Medik8 - r-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Intense

Medik8 r-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Intense

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • retinyl retinoate
  • retinal
  • 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid
  • copper heptapeptide-14 pantothenate
  • heptapeptide-15 palmitate
  • ceramide ap
  • ceramide eop
  • ceramide np
  • linoleic acid
  • phytosphingosine
  • canola oil
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cholesterol
  • dimethicone
  • glycerin
  • isododecane
  • phytosterols
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium polyaspartate
  • squalane
  • titanium dioxide
  • +19 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: retinal, retinyl retinoate. These ingredients is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

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What does the product description say?
"Take your anti ageing regime to the next level with a revolutionary blend of retinyl retinoate and crystal-stabilised retinaldehyde for an all-in-one anti ageing night cream treatment and the ultimate skin rejuvenation."
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This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains retinal, retinyl retinoate, heptapeptide-15 palmitate.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: copper heptapeptide-14 pantothenate.

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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"Read More Encapsulated retinyl retinoate is exclusive to Medik8 and their powerful r-Retinoate formulas to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone and smooth skin’s texture for a more youthful-looking complexion."
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This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: retinal, retinyl retinoate.

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: retinyl retinoate.

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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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: retinyl retinoate.

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"r-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Intense"
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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: glycerin, sodium hyaluronate.

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: caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: ceramide ap, ceramide eop, ceramide np, copper heptapeptide-14 pantothenate, heptapeptide-15 palmitate, linoleic acid, phytosphingosine

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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
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
6.1% - 7.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.2% - 5.1%
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
3.1% - 3.8%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and can decrease moisture loss. Helps create a nice product texture
2.4% - 3%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
2.1% - 2.5%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
1.7% - 2.1%
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
1.5% - 1.9%
Used as an abrasive ingredient for physical (mechanical) exfoliation
1.3% - 1.6%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.95% - 1.2%
A type of sugar that is used to support delivery of active ingredients and can enhance their penetration into the skin without disrupting the skin's barrier
0.65% - 1%
Used to create a nice product finish
0.6% - 0.95%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.45% - 0.7%
Lipids that work as an emollient and can be helpful in repairing skin barrier function
0.5% - 0.75%
An emollient that is naturally found in skin
0.45% - 0.7%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.65%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.4% - 0.6%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.35% - 0.65%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.25% - 0.5%
0.3% - 0.55%
An excellent emollient. Helps soften the skin, restore its barrier function, and can help to calm down inflammation. It can be helpful to prevent blemishes and clogged pores
0.4% - 0.6%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.3% - 0.55%
A plant oil that can help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.4%
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.
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant oil that might help neutralize free radicals and have an anti-bacterial effect
0.25% - 0.45%
A berry extract that can have some anti-oxidant properties. It helps to preserve product formulations and improve their smell. It can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
A "hybrid" of retinol and retinoic acid. It is more stable than retinol and is likely to be more effective based on the early research data available. Is as irritating as retinol
0.25% - 0.45%
One step removed from the biologically active in skin form of vitamin A. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinal is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. Concentrations of 0.05% and 0.1% are shown to be effective. It can, however, be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.3% - 0.5%
A highly irritating fragrance
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.25% - 0.45%
An essentil oil from orange peel. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.5%
A plant oil with a high content of volatile compounds that can irritate the skin and lead to allergic reactions. Can lead to photosensitivity
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that, especially when exposed to air, can cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.6%
A type of lipid that is naturally present in skin. It might help in repairing skin barrier function and has anti-bacterial effect
0.3% - 0.6%
A plant extract that can contain an irritating essential oil. Might have some anti-oxidant effect, but evidence is lacking
0.2% - 0.4%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and improve the product's texture
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
An essential oil. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.5%
An essential oil with a lemon-like smell that is extracted from a fruit grown in Asia. Used as a fragrance
0.25% - 0.45%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Can help neutralize free radicals and help 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
0.25% - 0.5%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin. Can contain volalite oils and be irritating
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.45% - 0.65%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin. Can contain volalite oils and be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help stabilize the product formulation
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant benefits but research on effectiveness in skin is lacking
0.25% - 0.45%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
An emollient that can also help water and oil mix together, as well as prevent bacteria growth in products
0.3% - 0.6%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.4%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.5%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.45%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps mask the smell of other ingredients and helps preserve the product formulation
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps improve the product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
The same compound that is used safely in dental implants and bone cements. In cosmetics, it is used to improve the consistency of products
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.1% - 0.2%
A colorant
0.1% - 0.2%

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