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How well does it work for anti-aging? 1 review
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How well does it work against blemishes? 1 review
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How well does it work for evening out skin tone? 1 review
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How well does it work for exfoliation? 1 review
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How would you describe the texture? 1 review
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How much does this product clog pores? 1 review
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How would you describe the smell? 1 review
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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"These are the best The Ordinary products for acne-prone skin – find out more here here."
WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

This product contains ingredients (glycolic acid) that could help reduce blemishes and clogged pores in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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What does the product description say?
"Revitalize and resurface your skin to achieve a healthy, youthful glow with The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

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

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: aspartic acid, serine, threonine.

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
meets threshold
MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"It improves the look of uneven tone and texture with regular use."
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: glycolic acid

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: alanine.

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
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity."
WIMJ summary for exfoliation

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: glycolic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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MEDIUM
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WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": alanine, aspartic acid.

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. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Anti-aging
Exfoliation
Evens skin tone
Anti-blemish
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 87/100.

Potential irritants

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
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
3.7% - 5.6%
Used to add a nice rose smell to the product. Might help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and have some anti-oxidant effect. Can be irritating
3.2% - 4.8%
Cornflower water. Might have an anti-oxidant effect and can help reduce inflammation in skin. However, it can be irritating on its own
2.6% - 3.9%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but data on its effectiveness is lacking. While the majority of the content is plain water, it can contain some goodies like vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and humectants that help attract water into the skin
2% - 3%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.6% - 2.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.4% - 2.2%
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
1.2% - 1.8%
Used to adjust the pH in formulations
1% - 1.5%
A plant extract that might have some anti-inflammatory properties, but solid evidence is lacking. It can be irritating
0.6% - 1.35%
0.45% - 1.05%
An amino-acid that helps increase skin hydration and might help to slightly improve skin firmness, potentially reducing lines and wrinkles
0.35% - 0.75%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might help to lighten the skin, but solid evidence is lacking
0.15% - 0.65%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help restore the skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.55%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In combination with other amino-acids, might help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
0.1% - 0.5%
0.1% - 0.5%
An amino acid that can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and support skin's barrier function
0.15% - 0.5%
0.15% - 0.55%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In combination with other amino-acids, might help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.5%
0.1% - 0.45%
0.1% - 0.4%
An amino-acid that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.4%
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
0.05% - 0.3%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.1% - 0.3%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.1% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.1% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Could be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
0.1% - 0.3%
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
0.05% - 0.3%
Naturally present in skin (urea makes up about 7% of natural moisturizing factors in skin). Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Also has a positive effect on the skin barrier beyond the humectant action. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients. Is an exfoliating ingredient when used in high concentrations
0.05% - 0.3%
Might be able to enhance blood flow in the skin. Can be irritating and result in skin redness
0.1% - 0.35%
A sugar that is used to stabilize the product formulation. Can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.3%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.05% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.1% - 0.4%
Used to improve the product texture
0.1% - 0.4%
Used to improve stability of the formulation
0.1% - 0.35%
Used to stabilize mixtures of oil and water, and create thicker, gel-like product textures
0.1% - 0.4%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.05% - 0.25%

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