SMD Cosmetics - Saromae Snail Serum Concentrate

SMD Cosmetics Saromae Snail Serum Concentrate

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate
  • adenosine
  • acetyl hexapeptide-8
  • oligopeptide-68
  • palmitoyl pentapeptide-4
  • beta-glucan
  • camellia japonica flower extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • glycerin
  • glyceryl linolenate
  • hydrogenated poly(c6-14 olefin)
  • hydroxyethyl urea
  • snail secretion filtrate
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium polyacrylate
  • +15 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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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LOW
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"This do-it-all gel serum, now in updated packaging, contains 62% snail mucin extract sourced from special snail farms in Chile, along with licorice root to brighten and paeonia lactiflora root to prevent signs of aging."
WIMJ summary

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: acetyl hexapeptide-8, adenosine, oligopeptide-68, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4.

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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MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"The powerhouse ingredient is naturally abundant in nutrients like hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes and copper peptides, so it helps stimulate collagen, protects from free radicals, boosts hydration, and repairs sun damage and acne scarring."
WIMJ summary

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

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.

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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MEDIUM
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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: hydroxyethyl urea.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"The powerhouse ingredient is naturally abundant in nutrients like hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes and copper peptides, so it helps stimulate collagen, protects from free radicals, boosts hydration, and repairs sun damage and acne scarring."
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: glycerin, hydroxyethyl urea.

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, cetearyl alcohol.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: acetyl hexapeptide-8, niacinamide, oligopeptide-68, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (camellia japonica flower 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.

Potential irritants

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Typically contains hyaluronic acid that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might contain allantoin that is helpful in calming down inflammation. There is no evidence that it can have any further benefits for the skin, especially when used in skincare products
25% - 37%
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
5.4% - 8.1%
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
4.7% - 7%
Used to stabilize product formulations and create a nice product texture
3.1% - 4.7%
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
2.1% - 3.1%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product texture
1.9% - 2.8%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
1.4% - 2.1%
1.1% - 1.7%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.85% - 1.3%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.55% - 1.35%
0.4% - 0.9%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.35% - 0.8%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.3% - 0.7%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.2% - 0.75%
A vitamin C derivative. Studies show that is might be effective in reducing hyperpigmentation, but there are no studies confirming that it is effectively converted into the bioavailable form of Vitamin C in skin. It is not clear how this derivative compares in effectiveness to the topical application of bioavailable form of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)
0.3% - 0.7%
0.15% - 0.65%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.6%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin, calm down inflammation and irritation, restore the barrier function and support wound healing. It can be helpful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.55%
0.15% - 0.55%
0.15% - 0.55%
0.1% - 0.4%
Can be helpful in reducing inflammation in skin. Is a likely irritant
0.1% - 0.4%
Essential oil that can be irritating
0.15% - 0.5%
0.1% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties but evidence for effectiveness in skin is missing
0.1% - 0.35%
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
0.1% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might contain a compound baicalin that could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation in skin. The baicalin concentration in skincare products is often too low for an effective action. Can be used for its fragrant properties
0.1% - 0.35%
0.1% - 0.4%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.1% - 0.45%
An essentil oil from orange peel. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.1% - 0.45%
A highly irritating fragrance
0.1% - 0.4%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that, especially when exposed to air, can cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin
0.1% - 0.4%
A plant oil with a high content of volatile compounds that can irritate the skin and lead to allergic reactions. Can lead to photosensitivity
0.1% - 0.4%
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
0.1% - 0.5%
An essential oil that can be very irritating. Has some anti-bacterial properties
0.1% - 0.45%
An essential oil. Potential allergen and can be irritating. It has some anti-bacterial properties
0.1% - 0.5%
0.15% - 0.7%
A derivative of urea, a compound that is naturally present in skin. Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients
0.15% - 0.5%
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.
0.15% - 0.55%
Used to improve the product consistency
0.15% - 0.6%
0.15% - 0.5%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.15% - 0.55%
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.
0.15% - 0.55%
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
0.2% - 0.7%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.15% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.55%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.15% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.7%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.7%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.2% - 0.7%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.15% - 0.7%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.15% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.55%
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
0.15% - 0.55%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the product formulation
0.15% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together and create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 1.15%
Used to create a gel-like product texture, as well as to stabilize emulsions
0.2% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.1% - 0.45%
Plain old water
0.1% - 0.45%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.1% - 0.35%

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