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Product summary

"SkinCeuticals - Emollience Face moisturizer for dry skin" is a well-rounded moisturizing product. To work well, any moisturizer needs to include a combination of water-binding and emollient ingredients. SkinCeuticals - Emollience Face moisturizer for dry skin ticks this box. Humectants in this product (panthenol, algae extract, glycerin and caprylyl glycol) 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 (algae extract, sesamum indicum seed oil, vitis vinifera seed oil, caprylic/capric glycerides and macadamia ternifolia seed oil) 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

This moisturizer contains a bunch of common irritants, including ingredients that do not provide any known benefit for the skin. It might not be the best choice if your skin is sensitive. 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 66.00$ in the United States.

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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Dehydrated, Aging FEATURES."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product does not contain ingredients that are able to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or help with skin elasticity, but it can improve the look of the skin temporarily through moisturization. Well-moisturized skin might also be able to repair the sun damage better.

This ingredient ginkgo biloba leaf extract might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin and help it fight off some of the sun damage.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Emollience Face moisturizer for dry skin"
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: algae extract, 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: algae extract, sesamum indicum seed oil.

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

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 (ginkgo biloba leaf extract) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Moisturizing
Anti-aging
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 75/100.

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
4.4% - 5.3%
A good moisturizing plant oil. Due to the high linoleic acid content, it helps soften the upper layer of the skin, reduce water loss and support skin barrier function
4.1% - 5%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
3% - 3.6%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
2.3% - 2.8%
A great emollient that can also have anti-oxidant properties
1.9% - 2.3%
A great emollient. Contains vitamin E (tocopherol) which may give it some anti-oxidant properties. Can contain volatile compounds and can be irritating
1.6% - 2%
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
1.4% - 1.8%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant effect
1.1% - 1.4%
0.95% - 1.15%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.75% - 1.15%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.6% - 0.9%
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
0.5% - 0.75%
Help soften the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.4% - 0.65%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.65%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation in skin. It can be irritating
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that can help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
0.25% - 0.5%
Plant extract that helps the skin to attract water and make it more smooth for touch. Also shows promise of anti-aging properties, but research is not extensive yet
0.3% - 0.6%
A fruit extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties but evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.2% - 0.4%
An essential oil. Potential allergen and can be irritating. It has some anti-bacterial properties
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract. Used as a fragrance. Is a common allergen and irritant
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that can irritate the skin. Can be used as a fragrance. Has anti-bacterial properties and might help neutralize free radicals on the surface of the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
Used as a fragrance and can be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.15%
Used as a fragrance and can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
0.05% - 0.1%

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