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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"The 12% glycolic and lactic acid combination removes the dead skin cells gently but effectively from the surface of the skin and gives you a healthy glow overnight."
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: glycolic acid, lactic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-aging

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

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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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: glycolic acid, lactic 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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for moisturizing

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

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: panthenol

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
glycolic acid
Has skin benefit
lactic acid
Has skin benefit
galactoarabinan
Has skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
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
5.6% - 8.4%
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)
3.5% - 5.3%
Used to adjust the product's pH
2.7% - 4.1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.1% - 3.2%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and soften it
1.6% - 2.4%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
1.3% - 2%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
1.1% - 1.7%
Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.95% - 1.45%
0.8% - 1.2%
A moisturizing ingredient that works as a humectant to attract water to the upper layer of the skin.
0.45% - 1.1%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrir function
0.35% - 0.75%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.2% - 0.75%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.75%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Could be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
0.1% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
Helps preserve the product formulation
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.2%

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