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Product summary

"Phykology - Bright Tomorrow Guardian Cream" has a good moisturizing formula. The formulation is based on a combination of good humectants and emollients. Both are needed to increase the skin hydration level. Humectants in this product (arginine, fructooligosaccharides, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate) help to increase the water content in the upper layer of the skin. (These ingredients do so by "capturing" water molecules from the outside air or from within the deeper layers of the skin). Ceramide np, cholesterol, limnanthes alba seed oil, arginine and cetearyl alcohol in this product help decrease the water evoporation from the skin, so that it stays hydrated for longer. These ingredients also soften the skin and take away the feeling of tightness and dryness.

Ingredient callouts

  • Another benefit is that this moisturizer contain ceramides (ceramide np 0.10% - 0.35%). Ceramides are an important part of our natural skin barrier. The ceramides used in skincare are synthetic or come from plants. They help soften the skin and can help "fill the gaps" in the skin barrier, keeping the skin hydrated and resilient for longer.

Irritation risk

This moisturizer contains some common irritants, including those without a benefit for the skin. We assess the overall irritancy of this moisturizer to be medium. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

Price

The product retails for 28.00$ in the United States.

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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"This cream works to improve fine lines, rough and irritated skin, and the general appearance of photo-damaged skin."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product contains centella asiatica extract. This ingredient might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for moisturizing

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: arginine, fructooligosaccharides.

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: arginine, cholesterol.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: ceramide np

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (centella asiatica extract, ficus carica fruit 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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Anti-aging
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 75/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
A seaweed extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have an anti-oxidant effect
27% - 41%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
4.2% - 6.3%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
3.6% - 5.4%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin without creating a greasy texture
2.8% - 4.1%
This oil's cmposition is closest to rapeseed oil. It is a very stable oil and serves as an emoillient
2.1% - 3.2%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.7% - 2.6%
1.4% - 2.1%
Seaweed extract that might help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and have some anti-oxidant properties
1.2% - 1.8%
A plant extract that is mostly used as a fragrance. Might have some anti-oxidant effect
1% - 1.45%
A plant extract that has been shown to be able to reduce inflammation in skin, support restoration of skin barrier function, as well as support collagen production. Contains active compounds called centelloids: asiaticoside, madecasosside, asiatic acid and madecassic acid. Might be helpful in preventing stretch marks. It can be itself be irritating though.
0.8% - 1.2%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals. The concentrations typically used in cosmetics are too small to have an effect
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.4% - 1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.75%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.7%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.2% - 0.75%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.15% - 0.7%
Used to stabilize the product formulations and works as an emollient
0.15% - 0.6%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.55%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
0.1% - 0.45%
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
0.1% - 0.5%
Help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.55%
An emollient that is naturally found in skin
0.15% - 0.5%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.1% - 0.4%
Help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.05% - 0.3%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.1% - 0.35%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin, calm down inflammation and irritation, restore the barrier function and support wound healing. It can be helpful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.05% - 0.2%
Helps preserve product formulations
0.05% - 0.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. A version of it is naturally present in skin
0.05% - 0.15%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.15%
A preservative
0.01% - 0.1%

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