.45%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. Naturally present in skin. Typically has large molecule size unless advertised otherwise on the product label. Helps support skin's barrier function and may help to reduce inflammation
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
The ingredient is not recognized
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A plant extract that has an anti-bacterial effect
0.25% - 0.4%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
Might have some anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.4%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.35%
Used as a fragrance
0.2% - 0.4%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.2% - 0.4%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
An abrasive ingredient that is used for physical exfoliation
0.25% - 0.45%
Mineral oil. One of the most effective and well studied occlusive and emollient moisturizing ingredients. Helps reduce moisture loss in skin and repair skin barrier function
0.2% - 0.35%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.15%

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