Obagi - C Fx C-Therapy Night Cream

Obagi C Fx C-Therapy Night Cream

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • ascorbic acid
  • lactic acid
  • arbutin
  • cetyl alcohol
  • glycerin
  • phenyl trimethicone
  • +3 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
50 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"A gentle alternative to anti-aging products that contain hydroquinone, this treatment cream contains a potent blend of arbutin and vitamin C to achieve a more youthful appearance."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain ingredients that are able to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or help with skin elasticity, but it can improve the look of the skin temporarily through moisturization. Well-moisturized skin might also be able to repair the sun damage better.

This ingredient arbutin might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin and help it fight off some of the sun damage.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
does not meet threshold
MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"Fade dark spots and address signs of aging with Obagi-C Fx C-Therapy Night Cream."
WIMJ summary

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: arbutin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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HIGH
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HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"This topical formula is a non-hydroquinone free skin brightener containing arbutin, exfoliants, and antioxidants to resurface skin and help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain effective exfoliating ingredients. It might be able to deliver physical exfoliation, that is scrub off some of the dead cells on the surface of the skin. We do not recommend physical exfoliation, because it is not uniform (some bits of skin can get exfoliated too much while others not at all). It can also traumatize the skin and aggrevate acne and other skin conditions.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Combination, dry and oily skin typesReduces the appearance of hyperpigmentationBrightens dull skinHydroquinone-free Obagi-C Fx is a non-Rx version of the prescription strength 4% Hydroquinone products and systems and is Hydroquinone-free ."
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: 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: phenyl trimethicone, cetyl alcohol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (arbutin) 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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.9% - 5.9%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
3% - 4.4%
Beta-arbutin. Can help to reduce hyperpigmentation and has an anti-oxidant effect when used in high enough concentration. Is less effective compared to alpha-arbutin
2.7% - 4.1%
1.8% - 2.7%
A cleansing agent (SLS). It can be irritating
1.7% - 2.6%
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.
1% - 1.5%
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
0.9% - 1.4%
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)
0.5% - 1.15%
A type of silicone that can decrease loss of moisture from the skin surface. It helps create a nice product texture
0.45% - 1.05%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.5%
0.15% - 0.65%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.15%

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