Tested on animals:No
SkinLongevity Vital Power Infusion is billed as a "first of its kind" product, yet the ingredients it contains (at least the best ones according to published research) are found in lots of other products, from toners—which is what this product most closely resembles—to moisturizers. Were it not for a couple of drawbacks, this would be worth considering by all skin types.
The texture of this product is a fluid gel—thicker than a toner but thinner than most gel-based moisturizers or serums— and it is dispensed via a pump applicator. The glass bottle packaging is beautiful (and heavy), but what's inside is somewhat of a mixed bag for your skin.
On the plus side, SkinLongevity Vital Power Infusion contains some good hydrating ingredients that make skin feel instantly replenished, along with cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide and a form of vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) that functions as antioxidants and may help improve skin tone.
Once set, this can feel slightly tacky, but that's less of an issue if you apply this at night rather than during the day when you might follow with makeup (as this slightly sticky finish can lead to trickier makeup application).
The less desirable ingredients include alcohol and several fragrance ingredients that pose a slight risk of irritation. This leaves a lingering scent on skin, but it's not too potent. It's disappointing that the amount of alcohol is greater than the plant-based antioxidants and peptides, especially given the anti-aging claims this product makes. This disappointment extends to the tiny amount of what BareMinerals calls out as "Long Life Herb Extract"—listed on the label as Peucedanum Japonicum. (Incidentally, this extract isn't any more helpful than many others are, and certainly not more impressive than well-researched alternatives such as green tea, resveratrol, vitamin C, etc.)
In the end, this toner-like treatment product has promise, but given its best, most proven ingredients can be found in other products that don't share this one's drawbacks, it doesn't deserve strong consideration. The packaging is a sight to behold, but this would be much better without the subtle yet lingering fragrance and an amount of alcohol that trumps some of the formula's more intriguing ingredients.
- Fluid gel formula spreads easily and instantly hydrates all skin types.
- Adds a lasting glow to skin.
- Contains a good mix of niacinamide + vitamin C.
- Can feel slightly tacky on skin.
- Contains more alcohol than plant-based antioxidants and peptides.
- Contains several fragrance ingredients that pose a risk of irritation.
Inclusion of Known Irritants: Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003)
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).