Dr Sam's - Flawless Nightly Serum

Dr Sam's Flawless Nightly Serum

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100 /100
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Works for
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
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Key ingredients
  • niacinamide
  • azelaic acid
  • bakuchiol
  • hydroxypinacolone retinoate
  • allantoin
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Formula review

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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: azelaic acid, hydroxypinacolone retinoate. These ingredients is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

In addition, this product contains bakuchiol, niacinamide. It can help in reducing blemishes, even though it is less effective.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains hydroxypinacolone retinoate, bakuchiol, 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
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: hydroxypinacolone retinoate.

In addition, this product contains azelaic acid, bakuchiol, niacinamide. This ingredient (ingredients) might help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the effect, if any, is likely to be small.

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

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (azelaic acid, bakuchiol) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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Potential irritants

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MEDIUM
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
ethoxydiglycol
does not have skin benefit
bakuchiol
Has skin benefit
tapioca starch
does not have skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Plain old water
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
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

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