Algenist - ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum

Algenist ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • retinol
  • myristoyl nonapeptide-3
  • acetyl dipeptide-1 cetyl ester
  • ceramide np
  • palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
  • palmitoyl tripeptide-1
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetyl palmitate
  • dimethicone
  • dimethicone crosspolymer
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • dunaliella salina extract
  • glycerin
  • parachlorella beijerinckii exopolysaccharides
  • sodium lactate
  • sodium pca
  • squalane
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • +16 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: retinol. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Elevating renowned anti-ager, retinol, to new heights, this advanced vegan serum is formulated with an exclusive pure retinol, encapsulated with green algae in order to preserve its efficacy and ensure its gradual release."
WIMJ summary

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

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: acetyl dipeptide-1 cetyl ester, myristoyl nonapeptide-3, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1.

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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
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"The serum works to visibly improve skin tone and texture and promote natural elasticity."
WIMJ summary

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

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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LOW
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This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: retinol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"-Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) -Butoxyethanol -Coal tar -Ethanolamines."
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: dimethicone, squalane.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: acetyl dipeptide-1 cetyl ester, ceramide np, myristoyl nonapeptide-3, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (retinol) 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
HIGH
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LOW
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LOW
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 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
5.9% - 7.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.2% - 5.1%
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
3.1% - 3.8%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
2.4% - 2.9%
Is used to enhance product texture and can help to optically mask skin imperfections
2% - 2.4%
Used to create a thicker product texture. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and might be able to prevent moisture loss from its surface
1.7% - 2%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol 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. It can, however, be quite irritating
1.4% - 1.7%
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
1.2% - 1.5%
A green micro-algae extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but solid evidence is lacking. It helps to soften the upper layer of the skin
0.95% - 1.15%
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
0.75% - 1.1%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.55% - 0.85%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.55% - 0.85%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.5% - 0.75%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.45% - 0.65%
0.4% - 0.65%
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
0.45% - 0.65%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
0.45% - 0.65%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.6%
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
0.35% - 0.65%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
0.3% - 0.5%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
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%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.25% - 0.45%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and is used to improve product texture and stability
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.4%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
0.2% - 0.35%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.15%
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
0.1% - 0.2%

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