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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Formulated with an effective blend of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids that work to smooth skin's texture and unclog congested pores by gently clearing the build-up of dead skin cells."
WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic acid. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"This lightweight, gel-like exfoliating face mask helps to dramatically minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines."
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.

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.

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Our highly effective AHA/BHA-packed exfoliating mask works to quickly resurface skin with a high impact combination of 10% Alpha Hydroxyl Acid and 2% Beta Hydroxyl Acid revealing a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion instantly."
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, salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Enriched with meadowfoam seed oil to lock in moisture and soften skin."
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, caprylyl glycol.

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, caprylyl glycol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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LOW
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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, salicylic 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
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How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Anti-aging
Exfoliation
Anti-blemish
Moisturizing
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 93/100.

Potential irritants

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
5.5% - 8.3%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
3.7% - 5.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.7% - 4.1%
Used to adjust the product's pH
2.1% - 3.1%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
1.1% - 1.6%
This oil's cmposition is closest to rapeseed oil. It is a very stable oil and serves as an emoillient
1.5% - 2.2%
A preservative
0.5% - 1.2%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin. It can be irritating
1% - 1.45%
A plant extract that has anti-bacterial properties. Can be used to preserve the product. Can be irritating
0.85% - 1.25%
A salt derived from licorice. Works as an emollient to soften the upper layer of the skin and can help calm down inflammation. Might be helpful for skin lightening
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.35% - 0.8%
Benefits for the skin are not clear
0.55% - 1.25%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that can irritate the skin. Can be used as a fragrance. Has anti-bacterial properties and might help neutralize free radicals on the surface of the skin
0.3% - 0.75%
An essential oil. Potential allergen and can be irritating. It has some anti-bacterial properties
0.2% - 0.7%
An essentil oil from orange peel. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.15% - 0.65%
A plant oil that helps soften the upper layer of the skin. Is unlikely to be helpful in restoring skin barrier function due to the low content of linoleic acid
0.15% - 0.65%
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 microbiome)
0.1% - 0.4%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.1% - 0.3%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.05% - 0.25%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.05% - 0.25%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.05% - 0.2%

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