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Product summary

"THE ROUTE - The Sunny Eyes - Daytime Lifting Eye Multi-Tasker" is a well-rounded moisturizing product. The formulation is based on a combination of good humectants and emollients. Both are needed to increase the skin hydration level. Humectants in this product (acetyl hexapeptide-8, betaine, glycerin, lactobacillus ferment and sodium acetylated hyaluronate) help to increase the water content in the upper layer of the skin. (These ingredients do so by "capturing" water molecules from the outside air or from within the deeper layers of the skin). Emollients in this formulation (dimethicone, squalane, caprylyl glycol, glyceryl caprylate and pentylene glycol) help to reduce the moisture loss from the skin. They also soften the skin surface and relieve the feeling of dryness and tightness.

Ingredient callouts

  • This product contains acids (gluconolactone and glycolic acid). Their concentration is low, and they will not have a strong exfoliating effect. Instead, they work to support the skin natural acid mantle and to attract water (as humectants). PHAs (gluconolactone) especially are great for improving skin hydration. They might be even able to stimulate the production of skin's natural humectants and support the healthy skin microbiome.
  • This moistruizer also contains peptides (palmitoyl hexapeptide-52 0.65% - 0.95%, n-prolyl palmitoyl tripeptide-56 acetate 0.75% - 1.10%, acetyl hexapeptide-8 1.00% - 1.20% and palmitoyl heptapeptide-18 1.20% - 1.50%). Peptides is a very big group of ingredients. They all consist of a different combination of amino-acids. Our skin produces peptides naturally. Some of them work as natural anti-biotics, promote wound-healing and production of collagen. The scientists are still studying how effective the topical application of peptides is, but it is very likely that peptides in skincare are helpful. They might be able to support skin barrier restoration and even have an anti-aging benefit. At the very least, they certainly help attract water to the skin and support the hydration in this way.

Irritation risk

This moisturizer contains some common irritants, including those without a benefit for the skin. We assess the overall irritancy of this moisturizer to be medium. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

Price

The product retails for 168.33A$ in Australia and for 65.00$ in the United States.

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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"Hyaluronic Acids, Ceramides and Fatty Acids"
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: betaine, 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: dimethicone, squalane.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: acetyl hexapeptide-8, n-prolyl palmitoyl tripeptide-56 acetate, palmitoyl heptapeptide-18, palmitoyl hexapeptide-52

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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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: acetyl hexapeptide-8, n-prolyl palmitoyl tripeptide-56 acetate, palmitoyl heptapeptide-18, palmitoyl hexapeptide-52.

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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MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
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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: punica granatum 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
HIGH
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LOW
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LOW
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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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HIGH
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (camellia sinensis leaf extract, punica granatum 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.

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

Promise Can it deliver?
Moisturizing
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 100/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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
25% - 30%
Plain old water
12% - 15%
A silicone that forms a light film on the skin surface helping to bind water and temporarily absorb oils creating a matt and powdery feel
5.4% - 6.6%
4% - 4.9%
A silicone that improves product texture and helps dissolve other ingredients. Can form a non-greasy film on the skin to prevent moisture loss
2.8% - 3.4%
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
2.6% - 3.1%
1.8% - 2.2%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.5% - 1.8%
1.2% - 1.5%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
1% - 1.2%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.75% - 1.1%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.65% - 0.95%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.65% - 1%
A more stable but less potent derivative of vitamin C. It can help neautralize free radicals and even out the skin tone if used in high enough concentration (required levels are likely to be much higher than for pure vitamin C, and solid studies are lacking at the moment)
0.65% - 0.95%
Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.8%
A type of hyaluronic acid that works as an excellent moisturizer by attracting water into the upper layer of the skin. Is typically feels less sticky on the skin compared to the usual hyaluronic acid
0.5% - 0.75%
Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
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
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.4% - 0.65%
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
0.5% - 0.8%
A grain extract. It might contain compounds that help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.35% - 0.65%
0.5% - 0.7%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin and even out the skin tone, but is typically used in products in a concentration that is too low to be effective
0.35% - 0.6%
0.35% - 0.6%
Mushroom extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
0.5% - 0.7%
0.35% - 0.65%
A "broth" with parts of dead cells of lactobacteria. Might be helpful supporting diverse microbiome in skin, but evidence is lacking
0.35% - 0.6%
Does not have known skin benefits. Might help create an optical illusion of smoother skin
0.45% - 0.7%
A sugar that attracts water to the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.6%
An anti-oxidant. It might be able to neutralize free radicals in skin. The manufacturer claims that it is able to stimulate synthesis of hyaluronic acid in skin, but there is no evidence of effectiveness of this ingredient so far
0.35% - 0.6%
A fermentation product created by bacteria Lactobacillus. The fermented product has anti-bacterial properties and might be helpful in calming down inflammation, but studies are lacking. Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Can be used as a preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
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.
0.45% - 0.65%
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
0.3% - 0.6%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.3% - 0.6%
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% - 0.65%
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% - 0.7%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.4% - 0.6%
Used to create a silky product texture and add volume to products
0.35% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and helps to improve appearance of the product
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps adjust the product pH and stabilize the formulation
0.35% - 0.65%
A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation
0.35% - 0.6%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.35% - 0.65%
Helps stabilize the product formulation
0.35% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.35% - 0.6%
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
0.5% - 0.7%
An emollient that can also help water and oil mix together, as well as prevent bacteria growth in products
0.45% - 0.65%
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
0.35% - 0.65%
Used to stabilize the product formulation and can help absorb oil
0.4% - 0.6%
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps mask the smell of other ingredients and helps preserve the product formulation
0.3% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps improve the product texture
0.4% - 0.6%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.65%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.3% - 0.5%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
0.45% - 0.7%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.3% - 0.55%
A colorant that can add a pearl-like appearance to the formulation
0.3% - 0.6%
0.15% - 0.25%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.15% - 0.25%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.1% - 0.2%
Colorant
0.1% - 0.2%

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