Mario Badescu The Glow Up

Formula review

Effectiveness
Efficacy
61 /100
Can work for:
  • Anti-aging
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
Promises, but can't deliver:
  • Exfoliation
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"The Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater revives dehydrated skin with a dewy glow anytime, anywhere, while the Vitamin C Serum supports youthful luminosity while delivering antioxidant defense against environmental stressors and free radicals."
WIMJ summary

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

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
Effectiveness
HIGH
does not meet threshold
Effectiveness
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
Effectiveness
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Dark Spots, Dullness, and Uneven Texture Highlighted Ingredients."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate

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
Effectiveness
HIGH
does not meet threshold
Effectiveness
HIGH
does not meet threshold
Effectiveness
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Exfoliates, resurfaces, and refines skin’s appearance."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain effective exfoliating ingredients. It might be able to deliver physical exfoliation, that is scrub off some of the dead cells on the surface of the skin. We do not recommend physical exfoliation, because it is not uniform (some bits of skin can get exfoliated too much while others not at all). It can also traumatize the skin and aggrevate acne and other skin conditions.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
does not meet threshold
Effectiveness
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"The Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater revives dehydrated skin with a dewy glow anytime, anywhere, while the Vitamin C Serum supports youthful luminosity while delivering antioxidant defense against environmental stressors and free radicals."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": glycerin, sodium hyaluronate.

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. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
Effectiveness
HIGH
meets threshold
Effectiveness
HIGH
meets threshold
Effectiveness
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
Effectiveness
HIGH
does not meet threshold
Effectiveness
LOW
does not meet threshold
Effectiveness

Potential irritants

Effectiveness
irritancy
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Plain old water
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

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