Murad - Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum

Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • ascorbic acid
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • lactic acid
  • urea
  • betaine
  • c13-16 isoparaffin
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • chlorella vulgaris extract
  • diisopropyl sebacate
  • dimethicone
  • glutathione
  • glycerin
  • hexylresorcinol
  • inositol
  • polysilicone-11
  • silica
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • trehalose
  • triheptanoin
  • +18 more
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IRRITANCY
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What does the product description say?
"Combat age-accelerating aggressors with the Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum."
WIMJ summary

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

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"This serum is great for balancing uneven tone while promoting a visibly brighter complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glutathione, glycolic 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: hexylresorcinol.

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
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What does the product description say?
"Glycolic acid serum rapidly resurfaces and removes dead, dulling surface cells to reveal more radiant skin, and clears the way for vitamin C to penetrate skin more effectively."
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.

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"91% saw brighter, smoother skin with more glow 94% agreed skin feels softer and more hydrated In 4 weeks."
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: caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone.

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

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This product contains antioxidants (glutathione) 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 - hexylresorcinol also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
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% - 5.4%
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
4.2% - 5.1%
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
3% - 3.7%
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% - 2.9%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.8% - 2.3%
Used to create a silky product texture and add volume to products
1.6% - 1.9%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin without creatng a greasy finish
1.5% - 1.8%
Is mostly used to dissolve other ingredients. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin. It might be comedogenic when used in high concentrations
1.2% - 1.5%
0.95% - 1.2%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
0.7% - 1.05%
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
0.55% - 0.85%
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
0.5% - 0.75%
0.45% - 0.7%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.65%
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
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.3% - 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
0.3% - 0.6%
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% - 0.55%
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
0.25% - 0.5%
Used as a fragrance
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.4% - 0.6%
Might be helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
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% - 0.5%
A synthetic triglyceride. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to improve the product consistency
0.3% - 0.5%
0.2% - 0.4%
Pepper extract. Might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.25% - 0.45%
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%
0.25% - 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%
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant effect in skin, but evidence is lacking
0.25% - 0.45%
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
0.35% - 0.65%
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% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.6%
A colorant. Does not have any proven benefits in skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.25% - 0.4%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
0.15% - 0.3%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.1% - 0.2%
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%

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