Liz Earle - Superskin Alt-Retinol Skin Paste

Liz Earle Superskin Alt-Retinol Skin Paste

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WORKS FOR
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Anti-aging
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • sodium ascorbyl phosphate
  • panthenol
  • astrocaryum murumuru seed butter
  • bisabolol
  • borago officinalis seed oil
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • canola oil
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl alcohol
  • glycerin
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid
  • jojoba esters
  • rosa rubiginosa seed oil
  • tocopherol
  • vaccinium macrocarpon seed oil
  • +13 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores, the paste is enriched with Bidens pilosa."
WIMJ summary

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.These ingredients - butyrospermum parkii butter, sodium ascorbyl phosphate - could be helpful for preventing or repairing signs of aging in theory, but there is no evidence that it actually works.

This ingredient sodium ascorbyl phosphate might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin and help it fight off some of the sun damage.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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"Kigelia fruit extract and shea butter condition the skin to help lock in moisture for up to 48 hours, whilst hyaluronic acid draws in moisture, plumping the complexion with hydration."
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: glycerin, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid.

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: butyrospermum parkii butter, helianthus annuus seed oil.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (sodium ascorbyl phosphate, vaccinium macrocarpon seed oil) 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
MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
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LOW
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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
4.5% - 5.4%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
3.7% - 4.5%
A plant oil that can help neutralize free radicals, soften the upper layer of the skin, and support skin's barrier function
3.1% - 3.8%
A great moisturising ingredient that softens the skin and reduces water loss from its upper layer. It also can be helpful in protecting skin from free radicals
2.4% - 2.9%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.9% - 2.3%
Helps oil and water mix together while softening the upper layer of the skin
1.5% - 1.9%
Plant oil that due to the high content of linoleic acid can support skin's barrier function and reduce moisture loss
1.4% - 1.7%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1.1% - 1.4%
0.75% - 1.1%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
0.6% - 0.85%
Used to stabilize the product formulation and can help absorb oil
0.5% - 0.8%
A plant oil that is effective in reducing irritation in skin, restore the barrier function and support its hydration
0.45% - 0.7%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.45% - 0.65%
A plant oil that can help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.55%
Plant extract that can be irritating and is a known allergen
0.3% - 0.5%
An essential oil that is used as a fragrance and can be irritating. It might have some anti-oxidant effect in skin
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant oil that might help neutralize free radicals and have an anti-bacterial effect
0.25% - 0.4%
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
0.2% - 0.4%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
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
0.2% - 0.35%
An emollient made of jojoba oil. Helps soften the skin and support its barrier function
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Could be comedogenic due to the myrisic acid content
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.3%
0.15% - 0.25%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps water and oil mix together. Could be an allergen (beeswax)
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.35%
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
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.35%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
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
0.2% - 0.35%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.15% - 0.25%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. A version of it is naturally present in skin
0.15% - 0.3%
Carrot extract. Might have anti-oxidant properties and be used to add orange color
0.15% - 0.3%
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.
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.1% - 0.2%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.05% - 0.1%
0.05% - 0.15%

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