SKIN PERFECTION | ORGANIC ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE
the REVIEW (Edited 04/09/2011. Original Post: 04/11/2010): My initial encounter with Skin Perfection was over a year ago when I started searching for products that had Malus Domestica, or Swiss Apple Stem Cell Extract after using 3Labs “M” Cream. Skin Perfection may be void of any aesthetic value (the computer printed labels remind me of generous lab samples) but their luxurious formulations at drug store prices make that easy to overlook. After my initial snobbery, I did a little research on their website and purchased three serums (Liquid Face Lift, Luminous Serum and Smart Hydrator) through their eBay store. I also received Skin Perfection’s Clarifying Cleanser, Smart Serum and Eye Bright to review.
After corresponding (quite pleasantly I might add) with Kari Thomas from Skin Perfection about their products I remained impressed. Each product is formulated by Skin Perfection. Their use of primarily organic ingredients like organic teas, aloe, shea butter and algae was another huge plus for me. Beside the obvious “green” appeal – Skin Perfection formulas also include the most up to date anti-aging ingredients as well. PhytoCellTec™ or Malus Domestica (which is made from the stem cells of the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple) are said to preserve the longevity of skin cells, Matrixyl 3000 (which are basically peptides) which helps to diminish fine lines and restores skin’s youthful appearance, Argireline which has a Botox-like effect, Alpha Lipoic Acid (like Perricone products), Super Oxide Dismutase which counter acts free radicals, Retinol complex, etc. I must move on before I lose you with all the technical chatter.
The most amazing thing about these products are the prices. Their Eye Bright is only $18.95 for your standard .5oz. size…which is just a smidge above drugstore prices with 10x better (and better for you) ingredients. Even the Liquid Face Lift which is $66.95 is still a lot less expensive than other stem cell products.
The only downside to Skin Perfection products is the packaging. Aside from being a bit unattractive, the pumps that are used tend to dispense product unevenly and unreliably. Sometimes too much product is dispensed or it “spits” and I haven’t got to the end of a product without it going bad (although I do take a little longer to finish up a product since I’m always testing new ones).
Note (04/09/2011): Since this review, I also received Skin Perfection’s Love Them Lashes, Youth Serum and Liquid Minerals to review.
Liquid Face Lift (1fl.oz./$66.95) ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10) – Liquid Face Lift has a lightweight gel serum texture and pleasant scent (without added fragrance). With an impressive ingredient list including 25% of the PhytoCell Tec (Malus Domestica), Peptides, Retinol, Argireline, Matrixyl 3000 and other anti-aging ingredients, Liquid Face Lift should have been a shoe in for best anti-aging serum. However, because my skin is so ridiculously sensitive, using it morning and night was a little too powerful (possibly due to the retinol ingredient which I can almost never tolerate for long periods of time, or the Alpha Lipoic Acid which is the reason I can’t tolerate Perricone products). But even with a little kiss of redness in my cheeks, my skin could not deny the obvious glow that emerged virtually overnight.
PhytoCellTec Smart Hydrator (1fl.oz./$26.95) ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10) – The hydrator is like nothing I’ve tried to date. Its almost like pure hyaluronic acid (which basically plumps skin by helping it retain water – in a good way!) which has a naturally almost gel like texture and the added benefit of PhytoCell Tec. While its recommended to be used after your active serums, I like to use it underneath as a slight barrier. I have found this helps prevent irritation and aids in the application and longevity of foundation. Dry skin will need to wear a moisturizer over it, while oilier skin may find it to be enough hydration on its own.
PhytoCellTec Smart Serum (1fl.oz./$36.95) ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10) – With 5% concentration of the Swiss Apple Stem Cell Extract, 10% each of Argireline, Matrixyl and Pepha Tight; and blend of antioxidants (blueberry, cranberry, goji and pomegranate), Smart Serum was very similar to Liquid Face Lift in texture and results. The main difference is the concentration of the PhytoCellTec Swiss Apple Stem Cell Extract – Liquid Face Lift has 20% more and Smart Serum is void of retinol. My skin tolerated the Smart Serum better however, which made it possible to use more often. While the results were promising, I did end up passing this on to a friend and focused on the Liquid Face Lift and Smart Hydrator.
