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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"Yo Glow AHA & BHA Facial Enzyme Scrub"
From product name
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
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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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.

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
LOW
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet 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: glycolic 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
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: glycerin, mannitol.

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: cocos nucifera fruit extract, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil.

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 (tartaric acid) 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
meets threshold
LOW
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LOW
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How honest is this product?

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

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
propylene glycol
does not have skin benefit
alcohol
does not have skin benefit
1,2-hexanediol
does not have skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
Can be used to help absorb oil as well as add volume and imporve texture of products.
3.5% - 5.3%
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
3.4% - 5.1%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
2.6% - 3.9%
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
2% - 3%
A preservative
0.8% - 1.2%
1.4% - 2.1%
A fruit extract that might help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin, but there is no evidence for any other benefits to the skin
1.2% - 1.8%
An enzyme extracted from papaya fruit. Can have an exfoliating effect on the skin. Can be irritating
0.95% - 1.4%
0.5% - 1.2%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.4% - 0.9%
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)
0.2% - 0.7%
Helps adjust the product pH
0.1% - 0.5%
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)
0.1% - 0.35%
An AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid). It oxidizes quickly which makes it less effective in skincare formulations. It can support skin's barrier and moisture levels
0.1% - 0.4%
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
0.1% - 0.4%
A plant extract that can contain an irritating essential oil. Might have some anti-oxidant effect, but evidence is lacking
0.1% - 0.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.15% - 0.5%
Contains essential oil. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.4%
An emollient. Found to be as effective as a moisturizer for dry skin as mineral oil. Could be comedogenic
0.1% - 0.45%
An emollient that softens the skin
0.1% - 0.45%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. It contains a compound salicin that can theoretically be converted into salicylic acid that, in turn, helps reduce inflammation in skin, but the evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking and the extract is usually not used in a concentration that would enable an exfoliating effect
0.1% - 0.3%
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.05% - 0.25%
0.05% - 0.3%
A plant extract that contains small percentage of AHAs. Is unlikely to have any skin benefit due the small concentration of the active compounds
0.05% - 0.25%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.05% - 0.25%
0.05% - 0.25%
A plant extract that might have an anti-inflammatory effect
0.05% - 0.25%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.05% - 0.25%
0.05% - 0.25%
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
0.1% - 0.3%
A fruit extract that might help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. There is no evidence of other benefits in skin
0.05% - 0.25%
0.05% - 0.25%
0.05% - 0.25%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.05% - 0.25%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.05% - 0.3%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but research on its efficacy in skin is lacking
0.05% - 0.25%
0.05% - 0.25%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
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
0.05% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.1% - 0.35%
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%
Helps adjust pH in products
0.05% - 0.25%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.05% - 0.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.05% - 0.1%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.01% - 0.05%

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