DCL Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories AHA Lightening Gel

AHA Lightening Gel
1.5
/ 10
Moisturizing
3.0 Humectancy icon Humectancy
0.0 Occlusivity icon Occlusivity
Rich
In Antioxidants
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Overview

How moisturizing is this?

Slightly moisturizing. DCL Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories AHA Lightening Gel has a moisturizing rating of 1.5 out of 10.

Is it more humectant or occlusive?

Purely humectant. It has a moderate Humectancy of 3.0 out of 10 and zero Occlusivity (we didn't find any occlusives on the ingredient list).
Tip: Studies suggest that humectants alone do not moisturize the skin. We recommend applying a product with some occlusive ingredients after the use of this one.

What else is good about it?

 DCL Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories AHA Lightening Gel is rich in antioxidants. One of the many benefits of antioxidant ingredients is that they are believed to reduce the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, thus preventing accelerated skin aging.

Ingredients

Ratings

Est. % Ingredient Origin Functions
75
7.5
5
3
2.5
2
1.5
1
0.3
0.3
0.3
0.3
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Ingredient Est. % Benchmark Raiting
Humectancy All humectants 3 10 3.0
3
Occlusivity All occlusives 0.0 20 0.0
None
Moisturizing rating 1.5
All humectants
3.0
Butylene Glycol
3
Benchmark
10
All occlusives
0.0
None
Benchmark
20
Moisturizing rating
1.5
Ingredient Est. % Benchmark Occlusivity
None
All occlusives 0.0 20 0.0
All occlusives
0.0
None
Benchmark
20
Ingredient Est. % Benchmark Humectancy
3
All humectants 3 10 3
All humectants
3.0
Butylene Glycol
3
Benchmark
10
Ingredient Est. % Benchmark Rich in Antioxidants
2.5
2
1.5
0.3
0.3
All antioxidants 6.6 3 Rich in antioxidants
All antioxidants
6.6
Kojic Acid
2.5
Hydroquinone
2
Sodium Bisulfite
1.5
BHT
0.3
Sodium Sulfite
0.3
Benchmark
3.0

Ingredients explained

Water
Est. %75
Function
Origin
The most used ingredient in skincare. Its concentration defines the product texture: rich creams may have about 50% of water while a light jelly about 90%. Water doesn’t moisturize the skin by itself and is used in skincare as a solvent for other ingredients.
Alcohol Denat.
Est. %7.5
Function
Origin
Denatured alcohol is ethanol that contains additives that make it unsafe to consume. It is mainly used as a solvent and an antimicrobial agent. A major drawback to alcohol denat. is that it dries out the skin.
Glycolic Acid
Est. %5
Function
Origin
The second most used AHA (after lactic acid) with potent exfoliating and smoothing effects. It increases skin cell turnover, which is beneficial for acne and rosacea and decreases inflammation. When used in peels, GA may have an anti-wrinkle activity.
Butylene Glycol
Est. %3
Function
Origin
A clear, colorless liquid humectant that draws moisture to the skin. The humectancy of butylene glycol, owed to its two hydroxyl groups, is quite considerable, although not as powerful as glycerin, which contains three hydroxyl groups.
Kojic Acid
Est. %2.5
Function
Origin
A bioactive compound isolated from various fungi or fermented products. It is one of the most common and potent anti-pigment and brightening ingredients, and has been successfully tested on humans.
Hydroquinone
Est. %2
Function
Origin
Description is coming soon
Sodium Bisulfite
Est. %1.5
Function
Origin
An inorganic salt that kills bacteria and protects against oxidation.
Polyquaternium-10
Est. %1
Function
Origin
A cellulose-based film former.
BHT
Est. %0.3
Function
Origin
An antioxidant ingredient that naturally occurs in green algae and some bacteria or fungi but, for commercial use, is created synthetically. BHT is also used occasionally as a fragrance, where it presents a sweet, camphor-like odor.
Disodium EDTA
Est. %0.3
Function
Origin
A synthetic chelator that helps to maintain the look and smell of a product by 'locking up' troublesome metal ions.
Sodium Sulfite
Est. %0.3
Function
Origin
An inorganic salt that defends against oxidation.
Polysorbate 20
Est. %0.3
Function
Origin
A viscous, amber-colored liquid that functions as a solubilizer to disperse small amounts of oil into a large water phase. Polysorbate 20 is frequently used to solubilize fragrance oils into water-based emulsions.