Facetheory - Exaglow Serum S10 with Tranexamic Acid, Vitamin C and Liquorice

Facetheory Exaglow Serum S10 with Tranexamic Acid, Vitamin C and Liquorice

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-oxidation
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • niacinamide
  • lactic acid
  • sodium ascorbyl phosphate
  • glycerin
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • tranexamic acid
  • +4 more
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FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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WIMJ summary

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

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

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: sodium ascorbyl phosphate

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"Tranexamic acid and stabilised vitamin C help to diminish the appearance of skin discolouration, pigmentation, melasma and age spots, so your skin appears more even, luminous and bright."
WIMJ summary

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
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LOW
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MEDIUM
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"Exaglow Serum S10 contains 5% tranexamic acid, a cutting-edge active ingredient in skin brightening technology that is already widely used in Southeast Asia to even out the complexion by targeting dark spots."
WIMJ summary

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

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: glycyrrhiza glabra root extract.

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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LOW
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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: salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Use on its own or underneath your favourite moisturiser."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": glycerin, sodium hyaluronate.

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 (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) 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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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
salicylic acid
Has skin benefit
tranexamic acid
Has skin benefit
lactic acid
Has skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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)
1.25% - 2.5%
Plain old water
12% - 19%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
4.4% - 6.6%
An amino acid that is effective in reducing hyperpigmentation and evening out the skin tone
3.2% - 4.7%
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
2.2% - 3.3%
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)
1.7% - 2.6%
A stable derivative of vitamin C. It is oil-soluble which means it is more likely to penetrate the skin compared to the pure form of vitamin C (which is water-soluble), but it is less bio-available and is way less effective in stimulating collagen and reducing wrinkles compared to the pure form of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and its other derivatives (for example, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). At the same time, this vitamin C derivative has been shown in studies to be effective in reducing acne, blemishes and clogged pores. It is less irritating then the pure form of vitamin C
1.2% - 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
1.2% - 1.8%
Used as a fragrance
0.85% - 1.3%
A preservative
0.6% - 1.35%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.45% - 1.05%
Used to improve the product texture
0.4% - 1%
Used to stabilize product formulations
0.15% - 0.55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.35%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.05% - 0.15%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%

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