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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • hydroxypinacolone retinoate
  • acetyl hexapeptide-8
  • cetyl alcohol
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • +1 more
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WIMJ summary

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

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"These ingredients have a combined effect in reducing and preventing the signs of intrinsic skin ageing, repairing the skin barrier, diminishing hyperpigmentation, protecting the skin against environmental free radical damage, and improving hydration."
WIMJ summary

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

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: acetyl hexapeptide-8.

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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What does the product description say?
"These ingredients have a combined effect in reducing and preventing the signs of intrinsic skin ageing, repairing the skin barrier, diminishing hyperpigmentation, protecting the skin against environmental free radical damage, and improving hydration."
WIMJ summary

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

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
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What does the product description say?
"These ingredients have a combined effect in reducing and preventing the signs of intrinsic skin ageing, repairing the skin barrier, diminishing hyperpigmentation, protecting the skin against environmental free radical damage, and improving hydration."
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This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": sodium hyaluronate.

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. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

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

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
7% - 10.4%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
3.7% - 5.6%
A derivative of the most potent form of vitamin A, retinoic acid. The ingredient can be sold under name Granactive Retinoid. Note that if a skincare brand discloses the concentration of Granactive Retinoid in a product, the concentration refers to a diluted form of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate: 1% of Granactive Retinoid corresponds to 0.1% of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate. Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) is a unique derivative of retinoic acid because it can directly work in the skin and does not require additional conversion steps. According to studies done by the manufacturer on models of human skin (not real people), this derivative is more effective than other cosmetic versions of retinoids (such as retinol, retinaldehyde, and retinyl palmitate), and, at the same time, causes less irritation. It has been also demonstrated to be more stable than retinol which makes formulating with easier and increases the chances that a product with it will maintain its effectiveness after opening. The packaging should still ideally be air-tight. HPR is available over the counter in the EU, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, but is only with a prescription in Canada.
0.5% - 1.2%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
2.2% - 3.2%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
1.8% - 2.7%
Helps water and oil mix together
1.3% - 2%
Helps water and oil mix together
1.3% - 1.9%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.95% - 1.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 1.1%
0.45% - 1.1%
0.2% - 0.7%
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps dissolve other ingredients in the formula
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.25%

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