Zelens - Power A Treatment Drops

Zelens Power A Treatment Drops

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • hydroxypinacolone retinoate
  • retinol
  • retinyl palmitate
  • linoleic acid
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • caprylyl caprylate/caprate
  • coco-caprylate/caprate
  • ethyl linoleate
  • glycine soja sterols
  • linolenic acid
  • phospholipids
  • tocopherol
  • +9 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"It’s also beneficial for those who have pigmentation issues – gradually lessening the visibility of brown patches – while battling blemishes and clogged pores."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: hydroxypinacolone retinoate, retinol. These ingredients is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

In addition, this product contains ethyl linoleate. It can help in reducing blemishes, even though it is less effective.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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What does the product description say?
"Zelens Power A Treatment Drops 10ml Incredibly anti-ageing, Zelens’ High Potency Vitamin A Treatment Drops star time-released encapsulated retinol alongside two retinoids, to promote skin renewal and improve your skin’s tone and texture."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains hydroxypinacolone retinoate, retinol.

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
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What does the product description say?
"Zelens Power A Treatment Drops 10ml Incredibly anti-ageing, Zelens’ High Potency Vitamin A Treatment Drops star time-released encapsulated retinol alongside two retinoids, to promote skin renewal and improve your skin’s tone and texture."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: hydroxypinacolone retinoate, retinol.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: ethyl linoleate.

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
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LOW
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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: retinol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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LOW
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This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: caprylic/capric triglyceride, ethyl linoleate.

Keep in mind that this product does not contain effective ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. This is why an additional product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid can be helpful (apply it before this product for the best results).

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (retinol) 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
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LOW
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin without creating a greasy texture
22% - 33%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
5.5% - 8.3%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
4.7% - 7%
Helps stabilize emulsions and create a nice product texture
3.9% - 5.8%
An emollient that helps to soften the skin and create a pleasant product texture and stabilize the formulation
2.8% - 4.2%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as a cleansing agent
2.1% - 3.2%
An excellent emollient. Helps soften the skin, restore its barrier function, and can help to calm down inflammation. It can be helpful to prevent blemishes and clogged pores
1.8% - 2.7%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
1.4% - 2%
Emollients that are naturaly present in skin. In addition, they help water and oil mix together in the product
1.1% - 1.7%
A derivative of the most potent form of vitamin A, retinoic acid. The ingredient can be sold under name Granactive Retinoid. Note that if a skincare brand discloses the concentration of Granactive Retinoid in a product, the concentration refers to a diluted form of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate: 1% of Granactive Retinoid corresponds to 0.1% of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate. Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) is a unique derivative of retinoic acid because it can directly work in the skin and does not require additional conversion steps. According to studies done by the manufacturer on models of human skin (not real people), this derivative is more effective than other cosmetic versions of retinoids (such as retinol, retinaldehyde, and retinyl palmitate), and, at the same time, causes less irritation. It has been also demonstrated to be more stable than retinol which makes formulating with easier and increases the chances that a product with it will maintain its effectiveness after opening. The packaging should still ideally be air-tight. HPR is available over the counter in the EU, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, but is only with a prescription in Canada.
0.05% - 0.25%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.55% - 1.25%
Three steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. To have an effect in the skin, it first needs to be converted twice to become the retinoic acid. This means it is less potent than retinol, but could also be less irritating. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, it helps against all signs of aging, improves skin cell turnover and helps fight blemishes and clogged pores. However, in many cosmetic formulations, it is used in a concentration that is too low to have the full effect
0.45% - 1.05%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 1.15%
0.4% - 0.9%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.45% - 1%
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.75%
0.35% - 0.8%
0.3% - 0.75%
Might have some anti-inflammatory properties but research is lacking
0.2% - 0.75%
0.2% - 0.75%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.2% - 0.7%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and calm down inflammation
0.35% - 0.8%
0.3% - 0.75%
0.3% - 0.7%
Helps reduce acne and blemishes. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and reduce inflammation. Might be helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and evening out the skin tone, but evidence of effectiveness in skin are lacking
0.2% - 0.7%
0.15% - 0.65%
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
0.15% - 0.5%
An essential oil. Can be irritating. Can become an allergen with oxidation
0.1% - 0.45%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.35%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.1% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.05% - 0.3%

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