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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Glycolic, lactic (AHA), and salicylic acids (BHA) visibly exfoliate, brighten, and purify."
WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

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
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LOW
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HIGH
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"81% saw more even tone and fewer visible dark spots ."
WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

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

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
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Vitamin C Triple Exfoliating Facial"
From product name
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
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HIGH
does not meet threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-aging

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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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WIMJ summary for moisturizing

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: helianthus annuus seed oil, hydrogenated polyisobutene.

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

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

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).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Exfoliation
Evens skin tone
Anti-blemish
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 83/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
22% - 33%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
5.3% - 7.9%
Plain old water
4.2% - 6.3%
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
3.5% - 5.3%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
2.7% - 4%
Used to adjust the product's pH
2% - 3%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
1.6% - 2.4%
Helps water and oil mix together
1.2% - 1.8%
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)
1% - 1.5%
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
1.2% - 1.8%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 1.25%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.45% - 1.1%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
0.45% - 1%
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.
0.5% - 1.15%
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
0.5% - 1.1%
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
0.4% - 0.95%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.8%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.75%
0.2% - 0.8%
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
0.2% - 0.75%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.2% - 0.75%
A plant extract. Can help attract water the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to stabilize the product formulation and can help absorb oil
0.3% - 0.75%
Emollients that are naturaly present in skin. In addition, they help water and oil mix together in the product
0.2% - 0.75%
0.2% - 0.75%
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps to absord oil and evenly disperse other ingredients (for example, pigment) in product formulation
0.2% - 0.75%
0.2% - 0.7%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.35% - 0.75%
Helps water and oil mix together and softens the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.7%
Used to improve the product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.65%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.65%
0.15% - 0.7%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.15% - 0.65%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.15% - 0.65%
0.15% - 0.6%
An enzyme that breaks down and helps remove oil (sebum or other oils). It could damage the skin barrier in the same way that surfactants do
0.15% - 0.55%
A colorant. Does not have any proven benefits in skin
0.1% - 0.5%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.35%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.05% - 0.3%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.05% - 0.25%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.05% - 0.25%
A yellow dye
0.05% - 0.15%
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
0.05% - 0.2%

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