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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"The Augustinus Bader The Essence boasts a powerful formula of botanicals and exfoliating hydroxy acids, including phytic acid, salicylic acid, wasabi ferment and hyaluronic acid, powered by the proprietary Trigger Factor Complex to target a myriad of flaws and blemishes."
WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic acid. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: gluconolactone

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
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LOW
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Removes dead skin and supports collagen production to reveal radiant skin. . Vitamin E. Optimizes hydration levels and protects skin from environmental aggressors."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

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

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: alanyl glutamine.

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
meets threshold
MEDIUM
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LOW
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"The Exfoliating Toner Essence with TFC8"
From product name
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: gluconolactone, salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
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LOW
meets threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"CERAMIGHTY AF EYE BALM Formulated with strengthening ceramides and omega-rich plant oils, Drunk Elephant's latest eye treatment delivers long-lasting moisture and elasticity."
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": alanyl glutamine, glycerin.

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. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"This formula reduces the appearance of discoloration, visibly improves skin texture, enhances skin’s ability to attract and retain moisture, enhances radiance, absorbs excessive sebum secretion, and reduces appearance of pores."
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: gluconolactone, salicylic acid

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: paeonia lactiflora 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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (gluconolactone) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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LOW
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LOW
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How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Anti-aging
Exfoliation
Anti-blemish
Moisturizing
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 93/100.

Potential irritants

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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% - 6.1%
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
3.6% - 5.4%
Anti-bacterial compound that works as a preservative
2.6% - 4%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), but is mostly used to stabilize product formulations in cosmetics
2% - 3%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.6% - 2.4%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
1.2% - 1.8%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
0.5% - 1.2%
0.55% - 1.25%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals and reduce hyperpigmentation, but the research on its effectiveness in skin is lacking
0.4% - 0.9%
An enzyme extracted from papaya fruit. Can have an exfoliating effect on the skin. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.8%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.3% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.2% - 0.75%
Used to stabilize the product formulation and can help absorb oil
0.2% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.7%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.15% - 0.65%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.15% - 0.55%
Is claimed to be able to brighten skin tone by removing some blood-related pigmented compounds in skin (hemoglobin and related elements) but solid research is missing. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.5%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.1% - 0.5%
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.
0.1% - 0.45%
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.
0.1% - 0.45%
Used to thicken product formulation. Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.35%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.1% - 0.3%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
0.05% - 0.25%
0.05% - 0.2%
0.05% - 0.2%
A plant oil that helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Could help reduce inflammation due to high content of linolenic acid
0.05% - 0.1%
Used to stabilize mixtures of oil and water, and create thicker, gel-like product textures
0.05% - 0.1%

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