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Can the product deliver on its promises?

See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"Cleanse with Essential-C Cleanser."
WIMJ summary for cleansing

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (decyl glucoside, hexylene glycol, peg-7 trimethylolpropane coconut ether, sodium surfactin, triheptanoin, xanthan gum) and should be able to cleanse the skin gently. Still keep in mind that any cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, and most people do not need to cleanse their skin more than once per day.

Even though this formulation is mild, the following cleansing agents could trigger an irritation or allergy for some people: decyl glucoside

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"Glycolic acid rapidly resurfaces and removes dead, dulling surface cells to reveal more radiant skin, and clears the way for vitamin C to penetrate the skin more effectively."
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
MEDIUM
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Cleansing
Exfoliation
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 100/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
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
5.2% - 6.4%
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% - 4.8%
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
3.2% - 3.9%
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%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.9% - 2.3%
Used to create a silky product texture and add volume to products
1.6% - 2%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin without creatng a greasy finish
1.5% - 1.8%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
1.2% - 1.5%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
0.95% - 1.2%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.7% - 1.05%
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
0.55% - 0.85%
0.5% - 0.75%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
0.45% - 0.65%
Could be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin, evening out the skin tone and neutralizing free radicals, but more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.4% - 0.6%
A peptide that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and reduce melanin production resulting in skin lightening effect and reduction in hyperpigmentation. It can also help attract moisture to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.65%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C. It is more stable than ascorbic acid, but still degrades quickly and needs to be stabilized in a formulation with another ingredient. It is claimed to penetrate skin better than pure vitamin C and have the the similar benefits, but solid studies of its effectiveness are lacking. Is likely to require a higher concentration in a product than pure vitamin C to be effective.
0.3% - 0.6%
An emollient that softens the skin and helps prevent moisture loss.
0.3% - 0.55%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
0.3% - 0.55%
Used as a fragrance
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.4% - 0.65%
Might be helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals in skin
0.25% - 0.5%
A silicone that forms a light film on the skin surface helping to bind water and temporarily absorb oils creating a matt and powdery feel
0.3% - 0.55%
A synthetic triglyceride. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to improve the product consistency
0.3% - 0.55%
0.25% - 0.5%
Pepper extract. Might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
0.35% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.5%
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% - 0.5%
0.3% - 0.5%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant effect in skin, but evidence is lacking
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
A colorant that can add a pearl-like appearance to the formulation
0.4% - 0.6%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to dissolve other ingredients and to improve smell of products. It could be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that can help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
0.25% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
A colorant. Does not have any proven benefits in skin
0.2% - 0.4%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
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
0.1% - 0.2%
0.1% - 0.15%

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