Murad - Retinol Home and Away Duo

Murad Retinol Home and Away Duo

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • retinol
  • hydroxypinacolone retinoate
  • ceramide np
  • urea
  • betaine
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetyl palmitate
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • dimethicone
  • ethylhexyl palmitate
  • glycerin
  • inositol
  • polymethylsilsesquioxane
  • punica granatum extract
  • shea butter ethyl esters
  • silica
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • squalane
  • titanium dioxide
  • trehalose
  • +17 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

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WIMJ summary

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"A fast-acting retinoid, time-released retinol and a retinol booster work to soften the look of fine lines, boost radiance and unify tone."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains hydroxypinacolone retinoate, retinol.

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
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HIGH
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This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: hydroxypinacolone retinoate, retinol.

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: punica granatum 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
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HIGH
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LOW
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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: retinol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
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"Hyaluronic acid then hydrates and plumps, while swertia flower extract supports skin resilience."
WIMJ summary

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: betaine, glycerin.

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: dimethicone, squalane.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: ceramide np, urea

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (retinol) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - punica granatum extract also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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MEDIUM
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LOW
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
6.4% - 7.8%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a thicker product consistency
4.4% - 5.4%
A non-drying alcohol that helps stabilize product formulations
3.2% - 3.9%
A silicone that improves product texture and helps dissolve other ingredients. Can form a non-greasy film on the skin to prevent moisture loss
2.4% - 2.9%
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
2.1% - 2.5%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.7% - 2.1%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
1.5% - 1.8%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
1.3% - 1.5%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1% - 1.2%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol 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. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.7% - 1%
A derivative of the most potent form of vitamin A, retinoic acid. The ingredient can be sold under name Granactive Retinoid. Note that if a skincare brand discloses the concentration of Granactive Retinoid in a product, the concentration refers to a diluted form of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate: 1% of Granactive Retinoid corresponds to 0.1% of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate. Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) is a unique derivative of retinoic acid because it can directly work in the skin and does not require additional conversion steps. According to studies done by the manufacturer on models of human skin (not real people), this derivative is more effective than other cosmetic versions of retinoids (such as retinol, retinaldehyde, and retinyl palmitate), and, at the same time, causes less irritation. It has been also demonstrated to be more stable than retinol which makes formulating with easier and increases the chances that a product with it will maintain its effectiveness after opening. The packaging should still ideally be air-tight. HPR is available over the counter in the EU, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, but is only with a prescription in Canada.
0.05% - 0.05%
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
0.55% - 0.85%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.7%
0.45% - 0.7%
A plant extract that can have an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, but evidence of effectiveness is lacking
0.45% - 0.65%
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.
0.5% - 0.75%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and even out the skin tone, but is typically used in products in a concentration that is too low to be effective
0.35% - 0.6%
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.
0.35% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.55%
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
0.3% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
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
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
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
0.3% - 0.6%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.4% - 0.65%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and create a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.55%
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% - 0.5%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and is used to improve product texture and stability
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
A mineral that is used to improve the texture of cosmetic products
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps protect the ingredients in the formulation against UV light
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
0.25% - 0.45%
A colorant
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.15%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.15%

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