OleHenriksen - Counter Balance™ Oil Control Hydrator

OleHenriksen Counter Balance™ Oil Control Hydrator

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WORKS FOR
  • Cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-blemish
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • lactic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • linoleic acid
  • allantoin
  • bisabolol
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • chondrus crispus extract
  • dimethicone
  • dimethicone crosspolymer
  • glycerin
  • linolenic acid
  • melia azadirachta seed oil
  • methyl gluceth-20
  • methyl methacrylate crosspolymer
  • oleanolic acid
  • saccharide isomerate
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • tocopherol
  • +17 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
83 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"This groundbreaking formula also significantly improves the wear of foundation for up to eight hours, making makeup meltdown a thing of the past."
WIMJ summary

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (hexylene glycol, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, polysorbate 20) and should be able to cleanse the skin gently. Still keep in mind that any cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, and most people do not need to cleanse their skin more than once per day.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
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HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Help lift and loosen dead skin cells that clog pores."
WIMJ summary

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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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Help lift and loosen dead skin cells that clog pores."
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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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LOW
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HIGH
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Potential irritants

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 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
6.8% - 8.3%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.1% - 5%
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
3.2% - 3.9%
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
2.4% - 2.9%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
1.9% - 2.4%
Helps thicken the product consistency
1.7% - 2%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.3% - 1.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.1% - 1.3%
An excellent emollient. Helps soften the skin, restore its barrier function, and can help to calm down inflammation. It can be helpful to prevent blemishes and clogged pores
1% - 1.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.6% - 0.95%
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
0.55% - 0.8%
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)
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and can support skin barrier function due to the high linoleic acid content
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.6% - 0.9%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and soften it
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.45% - 0.65%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and calm down inflammation
0.45% - 0.7%
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)
0.3% - 0.55%
Used as a fragrance and can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
A bark extract that might help clam down inflammation and neutralize free radicals , but evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
Red algae extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and create a nicer product consistency
0.25% - 0.5%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
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%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product texture. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and might be able to prevent moisture loss from its surface
0.25% - 0.45%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.2% - 0.35%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), but is mostly used to stabilize product formulations in cosmetics
0.2% - 0.4%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties, but evidence is lacking
0.15% - 0.3%
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
0.15% - 0.25%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.2%
Might be helpful against blemishes, work as an anti-oxidant, reduce inflammation and improve skin's ability to hold on to moisture, but more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness when applied topically to human skin
0.1% - 0.15%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.05% - 0.1%

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