Derm Institute - Cellular Brightening Toner

Derm Institute Cellular Brightening Toner

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Anti-blemish
  • Exfoliation
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • salicylic acid
  • ceramide ap
  • ceramide eop
  • ceramide np
  • oligopeptide-68
  • panthenol
  • phytosphingosine
  • allantoin
  • bisabolol
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl palmitate
  • cholesterol
  • ergothioneine
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja oil
  • sigesbeckia orientalis extract
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • vitis vinifera seed oil
  • +17 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
66 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains niacinamide.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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LOW
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LOW
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This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains niacinamide.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: ascorbyl glucoside, oligopeptide-68.

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
HIGH
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MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"Reduce the appearance of unwanted dark spots while hydrating the skin with the Derm Institute Cellular Brightening Toner, a skincare treatment with an innovative moisture complex to help support the skin’s protective barrier against environmental stressors and UV damage."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: niacinamide

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: ascorbyl glucoside.

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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MEDIUM
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Salicylic acid provides gentle exfoliation without irritating the complexion, helping maintain an even skin tone and texture."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain effective exfoliating ingredients. It might be able to deliver physical exfoliation, that is scrub off some of the dead cells on the surface of the skin. We do not recommend physical exfoliation, because it is not uniform (some bits of skin can get exfoliated too much while others not at all). It can also traumatize the skin and aggrevate acne and other skin conditions.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Reduce the appearance of unwanted dark spots while hydrating the skin with the Derm Institute Cellular Brightening Toner, a skincare treatment with an innovative moisture complex to help support the skin’s protective barrier against environmental stressors and UV damage."
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: allantoin, 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: cholesterol, glycine soja oil.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: ceramide ap, ceramide eop, ceramide np, niacinamide, oligopeptide-68, panthenol, phytosphingosine

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (ascorbyl glucoside) 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
MEDIUM
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LOW
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LOW
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
4.8% - 5.9%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
4.1% - 5%
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
3% - 3.6%
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
2.3% - 2.8%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
2% - 2.4%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
1.6% - 1.9%
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
1.5% - 1.8%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
1.1% - 1.4%
Used to improve the product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
1% - 1.2%
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
0.7% - 1.1%
Used to create gel-like formulas and stabilize emulsions
0.6% - 0.9%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.6% - 0.9%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
0.5% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 0.8%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.5% - 0.75%
A fruit extract that might help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin, but there is no evidence for any other benefits to the skin
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together. Has some emollient properties
0.5% - 0.75%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.35% - 0.65%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.65%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and is used to improve product texture and stability
0.35% - 0.65%
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)
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps mask the small of other ingredients and improve the product texture
0.35% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.3% - 0.5%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.55%
A great emollient that can also have anti-oxidant properties
0.35% - 0.65%
A plant extract that can contain an anti-inflammatory compound
0.3% - 0.55%
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
0.35% - 0.65%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
0.3% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.55%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.3% - 0.55%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
A type of lipid that is naturally present in skin. It might help in repairing skin barrier function and has anti-bacterial effect
0.35% - 0.65%
An emollient that is naturally found in skin
0.4% - 0.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.35% - 0.65%
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.
0.3% - 0.6%
A good emollient that helps soften the skin and helps repair its barrier function
0.3% - 0.6%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps oil and water mix together and create a thicker product consistency
0.75% - 1.1%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
Helps stabilize and preserve a product formulation
0.1% - 0.2%
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that might contain arbutin, a compound that has skin-lightening properties. Might have some anti-oxidant activity. Is unlikely to be effective though in the concentrations typically used in skincare products
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
Can help neutralize free radicals in skin. Preliminary studies show that it can be more effective than coenzyme Q10 but studies on effective concentration for topical applications are lacking
0.15% - 0.3%
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% - 0.35%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.25%
A fragrance with jasmine smell. A likely irritant
0.1% - 0.15%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.05% - 0.15%

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