Philosophy - Help Me Retinol Night Treatment

Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Moisturizing
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • retinol
  • ascorbic acid
  • bisabolol
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl alcohol
  • cetyl ricinoleate
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • dimethicone
  • glycerin
  • +7 more
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100 /100
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"Retinol encourages skin renewal and helps promote collagen to reduce fine lines, clear congested pores, even skin tone, and smooth skin texture."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: retinol. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Retinol encourages skin renewal and helps promote collagen to reduce fine lines, help minimize pores, even skin tone, and smooth skin texture Formulated with Vitamin C and Vitamin E which provides antioxidant protection against environmental damage"
WIMJ summary

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

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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LOW
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HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Retinol encourages skin renewal and helps promote collagen to reduce fine lines, help minimize pores, even skin tone, and smooth skin texture Formulated with Vitamin C and Vitamin E which provides antioxidant protection against environmental damage"
WIMJ summary

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

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
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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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: retinol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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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: 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, dimethicone.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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This product contains antioxidants (retinol) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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LOW
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Potential irritants

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
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
5.9% - 8.8%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.6% - 5.3%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
2.3% - 3.5%
2.1% - 3.1%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.8% - 2.7%
An emollient that helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1.5% - 2.3%
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
1.4% - 2.1%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.1% - 1.6%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.5% - 1%
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.
0.5% - 1.2%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.4% - 0.95%
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
0.35% - 0.8%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C, it is more stable and can penetrate the skin better than L-Ascorbic acid. It is effective in protecting the skin from free radicals, as well as evening the skin tone, but is less effective in stimulating collagen production compared to L-Ascorbic acid.
0.35% - 0.8%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.3% - 0.75%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
0.3% - 0.7%
Might be helpful in restoring skin barrier function and, when combined with zinc carbonate and malonic acid, reducing fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating elastin production. Also helps stabilize the product formulation
0.15% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.3% - 0.75%
0.15% - 0.55%
A silicone that serves as an emollient. Helps create a nice non-greasy feels
0.15% - 0.55%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.1% - 0.35%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.1% - 0.35%
Helps water and oil mix together and works as a cleansing agent
0.1% - 0.3%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.15%

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