InstaNatural - Exfoliating Glycolic Mask + Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum Duo

InstaNatural Exfoliating Glycolic Mask + Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum Duo

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Moisturizing
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • sodium ascorbyl phosphate
  • niacinamide
  • salicylic acid
  • retinol
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • carthamus tinctorius seed oil
  • centella asiatica extract
  • cucurbita pepo seed oil
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja oil
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • limnanthes alba seed oil
  • silica
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • squalane
  • tocopherol
  • +15 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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"Exfoliating Glycolic Mask + Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum Duo Reduce uneven texture, acne scarring and discoloration with the power of Retinol alongside gentle exfoliating acids for clear, smooth skin."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: retinol. 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: glycolic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate

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This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains retinol, glycolic acid.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: centella asiatica extract.

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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"Exfoliating Glycolic Mask + Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum Duo Reduce uneven texture, acne scarring and discoloration with the power of Retinol alongside gentle exfoliating acids for clear, smooth skin."
WIMJ summary

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

In addition, this product contains glycolic acid. This ingredient (ingredients) might help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the effect, if any, is likely to be small.

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: glycyrrhiza glabra root extract.

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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"Exfoliating Glycolic Mask + Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum Duo"
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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, retinol.

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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, squalane.

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This product contains antioxidants (retinol) 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 - centella asiatica extract, sodium ascorbyl phosphate also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
26% - 32%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and might help calm down inflammation
5.4% - 6.6%
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%
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
3.3% - 4%
Plain old water
2.6% - 3.2%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
2.2% - 2.7%
Helps water and oil mix together
1.8% - 2.2%
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
1.5% - 1.8%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C. It is more stable than ascorbic acid, but still degrades quickly and needs to be stabilized in a formulation with another ingredient. It is claimed to penetrate skin better than pure vitamin C and have the the similar benefits, but solid studies of its effectiveness are lacking. Is likely to require a higher concentration in a product than pure vitamin C to be effective.
1.2% - 1.5%
1% - 1.2%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.9% - 1.1%
This oil's cmposition is closest to rapeseed oil. It is a very stable oil and serves as an emoillient
0.75% - 1.1%
0.7% - 1.05%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.6% - 0.9%
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.
0.65% - 0.95%
0.55% - 0.85%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.5% - 0.8%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.5% - 0.75%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.45% - 0.65%
0.4% - 0.6%
0.45% - 0.65%
Plant extract that can be irritating and is a known allergen
0.45% - 0.65%
0.4% - 0.6%
Used as a fragrance
0.35% - 0.65%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.3% - 0.6%
Fragrance. Can be irritating
0.4% - 0.6%
An essential oil that is likely to be irritating and can cause photosensitivity
0.35% - 0.6%
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
0.45% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.45% - 0.65%
An emollient that can also help water and oil mix together, as well as prevent bacteria growth in products
0.5% - 0.75%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.45% - 0.7%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Plain old water
0.45% - 0.65%
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
0.45% - 0.65%
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
0.45% - 0.65%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
0.5% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.45% - 0.7%
This oil's cmposition is closest to rapeseed oil. It is a very stable oil and serves as an emoillient
0.5% - 0.7%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps dissolve other ingredients
0.45% - 0.65%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
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% - 0.65%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.4% - 0.65%
0.5% - 0.7%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.4% - 0.6%
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.
0.5% - 0.7%
0.4% - 0.65%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
0.5% - 0.75%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.4% - 0.6%
An essential oil that can be irritating. Has some anti-bacterial properties
0.4% - 0.6%
An essential oil. Potential allergen and can be irritating. It has some anti-bacterial properties
0.4% - 0.65%
An essential oil. Can be irritating
0.4% - 0.6%
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.7%
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
0.45% - 0.7%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and might help calm down inflammation
0.5% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix together while softening the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
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
0.4% - 0.65%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.45% - 0.65%
A preservative
0.4% - 0.6%
An emollient that can also help water and oil mix together, as well as prevent bacteria growth in products
0.45% - 0.65%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.25% - 0.5%
A good emollient that helps soften the skin and helps repair its barrier function
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.6%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.25% - 0.45%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
Fragrance with sweet balsamic smell. Help to preserve products and dissolve other ingredients. Could trigger allergic reactions and be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
A fragrance. Is a likely irritant
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Is a likely irritant
0.15% - 0.3%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC

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