Herbivore - Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum

Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum

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WORKS FOR
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • colloidal oatmeal
  • ceramide np
  • beeswax
  • copernicia cerifera cera
  • copernicia cerifera wax
  • glycerin
  • hydrogenated castor oil
  • jojoba esters
  • ricinus communis seed oil
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • vitis vinifera seed oil
  • +9 more
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37 /100
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"An all-natural ingredient derived from the Ayurvedic babchi plant, bakuchiol acts like a retinol, visibly fighting signs of aging without the sensitizing or irritating effects."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain ingredients that are able to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or help with skin elasticity, but it can improve the look of the skin temporarily through moisturization. Well-moisturized skin might also be able to repair the sun damage better.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Uneven Skin Tone, and Dullness and Uneven Texture Formulation."
WIMJ summary

Effective ingredients missing or their concentration is too low

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Uneven Skin Tone, and Dullness and Uneven Texture Formulation."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain effective exfoliating ingredients. It might be able to deliver physical exfoliation, that is scrub off some of the dead cells on the surface of the skin. We do not recommend physical exfoliation, because it is not uniform (some bits of skin can get exfoliated too much while others not at all). It can also traumatize the skin and aggrevate acne and other skin conditions.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Visibly resurface the skin, enhancing absorption while providing fortifying hydration and antioxidants."
WIMJ summary

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.

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: beeswax, copernicia cerifera wax.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: ceramide np, colloidal oatmeal

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

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
23% - 35%
An emollient made of jojoba oil. Helps soften the skin and support its barrier function
4.6% - 6.9%
A plant oil that can help soften the skin. It might be helpful in calming down inflammation, but solid research is lacking. Is often used in lip products to create the needed product consistency
4.7% - 7.1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
3.9% - 5.8%
Helps to restore skin barrier function, soften the upper layer of the skin and calm down inflammation
3% - 4.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.1% - 3.2%
Forms a protective barrier that holds water and keeps dry skin hydrated. Keeps an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components, and increases the thickness of a product. Can be an allergen
1.7% - 2.6%
A great emollient that can also have anti-oxidant properties
1.3% - 2%
A plant oil that can help soften the skin. It might be helpful in calming down inflammation, but solid research is lacking. Is often used in lip products to create the needed product consistency
1.1% - 1.7%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
1.1% - 1.7%
Helps stabilize the product formulation
0.6% - 1.35%
A plant extract that may contain a small amount of essential oils. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals in skin
0.45% - 1.05%
Brazilian palm wax. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 1.3%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.45% - 1%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product consistency
0.5% - 1.1%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.4% - 0.9%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.15% - 0.6%
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
0.2% - 0.75%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.15% - 0.6%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.1% - 0.45%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.1% - 0.35%
An iron oxide. Used as a colorant. Is usually well tolerated
0.1% - 0.35%
A colorant that can add a pearl-like appearance to the formulation
0.15% - 0.55%

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