SkinMedica - LYTERA 2.0 Advanced Pigment Correcting System

SkinMedica LYTERA 2.0 Advanced Pigment Correcting System

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • niacinamide
  • polygonum aviculare extract
  • retinol
  • niacinamide
  • retinol
  • salicylic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • ceramide 3
  • palmitoyl tripeptide-8
  • panthenol
  • tetrapeptide-30
  • alteromonas ferment extract
  • althaea officinalis root extract
  • betaine
  • bisabolol
  • butyrospermum parkii butter
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl alcohol
  • cetyl palmitate
  • dextran
  • dimethicone
  • dunaliella salina extract
  • ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja oil
  • hydrogenated jojoba oil
  • hydrolyzed soy protein
  • phenylethyl resorcinol
  • phytosterols
  • plankton extract
  • saccharum officinarum extract
  • silica
  • squalane
  • squalene
  • titanium dioxide
  • tocopherol
  • tocotrienols
  • tranexamic acid
  • tremella fuciformis sporocarp extract
  • ubiquinone
  • zinc oxide
  • +42 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: retinol. 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.

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What does the product description say?
"Presented in a reusable wash bag, the comprehensive set combines a selection of advanced anti-ageing products that work in tandem to tackle imperfections, discolouration and wrinkles with long lasting results."
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This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains retinol, niacinamide.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: palmitoyl tripeptide-8, tetrapeptide-30, tocotrienols.

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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"The advanced serum combines Tranexamic Acid and Phenylethyl Resorcinol to help correct and balance melanin production for a more even tone, while Niacinamide and Tetrapeptide-30 work in tandem to combat the appearance of new spots."
WIMJ summary

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

In addition, this product contains niacinamide, tranexamic acid. This ingredient (ingredients) might help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the effect, if any, is likely to be small.

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: glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, phenylethyl resorcinol.

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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"oz) Combining a stable blend of Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids, the facial cleanser works to gently exfoliate the surface layer of skin, with ulta-refined Jojoba Beads buffing away dulling debris and impurities."
WIMJ summary

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: retinol.

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"AHA/BHA Cream (2 oz) Brimming with antioxidants and vitamins, the moisturising face cream balances AHA’s and BHA’s to efficiently remove dead skin cells and activate cellular renewal for a smoother, replenished surface."
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: betaine, dextran.

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, squalane.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: ceramide 3, niacinamide, palmitoyl tripeptide-8, panthenol, tetrapeptide-30

