Formotopia - BFFECT Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% + GABA Serum

Formotopia BFFECT Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% + GABA Serum

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Works for
  • Anti-aging
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Moisturizing
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Key ingredients
  • hydroxypinacolone retinoate
  • aminobutyric acid
  • avena sativa kernel oil
  • bisabolol
  • diethylhexyl carbonate
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WIMJ summary

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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What does the product description say?
"Rely on the anti-aging power of retinoid, GABA (amino acids) and bisabolol (chamomile extract) from this emulsion to soothe blemishes, improve skin elasticity, promote cell turnover, fade dark spots and refine rough skin!"
WIMJ summary

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

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
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Rely on the anti-aging power of retinoid, GABA (amino acids) and bisabolol (chamomile extract) from this emulsion to soothe blemishes, improve skin elasticity, promote cell turnover, fade dark spots and refine rough skin!"
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: hydroxypinacolone retinoate.

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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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: aminobutyric acid, caprylyl glycol.

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: simmondsia chinensis seed oil, diethylhexyl carbonate.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (bisabolol). In theory, they could help neutralize free radicals in skin and lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun), but there is no evidence that these ingredients can have a noticeable effect in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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Ingredients by volume

Plain old water
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
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.

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