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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"This age-defying serum contains two powerful peptides, (MicroEllastin® & MicroCollagen) and Ascorbic Acid (Pure Vitamin C) to help promote supple looking skin."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains ascorbic acid, palmitoyl hexapeptide-12.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: caprooyl tetrapeptide-3, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1.

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
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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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: ascorbic acid.

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
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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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: dextran, 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: caprooyl tetrapeptide-3, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: caprooyl tetrapeptide-3, palmitoyl hexapeptide-12, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1

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

This product contains antioxidants (ascorbic 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).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold

How honest is this product?

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
alcohol denat.
does not have skin benefit
ascorbic acid
Has skin benefit
peg-8
Has skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
7.1% - 8.7%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
4.4% - 5.4%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
3% - 3.7%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.3% - 2.8%
Used to create a nice product texture
1.8% - 2.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.5% - 1.8%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.3% - 1.5%
Used to create a nice product consistency
1% - 1.2%
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
0.65% - 1%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.55% - 0.8%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.4% - 0.65%
Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.3% - 0.5%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
Helps stabilize and preserve a product formulation
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
An essential oil. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
An essential oil used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
An essential oil that is used as a fragrance and can be irritating. It might have some anti-oxidant effect in skin
0.15% - 0.25%
An essential oil used for fragrance. Can be an allergen and irritant
0.15% - 0.3%
An essential oil. Potential allergen and can be irritating. It has some anti-bacterial properties
0.15% - 0.25%
A tree bark extract that has antibacterial properties and might have an anti-oxidant effect. Its effectiveness in skin has not been studied
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.15% - 0.3%
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps adjust the product pH and stabilize the formulation
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.35%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.3%
Plain old water
0.15% - 0.3%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
0.15% - 0.3%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.15% - 0.3%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.4%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to create a nice product consistency
0.2% - 0.35%
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
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.2% - 0.4%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
Helps stabilize and preserve a product formulation
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
An essential oil. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
An essential oil used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.25% - 0.45%
An essential oil that is used as a fragrance and can be irritating. It might have some anti-oxidant effect in skin
0.2% - 0.35%
An essential oil used for fragrance. Can be an allergen and irritant
0.2% - 0.35%
An essential oil. Potential allergen and can be irritating. It has some anti-bacterial properties
0.2% - 0.4%
A tree bark extract that has antibacterial properties and might have an anti-oxidant effect. Its effectiveness in skin has not been studied
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps adjust the product pH and stabilize the formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.45%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the most upper layer of the skin. Derived from sugar
0.2% - 0.4%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps stabilize the product formulation
0.2% - 0.4%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.45%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
0.15% - 0.3%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.15%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.1% - 0.15%

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