Serious Skincare Serious-C Beyond AM PM

Formula review

Effectiveness
Efficacy
92 /100
Can work for:
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-aging
  • Evens skin tone
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-oxidation
Promises, but can't deliver:
All promises can be fulfilled by this formula at least in theory
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WIMJ summary

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

In addition, this product contains bakuchiol, ethyl linoleate. It can help in reducing blemishes, even though it is less effective.

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What does the product description say?
"Improves the look of your skin's tone, radiance and elasticity when used every day for 2 monthsReduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and dullnessUltra-concentrated, water-free serumsFormulated with intense levels of Vitamin C and high percentages of effective anti-aging beauty ingredients"
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains retinol, bakuchiol, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Improves the look of your skin's tone, radiance and elasticity when used every day for 2 months Reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and dullness Ultra-concentrated, water-free serums Formulated with intense levels of Vitamin C and high percentages of effective anti-aging beauty ingredients"
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: retinol.

In addition, this product contains bakuchiol, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. This ingredient (ingredients) might help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the effect, if any, is likely to be small.

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: ethyl linoleate, hexylresorcinol.

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.

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HIGH
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HIGH
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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: retinol.

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HIGH
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This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: caprylic/capric triglyceride, simmondsia chinensis seed oil.

Keep in mind that this product does not contain effective ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. This is why an additional product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid can be helpful (apply it before this product for the best results).

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7

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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (bakuchiol, retinol, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - hexylresorcinol also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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Potential irritants

Effectiveness
irritancy
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
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

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