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Product summary

"Shiseido - Men Skin Empowering Cream" has a good moisturizing formula. The formulation is based on a combination of good humectants and emollients. Both are needed to increase the skin hydration level. Humectants in this product (carnosine, erythritol and glycerin) help to increase the water content in the upper layer of the skin. (These ingredients do so by "capturing" water molecules from the outside air or from within the deeper layers of the skin). Emollients in this formulation (paraffinum liquidum, phytosteryl macadamiate, dimethicone, peg/ppg-14/7 dimethyl ether and batyl alcohol) help to reduce the moisture loss from the skin. They also soften the skin surface and relieve the feeling of dryness and tightness.

Irritation risk

There are quite a few common irritants in this product, including ingredients without particular skin benefits. We would not recommend it for sensitive skin. We assess the overall irritancy of this moisturizer to be high. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

Price

The product retails for 199.00CA$ in Canada, for 99.95$ in the United States and for 96.96£ in the United Kingdom.

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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"The closest youll find to a Time Machine, Shiseido Mens Skin Empowering Cream works to diminish the signs of cell-ageing; lessening lines and refining skins texture while fixing your skins damaged scaffolding so that your face appears smooth, firm and lifted for longer."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product contains carnosine. 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
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Men Skin Empowering Cream"
From product name
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: carnosine, erythritol.

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, phytosteryl macadamiate.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: paraffinum liquidum

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (carnosine) 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
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Moisturizing
Anti-aging
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 87/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.7% - 5.7%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
4.1% - 5%
Used to create a nice product consistency while softening the upper layer of the skin
3.1% - 3.8%
Help improve the product's texture
2.3% - 2.8%
Mineral oil. One of the most effective and well studied occlusive and emollient moisturizing ingredients. Helps reduce moisture loss in skin and repair skin barrier function
1.9% - 2.3%
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
1.7% - 2%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
1.4% - 1.7%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
1.2% - 1.5%
One of the most effective and the most studied occlusive ingredients that creates a protective layer on top of the skin preventing moisture loss
1% - 1.2%
Non-drying alcohol. Used to stabilize other ingredients and is an emollient
0.7% - 1.05%
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.7%
An emollient that helps soften the skin. It also forms a protective on its surface to reduce water loss
0.5% - 0.75%
A type of peptide. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. It can help neutralize free radicals in skin combatting the sun damage
0.4% - 0.6%
0.35% - 0.6%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.65%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.65%
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.
0.3% - 0.6%
0.4% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.6%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.35% - 0.65%
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to stabilize the product formulations and works as an emollient
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.4%
An emollient that helps create a nice silky finish on the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Absorbs oil and moisture helping to create a dryer product finish
0.35% - 0.65%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps preserve product formulations
0.2% - 0.4%
Is used to add opaque (non-transparent) appearance to formulations. Can be used to coat other ingredients for even dispersion. This is a different ingredient compared to the ones used in antipersperants (aluminium chloride and aluminium chlorohydrate)
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.35% - 0.6%
The same compound that is used safely in dental implants and bone cements. In cosmetics, it is used to improve the consistency of products
0.35% - 0.6%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
Fragrance with sweet balsamic smell. Help to preserve products and dissolve other ingredients. Could trigger allergic reactions and be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.15% - 0.25%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can trigger allergic reactions and be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
0.1% - 0.15%
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
0.1% - 0.15%

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