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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid
  • gluconolactone
  • dimethylmethoxy chromanol
  • ergothioneine
  • glutathione
  • glycerin
  • helianthus annuus seed cera
  • silica
  • tocopherol
  • +6 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"The 20% Vitamin C Brighten and Firm Serum is the perfect follow-up, feeding skin with a remarkable concentration of 20% Vitamin C to shield skin from environmental aggressors."
WIMJ summary

This product contains dimethylmethoxy chromanol, glutathione. These ingredients help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they might be able to prevent early signs of aging (like fine lines and wrinkles), at least to some extent. These ingredients will not be able to "reverse" signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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WIMJ summary

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

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: 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid.

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
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Supercharged with a hydrating blend of antioxidants, phospholipids and hydrators like silk amino acids, hyaluronic acid, organic safflower + moringa oil, the Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser deftly removes dirt, grime and make up without stripping skin."
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, calcium gluconate.

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: helianthus annuus seed cera, caprylyl glycol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (dimethylmethoxy chromanol, glutathione) 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 - 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
23% - 34%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.1% - 6.2%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Can help neutralize free radicals and help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the required concentration is likely to be much higher than for the pure form of vitamin C, limiting the ingredient's effectiveness in products
4.8% - 7.2%
3.5% - 5.3%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
2.6% - 3.9%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
2.2% - 3.2%
Helps water and oil mix together
1.6% - 2.4%
Helps to improve the product consistency
1.4% - 2%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin while creating a non-greasy feel on the skin. Helps to dissolve other ingredients
1.3% - 1.9%
Plain old water
0.95% - 1.45%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.85% - 1.3%
0.55% - 1.25%
A peptide that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and reduce melanin production resulting in skin lightening effect and reduction in hyperpigmentation. It can also help attract moisture to the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 1.1%
0.45% - 1%
Can help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.35% - 0.85%
Can help neutralize free radicals in skin. Preliminary studies show that it can be more effective than coenzyme Q10 but studies on effective concentration for topical applications are lacking
0.3% - 0.75%
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
0.15% - 0.65%
A polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that helps shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. Is believed to be genter than AHAs. It helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can stimulate production of skin's own hyaluronic acid resulting in improved hydration levels. It has been shown to be helpful against acne and clogged pores if used consistently (e.g over a period of 12 weeks) in high enough concentration. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone with long-term application. Can help neutralize free radicals
0.15% - 0.7%
A preservative that comes from radishes fermented by a bacteria. New research suggests that the preservation properties in the ingredient come from an ammonium salt that is not present naturally in radish root but used in its cultivation. Is problematic because the exact amount of the preservative agents is difficult to determine
0.1% - 0.5%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.1% - 0.45%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.2% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and helps to improve appearance of the product
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.3%

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