Glycolix - Elite 10% Moisturizing Cleanser

Glycolix Elite 10% Moisturizing Cleanser

WORKS FOR
  • Cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-blemish
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • retinyl palmitate
  • ascorbic acid
  • bisabolol
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl alcohol
  • chitosan
  • phospholipids
  • sodium pca
  • superoxide dismutase
  • ubiquinone
  • +9 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"Elite 10% Moisturizing Cleanser"
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WIMJ summary

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (ammonium lauryl sulfate, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, laureth-7, oleth-5, peg-40 castor oil, polysorbate 60, stearalkonium chloride) and should be able to cleanse the skin gently. Still keep in mind that any cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, and most people do not need to cleanse their skin more than once per day.

Even though this formulation is mild, the following cleansing agents could trigger an irritation or allergy for some people: ammonium lauryl sulfate

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

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains chitosan.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"When the dead cells of the skin's most outer layer are removed, newer, fresher skin is revealed."
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: glycolic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
7.9% - 11.9%
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
3.1% - 4.7%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
2% - 3.1%
Helps adjust the product pH
1.4% - 2.2%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
1.1% - 1.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.6% - 1.4%
Used to improve product texture and help oil and water mix together
0.95% - 1.4%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin, dissolve other ingredients and create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 1.2%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.45% - 1.05%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.35% - 0.8%
Emollients that are naturaly present in skin. In addition, they help water and oil mix together in the product
0.2% - 0.7%
Three steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. To have an effect in the skin, it first needs to be converted twice to become the retinoic acid. This means it is less potent than retinol, but could also be less irritating. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, it helps against all signs of aging, improves skin cell turnover and helps fight blemishes and clogged pores. However, in many cosmetic formulations, it is used in a concentration that is too low to have the full effect
0.15% - 0.5%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.15% - 0.5%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C, it is more stable and can penetrate the skin better than L-Ascorbic acid. It is effective in protecting the skin from free radicals, as well as evening the skin tone, but is less effective in stimulating collagen production compared to L-Ascorbic acid.
0.1% - 0.4%
Coenzyme Q10. It helps neutralize free radicals in skin, improves skin hydration and might be helpful agains fine lines and wrinkles. It can be an allergen
0.1% - 0.45%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
0.1% - 0.4%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.05% - 0.25%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.05% - 0.25%
A plant extract that has an anti-bacterial effect
0.05% - 0.2%
An essential oil. Potential allergen and can be irritating. It has some anti-bacterial properties
0.05% - 0.2%
An antioxidant enzyme that is naturally present in skin. It can help support skin barrier function and reduce inflammation in skin. It is used in topical medications for inflammatory skin conditions including atopic dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis. There are three types of natural Superoxide Dismutase in human skin. The compound used in topical treatments and cosmetics are mimics of typically one of these natural variants
0.05% - 0.15%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.05% - 0.2%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.05% - 0.2%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.05% - 0.2%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.05% - 0.25%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.05% - 0.15%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.05% - 0.15%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.05% - 0.1%
Inhibits acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin. Can help to reduce inflammation caused by bacteria. Helps neutralize free radicals in skin. Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.05% - 0.15%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.05% - 0.15%
0.01% - 0.05%
Helps preserve product formulations and can mask the smell of other ingredients in a product
0.01% - 0.05%
A preservative
0.01% - 0.05%
A preservative
0.01% - 0.05%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.01% - 0.05%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.05% - 0.25%

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