ESPA - Face Cleansers Refining Skin Polish

ESPA Face Cleansers Refining Skin Polish

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WORKS FOR
  • Cleansing
  • Exfoliation
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • beeswax
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • cetyl alcohol
  • copernicia cerifera cera
  • glucose
  • glycerin
  • glyceryl stearate se
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • sodium lactate
  • sodium pca
  • tocopherol
  • +8 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
50 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Face Cleansers Refining Skin Polish"
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WIMJ summary

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (cetyl alcohol, coco-glucoside, coconut alcohol, glyceryl stearate se, sucrose cocoate) 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.

Even though this formulation is mild, the following cleansing agents could trigger an irritation or allergy for some people: coco-glucoside

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Face Cleansers Refining Skin Polish"
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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.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
coco-glucoside
Has skin benefit
benzyl alcohol
does not have skin benefit
parfum
does not have skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
7.3% - 8.9%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
4.9% - 5.9%
Used to stabilize the product formulations and works as an emollient
2.9% - 3.6%
Used as a cleansing agent (surfactant) in cleansers. Helps water and oil mix together in lotions. Can be irritating
2.5% - 3%
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
1.9% - 2.4%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.6% - 2%
1.5% - 1.8%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.3% - 1.6%
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
1.1% - 1.4%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.75% - 1.1%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.6% - 0.9%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.5% - 0.8%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.5% - 0.75%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.5% - 0.75%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to create gel-like formulas and stabilize emulsions
0.5% - 0.7%
Brazilian palm wax. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
0.4% - 0.65%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.3% - 0.6%
0.25% - 0.5%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.5%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Could be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
0.2% - 0.35%
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
0.15% - 0.3%
A colorant adding orange or bright yellow color
0.1% - 0.25%
0.1% - 0.2%
A plant oil that might help neutralize free radicals and have an anti-bacterial effect
0.1% - 0.2%
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.
0.05% - 0.1%

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