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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"Boots Ingredients Glycolic Body Cream, Containing Glycolic Acid, this body cream visibly improves the appearance of skin tone and texture, which helps skin look renewed."
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
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Boots Ingredients Glycolic Body Cream, Containing Glycolic Acid, this body cream visibly improves the appearance of skin tone and texture, which helps skin look renewed."
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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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
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WIMJ summary for moisturizing

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.

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: butyrospermum parkii butter, cocos nucifera oil.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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How honest is this product?

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

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
4.9% - 7.4%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
3.2% - 4.7%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
2.5% - 3.7%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
2.1% - 3.1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.8% - 2.6%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.4% - 2.1%
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
1.3% - 2%
An emollient that softens the skin
1.1% - 1.6%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
0.5% - 1.2%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
An emollient. Found to be as effective as a moisturizer for dry skin as mineral oil. Could be comedogenic
0.4% - 0.95%
A great emollient that can also have anti-oxidant properties
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to adjust the pH in formulations
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix together. Has some emollient properties
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that might have some anti-inflammatory properties, but solid evidence is lacking. It can be irritating
0.2% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.55%
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.
0.15% - 0.55%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
0.15% - 0.55%
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
0.15% - 0.5%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.1% - 0.3%
Mineral oil. One of the most effective and well studied occlusive and emollient moisturizing ingredients. Helps reduce moisture loss in skin and repair skin barrier function
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%

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