AHC - Youth Focus Pro Retinal Essence

AHC Youth Focus Pro Retinal Essence

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • retinal
  • adenosine
  • niacinamide
  • acetyl hexapeptide-8
  • ceramide np
  • palmitoyl pentapeptide-4
  • allantoin
  • beta-glucan
  • betaine
  • bifida ferment lysate
  • bisabolol
  • brassica campestris sterols
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • carnosine
  • centella asiatica extract
  • cetyl alcohol
  • cholesterol
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • dimethicone
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • ficus carica fruit extract
  • glycerin
  • hydrogenated poly(c6-14 olefin)
  • macadamia ternifolia seed oil
  • peg/ppg-18/18 dimethicone
  • silica
  • sodium polyacrylate
  • tocopherol
  • +25 more
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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 next-generation anti-ageing ingredients, the AHC Youth Focus Pro Retinal Essence is formulated to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores and skin elasticity."
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, 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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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, betaine.

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: dimethicone, 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

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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 also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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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
4.4% - 5.3%
A silicone that serves as an emollient. Helps create a nice non-greasy feels
4.1% - 5%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
3.1% - 3.8%
Helps dissolve other ingredients in a formulation
2.3% - 2.8%
A preservative
0.75% - 1.15%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
1.5% - 1.9%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
1.4% - 1.8%
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.
1.1% - 1.4%
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
0.9% - 1.1%
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
0.7% - 1.05%
Used to stabilize product formulations and help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.6% - 0.85%
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
0.55% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.55% - 0.85%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
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.
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to create a gel-like product texture, as well as to stabilize emulsions
0.45% - 0.7%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.4% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
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%
Helps adjust pH in products
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.5%
An emollient that is naturally found in skin
0.3% - 0.55%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
0.3% - 0.6%
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%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.4% - 0.65%
Help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.5%
A salt derived from licorice. Works as an emollient to soften the upper layer of the skin and can help calm down inflammation. Might be helpful for skin lightening
0.25% - 0.45%
0.35% - 0.65%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
An emollient that helps create a nice silky finish on the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals. The concentrations typically used in cosmetics are too small to have an effect
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
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% - 0.5%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.25% - 0.5%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.3% - 0.55%
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.25% - 0.4%
Used to increase stability of product formulations
0.25% - 0.5%
Consists of remains of dead yeast bacteria cells. Helps to hydrate the skin and reduce irritation. Might has some anti-oxidant effect
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
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
0.25% - 0.45%
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%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together. Could be comedogenic
0.25% - 0.5%
A silicone that mixes with water creating nice light-weight product texture
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
0.15% - 0.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.15% - 0.25%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.3%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.25%

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