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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • lactic acid
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • acetyl glucosamine
  • algae extract
  • arginine
  • bisabolol
  • caffeine
  • cetyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • gelidiella acerosa extract
  • hypnea musciformis extract
  • kaolin
  • laminaria saccharina extract
  • molasses extract
  • peg/ppg-18/18 dimethicone
  • phospholipids
  • polysilicone-11
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • saccharum officinarum extract
  • sea whip extract
  • silica
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • squalane
  • sucrose
  • trehalose
  • triticum vulgare germ extract
  • zinc pca
  • +25 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Soothing redness and irritation, the ultra-lightweight oil-free moisturiser harnesses powerful hydrators like hyaluronic acid, squalane and barley extract, while an exfoliating AHA/BHA complex dissolves pore-clogging debris, minimising the likelihood of breakouts and improving skin clarity."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic 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: zinc pca

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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LOW
meets threshold
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This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains acetyl glucosamine.

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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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WIMJ summary

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Soothing redness and irritation, the ultra-lightweight oil-free moisturiser harnesses powerful hydrators like hyaluronic acid, squalane and barley extract, while an exfoliating AHA/BHA complex dissolves pore-clogging debris, minimising the likelihood of breakouts and improving skin clarity."
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: salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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What does the product description say?
"Oil Control Moisturiser"
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WIMJ summary

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: algae extract, arginine.

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: arginine, dimethicone.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
polysorbate 40
Has skin benefit
salicylic acid
Has skin benefit
lactic acid
Has skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
5.3% - 6.5%
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
4.3% - 5.2%
A silicone that forms a light film on the skin surface helping to bind water and temporarily absorb oils creating a matt and powdery feel
3.2% - 3.9%
Helps oil and water mix together
2.4% - 2.9%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In crystal form, it can work as a gentle exfoliant, gentler than the salt scrub. Helps stabilize the emulsion
1.8% - 2.2%
An effective moisturizing ingredient that also has been shown to be effective in evening out the skin tone and reducing hyperpigmentation. It can help somewhat reduce wrinkles in skin
1.7% - 2.1%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
1.7% - 2%
1.2% - 1.4%
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)
0.7% - 1.05%
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)
0.65% - 0.95%
A type of clay that consists mainly of aluminum silicate. Helps absorb oil and creates a thicker product consistency. Can be used to add a white color
0.9% - 1.1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
A compound that combines zinc with a hydrating ingredient PCA. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Can help calm down inflammation in skin. Could be helpful in reducing the formation of free radicals in skin. Might help to reduce fine lines in wrinkles, but solid evidence is missing
0.5% - 0.7%
A seaweed extract that contains sugars and can be helpful in attracting water to the upper layers of the skin if used in high enough concentrations
0.4% - 0.65%
Plant extract that might have moisturizing properties. Avoid if you suffer from wheat or gluten intolerance
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might have a weak skin-lightening effect, but solid research is missing
0.35% - 0.65%
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.6%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
A plant extract that might contain a compound baicalin that could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation in skin. The baicalin concentration in skincare products is often too low for an effective action. Can be used for its fragrant properties
0.25% - 0.5%
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
0.25% - 0.5%
Might be somewhat helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals but its typical concentration in a product is too low for having an effect
0.25% - 0.5%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.25% - 0.45%
An algae extract that can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and have some anti-oxidant properties
0.25% - 0.45%
Plant extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but research is not extensive yet
0.3% - 0.55%
Might help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties. Avoid if you are sensitive to gluten
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that contains an essential oil and often used for its fragrance. Can be irritating. It has some anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties
0.2% - 0.4%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.25% - 0.45%
A silicone that mixes with water creating nice light-weight product texture
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to stabilize product formulations and create a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
Might help neutrlize free radicals, calm down inflammation, and attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.4%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.25% - 0.4%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps to stabilize the product formulation while softening the upper layer of the skin. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.2% - 0.35%
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
0.2% - 0.35%
Emollients that are naturaly present in skin. In addition, they help water and oil mix together in the product
0.2% - 0.4%
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.
0.2% - 0.35%
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.
0.2% - 0.4%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.2%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
0.15% - 0.3%
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.25%

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