Skinfood - Black Sugar Perfect First Serum The Essential [Special Edition]

Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum The Essential [Special Edition]

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-oxidation
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • galactomyces ferment filtrate
  • glycolic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • adenosine
  • niacinamide
  • galactomyces ferment filtrate
  • gluconolactone
  • adenosine
  • ceramide np
  • panthenol
  • tripeptide-29
  • adenosine triphosphate
  • arginine
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl alcohol
  • cholesterol
  • glucose
  • glycerin
  • hamamelis virginiana extract
  • hydrolyzed rice protein
  • jojoba esters
  • phenyl trimethicone
  • proline
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • rice ferment filtrate
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium pca
  • sucrose
  • tamarindus indica seed gum
  • tocopherol
  • yeast extract
  • +31 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

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WIMJ summary

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

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

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: gluconolactone, glycolic acid

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains gluconolactone, glycolic acid, niacinamide.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: adenosine, adenosine triphosphate, tripeptide-29.

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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Replenish moisture with the First Serum and nourish with the Reset Cream for brighter and even complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: gluconolactone, glycolic acid, niacinamide, salicylic acid

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 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: gluconolactone, glycolic acid, salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"This dynamic duo works together to smooth and hydrate skin with the power of black sugar and refined rice wine."
WIMJ summary

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: arginine, 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: arginine, phenyl trimethicone.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: ceramide np, niacinamide, panthenol, tripeptide-29

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (gluconolactone) 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
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LOW
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Plain old water
40% - 60%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In crystal form, it can work as a gentle exfoliant, gentler than the salt scrub. Helps stabilize the emulsion
7.3% - 11%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.2% - 6.3%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
3.2% - 4.8%
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
2.5% - 3.8%
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
2% - 3%
1.9% - 2.8%
A plant extract that can help calm down inflammation in skin. Can, however, itself be irritating
1.6% - 2.4%
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
1.5% - 2.3%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.2% - 1.8%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
1% - 1.5%
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
1% - 1.5%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
0.85% - 1.3%
A preservative
0.85% - 1.25%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.85% - 1.25%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.8% - 1.25%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.6% - 1.4%
0.55% - 1.3%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
0.55% - 1.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.55% - 1.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.5% - 1.2%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
0.55% - 1.25%
0.5% - 1.15%
A preservative
0.5% - 1.2%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
0.5% - 1.15%
0.5% - 1.2%
Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to stimulate collagen production in skin
0.5% - 1.15%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In crystal form, it can work as a gentle exfoliant, gentler than the salt scrub. Helps stabilize the emulsion
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Could be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
0.5% - 1.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 1.2%
Used to create thicker product consistency and stabilize emulsions
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.5% - 1.2%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 1.2%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.5% - 1.2%
0.5% - 1.15%
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.55% - 1.25%
0.5% - 1.2%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.5% - 1.15%
0.55% - 1.25%
Plain old water
0.5% - 1.2%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.5% - 1.2%
Forms a protective film on the surface of the skin to prevent moisture loss. Gives a velvety feel to products while reducing tackiness
0.55% - 1.25%
An emollient that softens the skin and helps prevent moisture loss.
0.5% - 1.2%
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
0.5% - 1.2%
Used to improve the product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 1.25%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.55% - 1.25%
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
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
0.5% - 1.15%
An emollient made of jojoba oil. Helps soften the skin and support its barrier function
0.55% - 1.25%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In crystal form, it can work as a gentle exfoliant, gentler than the salt scrub. Helps stabilize the emulsion
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.55% - 1.3%
A type of silicone that can decrease loss of moisture from the skin surface. It helps create a nice product texture
0.5% - 1.2%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.55% - 1.3%
A great moisturising ingredient that softens the skin and reduces water loss from its upper layer. It also can be helpful in protecting skin from free radicals
0.55% - 1.25%
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
0.5% - 1.2%
Help improve the product's texture
0.5% - 1.15%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
0.55% - 1.3%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.55% - 1.3%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.55% - 1.3%
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
0.55% - 1.3%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 1.2%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 1.15%
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
0.55% - 1.3%
A preservative
0.5% - 1.2%
A preservative
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.5% - 1.2%
A type of silicone that helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
0.5% - 1.15%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.55% - 1.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 1.2%
Used to improve the product consistency
0.55% - 1.25%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.5% - 1.15%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.5% - 1.15%
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
0.5% - 1.2%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps adjust pH in products
0.5% - 1.2%
0.5% - 1.15%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 1.2%
A polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that helps shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. Is believed to be genter than AHAs. It helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can stimulate production of skin's own hyaluronic acid resulting in improved hydration levels. It has been shown to be helpful against acne and clogged pores if used consistently (e.g over a period of 12 weeks) in high enough concentration. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone with long-term application. Can help neutralize free radicals
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.5% - 1.15%
0.5% - 1.15%
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.5% - 1.15%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.5% - 1.2%
Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to stimulate collagen production in skin
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant and skin lightening properties. It can help calm down inflammation in skin
0.5% - 1.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be used as a cleansing agent
0.55% - 1.25%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
0.5% - 1.2%
Used to create thicker product consistency and stabilize emulsions
0.5% - 1.2%
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps improve the product texture
0.55% - 1.25%
Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures
0.5% - 1.2%
An emollient that is naturally found in skin
0.55% - 1.25%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.45% - 1.1%
0.45% - 1%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Could be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
0.4% - 0.9%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.8%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.3% - 0.75%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.2% - 0.75%
0.2% - 0.75%
0.15% - 0.65%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.1% - 0.45%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.1% - 0.4%
A fragrance. Can trigger allergic reactions and be irritating
0.1% - 0.45%

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