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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Mario Badescu' s Glycolic Skin Renewal Complex is a rejuvenating face cream that helps revive lackluster skin and soften the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

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

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
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Benefits Midweight Deeply moisturizes and smooths without feeling heavy Helps improve the look of uneven skin tone, texture, and dry fine lines and wrinkles Leaves skin nourished, rejuvenated, and radiant"
WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glycolic 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
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"A gently exfoliating face cream."
WIMJ summary for exfoliation

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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"Perfect for repairing dry or mature skin types, Glycolic Skin Renewal Complex is formulated with a blend of papaya extract, vitamin A, and glycolic acid to brighten dull, rough skin whilst providing a dose of intense moisture."
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: glycerin, glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer.

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, myristyl myristate.

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

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Anti-aging
Evens skin tone
Exfoliation
Moisturizing
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 93/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
5.5% - 8.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.7% - 5.6%
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
2.9% - 4.3%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
2% - 3.1%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.7% - 2.6%
An emollient. Is not recommended for acne-prone skin as it can be comedogenic
1.5% - 2.3%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
1.3% - 1.9%
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
1% - 1.5%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.85% - 1.25%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 1.15%
0.4% - 0.9%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.45% - 1%
A good moisturizing plant oil. Due to the high linoleic acid content, it helps soften the upper layer of the skin, reduce water loss and support skin barrier function
0.2% - 0.75%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.75%
0.3% - 0.75%
0.2% - 0.7%
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
0.15% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and provide a longer-lasting hydration. Can create a thicker product consistency
0.15% - 0.65%
Helps thicken the product formulation and create a gel-like texture
0.45% - 1.1%
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
0.1% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together. Has some emollient properties
0.15% - 0.7%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative. Works by releasing formaldehyde. Can be irritating
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative. Is more irritating than many other preservatives available
0.05% - 0.2%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.01% - 0.1%

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