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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"Clarifying Acne Spot Treatment"
From product name
WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Dark Spots, Acne and Blemishes, and Redness Formulation."
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: niacinamide

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
meets threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"The three pillars of Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics—hydration, boosting the skin’s natural barrier function, and reducing the visible signs of irritation—help to promote healthy skin that glows from within over time."
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: pantolactone.

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: cera alba, simmondsia chinensis seed oil.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: niacinamide, panthenol

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains niacinamide.

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
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Moisturizing
Evens skin tone
Anti-blemish
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 91/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Helps oil and water mix together
4.4% - 5.4%
Absorbs oil and moisture helping to create a dryer product finish
4.3% - 5.3%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
3.4% - 4.2%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin while creating a non-greasy feel on the skin. Helps to dissolve other ingredients
2.8% - 3.4%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and create a nice product texture
2.3% - 2.8%
A broad spectrum sunblock (protects from both UVA and UVB rays). Is suitable for most sensitive skins. In small concentrations, can be used as a colorant
2.7% - 3.3%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.7% - 2%
Enhances the product texture and makes it more spreadable. Helps reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin. Extands the shelf life by preventing bacteria growth
1.4% - 1.7%
Help soften the upper layer of the skin and make it easier for oil and water mix together. Recently, a rising number of allergic reactions to cocoglycerides and other coconut-derived surfactants has been reported. As there is a significant overlap between frequent irritants and allergens, we flag this ingredient for attention of those with very sensitive, reactive skin
1.2% - 1.5%
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
1% - 1.2%
Softens the upper layer of skin and helps restore the healthy skin barrier. Has shown to help calm down inflammation in skin. It is a stable oil, meaning that it retains its properties even when exposed to air.
1% - 1.2%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
1.1% - 1.4%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.75% - 1.1%
Forms a protective barrier that holds water and keeps dry skin hydrated. Keeps an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components, and increases the thickness of a product. Can be an allergen
0.95% - 1.15%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and is used to improve product texture and stability
0.75% - 1.1%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.65% - 1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.6% - 0.95%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.6% - 0.85%
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.
0.55% - 0.85%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.55% - 0.8%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.4% - 0.65%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.4% - 0.6%
An essential oil that can be irritating. Has some anti-bacterial properties
0.35% - 0.6%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.35% - 0.6%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.3% - 0.6%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.3% - 0.55%
An iron oxide. Used as a colorant. Is usually well tolerated
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.2% - 0.4%
0.15% - 0.3%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.15% - 0.25%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C, it is more stable and can penetrate the skin better than L-Ascorbic acid. It is effective in protecting the skin from free radicals, as well as evening the skin tone, but is less effective in stimulating collagen production compared to L-Ascorbic acid.
0.1% - 0.2%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.05% - 0.15%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%

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