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Product summary

Based on the ingredients included, "Thrive Causemetics - Defying Gravity Transforming Moisturizer™" works well for moisturizing the skin. 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 (panthenol, glycerin, polyglycerin-3, sodium hyaluronate and butylene glycol) 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 (limnanthes alba seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, coco-caprylate/caprate, caprylyl glycol and dicaprylyl carbonate) 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 formulation also uses an effective concentration of panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) - about 0.40% - 0.90%. Panthenol helps strengthen the skin barrier, improve hydration and reduce inflammation in skin.

Irritation risk

There are some common irritants in this product, including ingredients that do not have benefits 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 from 18.00$ up to 49.00$ in the United States.

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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Clinically tested to help smooth and lift the look of fine lines while improving the elasticity and firmness of your skin."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product contains astaxanthin, ferulic acid. These ingredients might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Defying Gravity Transforming Moisturizer™"
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, polyglycerin-3.

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: limnanthes alba seed oil, cetearyl alcohol.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: ferulic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (astaxanthin, ferulic acid) 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 - haematococcus pluvialis extract also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Moisturizing
Anti-aging
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 87/100.

Potential irritants

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
4.6% - 6.9%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.7% - 5.6%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin without creating a greasy texture
2.8% - 4.2%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
2.1% - 3.1%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
1.8% - 2.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.5% - 2.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.3% - 1.9%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
1% - 1.6%
This oil's cmposition is closest to rapeseed oil. It is a very stable oil and serves as an emoillient
0.9% - 1.35%
An essentil oil from orange peel. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps neutralize free radicals in skin and might help to calm down inflammation
0.4% - 1%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.4% - 0.9%
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% - 0.85%
A potent anti-oxidant that has been shown to be effective in neutralizing free radicals in skin. There seem to have a synergetic effect of ferulic acid, vitamin E and C, meaning that when the ingredients are used together, they enhance each other's ability protect the skin against free radicals. Ferulic acid also helps to stabilize other ingredients - including vitamins C and E. It can help to even out the skin tone. Ferulic acid is approved for use as a sunscreen ingredient in Japan in concentrations up to 10%
0.3% - 0.7%
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% - 0.7%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but research on its effectiveness is lacking
0.2% - 0.75%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.6%
Green algae extract that might contain antioxidant astaxanthin
0.15% - 0.5%
Plant extract that might have help to neutralize free radicals in skin, but evidence of effectiveness is skin is lacking
0.1% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.1% - 0.5%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.1% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.1% - 0.4%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.05% - 0.3%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
0.05% - 0.25%
Used to increase effectiveness of preservatives
0.05% - 0.2%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.05% - 0.25%

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