SK-II - GenOptics Aura Essence Serum

SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence Serum

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • galactomyces ferment filtrate
  • niacinamide
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • panthenol
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • glycerin
  • hexyldecanol
  • hydrolyzed prunus domestica
  • inositol
  • phytosteryl/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate
  • polymethylsilsesquioxane
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • triethylhexanoin
  • undecylenoyl phenylalanine
  • +12 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

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

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This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains niacinamide.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: galactomyces ferment filtrate.

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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"Uneven skin tone If you want to know more… Packed with brightening ingredients, this lightweight serum absorbs quickly to improve dullness and reduce spots caused by sun damage for clear, radiant skin."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: niacinamide, undecylenoyl phenylalanine

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: galactomyces ferment filtrate, prunus mume fruit extract.

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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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: galactomyces ferment filtrate, 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: phytosteryl/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate, hexyldecanol.

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

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This product contains antioxidants (galactomyces ferment filtrate) 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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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A yeast ferment filtrate (also known as Pitera - a trademarked name for the filtrate reserved by the SK-II brand). It helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin, can help neutralize antioxidants and can be helpful in evening out the skin tone. It might be somewhat helpful in preventing premature skin aging but solid evidence is lacking. A small manufacturer study also shows that, when used in high concentrations, it can help reduce sebum production and help against blocked pores
6.1% - 7.4%
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
4.6% - 5.6%
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% - 3.7%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
2.1% - 2.5%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
2% - 2.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.7% - 2.1%
Used to create a nice product consistency
1.6% - 1.9%
A mix of amino acids and plant-based lipids. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and reduce water loss over time
1.3% - 1.5%
A silicone that improves product texture and helps dissolve other ingredients. Can form a non-greasy film on the skin to prevent moisture loss
1% - 1.3%
Helps to absord oil and evenly disperse other ingredients (for example, pigment) in product formulation
0.7% - 1.05%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.55% - 0.8%
Helps to create a nice product consistency
0.5% - 0.75%
0.45% - 0.65%
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
0.45% - 0.7%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.45% - 0.7%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.65%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to improve product texture and help oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to adjust the pH in formulations
0.25% - 0.45%
An amino-acid based compound that is effective in reducing hyperpigmentation. It can help lighten sun spots and support more even skin tone.
0.25% - 0.4%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin, dissolve other ingredients and create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.5%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
A likely irritant. Might have some anti-oxidant activity, but is mostly used as a fragrance in cosmetic products
0.25% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Has a potential to boost collagen production, nutralise free radicals and 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
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might have an anti-oxidant effect and help even out skin tone, but solid evidence of effectiveness is lacking
0.2% - 0.4%
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
0.2% - 0.4%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.15% - 0.25%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.05% - 0.1%
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
0.1% - 0.15%

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