Murad - Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel

Murad Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel

PROMISES
FULFILLED
81 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
Works for
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
+ 2 more
Key ingredients
  • lactic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • niacinamide
  • allantoin
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • erythritol
  • glycerin
+ 9 more
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"The Retexturising Swab is the first step; a sealed cotton bud that has been saturated in a powerful, AHA-based blend of Lactic and Glycolic Acids, which work to gently exfoliate the surface layer of skin, dissolving dulling dead cells and unclogging pores to promote a more even and refined texture."
WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients (glycolic acid) that could help reduce blemishes and clogged pores in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Skin is left feeling plumped and revitalised, with the appearance of wrinkles visibly reduced and a healthy looking vitality is restored."
WIMJ summary

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

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: lactic 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
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glycolic acid, hydroxyethyl urea, lactic acid

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: glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, morus alba bark extract.

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
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"The Retexturising Swab is the first step; a sealed cotton bud that has been saturated in a powerful, AHA-based blend of Lactic and Glycolic Acids, which work to gently exfoliate the surface layer of skin, dissolving dulling dead cells and unclogging pores to promote a more even and refined texture."
WIMJ summary

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, hydroxyethyl urea, lactic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel"
From product name
WIMJ summary

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

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
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (camellia sinensis leaf extract) 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.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
alcohol
does not have skin benefit
lactic acid
Has skin benefit
glycolic acid
Has skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Plain old water
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties

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