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"Vitamin C Facial Cleanser with Vitamin C, Aloe, Green Tea Seaweed Extract"
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WIMJ summary for cleansing

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (decyl glucoside, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, hexylene glycol, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate) and should be able to cleanse the skin gently. Still keep in mind that any cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, and most people do not need to cleanse their skin more than once per day.

Even though this formulation is mild, the following cleansing agents could trigger an irritation or allergy for some people: decyl glucoside

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Total Promises Fulfilled score: 100/100.

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Works as a cleansing agent
10% - 12%
Helps water and oil mix together. Can be used as a cleansing agent
5.1% - 6.3%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as a cleansing agent
3.8% - 4.7%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.4% - 2.9%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
1.9% - 2.3%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
1.5% - 1.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
1.3% - 1.5%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish
1.1% - 1.3%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.75% - 1.15%
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
0.6% - 0.9%
A plant extract that might have some anti-inflammatory properties, but solid evidence is lacking. It can be irritating
0.55% - 0.85%
A seaweed extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have an anti-oxidant effect
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.4% - 0.6%
A stable derivative of vitamin C. It is oil-soluble which means it is more likely to penetrate the skin compared to the pure form of vitamin C (which is water-soluble), but it is less bio-available and is way less effective in stimulating collagen and reducing wrinkles compared to the pure form of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and its other derivatives (for example, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). At the same time, this vitamin C derivative has been shown in studies to be effective in reducing acne, blemishes and clogged pores. It is less irritating then the pure form of vitamin C
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.1% - 0.15%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.1%

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