Proactiv - Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

Proactiv Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • allantoin
  • alpha-glucan oligosaccharide
  • bisabolol
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • ethylhexyl palmitate
  • glycerin
  • kojic acid
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium polyacrylate
  • squalane
  • zinc gluconate
  • +11 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
91 /100
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"It contains salicylic acid to fight acne and botanicals to help brighten the skin to look clear + radiant."
WIMJ summary

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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This product contains kojic acid. This ingredient help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they might be able to prevent early signs of aging (like fine lines and wrinkles), at least to some extent. These ingredients will not be able to "reverse" signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Formulated with a skin brightening complex to help give the appearance of even skin tone and radiant-looking complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: kojic acid, salicylic acid

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: 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
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LOW
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LOW
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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: salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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LOW
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Complexion Perfecting Hydrator"
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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: dimethicone, squalane.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (kojic acid) 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
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LOW
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Potential irritants

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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)
0.5%
Declared
Plain old water
14% - 17%
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
5.9% - 7.2%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
3.2% - 3.9%
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
3% - 3.6%
Used to create a gel-like product texture, as well as to stabilize emulsions
2.6% - 3.1%
A plant extract that might contain a compound baicalin that could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation in skin. The baicalin concentration in skincare products is often too low for an effective action. Can be used for its fragrant properties
1.7% - 2.1%
1.6% - 1.9%
1.4% - 1.7%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
1.1% - 1.4%
0.95% - 1.15%
Helps to reduce hyperpigmentation and neutralize free radicals. Can be irritating
0.7% - 1.05%
Typically used to stabilize the product formulations. It is a salt of a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) and in larger concentrations, can help shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. It can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals, but solid research is missing. Due to the zinc content, might help calm down inflammation in skin
0.65% - 1%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.7% - 1.05%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.6% - 0.9%
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
0.55% - 0.8%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.5% - 0.8%
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.
0.6% - 0.95%
0.5% - 0.8%
0.55% - 0.8%
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
0.55% - 0.8%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.5% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.45% - 0.65%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.45% - 0.7%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and create a nice product texture
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.6%
Used to stabilize product formulations and help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.65%
0.5% - 0.7%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish
0.55% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix together. Has some emollient properties
0.5% - 0.7%
Used to thicken the product's consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.15% - 0.3%
0.15% - 0.25%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.15% - 0.25%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.1% - 0.15%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.2%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.05% - 0.05%

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