Luminous Serum (1fl.oz./$29.95) ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10) – Ironically, I initially liked this serum the best, but gave it to my sister who didn’t use it. Besides its brightening and anti-aging properties, it also controls oil and is formulated for normal to oily skin.
Clarifying Cleanser – Discontinued.
Love Them Lashes (.5fl.oz./$27.50) ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10) Pending- There are a lot of lash growth products out there. Love Them Lashes uses peptides and phospholipids in a chirally correct and paraben free formula – promoting 25% increase in lash thickness and length in 2 weeks. I will do a two week comparison review on this and report back (04/09/2011).
Eye Bright (.5oz./$18.95) ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)– Eye Bright is the best beauty buy from Skin Perfection. There is no other eye cream on the market with this impressive ingredient list for this price. Not even drugstore brands are this inexpensive for what you get. I’ve been using it regularly (regardless of what I’ve been using on my face) morning and night for the last month and I’ve seen a big difference in my very tired eyes. It has a lightweight cream/serum texture that absorbs nicely and hydrates well (I’m quite dry around the eyes). It didn’t cause any irritation, milia or puffiness. Eye Bright worked quite well on reducing the overall darkness around my eyes. I can’t really comment on what it will do for deep wrinkles, which is probably the only issue I don’t have yet, but I feel very strongly that this is the best eye cream I’ve tried to date, considering the price. My one and only issue with this product is the pump. A little too much product comes out and it tends to squirt out which can make it messy. I solved it by cradling the nozzle in my hand to prevent it getting everywhere and use the excess on my elbows (which are now smooth like a baby!).
Youth Serum (.5oz./$29.95 or 1oz./$58.95) ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10) – Youth Serum has a very simple list of powerful anti-aging ingredients in a hyaluronic acid base. My combination sensitive skin had no problem tolerating this readily absorbed serum. I saw immediate hydration and after using it consistently for a month (I only had the .5oz size) my skin was clear and firm. I can’t say it helps with wrinkles (I thankfully don’t have any) or spots (I saw no change) but there was a noticeable improvement in the over all look of my skin. One of my favorite Skin Perfection products.
Liquid Minerals (1 fl.oz./$23.95) ★★★★☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ (4/10) – I’m not sure if it was the formula or the products I used under it (I used the Smart Hydrator) – but this had an odd texture that was virtually impossible to blend, got stuck in pores and looked streaky and uneven. The colors were okay, Sand was a light/medium beige with yellow undertones, Sunkissed was a golden tan – but because I couldn’t get them to work (I tried everything) I couldn’t say how they lasted on the skin or if they caused break outs. I think these need to be reformulated – theory is good, execution needs work.
SKIN PERFECTION INGREDIENT LISTS:
Liquid Face Lift:Organic Aloe, Argireline, PhytoCell Tec Malus Domestica, Matrixyl 3000, Pepha Tight, DMAE, Syn Coll, Organic Jojoba, Organic Rooibos Tea, Emulsifying wax, Organic Green Tea, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic White Tea, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacin, MSM, Black Willowbark, Xanthum Gum, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Astralagus, Organic Blueberry, Organic Blue Green Algae, Cactus, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Organic Cranberry, Copper, GABA, Flowering Botanical Complex with Okra and Cucumber, Organic Goji (wolfberry), Gotu Kola, Organic Lemongrass, Lotus, Organic Marshmallow, Organic Milk Thistle, Organic Nettle, Organic Oat straw, Plankton, Organic Pomegranate, Retinol Complex (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride and Tocopherol and Sodium ascorbate and Retinol), Silk Amino Acids, Organic Slippery Elm, Ceramide 3, Anti Aging Essential Oil Blend.
PhytoCell Tec Smart Hydrator: Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Aloe, PhytoCell Tec Malus Domestica, Geo Gard.
