INWARD - Agas ACue Serum

INWARD Agas ACue Serum

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • adenosine
  • sodium ascorbyl phosphate
  • avena sativa kernel extract
  • beta-glucan
  • betaine
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja oil
  • glycosyl trehalose
  • hyaluronic acid
  • hydrogenated starch hydrolysate
  • hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans
  • hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer
  • trehalose
  • +14 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
87 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"The Agas ACue Serum is a toner, lotion, and essence in one—this highly concentrated liquid has been shown in clinical studies to help treat acne and visibly reduce the appearance of breakouts."
WIMJ summary

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains niacinamide.

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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What does the product description say?
"Enriched with mandarin citrus & licorice root extract, this invigorating gel cleanser tackles impurities, while brightening, calming and preventing signs of aging with its unique jelly-like texture."
WIMJ summary

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

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

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

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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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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: betaine, 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: glycine soja oil, caprylyl glycol.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: niacinamide

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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This product contains antioxidants (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.6% - 5.7%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
4.1% - 5%
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
3.1% - 3.7%
Helps dissolve other ingredients in a formulation
2.3% - 2.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
1.8% - 2.2%
1.7% - 2%
1.5% - 1.8%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Can add sweet taste to lip products
1.1% - 1.4%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.9% - 1.1%
Used to increase effectiveness of preservatives
0.65% - 1%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.5% - 0.75%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.5% - 0.7%
Helps thicken the product formula and create a nice product formulation
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to create thicker product consistency and stabilize emulsions
0.45% - 0.65%
Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.4% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.35% - 0.6%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.55%
Long sugars that help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps dissolve other ingredients and preserve products
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. A version of it is naturally present in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.4%
Used in cosmetics for its fragrance
0.25% - 0.4%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.4%
Can be used as a fragrance. Has an anti-bacterial effect
0.25% - 0.45%
Used as a fragrance
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.4%
In theory, could reduce swelling in the upper layer of the skin, but there is no evidence of its efficacy
0.2% - 0.4%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that has some anti-oxidant activity, but solid research is lacking. Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
An effective moisturizing and skin barrier repair ingredient. Helps calm down inflammation and has some anti-oxidant properties
0.25% - 0.5%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
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% - 0.45%
Used as a fragrance. Might have some anti-oxidant effect
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin. Can contain volalite oils and be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.2% - 0.4%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.4%
0.25% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.25% - 0.45%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. Naturally present in skin. Typically has large molecule size unless advertised otherwise on the product label. Helps support skin's barrier function and may help to reduce inflammation
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin, calm down inflammation and irritation, restore the barrier function and support wound healing. It can be helpful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.2% - 0.4%
A good emollient that helps soften the skin and helps repair its barrier function
0.25% - 0.4%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
Used as a fragrance. It can reduce skin pigmentation, but it is not safe to use for these purposes in high concentrations as use of raspberry ketone and its derivative is linked to causing loss of skin pigmentation in people (leukoderma)
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to enhance the delivery of other ingredients
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps preserve product formulations and can mask the smell of other ingredients in a product
0.15% - 0.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.15% - 0.25%
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
0.15% - 0.3%
0.15% - 0.25%
0.1% - 0.15%

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