Lancôme - Clarifique Exfoliating & Hydrating Face Essence with Glycolic Acid

Lancôme Clarifique Exfoliating & Hydrating Face Essence with Glycolic Acid

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • salicylic acid
  • arginine
  • faex extract
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • tocopherol
  • vitis vinifera seed oil
  • yeast extract
  • +7 more
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FULFILLED
91 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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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: glycolic acid

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

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

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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"French Beech Bud Extract, Grapeseed Oil and a stable Vitamin C derivative work in synergy to improve skin's natural mechanism of renewal and visibly brighten and even out skin tone."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glycolic acid, salicylic 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: ascorbyl glucoside.

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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"Clarifique Exfoliating & Hydrating Face Essence with Glycolic Acid"
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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, salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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HIGH
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"Clarifique Exfoliating & Hydrating Face Essence with Glycolic Acid"
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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: arginine, butylene glycol.

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, helianthus annuus seed oil.

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This product contains antioxidants (ascorbyl glucoside) 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
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)
1.25% - 2.5%
Plain old water
12% - 18%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
5.4% - 8.1%
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
3.3% - 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
2.3% - 3.5%
Forms a protective film on the surface of the skin to prevent moisture loss. Gives a velvety feel to products while reducing tackiness
2.1% - 3.2%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
1.5% - 2.2%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.4% - 2.1%
A fruit extract that might help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin, but there is no evidence for any other benefits to the skin
1.2% - 1.8%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Has a potential to boost collagen production, nutralise free radicals and reduce hyperpigmentation, but the required concentration is likely to be much higher than for the pure form of vitamin C, limiting the ingredient's effectiveness in products
1% - 1.45%
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
0.6% - 1.4%
Yeast extract. Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant and skin lightening properties. It can help calm down inflammation in skin
0.45% - 1%
0.4% - 0.9%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps dissolve other ingredients and attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to improve stability of the formulation
0.35% - 0.85%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
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)
0.3% - 0.75%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.2% - 0.75%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.15% - 0.6%
An enzyme extracted from papaya fruit. Can have an exfoliating effect on the skin. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.3%
Used to add a nice rose smell to the product. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.35%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.3%
0.05% - 0.25%
A great emollient that can also have anti-oxidant properties
0.1% - 0.3%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.01% - 0.1%

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