Sephora Favorites - Skincare's Next Big Thing

Sephora Favorites Skincare's Next Big Thing

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • acetyl tetrapeptide-5
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • lactic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • gluconolactone
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • acetyl hexapeptide-8
  • avena sativa kernel extract
  • panthenol
  • urea
  • althaea officinalis root extract
  • argania spinosa kernel oil
  • beta-glucan
  • betaine
  • caffeine
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • carthamus tinctorius oleosomes
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl alcohol
  • chondrus crispus extract
  • corallina officinalis extract
  • dimethicone
  • dimethicone crosspolymer
  • glucose
  • glutamic acid
  • glycerin
  • glycosyl trehalose
  • helianthus annuus seed oil
  • honey extract
  • hyaluronic acid
  • hydrogenated starch hydrolysate
  • hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid
  • hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate
  • hydrolyzed soy protein
  • hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • isopropyl myristate
  • jojoba esters
  • lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract
  • limnanthes alba seed oil
  • lycium barbarum fruit extract
  • lycopene
  • macadamia ternifolia seed oil
  • melia azadirachta leaf extract
  • olea europaea fruit oil
  • propolis extract
  • royal jelly extract
  • saccharomyces/imperata cylindrica root ferment extract
  • saccharum officinarum extract
  • salvia hispanica seed oil
  • silica
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • squalane
  • tocopherol
  • triethylhexanoin
  • ubiquinone
  • vitis vinifera seed oil
  • +54 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

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WIMJ summary

This product contains acetyl hexapeptide-8, acetyl tetrapeptide-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
LOW
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"17 oz/ 5 mL Farmacy HONEYMOON GLOW AHA Resurfacing Night Serum ."
WIMJ summary

This product might help exfoliate the skin with urea, but This ingredient is not the most effective.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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"3 oz/ 10 mL Herbivore Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil ."
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: glutamic acid, 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, isopropyl myristate.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: acetyl hexapeptide-8, acetyl tetrapeptide-5, urea

