BABOR - REFINE RX AHA 10+ 10 Peeling Gel

BABOR REFINE RX AHA 10+ 10 Peeling Gel

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • lactic acid
  • 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • arginine
  • betaine
  • ergothioneine
  • +4 more
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100 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"Immediately after the first application, skin looks more even, pores and refined and fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced."
WIMJ summary

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

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

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What does the product description say?
"Immediately after the first application, skin looks more even, pores and refined and fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced."
WIMJ summary

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

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What does the product description say?
"REFINE RX AHA 10+ 10 Peeling Gel"
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WIMJ summary

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: glycolic acid, lactic acid.

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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: arginine, betaine.

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: arginine, pentylene glycol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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This product contains antioxidants (3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid) 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.

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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
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
6.1% - 9.1%
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)
3.6% - 5.4%
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
2.8% - 4.2%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
2% - 3%
1.6% - 2.4%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
1.4% - 2.1%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
1.1% - 1.7%
0.9% - 1.4%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 1.2%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.4% - 0.9%
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)
0.2% - 0.75%
0.2% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.4%
0.1% - 0.4%
A plant extract that is added for its fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.25%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.05% - 0.1%
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
0.05% - 0.1%

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