Beauty Rx - Maximum 15% Exfoliating Cream

Beauty Rx Maximum 15% Exfoliating Cream

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • lactic acid
  • bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2
  • camellia oleifera leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetyl alcohol
  • epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract
  • glycerin
  • phenyl trimethicone
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • +7 more
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FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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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.

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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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.

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"The cream base, with Willowherb and Green Tea, comforts skin while maximally exfoliating to reveal radiant, even-toned, younger and healthier looking skin."
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.

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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: glycerin, sodium hyaluronate.

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: bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, caprylic/capric triglyceride.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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This product contains antioxidants (epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract) 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
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
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
5.4% - 8.1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.6% - 5.3%
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
2.8% - 4.2%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a thicker product consistency
2.1% - 3.1%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and reduce water loss from its surface
1.8% - 2.7%
Used to create a nice product texture
1.5% - 2.3%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
1.3% - 2%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
1.1% - 1.7%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.85% - 1.3%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.6% - 1.4%
A type of silicone that can decrease loss of moisture from the skin surface. It helps create a nice product texture
0.45% - 1.05%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Helps oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps adjust the product pH
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.4% - 0.95%
Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures
0.3% - 0.75%
0.3% - 0.7%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.15% - 0.65%
Helps to stabilize the product formulation
0.15% - 0.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.5%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.1% - 0.5%
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)
0.1% - 0.4%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), but is mostly used to stabilize product formulations in cosmetics
0.1% - 0.35%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
A plant extract that might contain antioxidants
0.1% - 0.3%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation, even though it is not usually used in sufficient concentration in cosmetics
0.05% - 0.25%

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