Paula's Choice - Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask

Paula's Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask

PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
Works for
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
Key ingredients
  • lactic acid
  • bisabolol
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"Willow herb and soothing agents calm skin, while skin-replenishing glycerin adds a touch of hydration for a balanced complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": glycerin, butylene glycol.

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. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

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

This product contains antioxidants (epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract) 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.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Plain old water
Used to create a thicker product consistency
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant

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