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Product summary

Judging from the ingredient list, "Lierac - Hydragenist Extreme Moisturizing Rescue Balm" works well for improving skin hydration To work well, any moisturizer needs to include a combination of water-binding and emollient ingredients. Lierac - Hydragenist Extreme Moisturizing Rescue Balm ticks this box. Urea, betaine, glycerin, glycine and sodium hyaluronate in this product (humectants) attract water molecules to the upper layer of the skin (the water comes from the outside air or from the deeper layers of the skin if the air is dry). Dimethicone, dimethiconol, helianthus annuus seed oil, cyclopentasiloxane and c13-14 isoparaffin in this product help decrease the water evoporation from the skin, so that it stays hydrated for longer. These ingredients also soften the skin and take away the feeling of tightness and dryness.

Ingredient callouts

  • this moisturizer includes a form of retinoids (vitamin A) - retinyl palmitate 0.25% - 0.45%, but this type of vitamin A is not very effective. It could in theory help with fine lines and wrinkles, but the effect is most likely minimal.

Irritation risk

This moisturizer contains a bunch of common irritants, including ingredients that do not provide any known benefit for the skin. It might not be the best choice if your skin is sensitive. We assess the overall irritancy of this moisturizer to be high. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

Price

The product retails for 40.10$ in the United States, for 50.80CA$ in Canada and for 29.00£ in the United Kingdom.

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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Fortified with a 10% concentration of Hydra O2 Complex (Hyaluronic Acid, Biomimetic Oxygen and Vernonia Leaves), the fast-absorbing, anti-ageing balm works to replump skin, whilst softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to reveal a younger-looking complexion."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product does not contain ingredients that are able to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or help with skin elasticity, but it can improve the look of the skin temporarily through moisturization. Well-moisturized skin might also be able to repair the sun damage better.This ingredient - sodium salicylate - could be helpful for preventing or repairing signs of aging in theory, but there is no evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Hydragenist Extreme Moisturizing Rescue Balm"
From product name
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

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: dimethicone, dimethiconol.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Moisturizing
Anti-aging
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 75/100.

Potential irritants

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
5% - 6.1%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
4.1% - 5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
3% - 3.6%
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
2.4% - 3%
A silicone that serves as an emollient. Helps create a nice non-greasy feels
2% - 2.4%
Used to improve product texture and help oil and water mix together
1.6% - 2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
1.4% - 1.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.2% - 1.5%
Naturally present in skin (urea makes up about 7% of natural moisturizing factors in skin). Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Also has a positive effect on the skin barrier beyond the humectant action. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients. Is an exfoliating ingredient when used in high concentrations
0.95% - 1.15%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.75% - 1.1%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin, dissolve other ingredients and create a thicker product consistency
0.6% - 0.95%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps adjust pH in products
0.5% - 0.7%
An emollient that does not leave a greasy finish
0.5% - 0.75%
Fragrance. Can be irritating
0.4% - 0.6%
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%
Used to create a thicker product texture. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and might be able to prevent moisture loss from its surface
0.35% - 0.65%
A silicone that makes products more spreadable and keeps skin smooth. Helps to add gloss to skin and may visually fill in fine lines/wrinkles for short time
0.4% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.55%
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help restore the skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.5%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
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
0.25% - 0.5%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
Might help neutralize free radicals in skin
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%
Three steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. To have an effect in the skin, it first needs to be converted twice to become the retinoic acid. This means it is less potent than retinol, but could also be less irritating. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, it helps against all signs of aging, improves skin cell turnover and helps fight blemishes and clogged pores. However, in many cosmetic formulations, it is used in a concentration that is too low to have the full effect
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.3% - 0.5%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.5%
A mineral that might be able to support skin hydration, but convincing research on its effectiveness in topical skincare is lacking
0.25% - 0.5%
A mineral that might be able to support skin hydration, but convincing research on its effectiveness in topical skincare is lacking
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and helps to improve appearance of the product
0.3% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
Might be able to help restore skin barrier function supporting its hydration
0.25% - 0.45%
Typically used to stabilize the product formulations. It is a salt of polyhydroxy acid (PHA) and in larger concentrations, can help shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. It can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals, but solid research is missing
0.25% - 0.45%
Typically used to stabilize the product formulations. It is a salt of a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) and in larger concentrations, can help shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. It can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals, but solid research is missing. Due to the zinc content, might help calm down inflammation in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
The salt of salicylic acid. Helps exfoliate the upper layer of the skin. Can also work to preserve cosmetic products
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps stabilize the product formulation
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A red colorant
0.15% - 0.3%
A colorant
0.15% - 0.25%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%

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