GLOWSECRET - THE ORDINARY - LACTIC ACID 5% + HA

GLOWSECRET THE ORDINARY - LACTIC ACID 5% + HA

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WORKS FOR
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • lactic acid
  • glycerin
  • sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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WIMJ summary

This product contains lactic acid. This ingredient might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: 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
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"This 5-percent formulation offers very mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepper berry known to calm and soothe after exfoliation."
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: lactic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": glycerin, lactic acid.

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).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
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)
4.3% - 6.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.5% - 5.3%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
2.8% - 4.1%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
2% - 3.1%
Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
1.5% - 2.2%
1.2% - 1.8%
Helps mask the small of other ingredients and improve the product texture
0.9% - 1.35%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to improve stability of the formulation
0.2% - 0.7%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.1% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.05% - 0.25%

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