AHC - Youth Focus Pro Retinal Cream

AHC Youth Focus Pro Retinal Cream

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • adenosine
  • retinal
  • acetyl hexapeptide-8
  • ceramide np
  • palmitoyl pentapeptide-4
  • panthenol
  • beta-glucan
  • bisabolol
  • brassica campestris sterols
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • carnosine
  • centella asiatica extract
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl alcohol
  • cholesterol
  • corallina officinalis extract
  • ficus carica fruit extract
  • folic acid
  • fructooligosaccharides
  • glycerin
  • glyceryl stearate se
  • hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid
  • laminaria japonica extract
  • macadamia ternifolia seed oil
  • melia azadirachta leaf extract
  • silica
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • squalene
  • tocopherol
  • +26 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: retinal. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

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"Powered by Pro Retinal 11XTM, the anti-ageing moisturiser helps to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles."
WIMJ summary

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

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: acetyl hexapeptide-8, adenosine, carnosine, folic acid, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4.

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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This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: retinal.

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 glabra root 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.

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"The milky-gel formula delivers a burst of hydration directly to the skin."
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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: carnosine, fructooligosaccharides.

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: squalene, cholesterol.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: acetyl hexapeptide-8, ceramide np, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, panthenol

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

The following ingredients - ficus carica fruit extract, squalene also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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IRRITANCY
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
4.4% - 5.4%
A silicone that serves as an emollient. Helps create a nice non-greasy feels
3.9% - 4.8%
A preservative
2.1% - 2.6%
An oil that is naturally part of skin sebum that helps to soften its upper layer, reduce water loss and neutralize free radicals. It might be comedogenic. Avoid applying large concentrations (or pure oil) before sun exposure as oxidized squalene can clog pores and lead to skin irritation. Today squalene is mostly derived from vegetable oils or synthetized by yeast
2.3% - 2.8%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
1.9% - 2.3%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.6% - 1.9%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.4% - 1.7%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
1.1% - 1.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.7% - 1.1%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.55% - 0.85%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.4% - 0.6%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.5% - 0.75%
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.
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.6%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.4% - 0.6%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to stabilize the product formulations and works as an emollient
0.3% - 0.55%
Seaweed extract that might help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and have some anti-oxidant properties
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that is mostly used as a fragrance. Might have some anti-oxidant effect
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%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.4%
An emollient that is naturally found in skin
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
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
0.2% - 0.4%
Help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might be helpful to neutralize free radicals in skin
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that has anti-bacterial properties. Can be used to preserve the product. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.2% - 0.35%
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
0.2% - 0.4%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals. The concentrations typically used in cosmetics are too small to have an effect
0.2% - 0.4%
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.
0.3% - 0.55%
A plant extract that is rich in a fragrance compound eugenol that is a frequent allergen and can be irritating. It might also contain anti-oxidants to help neutralize free radicals
0.2% - 0.4%
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
0.2% - 0.4%
Plant oil from nuts that helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Contains a high concentration of oleic acid that can weaken skin's barrier function and increase water-loss while enhancing penetration of other ingredients
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to stabilize product formulations and help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
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
0.3% - 0.5%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.25% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.2% - 0.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. A version of it is naturally present in skin
0.2% - 0.4%
Red algae extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might contain antioxidants
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
Can help stimulate collagen production in skin. While available studies are promising, more research is needed to confirm the efficacy in skin
0.2% - 0.4%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
One step removed from the biologically active in skin form of vitamin A. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinal is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. Concentrations of 0.05% and 0.1% are shown to be effective. It can, however, be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
0.3% - 0.6%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.3% - 0.6%
Help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
A type of peptide. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. It can help neutralize free radicals in skin combatting the sun damage
0.2% - 0.4%
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.25% - 0.45%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.2% - 0.4%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to increase stability of product formulations
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps adjust pH in products
0.15% - 0.25%
Green tea leaf water. Might have some minimal anti-oxidant effect
0.1% - 0.15%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.1% - 0.15%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.1% - 0.2%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.1% - 0.2%

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