Fourth Ray Beauty - A-HA Moment Enzyme Mask

Fourth Ray Beauty A-HA Moment Enzyme Mask

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • gluconolactone
  • lactic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • opuntia ficus-indica seed oil
  • argania spinosa kernel oil
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetyl alcohol
  • glycerin
  • lycium barbarum fruit extract
  • saccharum officinarum extract
  • tartaric acid
  • titanium dioxide
  • vitis vinifera seed oil
  • +11 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

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

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.

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

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.

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"Powered by a blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's) and Papaya Enzymes that are known to exfoliate dull skin, instantly revealing a fresh, new, and nourished complexion."
WIMJ summary

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: gluconolactone, glycolic acid.

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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: glycerin, 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: argania spinosa kernel oil, opuntia ficus-indica seed oil.

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This product contains antioxidants (gluconolactone, lycium barbarum fruit extract, tartaric acid) 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.

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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
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One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
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A great emollient that can also have anti-oxidant properties
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An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
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Used to thicken the product's consistency
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Used to adjust the product's pH
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An emollient that helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Might have some weak anti-oxidant properties
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A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
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Helps oil and water mix together
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A plant extract that can have some anti-oxidant effect in skin
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A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and attract water to its upper layer
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Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
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A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but research on its efficacy in skin is lacking
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A polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that helps shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. Is believed to be genter than AHAs. It helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can stimulate production of skin's own hyaluronic acid resulting in improved hydration levels. It has been shown to be helpful against acne and clogged pores if used consistently (e.g over a period of 12 weeks) in high enough concentration. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone with long-term application. Can help neutralize free radicals
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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)
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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)
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An AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid). It oxidizes quickly which makes it less effective in skincare formulations. It can support skin's barrier and moisture levels
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Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
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A plant extract that contains small percentage of AHAs. Is unlikely to have any skin benefit due the small concentration of the active compounds
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A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
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Used as a fragrance
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A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but research on its effectiveness is lacking
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A plant oil that helps soften the upper layer of the skin and can support skin's barrier function due to its high content of linoleic acid. It also has anti-microbial properties
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A fruit extract that is used to add a fragrance to the product. It might have some antioxidant properties
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A plant extract that has some anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties. Can be irritating
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A mineral. It does not have any confirmed benefit for the skin
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Used to thicken product formulation. Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
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Used to create a thicker product consistency
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Helps oil and water mix together
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A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
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Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
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A preservative that comes from radishes fermented by a bacteria. New research suggests that the preservation properties in the ingredient come from an ammonium salt that is not present naturally in radish root but used in its cultivation. Is problematic because the exact amount of the preservative agents is difficult to determine
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Is used to add opaque (non-transparent) appearance to formulations. Can be used to coat other ingredients for even dispersion. This is a different ingredient compared to the ones used in antipersperants (aluminium chloride and aluminium chlorohydrate)
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Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
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A preservative
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Helps create a more spreadable product texture
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A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
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Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
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