Balance Me - Glowing Skin Edit

Balance Me Glowing Skin Edit

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • lactic acid
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • tripeptide-29
  • aleurites moluccanus seed oil
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • camellia oleifera seed oil
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl alcohol
  • cetyl ricinoleate
  • chondrus crispus powder
  • coco-caprylate
  • collagen
  • crambe abyssinica seed oil
  • dihydroxyacetone
  • glycerin
  • hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid
  • kaolin
  • oryza sativa bran oil
  • prunus amygdalus dulcis oil
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • rosa canina fruit oil
  • saccharum officinarum extract
  • silica
  • squalane
  • tartaric acid
  • tocopherol
  • vaccinium macrocarpon seed oil
  • vitis vinifera fruit extract
  • +27 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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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: tripeptide-29.

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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LOW
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"An award-winning silicone-free serum with a stable Vitamin C that upgrades hydration and radiance, boosts collagen activity and targets pigmentation."
WIMJ summary

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
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MEDIUM
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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
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MEDIUM
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LOW
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"An award-winning silicone-free serum with a stable Vitamin C that upgrades hydration and radiance, boosts collagen activity and targets pigmentation."
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, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid.

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, oryza sativa bran oil.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: tripeptide-29

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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This product contains antioxidants (tartaric acid, vaccinium macrocarpon seed oil) 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%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
8.7% - 13.1%
Helps oil and water mix together
5.2% - 7.8%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant properties
2.9% - 4.3%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.2% - 3.3%
1.7% - 2.6%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
1.5% - 2.2%
A plant oil that helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Is unlikely to be helpful in restoring skin barrier function due to the low content of linoleic acid
1.4% - 2.1%
1.2% - 1.8%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
1% - 1.45%
An essential oil that is used as a fragrance and can be irritating. It might have some anti-oxidant effect in skin
0.6% - 1.4%
Aromatic plant oil used in cosmetics as a fragrance. A likely irritant
0.5% - 1.2%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
An essential oil. Can be irritating
0.5% - 1.15%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that, especially when exposed to air, can cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin
0.45% - 1.05%
0.45% - 1.1%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.45% - 1.05%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.4% - 1%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.85%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.35% - 0.8%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.8%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
Plain old water
0.35% - 0.8%
A type of clay that consists mainly of aluminum silicate. Helps absorb oil and creates a thicker product consistency. Can be used to add a white color
0.45% - 1.05%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.4% - 0.9%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
0.4% - 0.95%
An emollient that softens the skin
0.4% - 0.9%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.35% - 0.8%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
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)
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps water and oil in the product mix well together and improves product texture
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps adjust the product pH
0.35% - 0.85%
An AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid). It oxidizes quickly which makes it less effective in skincare formulations. It can support skin's barrier and moisture levels
0.35% - 0.8%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but research on its efficacy in skin is lacking
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. It might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals in skin, but is less potent than the extract from the seeds
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.8%
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.8%
A fragrant plant oil, can be irritating
0.35% - 0.85%
An essential oil that is used as a fragrance and can be irritating. It might have some anti-oxidant effect in skin
0.3% - 0.75%
An essential oil. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
Used as a fragrance and can be irritating
0.35% - 0.8%
An essential oil that can be very irritating. Has some anti-bacterial properties
0.3% - 0.75%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.45% - 1%
A powder from red algae extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and create a nicer product consistency
0.4% - 0.95%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.75%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.35% - 0.75%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
Fragrance with sweet balsamic smell. Help to preserve products and dissolve other ingredients. Could trigger allergic reactions and be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Plain old water
0.35% - 0.8%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.4% - 0.9%
An emollient that softens skin and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
0.35% - 0.85%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Has a potential to boost collagen production, nutralise free radicals and 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% - 0.8%
0.4% - 0.9%
Help oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.85%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
0.4% - 0.95%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.8%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. A version of it is naturally present in skin
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that might help reduce inflammation and neutralize free radicals
0.35% - 0.85%
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.
0.4% - 0.9%
0.35% - 0.8%
A great emollient. Contains vitamin E (tocopherol) which may give it some anti-oxidant properties. Can contain volatile compounds and can be irritating
0.4% - 0.9%
A plant oil that can help neutralize free radicals, soften the upper layer of the skin, and support skin's barrier function
0.35% - 0.85%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that, especially when exposed to air, can cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
An essential oil. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
An essentil oil from orange peel. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.35% - 0.8%
A fragrant plant oil, can be irritating
0.35% - 0.85%
An essential oil with a lemon-like smell that is extracted from a fruit grown in Asia. Used as a fragrance
0.3% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to create thicker product consistency and stabilize emulsions
0.35% - 0.85%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to stabilize the product formulation and can help absorb oil
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.75%
Fragrance with sweet balsamic smell. Help to preserve products and dissolve other ingredients. Could trigger allergic reactions and be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
A fragrance. Is a likely irritant
0.35% - 0.75%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.35% - 0.75%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
Added to create a nice product smell. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.35% - 0.75%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
Cannot penetrate the skin barrier so is not particularly useful in skincare products
0.35% - 0.8%
Plain old water
0.35% - 0.8%
An emollient that softens skin and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
Might be helpful in protecting skin collagen and elastin from breaking down but solid research is lacking
0.35% - 0.8%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.4% - 0.9%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
An emollient that helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.85%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
0.35% - 0.8%
A great emollient. Contains vitamin E (tocopherol) which may give it some anti-oxidant properties. Can contain volatile compounds and can be irritating
0.4% - 0.9%
A great moisturising ingredient that softens the skin and reduces water loss from its upper layer. It also can be helpful in protecting skin from free radicals
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. A version of it is naturally present in skin
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.8%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
An emollient that does not leave a greasy finish
0.4% - 0.9%
0.35% - 0.75%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
A plant essential oil. Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.85%
An essential oil used in cosmetics for its smell. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that, especially when exposed to air, can cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.75%
0.3% - 0.75%
0.35% - 0.85%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
A powder from red algae extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and create a nicer product consistency
0.4% - 0.95%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to stabilize the product formulation and can help absorb oil
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.75%
Added to create a nice product smell. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.35% - 0.75%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.35% - 0.75%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
Fragrance with sweet balsamic smell. Help to preserve products and dissolve other ingredients. Could trigger allergic reactions and be irritating
0.35% - 0.75%
Plain old water
0.35% - 0.8%
A self-tanning agent
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.85%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.3% - 0.75%
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.
0.35% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.7%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.2% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%

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