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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"Balance Active Formula Vitamin C Gel Peel contains Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, a stable form of Vitamin C, and is paired with 3% Natural Fruit Acid solution and 2% Glycolic Acid,. . ."
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: glycolic 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
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MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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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 glycolic 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
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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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: glycolic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": betaine, 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
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How honest is this product?

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

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
3.8% - 5.7%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
3.4% - 5.2%
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
2.7% - 4%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.9% - 2.9%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but research on its efficacy in skin is lacking
1.5% - 2.3%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.1% - 1.7%
0.95% - 1.4%
Used to increase effectiveness of preservatives
0.6% - 1.4%
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 1.1%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.35% - 0.85%
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
0.35% - 0.75%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.2% - 0.75%
Helps stabilize the product formulation
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps thicken the product formula and create a nice product formulation
0.15% - 0.5%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.05% - 0.3%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.05% - 0.2%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and provide a longer-lasting hydration. Can create a thicker product consistency
0.05% - 0.15%
A plant extract that contains small percentage of AHAs. Is unlikely to have any skin benefit due the small concentration of the active compounds
0.01% - 0.1%

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