PhytoCell Tec Smart Serum: Organic Aloe, Argireline, Matrixyl 3000, Pepha Tight, PhytoCell Tec Malus Domestica, Organic Jojoba, Organic Rooibos Tea, Emulsifying wax, Organic Green Tea, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic White Tea, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacin, MSM, Black Willowbark, Xanthum Gum, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Organic Blue Green Algae, Cactus, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Organic Cranberry, Copper, DMAE, GABA, Flowering Botanical Complex with Okra and Cucumber, Organic Goji (wolfberry), Organic Lemongrass, Lotus, Organic Marshmellow, Organic Milk Thistle, Organic Nettle, Organic Oatstraw, Plankton, Organic Pomegranate, Silk Amino Acids, Organic Slippery Elm, Anti Aging Essential Oil Blend.
Luminous Serum: Organic Aloe, Argireline, Matrixyl 3000, Pepha Tight, DMAE,Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Rooibos Tea, Emulsifying Wax NF, Organic Green Tea, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic White Tea, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacin, MSM, Organic Black Willowbark, Xanthan Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Bilberry, Organic Burdock, Cactus, Chaste Tree (vitex), Organic Calendula, Organic Chamomile, Organic Coltsfoot, Organic Cucumber, Eyebright, Fennel, Organic Ginseng, Goji (Wolfberry), Grape, Hops, Organic Horsetail, Organic Kelp, Licorice, Marine Collagen, Organic Mushroom, Organic Passionflower, Plankton, Organic Pumpkin, Super Oxide Dismutase, Vitamins A C, Ceramide 3, Tinosan, Essential Oil Blend.
Clarifying Cleanser: Organic Aloe, Organic Rooibos Tea, Organic Olive, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Emulsifying Wax NF, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, MSM, Organic Jojoba Oil, Decyl Glucoside, DMAE, Organic Green Tea Extract, Vitamin E, Sodium Hyaluronate, Activated Charcoal, Organic White Tea Extract, Organic Lichen Extract, Organic Black Willowbark Extract, Panthenol, Vitamin C Ester, Xanthan Gum, Anti Blemish Essential Oil Blend.
Love Them Lashes: Aqua (Water), Polyglyceryl4 Caprate, Glycerin, Myristoyl Pentapeptide17, Malus Domestica (Apple) Fruit Extract, Pterocarpus Marsupium Bark Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Panthenol (D), Biotin (D), Niacinamide, Phospholipids, Glutamic Acid HCL, Mannitol, Arginine (L), Calcium Pantothenate (D), Arctium Majus Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Acetyl Tyrosine, Zinc Gluconate, Citrulline, Ornithine HCL, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, 1,2Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Succinate, Xanthan Gum, Tropolone, PEGâ€12 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium11, Phenoxyethanol.
Eye Bright: Organic Aloe Vera, Matrixyl 3000, Argireline, Pepha Tight, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Rooibos Tea Extract, Emulsifying Wax NF, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Olive Oil, Palm Stearic Acid, Organic Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Witch Hazel, Vitamin E, Xanthan Gum, Alpha Bisabolol, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Bilberry, Organic Calendula, Carrot oil, Organic Chamomile, Chrysin, Organic Coltsfoot, Organic Cucumber Hydrosol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, DMAE, Eyebright, GABA, Organic Ginseng, Organic Horsetail, Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Kelp, Organic Mushroom, Panthenol, Plankton, Organic Pumpkin, Resveratrol, Soy Protein, Super Oxide Dismutase, Wheat Protein, Organic Willowbark, Rosemary, Neem, Tinosan, Vitamin C, K, Ceramid 3, Anti Aging Essential Oil Blend.
Youth Serum: Hyaluronic Acid, Relistase, Matrixyl 3000, Regu Age, Syn Coll, Teprenone, Homeostatine, Spin Trap, Geo Gard, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate.
Liquid Minerals: Organic Aloe, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Emulsifying Wax, Vitamin E, Iron Oxide, Mica, DMAE, Stearic Acid, Meadowfoam Oil, Carrot Oil, MSM, Phenoxyethanol, Konjac Glucomannan, Rosemary, Neem, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate, Tetrasodium Edta, Citric Acid.
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