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WORKS FOR
  • Cleansing
  • Exfoliation
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • ascorbic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • acetyl glucosamine
  • acetyl hexapeptide-8
  • ceramide ng
  • palmitoyl hexapeptide-12
  • palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
  • palmitoyl tripeptide-1
  • petrolatum
  • alcaligenes polysaccharides
  • algae extract
  • astrocaryum murumuru seed butter
  • betaine
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • caffeine
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • carthamus tinctorius seed oil
  • cholesterol
  • dimethicone
  • ethylhexyl palmitate
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja protein
  • hydrogenated castor oil
  • hydroxyethyl urea
  • laminaria digitata extract
  • molasses extract
  • saccharide isomerate
  • saccharomyces lysate extract
  • saccharum officinarum extract
  • sea whip extract
  • sigesbeckia orientalis extract
  • silica
  • silybum marianum extract
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium polyaspartate
  • squalane
  • sucrose
  • thermus thermophillus ferment
  • tocopherol
  • trehalose
  • vitis vinifera fruit extract
  • +41 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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"Take The Day OffTM Cleansing Balm transforms from a solid balm into a silky oil upon application."
WIMJ summary

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (bis-peg-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, carbomer, cholesterol, glycine soja protein, hexylene glycol, hydrogenated castor oil, hydrogenated lecithin, oleth-10, palmitic acid, peg-5 glyceryl triisostearate, polyglyceryl-2 triisostearate, polysorbate 20, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, xanthan gum) and should be able to cleanse the skin gently. Still keep in mind that any cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, and most people do not need to cleanse their skin more than once per day.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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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: hydroxyethyl urea.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
An emollient that helps soften the skin and create a nice product texture
26% - 32%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and might help calm down inflammation
5.5% - 6.7%
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
4.4% - 5.4%
Helps water and oil mix together
2.7% - 3.3%
Used to thicken the product's texture
2.4% - 3%
Helps water and oil mix together
1.9% - 2.3%
Plain old water
1.5% - 1.9%
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
1.3% - 1.6%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
Plain old water
0.75% - 1.15%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.6% - 0.9%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.55% - 0.8%
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
0.5% - 0.75%
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.
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.6%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
0.3% - 0.55%
An effective moisturizing ingredient that also has been shown to be effective in evening out the skin tone and reducing hyperpigmentation. It can help somewhat reduce wrinkles in skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Might be somewhat helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals but its typical concentration in a product is too low for having an effect
0.3% - 0.5%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties. Avoid if you are sensitive to gluten
0.3% - 0.5%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin and have some skin-lightening effect, but good evidence is missing
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might have a weak skin-lightening effect, but solid research is missing
0.2% - 0.4%
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Seaweed extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but good research is lacking at the moment
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant extract that might contain a compound baicalin that could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation in skin. The baicalin concentration in skincare products is often too low for an effective action. Can be used for its fragrant properties
0.15% - 0.3%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.2% - 0.35%
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
0.2% - 0.35%
Plant extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but research is not extensive yet
0.25% - 0.45%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.2% - 0.35%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.4%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.4%
Help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.2% - 0.35%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In crystal form, it can work as a gentle exfoliant, gentler than the salt scrub. Helps stabilize the emulsion
0.15% - 0.3%
A protein derived from milk. In skincare products, might help to soften the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.2% - 0.35%
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% - 0.35%
A plant extract that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and soften it. It might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. It might be somewhat helpful for evening out the skin tone. It might be able to support elastin production but solid research is lacking
0.2% - 0.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that can contain an anti-inflammatory compound
0.15% - 0.3%
A type of silicone that helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
An emollient that helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.4%
Used to thicken the product consistency
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to stabilize product formulations
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps adjust pH in products
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to create a nice product consistency
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
0.2% - 0.35%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.2% - 0.4%
One of the most effective and the most studied occlusive ingredients that creates a protective layer on top of the skin preventing moisture loss
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to improve the product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
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.
0.2% - 0.4%
Creates a nice product texture and can support water-resistance of sunscreens
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.3% - 0.55%
A plant oil that can help soften the skin. It might be helpful in calming down inflammation, but solid research is lacking. Is often used in lip products to create the needed product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
Creates a thicker product cinsistency and can help products stay on the skin longer(for example, in lip products)
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Could be comedogenic due to the myrisic acid content
0.2% - 0.4%
Might help neutrlize free radicals, calm down inflammation, and attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
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
0.25% - 0.5%
An emollient that is naturally found in skin
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and improve the product's texture
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C. It is more stable than ascorbic acid, but still degrades quickly and needs to be stabilized in a formulation with another ingredient. It is claimed to penetrate skin better than pure vitamin C and have the the similar benefits, but solid studies of its effectiveness are lacking. Is likely to require a higher concentration in a product than pure vitamin C to be effective.
0.25% - 0.45%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to create a gel-like product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
Plain old water
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.25% - 0.5%
A type of silicone. Used to improve product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In crystal form, it can work as a gentle exfoliant, gentler than the salt scrub. Helps stabilize the emulsion
0.2% - 0.4%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.25% - 0.45%
A derivative of urea, a compound that is naturally present in skin. Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients
0.25% - 0.45%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
Might be able to help neutralize free radical, calm down inflammation in skin, and even skin tone
0.25% - 0.45%
Has astringent properties. Creates a tightening and drying effect on the skin. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Can have some anti-inflammatory effect
0.25% - 0.45%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but data on its effectiveness is lacking. While the majority of the content is plain water, it can contain some goodies like vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Might be helpful in neutralising free radicals in skin and have some hydration properties
0.25% - 0.4%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.45%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help stabilize the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.25% - 0.45%
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.
0.25% - 0.45%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps adjust pH in products
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to create a nice product consistency
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
A derivative of vitamin C that is more stable, but less bioavailable than the pure form of vitamin C. It does not penetrate the skin well, but has been shown to convert to pure vitamin C once in skin. It can be helpful in stimulating collagen production and lightening the skin tone, but the required concentration is likely to be very high
0.25% - 0.45%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.2% - 0.35%
A colorant
0.2% - 0.35%
A yellow dye
0.15% - 0.3%

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