Image skincare - Iluma Intense Brightening Serum

Image skincare Iluma Intense Brightening Serum

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • sodium ascorbyl phosphate
  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • ascorbic acid
  • azelaic acid
  • arbutin
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • centella asiatica extract
  • chlorella vulgaris extract
  • corallina officinalis extract
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • glycerin
  • hexylresorcinol
  • laminaria digitata extract
  • melia azadirachta leaf extract
  • phyllanthus emblica fruit extract
  • +12 more
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: azelaic acid. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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LOW
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This product contains azelaic acid. This ingredient help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they might be able to prevent early signs of aging (like fine lines and wrinkles), at least to some extent. These ingredients will not be able to "reverse" signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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What does the product description say?
"Mulberry, Licorice, Kojic Acid, and Rumex all serve triple-duty to help naturally brighten the skin and prevent further sun spots, soothe and calm, and provide antioxidant protection."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: azelaic acid

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: arbutin, glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, hexylresorcinol.

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
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MEDIUM
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LOW
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"IMAGE Skincare, Iluma The Iluma Intense Brightening Serum is a potent moisturiser that corrects skin redness and discolouration."
WIMJ summary

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

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
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (azelaic acid) 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 - arbutin, hexylresorcinol, sodium ascorbyl phosphate also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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MEDIUM
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Potential irritants

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
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
5.9% - 7.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.1% - 5.1%
3.1% - 3.7%
2.2% - 2.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.8% - 2.2%
1.5% - 1.8%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
1.2% - 1.5%
1% - 1.3%
A type of silicone that can help create nice product texture and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.7% - 1.05%
A stable derivative of vitamin C. It is oil-soluble which means it is more likely to penetrate the skin compared to the pure form of vitamin C (which is water-soluble), but it is less bio-available and is way less effective in stimulating collagen and reducing wrinkles compared to the pure form of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and its other derivatives (for example, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). At the same time, this vitamin C derivative has been shown in studies to be effective in reducing acne, blemishes and clogged pores. It is less irritating then the pure form of vitamin C
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.5% - 0.75%
0.4% - 0.65%
A plant extract that has been shown to be able to reduce inflammation in skin, support restoration of skin barrier function, as well as support collagen production. Contains active compounds called centelloids: asiaticoside, madecasosside, asiatic acid and madecassic acid. Might be helpful in preventing stretch marks. It can be itself be irritating though.
0.45% - 0.65%
Plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.35% - 0.65%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.65%
A salt derived from licorice. Works as an emollient to soften the upper layer of the skin and can help calm down inflammation. Might be helpful for skin lightening
0.3% - 0.55%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might have some anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
Seaweed extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but good research is lacking at the moment
0.2% - 0.4%
A derivative of vitamin C that is more stable, but less bioavailable than the pure form of vitamin C. It does not penetrate the skin well, but has been shown to convert to pure vitamin C once in skin. It can be helpful in stimulating collagen production and lightening the skin tone, but the required concentration is likely to be very high
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals and have a skin lightening effect if used in high enough concentrations
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that can help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
0.2% - 0.4%
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
0.2% - 0.4%
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% - 0.4%
Is produced by a yeast that lives on normal human skin. It is used in medicine as a topical treatment for mild to moderate acne. It has a mild exfoliating effect. It can also help reduce hyperpigmentation, helps calm down inflammation and can help neutralize free radicals
0.25% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
Red algae extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might contain antioxidants
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that one one hand, can contain compounds that can help calm down skin irritation, but, on the other hand, its other compounds (especially fragrant ones) can themselves be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
Beta-arbutin. Can help to reduce hyperpigmentation and has an anti-oxidant effect when used in high enough concentration. Is less effective compared to alpha-arbutin
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.2% - 0.35%
Might be helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals in skin
0.15% - 0.3%
0.15% - 0.25%
A plant extract that has anti-bacterial properties. Can be used to preserve the product. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%

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