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What does the product description say?
"Due to the liposome-encapsulated retinol, Eve Lom Time Retreat Radiance Boost Treatment helps reduce wrinkles and lessens the risk of skin irritation, puffiness and allergic reactions."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

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

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: carnosine.

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
MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Naturally derived alpha hydroxy acids from five botanical extracts promote smoother, younger-looking skin by supporting natural cell renewal, while liposome encapsulated retinol—a stabilized form of vitamin A—effectively reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and age spots without irritating the skin."
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: retinol.

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
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Time Retreat Radiance Boost Treatment is a powerhouse multi-purpose serum that instantly exfoliates skin to boost radiance while firming and unifying tone in one swift step."
WIMJ summary for exfoliation

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: retinol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Apply before using a moisturiser."
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: arginine, carnosine.

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: arginine, helianthus annuus seed oil.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (carnosine, retinol) 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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LOW
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How honest is this product?

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.3% - 5.3%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
3.9% - 4.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
3% - 3.6%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
2.3% - 2.8%
Helps create a nice, clear product finish on the skin
1.8% - 2.2%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but research on its efficacy in skin is lacking
1.5% - 1.9%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
1.3% - 1.6%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
1.1% - 1.4%
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.8% - 1.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.6% - 0.9%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
0.5% - 0.8%
Lecithin derivative. It helps oil and water mix together and can enhance penetration of other ingredients. It helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to create gel-like formulas and stabilize emulsions
0.4% - 0.65%
An oil from a mixture of different vegetables. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.65%
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.
0.4% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.6%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.4% - 0.6%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.65%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.25% - 0.5%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.25% - 0.5%
Creates a thin drying film on the skin resulting in a short-term tightening effect
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.3% - 0.5%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
0.25% - 0.45%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that contains small percentage of AHAs. Is unlikely to have any skin benefit due the small concentration of the active compounds
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant effect in skin, but evidence is lacking
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps thicken the product formulation and create a gel-like texture
0.6% - 0.85%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.3% - 0.6%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
A type of peptide. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. It can help neutralize free radicals in skin combatting the sun damage
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps regulate the pH of the formulation
0.15% - 0.25%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.15% - 0.25%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.1%
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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