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This product contains antioxidants (polygonum aviculare extract, retinol, tocotrienols, ubiquinone) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - squalene also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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IRRITANCY
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
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
7% - 10.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.3% - 6.5%
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
2.8% - 4.2%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the product formulation
2.1% - 3.2%
Might help reduce hyperpigmentation in skin and help neutralize free radicals
1.6% - 2.5%
An amino acid that is effective in reducing hyperpigmentation and evening out the skin tone
1.5% - 2.2%
1.3% - 2%
Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
1.2% - 1.8%
1% - 1.5%
0.8% - 1.2%
0.8% - 1.2%
A marine extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. It is claimed to have anti-inflammatory properties but research is lacking
0.5% - 1.1%
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.
0.45% - 1.1%
Used to improve the product consistency
0.45% - 1.05%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 1.05%
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% - 1.1%
Used to increase effectiveness of preservatives
0.4% - 0.95%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), but is mostly used to stabilize product formulations in cosmetics
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to stabilize the product formulation
0.35% - 0.85%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.8%
Octinoxate. When used in higher concentrations, works as a sunscreen protecting the skin from UVB rays. When used in lower concentration, helps to preserve the product formulation. Is shown to be harmful to coral reefs - consider avoiding bathing in coral reef areas when wearing a product with this ingredient. It can be irritating
7.5%
Declared
Octisalate. A UV filter. It offers some protection against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB), but does not protect against the most aging sun rays (UVA). It loses its effectiveness quickly when exposed to sunlight. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen
3%
Declared
A broad spectrum sunblock (protects from both UVA and UVB rays). Is suitable for most sensitive skins. In small concentrations, can be used as a colorant
8%
Declared
Plain old water
0.35% - 0.75%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.4% - 0.95%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
0.35% - 0.85%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.35% - 0.8%
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
0.35% - 0.75%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.85%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
A plant extract that contains a flavanol Juglanin. It can help neutralize free radicals in skin and reduce inflammation
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.8%
A green micro-algae extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but solid evidence is lacking. It helps to soften the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.75%
Coenzyme Q10. It helps neutralize free radicals in skin, improves skin hydration and might be helpful agains fine lines and wrinkles. It can be an allergen
0.35% - 0.75%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.35% - 0.85%
Mushroom extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.3% - 0.75%
0.35% - 0.75%
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.
0.35% - 0.8%
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% - 0.75%
Used to increase effectiveness of preservatives
0.35% - 0.75%
Non-drying alcohol. Used to stabilize other ingredients and is an emollient
0.35% - 0.85%
Enhances the product texture and makes it more spreadable. Helps reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin. Extands the shelf life by preventing bacteria growth
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.3% - 0.75%
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
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together. Has some emollient properties
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.35% - 0.8%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.35% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.35% - 0.75%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.3% - 0.75%
Used to adjust the pH in formulations
0.35% - 0.75%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.8%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.3% - 0.75%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Plain old water
0.3% - 0.75%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and creates a thicker product texture
0.35% - 0.85%
A good emollient that helps soften the skin and helps repair its barrier function
0.35% - 0.75%
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
0.35% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the product formulation
0.35% - 0.8%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
0.35% - 0.85%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.3% - 0.75%
0.3% - 0.75%
A green micro-algae extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but solid evidence is lacking. It helps to soften the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.75%
0.3% - 0.75%
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% - 0.75%
A type of vitamin E that is more powerful in neutralizing free radicals compared to its other forms
0.3% - 0.75%
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
0.35% - 0.85%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.2% - 0.8%
Lipids that work as an emollient and can be helpful in repairing skin barrier function
0.35% - 0.85%
An oil that is naturally part of skin sebum that helps to soften its upper layer, reduce water loss and neutralize free radicals. It might be comedogenic. Avoid applying large concentrations (or pure oil) before sun exposure as oxidized squalene can clog pores and lead to skin irritation. Today squalene is mostly derived from vegetable oils or synthetized by yeast
0.35% - 0.85%
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.
0.35% - 0.8%
0.3% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.8%
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
0.3% - 0.75%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and is used to improve product texture and stability
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.8%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin while creating a non-greasy feel on the skin. Helps to dissolve other ingredients
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.85%
Used to improve the product consistency
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps attract water to the most upper layer of the skin. Derived from sugar
0.3% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.3% - 0.75%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.35% - 0.75%
Helps preserve the product formulation
0.35% - 0.8%
Plain old water
0.3% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together and used as a cleansing agent. Can be irritating and is better avoided for sensitive skin
0.4% - 0.95%
Helps water and oil mix together. Used as a cleansing ingredient. Could be an allergen
0.95% - 1.45%
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
Used to stabilize product formulation, help create an even product layer over skin (for example, in sunscreen) and create a thicker product consistency
0.35% - 0.8%
0.3% - 0.7%
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.75%
A plant extract that contains small percentage of AHAs. Is unlikely to have any skin benefit due the small concentration of the active compounds
0.3% - 0.75%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.3% - 0.75%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.3% - 0.75%
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)
0.3% - 0.75%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.2% - 0.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.3% - 0.75%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.2% - 0.8%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.3% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.35% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.35% - 0.75%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.3% - 0.75%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.3% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.85%
An essential oil. Potential allergen and can be irritating. It has some anti-bacterial properties
0.35% - 0.8%
An essentil oil from orange peel. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.35% - 0.8%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.4% - 0.9%
A colorant that can add a pearl-like appearance to the formulation
0.45% - 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
0.4% - 0.95%
Helps preserve the product formulation
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.85%
Plain old water
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but research on its efficacy in skin is lacking
0.35% - 0.8%
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
0.35% - 0.8%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and creates a thicker product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.4% - 0.9%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 1%
An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.
0.4% - 0.9%
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.8%
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
0.4% - 0.95%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.45% - 1.05%
Might be helpful in restoring skin barrier function and, when combined with zinc carbonate and malonic acid, reducing fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating elastin production. Also helps stabilize the product formulation
0.35% - 0.85%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.35% - 0.8%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that contains small percentage of AHAs. Is unlikely to have any skin benefit due the small concentration of the active compounds
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might help to reduce inflammation
0.35% - 0.8%
Plant extract that can have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potential allergen and can be irritating
0.35% - 0.8%
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)
0.35% - 0.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might have some anti-aging, anti-oxidant, and skin lightening properties, but solid evidence is missing
0.35% - 0.8%
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.
0.35% - 0.85%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C, it is more stable and can penetrate the skin better than L-Ascorbic acid. It is effective in protecting the skin from free radicals, as well as evening the skin tone, but is less effective in stimulating collagen production compared to L-Ascorbic acid.
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.35% - 0.8%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.3% - 0.75%
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
0.35% - 0.8%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.35% - 0.75%
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
0.35% - 0.75%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.3% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.75%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%

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