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Product summary

Based on the ingredient list, "Murad - Rapid Collagen Infusion" can work well for skin moisturization. To work well, any moisturizer needs to include a combination of water-binding and emollient ingredients. Murad - Rapid Collagen Infusion ticks this box. Urea, betaine, glycerin, inositol and sodium hyaluronate in this product (humectants) attract water molecules to the upper layer of the skin (the water comes from the outside air or from the deeper layers of the skin if the air is dry). Olea europaea fruit oil, caprylyl glycol, cetyl ethylhexanoate, pentylene glycol and stearic acid in this product help decrease the water evoporation from the skin, so that it stays hydrated for longer. These ingredients also soften the skin and take away the feeling of tightness and dryness.

Ingredient callouts

  • This product also contains vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). It can be an effective active for anti-aging and evening out the skin tone, but in this moisturizer it is used for stabilizing other ingredients in the formulation. In this concentration (0.25% - 0.45%) it cannot have a noticeable benefit for the skin.
  • We like that this moisturizer contains peptides (palmitoyl tripeptide-5 0.25% - 0.45%). There are many different kind of peptides and they are naturally present in our skin. They all are a combination of amino-acids. Some of them work as natural anti-biotics, promote wound-healing and production of collagen. The science is still not settled on how effective peptides in skincare are, but it is very likely that they have a benefit. Peptides might help restore the skin barrier and fight the signs of aging. At the very least, peptides work as humectants: they attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improve its hydration.

Irritation risk

This formulation includes some common irritants, including ingredients that do not provide a benefit for the skin. We assess the overall irritancy of this moisturizer to be medium. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

About the brand

According to Cruelty-Free Kitty "Murad" is cruelty free, but its parent company is not.

Price

The product retails for 105.00A$ in Australia, from 79.00$ up to 84.00$ in the United States, for 63.45£ in the United Kingdom and for 108.00CA$ in Canada.

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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Rapid Collagen Infusion is a fast-acting formula that fights wrinkles and loss of resilience by promoting healthy collagen and hydration levels to restore a more youthful appearance."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product contains palmitoyl tripeptide-5. This ingredient might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"Rapid Collagen Infusion is a fast-acting formula that fights wrinkles and loss of resilience by promoting healthy collagen and hydration levels to restore a more youthful appearance."
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

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

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).

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: palmitoyl tripeptide-5, urea

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains chitosan.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (chitosan) 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.

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

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Moisturizing
Anti-aging
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 87/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
An emollient that helps soften the skin. It also forms a protective on its surface to reduce water loss.
4.5% - 5.5%
A silicone that improves product texture and helps dissolve other ingredients. Can form a non-greasy film on the skin to prevent moisture loss
4.2% - 5.1%
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% - 3.6%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
2.3% - 2.8%
1.9% - 2.3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and creates a thicker product texture
1.6% - 1.9%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
1.5% - 1.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.1% - 1.4%
Helps to create a nice product texture
1% - 1.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.65% - 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
0.55% - 0.8%
Helps attract water to the skin and might have some anti-bacterial properties. Can be an allergen
0.5% - 0.7%
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
0.45% - 0.65%
0.4% - 0.6%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.4% - 0.6%
0.4% - 0.6%
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
0.35% - 0.6%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
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
0.35% - 0.6%
Works as a humectant helping to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might be effective as an anti-oxidant.
0.25% - 0.5%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
An emollient that helps soften the skin but is not effective for restoring its barrier function. Might be helpful to calm down inflammation
0.25% - 0.45%
Help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Help attract water to the upper layer of the skin, soften it and support the skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that can contain an antioxidant compound
0.25% - 0.45%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.25% - 0.4%
A plant extract containing sugars that might help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is claimed by the manufacturer to help reduce pore size but evidence is lacking
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%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.25% - 0.45%
Typically used to stabilize the product formulations. It is a salt of a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) and in larger concentrations, can help shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. It can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals, but solid research is missing. Due to the zinc content, might help calm down inflammation in skin
0.25% - 0.4%
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
0.25% - 0.45%
Inhibits acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin. Can help to reduce inflammation caused by bacteria. Helps neutralize free radicals in skin. Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps preserve product formulations and can mask the smell of other ingredients in a product
0.25% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to adjust the pH in formulations
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to improve stability of the formulation
0.2% - 0.35%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.15%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.25%
A plant extract that one one hand, can contain compounds that can help calm down skin irritation, but, on the other hand, its other compounds (especially fragrant ones) can themselves be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%
An essential oil that is used as a fragrance and can be irritating. It might have some anti-oxidant effect in skin
0.05% - 0.1%
An essential oil. Potential allergen and can be irritating. It has some anti-bacterial properties
0.05% - 0.1%

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