Philosophy - Brighten My Day Brightening Essence

Philosophy Brighten My Day Brightening Essence

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • salicylic acid
  • algae extract
  • bisabolol
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • dimethicone
  • glycerin
  • hydrolyzed jojoba esters
  • isopropyl myristate
  • methyl methacrylate crosspolymer
  • peg/ppg-18/18 dimethicone
  • sodium polyacrylate
  • squalane
  • +12 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains niacinamide.

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

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: ascorbyl glucoside.

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.

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What does the product description say?
"Enriched with extract of Licorice Root and Daisy Flower, it seeks to alleviate the look of redness and hyperpigmentation, minimise the appearance of enlarged pores and smooth the feel of rough and uneven textures."
WIMJ summary

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

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: ascorbyl glucoside, glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, glycyrrhiza uralensis 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.

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"3 Brightening Complex, the hydrating emulsion can be used as an all-over moisturiser or targeted spot treatment."
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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: algae extract, 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: dimethicone, squalane.

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 (ascorbyl glucoside) 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.

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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.4% - 5.4%
Enhances the product texture and makes it more spreadable. Helps reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin. Extands the shelf life by preventing bacteria growth
4.2% - 5.1%
An emollient that helps soften the skin. Could be comedogenic
3.1% - 3.8%
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%
Helps thicken the product consistency
1.9% - 2.4%
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
1.6% - 2%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
1.4% - 1.7%
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
1.2% - 1.5%
A plant extract. Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.9% - 1.1%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
0.7% - 1.05%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.55% - 0.8%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 0.75%
A silicone that serves as an emollient. Helps create a nice non-greasy feels
0.5% - 0.75%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
0.45% - 0.65%
Used to create a gel-like product texture, as well as to stabilize emulsions
0.45% - 0.7%
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
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Helps to absord oil and evenly disperse other ingredients (for example, pigment) in product formulation
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.55%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
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)
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.25% - 0.45%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Plant extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but research is not extensive yet
0.3% - 0.55%
A silicone that mixes with water creating nice light-weight product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
Licorice root extract. Might be helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.35%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps stabilize the product formulation
0.15% - 0.25%
0.15% - 0.25%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.15% - 0.3%
Added to create a nice product smell. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.15%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.1%

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