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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"Derived from Willow Bark, the Salicin helps to rid your pores of dirt and debris, lessening the chance of blemishes and breakouts occurring."
WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains potassium azeloyl diglycinate.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Beautifully smooth, even-toned skin."
WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: lactic acid, potassium azeloyl diglycinate

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
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HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Crafted with Lactic Acid and Salicin, the tonic assists with exfoliating your visage, gently buffing away the look of dead and dull skin cells."
WIMJ summary for exfoliation

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: lactic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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LOW
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WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product contains lactic acid. 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
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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: glycerin, lactic acid.

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: cocos nucifera fruit extract.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Exfoliation
Evens skin tone
Anti-blemish
Anti-aging
Moisturizing
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 91/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
Helps oil and water mix together
5.1% - 7.6%
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)
3.4% - 5.1%
A fermentation product created by bacteria Lactobacillus. The fermented product has anti-bacterial properties and might be helpful in calming down inflammation, but studies are lacking. Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Can be used as a preservative
2.7% - 4%
A derivative of azelaic acid. It is obtained by reacting the chloride of azelaic acid with two molecules of glycine (an amino acid) and potassium hydroxide. It is less studied than azelaic acid, but the available research suggests that it also can be effective in reducing skin redness, hyperpigmentation and blemishes. There are claims that it is more bio-available and more effective than azelaic acid, but no comparison study is available. Potassium azeloyl diglycinate is better soluble in water compared with azelaic acid. Because of this property, products with potassium azeloyl digclycinate can have a nicer texture
2.1% - 3.1%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.6% - 2.5%
A preservative
1.4% - 2%
A non-living ingredient made by fermentation with the bacteria Lactobacillus. It can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might help reduce inflammation
1.1% - 1.7%
Helps stabilize a product formulation
0.9% - 1.4%
A plant extract that might contain salicylic acid
0.8% - 1.2%
Might be somewhat helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals but its typical concentration in a product is too low for having an effect
0.5% - 1.2%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
An emollient. Found to be as effective as a moisturizer for dry skin as mineral oil. Could be comedogenic
0.4% - 0.9%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.2% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.5%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.3%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.05% - 0.1%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.01% - 0.1%

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