Paula's Choice - Discoloration Repair Serum
WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • niacinamide
  • bakuchiol
  • allantoin
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja oil
  • glycine soja sterols
  • tocopherol
  • tranexamic acid
  • +7 more
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"Discoloration Repair Serum"
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: bakuchiol, niacinamide, salicylic acid, tranexamic 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
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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: allantoin, 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, glycine soja oil.

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

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

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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)
1.25% - 2.5%
Plain old water
12% - 18%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
5.1% - 7.6%
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% - 4.5%
An amino acid that is effective in reducing hyperpigmentation and evening out the skin tone
2.2% - 3.3%
Helps dissolve other ingredients in the formula
1.8% - 2.7%
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
1.7% - 2.6%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
1.4% - 2.1%
Helps water and oil mix together
1.1% - 1.7%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
1% - 1.6%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.85% - 1.25%
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
0.5% - 1.15%
A plant oil that contains essential oils that can be irritating. Can help soften the upper layer of the skin. Might have some anti-oxidant activity but evidence is lacking
0.45% - 1%
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
0.4% - 0.95%
0.35% - 0.85%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.4% - 0.9%
A plant extract that is, though different in chemical structure, acts similar to retinoids. First studies show that it can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone, reduce clogged pores and blemishes, and reduce inflammation. There is no conclusive evidence that bakuchiol is as effective as retinol however. The study that directly compared retinol with bakuchiol used bakuchiol applied twice daily compared to once per day for the retinol. According to this study, bakuchiol is less irritating than retinol. Bakuchiol is extracted from seeds of Babchi plant. Other parts of the plant contain coumarins that could cause allergic and irritant reactions. These compounds should be removed in the extraction process when bakuchiol is produced, but it is a good idea to be cautious and stay away from products that include the Babchi plant extracts other than purified bakuchiol to avoid irritation
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.7%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.2% - 0.75%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.15% - 0.6%
A good emollient that helps soften the skin and helps repair its barrier function
0.15% - 0.65%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.15% - 0.5%
A plant extract that might help reduce inflammation and neutralize free radicals
0.1% - 0.5%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.15% - 0.6%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.1% - 0.35%
Used to stabilize product formulations
0.05% - 0.3%
Helps adjust the product pH
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%

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