Reflekt - 2 Brightening & Hydrating Serum

Reflekt 2 Brightening & Hydrating Serum

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid
  • lactic acid
  • anhydroxylitol
  • palmitoyl tripeptide-5
  • glucose
  • glycerin
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • xylitylglucoside
  • +5 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
68 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Hard-working peptides help to protect the skin, while kickstarting collagen production and insulating the collagen you have from further damage."
WIMJ summary

This product contains 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid, palmitoyl tripeptide-5. These ingredients 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
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Packed with a potent and stable form of Vitamin C, this serum works to fade hyperpigmentation, address uneven skin tone and brighten skin complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid

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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What does the product description say?
" Reflekt 2 Brightening & Hydrating Serum works to gently exfoliate the skin while sealing in moisture, brightening, and minimizing the appearance of pores."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain effective exfoliating ingredients. It might be able to deliver physical exfoliation, that is scrub off some of the dead cells on the surface of the skin. We do not recommend physical exfoliation, because it is not uniform (some bits of skin can get exfoliated too much while others not at all). It can also traumatize the skin and aggrevate acne and other skin conditions.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"2 Brightening & Hydrating Serum"
From product name
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": anhydroxylitol, glycerin.

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. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: palmitoyl tripeptide-5

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (3-o-ethyl ascorbic 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).

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
4.3% - 6.5%
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
3.4% - 5.1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.6% - 4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
2% - 3.1%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
1.7% - 2.5%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Can help neutralize free radicals and help 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
1.4% - 2.2%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties, but evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking
1.3% - 1.9%
A fruit extract that might help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin, but there is no evidence for any other benefits to the skin
1% - 1.5%
A fruit extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.85% - 1.25%
0.5% - 1.2%
0.45% - 1%
A fruit extract that might have some anti-oxidant effect
0.4% - 0.9%
A fruit extract that is used to add a fragrance to the product. It might have some antioxidant properties
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.85%
0.3% - 0.75%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Could be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.55%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
0.1% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.1% - 0.4%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrir function
0.1% - 0.35%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.1% - 0.4%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize emulsions
0.05% - 0.25%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.15%
A preservative that comes from radishes fermented by a bacteria. New research suggests that the preservation properties in the ingredient come from an ammonium salt that is not present naturally in radish root but used in its cultivation. Is problematic because the exact amount of the preservative agents is difficult to determine
0.05% - 0.1%

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