Institut Esthederm - E.V.E. "Essential Vital Elements" Serum Source

Institut Esthederm E.V.E. "Essential Vital Elements" Serum Source

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • lactic acid
  • niacinamide
  • ascorbic acid
  • adenosine
  • alanine
  • alanyl glutamine
  • arginine hcl
  • aspartic acid
  • calcium pantothenate
  • cyanocobalamin
  • diglycerin
  • folic acid
  • glucose
  • glutamic acid
  • glycerin
  • glycine
  • histidine hcl
  • hydroxyproline
  • inositol
  • isoleucine
  • lysine hcl
  • proline
  • serine
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium lactate
  • thioctic acid
  • threonine
  • tyrosine
  • +25 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"Rather than creating a serum full of ingredients already know to be anti-aging Institut Esthederm has focused on adding substances found in the skin tissue itself."
WIMJ summary

This product contains adenosine, alanyl glutamine, aspartic acid, folic acid, serine, threonine. These ingredients might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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What does the product description say?
"including 21 amino acids, 6 minerals salts, 6 trace elements, 9 vitamins, 3 carbohydrates, 5 nucleopeptides and 1 peptide."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": alanine, alanyl glutamine.

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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This product contains antioxidants (thioctic 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).

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Potential irritants

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Used to stabilize the product formulation and can help absorb oil
5.3% - 6.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.4% - 5.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
3.2% - 3.9%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
2.4% - 3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Could be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
2% - 2.5%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
1.7% - 2%
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)
1.4% - 1.8%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
1.2% - 1.4%
Used as a cleansing agent. It creates foam
0.95% - 1.15%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
0.75% - 1.15%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 0.85%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
0.45% - 0.65%
A protein derived from milk. In skincare products, might help to soften the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In combination with other amino-acids, might help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
0.4% - 0.6%
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps thicken the product formulation
0.35% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
A salt of an amino-acid that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
Is helpful in restoring skin barrier function supporting its moisture levels. Is claimed to stimulte collagen production in skin but evidence is lacking
0.25% - 0.45%
An amino-acid that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
Can support skin barrier function and reduce inflammation in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In combination with other amino-acids, might help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might help to lighten the skin, but solid evidence is lacking
0.25% - 0.45%
An amino-acid that helps increase skin hydration and might help to slightly improve skin firmness, potentially reducing lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help restore the skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
An amino acid that can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and support skin's barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to improve the product consistency and stabilize formulations
0.3% - 0.5%
Can help stimulate collagen production in skin. While available studies are promising, more research is needed to confirm the efficacy in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps support skin barrier function improving skin hydration and reducing sensitivity
0.25% - 0.5%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is studied as a mosquito repellent
0.25% - 0.45%
Might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.25% - 0.5%
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
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative. It can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to stimulate collagen production in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
0.3% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
Might have some moisturising properties. Is not effective when applied topically beyond some moisturizing effect
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
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%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative that comes from radishes fermented by a bacteria. New research suggests that the preservation properties in the ingredient come from an ammonium salt that is not present naturally in radish root but used in its cultivation. Is problematic because the exact amount of the preservative agents is difficult to determine
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. It contains a compound salicin that can theoretically be converted into salicylic acid that, in turn, helps reduce inflammation in skin, but the evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking and the extract is usually not used in a concentration that would enable an exfoliating effect
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps adjust the product pH and stabilize the formulation
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.05% - 0.05%

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