HoliFrog - Halo AHA+BHA Evening Serum

HoliFrog Halo AHA+BHA Evening Serum

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • opuntia ficus-indica seed oil
  • lactic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • caprylyl caprylate/caprate
  • glycerin
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • lens esculenta fruit extract
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • rosa canina fruit oil
  • rubus idaeus seed oil
  • silica
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium lactate
  • sodium pca
  • superoxide dismutase
  • tocopherol
  • +15 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
87 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Holifrog’s Halo AHA+BHA Evening Serum uses an 11% blend of AHAs (glycolic, lactic, phytic, citric) and BHAs (salicylic acid) to exfoliate dead skin cells and help to clear pores of excess sebum."
WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients (glycolic acid) that could help reduce blemishes and clogged pores in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

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What does the product description say?
"The evening serum is perfect for tackling uneven skin tone and texture, excess sebum, fine lines, and enlarged pores while helping to repair skin cell damage and stimulate cell turnover with nourishing plant oils and antioxidants."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains 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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What does the product description say?
"An AHA and BHA serum for uneven texture, tone, and excess sebum."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: 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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What does the product description say?
"Holifrog’s Halo AHA+BHA Evening Serum uses an 11% blend of AHAs (glycolic, lactic, phytic, citric) and BHAs (salicylic acid) to exfoliate dead skin cells and help to clear pores of excess sebum."
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.

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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, sodium hyaluronate.

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: helianthus annuus seed oil, opuntia ficus-indica seed oil.

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This product contains antioxidants (superoxide dismutase) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - rubus idaeus seed oil also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
6.4% - 7.8%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
4.4% - 5.4%
Might help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
3% - 3.7%
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
2.3% - 2.8%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.9% - 2.4%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.6% - 1.9%
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
1.4% - 1.7%
1.2% - 1.4%
A plant oil that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.9% - 1.1%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.65% - 1%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps water and oil in the product mix well together and improves product texture
0.5% - 0.7%
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)
0.4% - 0.65%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), but is mostly used to stabilize product formulations in cosmetics
0.45% - 0.65%
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)
0.4% - 0.6%
0.35% - 0.65%
A great emollient. Contains vitamin E (tocopherol) which may give it some anti-oxidant properties. Can contain volatile compounds and can be irritating
0.4% - 0.6%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.5%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract containing sugars that might help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is claimed by the manufacturer to help reduce pore size but evidence is lacking
0.25% - 0.45%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.25% - 0.5%
A grain extract that helps to create a thicker product consistency. It might have some anti-oxidant properties and help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that can contain an antioxidant compound
0.25% - 0.45%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.2% - 0.4%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.25% - 0.45%
Used as a preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to thicken the product formulation and might help to add minerals to the surface of the skin. It is used in scrubs as a physical exfoliant. Can increase sensitivity to other ingredients if left on the skin or used in high concentration
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.4%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.35% - 0.65%
Used to stabilize the product formulation and can help absorb oil
0.2% - 0.4%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps stabilize the product formulation
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%

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