DCL - DCL Skincare Alpha Beta Gel Toner

DCL DCL Skincare Alpha Beta Gel Toner

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • retinyl palmitate
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • glycerin
  • +2 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
93 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"Blended with both Salicylic and Glycolic Acid, the toner is a deeply clarifying treat for skin."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic acid. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: glycolic acid, retinyl palmitate

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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: retinyl palmitate.

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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"Liquorice Root and Chamomile Extracts aim to calm inflammation while also working on making hyperpigmentation less noticeable."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glycolic acid, salicylic acid

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, retinyl palmitate.

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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What does the product description say?
"Blended with both Salicylic and Glycolic Acid, the toner is a deeply clarifying treat for 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, salicylic acid.

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"They work to lock in moisture for a more comfortable finish, warding off irritation while Vitamins E and A add a touch of softness."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": 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).

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This product contains antioxidants (camellia sinensis leaf 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.

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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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)
2%
Declared
Plain old water
40% - 60%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
8% - 12%
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
3.6% - 5.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
2.6% - 3.9%
Three steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. To have an effect in the skin, it first needs to be converted twice to become the retinoic acid. This means it is less potent than retinol, but could also be less irritating. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, it helps against all signs of aging, improves skin cell turnover and helps fight blemishes and clogged pores. However, in many cosmetic formulations, it is used in a concentration that is too low to have the full effect
2.3% - 3.4%
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.
1.7% - 2.6%
An essential oil that can be irritating. Has some anti-bacterial properties
1.2% - 1.9%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
1.2% - 1.8%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.9% - 1.3%
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
0.8% - 1.2%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.45% - 1.05%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps adjust the product pH
0.2% - 0.75%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.1% - 0.45%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.45%

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