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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"Helps to control oil production and maintain a healthy moisture balance Reduces the spread of breakouts Tackles the appearance of post blemish marking Supports the skin barrier Includes Vitamin A Serum and Vitamin B Serum."
WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

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
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Helps to control oil production and maintain a healthy moisture balance Reduces the spread of breakouts Tackles the appearance of post blemish marking Supports the skin barrier Includes Vitamin A Serum and Vitamin B Serum."
WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

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

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: ferulic 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
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MEDIUM
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WIMJ summary for anti-aging

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: copper tripeptide-1, ferulic acid.

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
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MEDIUM
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WIMJ summary for exfoliation

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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WIMJ summary for moisturizing

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, lactobacillus ferment.

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: squalane, oenothera biennis oil.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: copper tripeptide-1, panthenol

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (ferulic acid, 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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How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Evens skin tone
Anti-blemish
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 100/100.

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
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%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and soften it
3.4% - 5.2%
Helps water and oil mix together
2.4% - 3.6%
2% - 3%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
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.
1.4% - 2.1%
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
1.2% - 1.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
1% - 1.5%
Softens the upper layer of skin and helps restore the healthy skin barrier. Has shown to help calm down inflammation in skin. It is a stable oil, meaning that it retains its properties even when exposed to air.
0.85% - 1.3%
0.5% - 1.15%
An emollient that softens the skin
0.45% - 1%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and can support skin barrier function
0.4% - 0.9%
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
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.8%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.2% - 0.75%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.15% - 0.7%
Plain old water
0.15% - 0.65%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.15% - 0.65%
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% - 0.55%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.15% - 0.6%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and soften it
0.1% - 0.5%
A plant extract that typically contains linolenic and linoleic acids that help soften the upper layer of the skin and can support skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.55%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.1% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.1% - 0.45%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.45%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.5%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.1% - 0.4%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
0.1% - 0.45%
A potent anti-oxidant that has been shown to be effective in neutralizing free radicals in skin. There seem to have a synergetic effect of ferulic acid, vitamin E and C, meaning that when the ingredients are used together, they enhance each other's ability protect the skin against free radicals. Ferulic acid also helps to stabilize other ingredients - including vitamins C and E. It can help to even out the skin tone. Ferulic acid is approved for use as a sunscreen ingredient in Japan in concentrations up to 10%
0.1% - 0.4%
0.1% - 0.35%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.1% - 0.4%
A fermentation product created by bacteria Lactobacillus. The fermented product has anti-bacterial properties and might be helpful in calming down inflammation, but studies are lacking. Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Can be used as a preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
Is helpful in restoring skin barrier function supporting its moisture levels. Is claimed to stimulte collagen production in skin but evidence is lacking
0.05% - 0.25%
Used to stabilize the product formulation and can help absorb oil
0.05% - 0.2%
Used as a fragrance. Might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.05% - 0.1%
A naturally occurring peptide. One of the most studied peptides in dermatology. It is sometimes abbreviated GHK-Cu. Belongs to the class of carrier peptides. It stimulates both synthesis and breakdown of collagen in skin. It is released in skin wounds and inflammation to support healing. It accelerates wound-healing of the skin and can stimulate hair growth. There are preliminary studies that confirm that copper tripeptide can help support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles and decrease inflammation in skin.
0.01% - 0.1%

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