Algenist - ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask Sachet

Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask Sachet

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WORKS FOR
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • lactic acid
  • alteromonas ferment extract
  • chlorella vulgaris extract
  • corallina officinalis extract
  • glycerin
  • hydrogenated starch hydrolysate
  • kaolin
  • lactococcus ferment lysate
  • melia azadirachta leaf extract
  • parachlorella beijerinckii exopolysaccharides
  • phytosteryl/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate
  • sucrose
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • +11 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
62 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"Also paired with patented Alguronic Acid, naturally-sourced and sustainably produced from Algae, this mask helps to hydrate the skin for an even, clarified, and radiant look and leaves skin more resistant to pollution and the appearance of lifestyle aging."
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.This ingredient - magnesium aluminum silicate - could be helpful for preventing or repairing signs of aging in theory, but there is no evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"On application, it transforms from mint green to pink and re-balances, detoxifies, and leaves skin feeling alive and hydrated."
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, parachlorella beijerinckii exopolysaccharides.

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: phytosteryl/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate, glyceryl stearate.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
23% - 34%
Plain old water
7.5% - 11.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
4.3% - 6.4%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
2.9% - 4.3%
A type of clay that consists mainly of aluminum silicate. Helps absorb oil and creates a thicker product consistency. Can be used to add a white color
2.3% - 3.5%
Consists of remains of dead bacteria cells. Is likely helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin. Might be helpful in reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals in skin
1.8% - 2.8%
Helps stabilize the product formulation
1.6% - 2.3%
Might be helpful in restoring skin barrier function and, when combined with zinc carbonate and malonic acid, reducing fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating elastin production. Also helps stabilize the product formulation
1.3% - 2%
Helps water and oil mix together and can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
1.2% - 1.7%
Helps oil and water mix together. Could be comedogenic
0.9% - 1.4%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
0.55% - 1.35%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.55% - 1.35%
Compounds extracted from green algae that could help neutralize free radicals, but evidence of effectiveness in skincare products (topical applicaiton) is missing. Helps moisturize the skin by attracting water to its upper layer
0.5% - 1.2%
A plant extract that can help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
0.45% - 1.05%
A marine extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. It is claimed to have anti-inflammatory properties but research is lacking
0.45% - 1.05%
Red algae extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might contain antioxidants
0.45% - 1.05%
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
0.4% - 0.95%
A plant extract that has anti-bacterial properties. Can be used to preserve the product. Can be irritating
0.4% - 0.9%
A plant extract that might be helpful to neutralize free radicals in skin
0.35% - 0.85%
Used as a fragrance. Canbe irritating
0.35% - 0.8%
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
0.35% - 0.8%
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
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Can add sweet taste to lip products
0.35% - 0.75%
Works as a cleansing agent
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps water and oil mix together. Used as a cleansing ingredient. Could be an allergen
0.9% - 1.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 1.2%
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
0.3% - 0.7%
Used as a cleansing agent (surfactant) in cleansers. Helps water and oil mix together in lotions. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to create an even product consistency. Can help boost efficiency of sunscreen filters
0.2% - 0.8%
A mix of amino acids and plant-based lipids. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and reduce water loss over time
0.35% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.6%
Helps water and oil mix together. Has anti-bacterial properties that might be helpful in preventing blemishes
0.2% - 0.8%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.2% - 0.7%
Used to create thicker product consistency and stabilize emulsions
0.15% - 0.6%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In crystal form, it can work as a gentle exfoliant, gentler than the salt scrub. Helps stabilize the emulsion
0.15% - 0.55%
Used to thicken the product formulation and might help to add minerals to the surface of the skin. It is used in scrubs as a physical exfoliant. Can increase sensitivity to other ingredients if left on the skin or used in high concentration
0.15% - 0.55%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.15% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.45%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.4%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.15% - 0.65%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.05% - 0.25%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.05% - 0.25%
A violet pigment
0.05% - 0.25%
A dye
0.05% - 0.25%
A colorant adding a green color. Usually is not irritating
0.05% - 0.1%

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