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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Infuse your skin with the intense hydration and anti-ageing qualities of Sunday Riley’s Vitamin C rich C. E. O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

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

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
HIGH
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LOW
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LOW
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Luxurious and nourishing, the cream is quickly absorbed into the skin to brighten and even out skin tone while avoiding leaving a layer of excess oil or stickiness."
WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

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

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
HIGH
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LOW
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Key Benefits Fights signs of ageing, wrinkles and sun damageVitamin C product, THD ascorbate, provides highly absorbable hydrationGentle exfoliating lime pearl extract refines the skinBrightens skin and fights uneven skin tone and textureExopolysaccharides provides a protective shieldPerfect for all skin types UK300054093"
WIMJ summary for exfoliation

This product does not contain effective exfoliating ingredients. It might be able to deliver physical exfoliation, that is scrub off some of the dead cells on the surface of the skin. We do not recommend physical exfoliation, because it is not uniform (some bits of skin can get exfoliated too much while others not at all). It can also traumatize the skin and aggrevate acne and other skin conditions.

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"CEO Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream"
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: glycerin, sodium hyaluronate.

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: squalane, jojoba esters.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) 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 - camellia sinensis leaf also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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MEDIUM
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How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Anti-aging
Evens skin tone
Moisturizing
Exfoliation
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 68/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
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.
4.7% - 5.7%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C. It is more stable than ascorbic acid, but still degrades quickly and needs to be stabilized in a formulation with another ingredient. It is claimed to penetrate skin better than pure vitamin C and have the the similar benefits, but solid studies of its effectiveness are lacking. Is likely to require a higher concentration in a product than pure vitamin C to be effective.
4.6% - 5.6%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
3.6% - 4.3%
Helps soften the skin and attract water to its upper layer. Helps create nice product texture
2.9% - 3.5%
Helps water and oil mix together while softening the upper layer of the skin. Can be an allergen (beeswax)
2.4% - 2.9%
An oil from a mixture of different vegetables. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
2% - 2.5%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
1.7% - 2.1%
Used to create a nice product finish
1.6% - 1.9%
Helps oil and water mix together while softening the upper layer of the skin
1.3% - 1.6%
An emollient made of jojoba oil. Helps soften the skin and support its barrier function
1.1% - 1.4%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.1% - 1.3%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.95% - 1.15%
Helps water and oil mix together. Could be an allergen (beeswax)
0.9% - 1.1%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.8% - 1.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.8% - 1.2%
Most likely used for its fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.7% - 1.05%
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
0.7% - 1%
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
0.65% - 0.95%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.6% - 0.95%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant effect in skin, but evidence is lacking
0.6% - 0.9%
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
0.55% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.55% - 0.85%
A silicone that improves product texture and helps dissolve other ingredients. Can form a non-greasy film on the skin to prevent moisture loss
0.55% - 0.85%
Used to create a nice product consistency
0.55% - 0.8%
An essential oil used for fragrance. Can be an allergen and irritant
0.5% - 0.75%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.55% - 0.8%
Used to stabilize product formulations
0.5% - 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
0.45% - 0.65%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.4% - 0.65%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.35% - 0.65%
0.4% - 0.6%
0.35% - 0.65%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
0.35% - 0.6%
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
0.4% - 0.6%
A plant extract that can contain an active compound curcumin, that may have some anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin, but solid research is lacking and the typical concentration used in skincare products is too low. Can be an irritant
0.25% - 0.45%
Contains essential oil. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.25% - 0.5%
Used as a fragrance. Contains an essential oil and can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant extract that can have some anti-oxidant effect in skin
0.2% - 0.35%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
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
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties, but evidence is lacking
0.15% - 0.3%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties but evidence is lacking
0.1% - 0.2%
Green tea leaf powder that might contain antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.1% - 0.2%

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