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Formula review

Effectiveness
Efficacy
92 /100
Can work for:
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-aging
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
Promises, but can't deliver:
All promises can be fulfilled by this formula at least in theory
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WIMJ summary

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

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Promoting flawless clarity, the anti-ageing solution helps to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and skin discolouration with its HPR Retinoid Technology (a revolutionary new form of Vitamin A), which helps maximise skin’s rejuvenation potential with minimal risk of irritation."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains hydroxypinacolone retinoate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate.

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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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Promoting flawless clarity, the anti-ageing solution helps to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and skin discolouration with its HPR Retinoid Technology (a revolutionary new form of Vitamin A), which helps maximise skin’s rejuvenation potential with minimal risk of irritation."
WIMJ summary

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

In addition, this product contains tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. This ingredient (ingredients) might help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the effect, if any, is likely to be small.

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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This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: dimethicone, cetylhydroxyproline palmitamide.

Keep in mind that this product does not contain effective ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. This is why an additional product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid can be helpful (apply it before this product for the best results).

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

The following ingredients - camellia sinensis leaf extract also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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Potential irritants

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Ingredients by volume

Helps improve the product texture
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
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C, it is more stable. It is claimed to penetrate skin better than pure vitamin C and have the the similar benefits, but solid studies of its effectiveness are lacking. Is likely to require a higher concentration in a product than pure vitamin C to be effective.

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