Paula's Choice - RESIST Brightening Essence Treatment

Paula's Choice RESIST Brightening Essence Treatment

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Exfoliation
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • niacinamide
  • adenosine
  • acetyl glucosamine
  • palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
  • palmitoyl tripeptide-1
  • allantoin
  • arbutin
  • glycerin
  • hyaluronic acid
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • +8 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
87 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Infused with a host of beneficial ingredients, including plant extracts, vitamins and antioxidants, the fast-absorbing, anti-aging treatment regenerates and revitalises skin, whilst Hyaluronic Acid delivers long-lasting moisture and hydration to reveal a smoother, more refined complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains acetyl glucosamine.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: adenosine, ascorbyl glucoside, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1.

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
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MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"Treat lack-lustre complexions to the Paula's Choice RESIST Brightening Essence Treatment; a lightweight, radiance-reviving formula that works to combat uneven skin tone and texture."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: acetyl glucosamine

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: arbutin, ascorbyl glucoside, glycyrrhiza glabra root extract.

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
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product might help exfoliate the skin with acetyl glucosamine, but This ingredient is not the most effective.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"Infused with a host of beneficial ingredients, including plant extracts, vitamins and antioxidants, the fast-absorbing, anti-aging treatment regenerates and revitalises skin, whilst Hyaluronic Acid delivers long-lasting moisture and hydration to reveal a smoother, more refined complexion."
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: 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: palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: acetyl glucosamine, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
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
5.2% - 7.7%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.8% - 4.2%
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
2.4% - 3.6%
An effective moisturizing ingredient that also has been shown to be effective in evening out the skin tone and reducing hyperpigmentation. It can help somewhat reduce wrinkles in skin
1.7% - 2.5%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Has a potential to boost collagen production, nutralise free radicals and reduce hyperpigmentation, but the required concentration is likely to be much higher than for the pure form of vitamin C, limiting the ingredient's effectiveness in products
1.4% - 2%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.85% - 1.25%
1.2% - 1.7%
0.9% - 1.35%
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
0.5% - 1.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. Naturally present in skin. Typically has large molecule size unless advertised otherwise on the product label. Helps support skin's barrier function and may help to reduce inflammation
0.2% - 0.75%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.65%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.1% - 0.45%
Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to stimulate collagen production in skin
0.1% - 0.4%
0.1% - 0.4%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.1% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.1% - 0.45%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.05% - 0.3%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
0.05% - 0.25%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.05% - 0.2%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.05% - 0.1%
A preservative
0.01% - 0.1%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.15%

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