This vitamin C serum contains acerola fruit, which does indeed contain more vitamin C than an orange, but so what? Lots of plants contain more vitamin C than an orange, but skin needs lots more than just vitamin C to function at its healthy, younger best.
Getting past the vitamin C and the lack of other skin-beneficial ingredients, it turns out this serum has even more problems, making it one you should leave on the shelf. Although it contains some intriguing ingredients, including the mineral ferments, these do not detoxify skin—skin doesn’t have toxins that need to be purged, and even if it did, minerals aren’t the answer). It also contains a slew of plant-based irritants that can put skin at risk for pro-aging irritation. In many ways this product is more eau de cologne than skin care.
Almost all of the irritants are fragrant oils, including several citrus oils, some of which can cause a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sun, which can lead to more brown spots. In short, this serum’s ability to help your skin repair itself and act younger is stunted by the inclusion of so many problematic ingredients.
- Contains a high amount of vitamin C for antioxidant benefits.
- The mineral ferments serve as water-binding agents.
- Numerous fragrant oils pose a strong risk of irritation.
- Several of the citrus oils put skin at risk of a phototoxic reaction if it’s exposed to sunlight.
- Lacks a range of skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients to help skin look and act younger.
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 these reasons, 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 (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Acerola cherries contain 32 times more vitamin C than oranges. We combine the potent natural C extract with the deepest penetrating, most scientifically advanced cosmeceutical C then top it off with a mixture of five detoxifying trace minerals and a blend of skin-smoothing essential oils. This interactive blend helps skin naturally repair itself.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Stearic Acid, PPG-12, SMDI Copolymer, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Limonene, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Sage) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerine, Hexylene Glycol, Tromethamine
Bioelements is a spa-and-salon sold skin-care line that was founded in 1991 by makeup artist turned aesthetician, Barbara Salomone. An interview with Salomone in the January/February 2006 issue of Renew magazine had statements from her indicating that aestheticians will soon be recognized as true skin-care professionals and her advice to newcomers is to get as much education as you can. To that end, Bioelements has seven education centers across the United States. However, if they're teaching established and upcoming aestheticians about Bioelements products, we are worried. Few spa lines subject skin to the irritating ingredients dispersed through well over half of the products this line offers. If that isn't bad enough, Bioelements ignores some fundamental aspects of skin care. That means no well-formulated AHA or BHA products (it's not a good formula if it subjects skin to needless irritation), and sunscreens rated below the standard SPF 15 recommendation (sun protection products are vastly outnumbered in this line by moisturizers and serums), not to mention the need to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients, such as retinol, stable.
Company literature states that at Bioelements "We mean what we say. No gimmicks, no hype, and no false promises. We're professional skin care experts dedicated to keeping skin clean, clear, calm, and younger-looking." That sounds great but barely a word of it is true. This line definitely has its share of hype and false promises, from claiming that probiotics are a youth elixir, to regular references to what the line refers to as "Bioelements Adaptogens" and aromatherapist oils.
It's those very oils that causes havoc for skin, though in a spa experience their aroma can be pleasant. Skin-care experts would know better than to use any of Bioelements' numerous problem products, especially since, with so many irritants in most of the products, clear, calm skin is far from becoming a reality. Any company can establish its own education center, but what's key is the type of education provided and how the information is discussed. We have received countless letters from disheartened aestheticians bemoaning the "education" and classes they sit through, only to be spoon-fed information about skin-care products and practices they know are unhelpful and untrue. They ask me where to turn because they have a sincere interest in helping people take the best possible care of their skin, and are conscientious about the products they recommend. I hope this book helps such aestheticians, because Bioelements and many other spa-oriented lines are not creating products that epitomize state-of-the-art skin care, though they'd love for you to believe otherwise.
For more information about Bioelements, call 800.433.6650 or visit www.bioelements.com.