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This product contains antioxidants (lycopene, ubiquinone) 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
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
TBC
A silicone that serves as an emollient. Helps create a nice non-greasy feels
TBC
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
TBC
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
TBC
Plant oil from nuts that helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Contains a high concentration of oleic acid that can weaken skin's barrier function and increase water-loss while enhancing penetration of other ingredients
TBC
A preservative
TBC
A type of silicone that helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
TBC
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
TBC
An emollient that helps soften the skin
TBC
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
TBC
Used to create a nice product consistency while softening the upper layer of the skin
TBC
Helps oil and water mix together
TBC
TBC
A fermentation product created by bacteria Lactobacillus out of soybean. The fermented product helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and has anti-bacterial properties. It might be helpful in calming down inflammation and could be helpful in evening out skin tone, but studies are lacking
TBC
Yeast extract obtained from a plant root (cogon grass). It works as an excellent humectant attracting water to the upper layer of the skin. Can have some anti-inflammatory effect
TBC
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
TBC
Helps oil and water mix together
TBC
Helps oil and water mix together
TBC
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.
TBC
Helps water and oil mix together
TBC
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
TBC
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
TBC
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
TBC
Used to stabilize product formulations and create a nice product texture
TBC
TBC
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
TBC
An effective moisturizing and skin barrier repair ingredient. Helps calm down inflammation and has some anti-oxidant properties
TBC
A plant extract that has some anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties. Can be irritating
TBC
TBC
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties but evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
A plant extract that might have an anti-inflammatory effect in skin
TBC
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
TBC
Might have some anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Can be irritating
TBC
A plant extract that can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might help to reduce inflammation
TBC
A plant extract that has an anti-bacterial effect
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. It contains a compound salicin that can theoretically be converted into salicylic acid that, in turn, helps reduce inflammation in skin, but the evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking and the extract is usually not used in a concentration that would enable an exfoliating effect
TBC
TBC
Naturally present in skin (urea makes up about 7% of natural moisturizing factors in skin). Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Also has a positive effect on the skin barrier beyond the humectant action. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients. Is an exfoliating ingredient when used in high concentrations
TBC
Used to regulate product's pH
TBC
TBC
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Can add sweet taste to lip products
TBC
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
TBC
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
TBC
Used to create a thicker product consistency
TBC
Helps preserve product formulations
TBC
Helps adjust pH in products
TBC
TBC
A fragrance. Can be irritating
TBC
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
TBC
TBC
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
TBC
TBC
Plain old water
TBC
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
TBC
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.
TBC
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
TBC
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
TBC
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
TBC
Red algae extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and create a nicer product consistency
TBC
TBC
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
TBC
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
TBC
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
TBC
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
TBC
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
TBC
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C. It is more stable than ascorbic acid, but still degrades quickly and needs to be stabilized in a formulation with another ingredient. 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.
TBC
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
TBC
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and attract water to its upper layer
TBC
Helps neutralize free radicals in skin combating sun damage. Adds a red color to the product
TBC
TBC
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
TBC
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
TBC
Helps mask the small of other ingredients and improve the product texture
TBC
Used to create a thicker product texture. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and might be able to prevent moisture loss from its surface
TBC
Used to create a thicker product consistency
TBC
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
TBC
TBC
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
TBC
Increases thickness of a product. Texture enhancer for oil-in-water emulsions
TBC
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
TBC
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
TBC
A preservative
TBC
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
TBC
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
TBC
TBC
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)
TBC
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
TBC
An emollient made of jojoba oil. Helps soften the skin and support its barrier function
TBC
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
TBC
Used to adjust the pH level of products
TBC
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. It contains a compound salicin that can theoretically be converted into salicylic acid that, in turn, helps reduce inflammation in skin, but the evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking and the extract is usually not used in a concentration that would enable an exfoliating effect
TBC
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
TBC
A great emollient that can also have anti-oxidant properties
TBC
A plant extract that can be irritating. It might contain a compound anthocyanin that could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
TBC
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
TBC
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
TBC
TBC
A complex substance produced by honey bees. Can have anti-bacterial and some anti-oxidant effect. Is an allergen and can be irritating
TBC
A compound secreted by bees. Might be able to attract water to the top layer of the skin. Avoid if sensitive to honey and bee products
TBC
Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
TBC
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. A version of it is naturally present in skin
TBC
A plant extract that can contain an active compound curcumin, that may have some anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin, but solid research is lacking and the typical concentration used in skincare products is too low. Can be an irritant
TBC
An emollient that helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Might have some weak anti-oxidant properties
TBC
A plant extract that can contain an irritating essential oil. Might have some anti-oxidant effect, but evidence is lacking
TBC
TBC
This oil's cmposition is closest to rapeseed oil. It is a very stable oil and serves as an emoillient
TBC
TBC
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
TBC
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
TBC
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
TBC
A plant extract that contains small percentage of AHAs. Is unlikely to have any skin benefit due the small concentration of the active compounds
TBC
A plant extract that has anti-bacterial properties. Can be used to preserve the product. Can be irritating
TBC
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
TBC
A plant extract that might be helpful to neutralize free radicals in skin
TBC
Chia seed oil. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and might be helpful in repairing skin barrier
TBC
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
TBC
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
TBC
Used to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a thicker product consistency
TBC
Used to create gel-like formulas and stabilize emulsions
TBC
Used as a cleansing agent (surfactant) in cleansers. Helps water and oil mix together in lotions. Can be irritating
TBC
TBC
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
TBC
Helps oil and water mix together
TBC
A preservative
TBC
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
TBC
A preservative
TBC
Red algae extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might contain antioxidants
TBC
Helps water and oil mix together and softens the upper layer of the skin
TBC
A polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that helps shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. Is believed to be genter than AHAs. It helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can stimulate production of skin's own hyaluronic acid resulting in improved hydration levels. It has been shown to be helpful against acne and clogged pores if used consistently (e.g over a period of 12 weeks) in high enough concentration. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone with long-term application. Can help neutralize free radicals
TBC
A preservative
TBC
Used as a fragrance. Canbe irritating
TBC
A plant extract that is rich in a fragrance compound eugenol that is a frequent allergen and can be irritating. It might also contain anti-oxidants to help neutralize free radicals
TBC
Used to dissolve other ingredients and to improve smell of products. It could be irritating
TBC
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Could be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
TBC
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and helps to improve appearance of the product
TBC
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
TBC
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
A plant extract that can contain an antioxidant compound
TBC
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Avoid if sensitive to gluten
TBC
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might have some anti-aging, anti-oxidant, and skin lightening properties, but solid evidence is missing
TBC
TBC
An amino-acid that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
TBC
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
TBC
Helps oil and water mix together
TBC
Helps oil and water mix together
TBC
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
TBC
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
TBC
TBC
Used to create a thicker product consistency
TBC
TBC
TBC
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
TBC
TBC
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
TBC
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
TBC
TBC
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
TBC
Plant extract that might help calm down inflammation and have some anti-oxidant properties
TBC
TBC
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
TBC
Coenzyme Q10. It helps neutralize free radicals in skin, improves skin hydration and might be helpful agains fine lines and wrinkles. It can be an allergen
TBC
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. Naturally present in skin. Typically has large molecule size unless advertised otherwise on the product label. Helps support skin's barrier function and may help to reduce inflammation
TBC
A plant extract that one one hand, can contain compounds that can help calm down skin irritation, but, on the other hand, its other compounds (especially fragrant ones) can themselves be irritating
TBC
TBC
TBC
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
TBC
TBC
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
TBC
A preservative
TBC
A preservative
TBC
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
TBC
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
TBC
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
TBC
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
TBC
An emollient that helps soften the skin. Could be comedogenic
TBC
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
TBC
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
TBC
A plant extract that can have some anti-oxidant effect in skin
TBC
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and attract water to its upper layer
TBC
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties. Can be used as a fragrance
TBC
TBC
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C. It is more stable than ascorbic acid, but still degrades quickly and needs to be stabilized in a formulation with another ingredient. 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.
TBC
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
TBC
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
TBC
TBC
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
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Helps water and oil mix together and has an anti-microbial effect helping to preserve product formulations
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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.
TBC
An emollient that helps soften the skin but is not effective for restoring its barrier function. Might be helpful to calm down inflammation
TBC
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
TBC
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin. Naturally present in skin. Typically has large molecule size unless advertised otherwise on the product label. Helps support skin's barrier function and may help to reduce inflammation
TBC
TBC
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
TBC
A preservative
TBC
Used to create a thicker product consistency
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TBC
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
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The ingredient is not recognized
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