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Opal Anti-Aging Sea Serum
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1 fl. oz. for $65
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:05.16.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This water-based serum is sold with the Clarisonic Opal, a device designed to “infuse” anti-aging ingredients deeper into skin around the eyes via sonic vibrations. The Opal system is reviewed separately on this site, but for those so included, the accompanying serum may be purchased separately, so it is being reviewed on its own here.

Although pricey, this certainly isn’t the most expensive serum around and it contains several beneficial ingredients (though none of them are unique or special for the eye area). Chief among them is willow herb, a great anti-irritant. This also contains elastin, which is a good water-binding agent but it cannot fuse with or replenish elastin fibers in your skin (elastin is what gives skin its ability to bounce back when stretched). This serum is primarily about soothing agents and doesn’t contain much in the way of proven antioxidants. In that sense, it isn’t as well-rounded as the best serums, but is still worth considering if you have normal to slightly dry skin.

Despite the impressive range of soothing ingredients (the “sea” ingredients are primarily marine plants and all have water-binding properties, not bona fide anti-wrinkle benefits), this isn’t a slam-dunk for sensitive skin because it contains ginger root extract, a potential irritant, especially if used around the eyes. The amount is likely too low to be cause for concern, but its presence precludes a recommendation for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin.

Claims

Helps target fine lines and puffiness around your eyes, leaving skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

Ingredients

Water, Epilobium Angustifolium Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Glycosaminoglycans, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Silanetriol Trehalose Ether, Saccharomyces Ferment, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Hydrolyzed Casein, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algae Extract, Pullulan, Skeletonema Costatum Extract, Acetyl Citrull Amido Arginine, Arginine PCA, Plankton Extract, Soluble Collagen, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Niacinamide, Ascorbic Acid, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Urea, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquaternium-51, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCL, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide

Brand Overview

Clarisonic At-A-Glance

Strengths: Cleans skin well; unique technology unlike other cleansing tools; waterproof; easy to use.

Weaknesses: Expensive.

The brush head of the Clarisonic (and all of the various iterations, such as the Mia) vibrates at exceptionally high speeds (300 oscillations, or back-and-forth movements, every second). The design and timing of this the movement is unique to the brand, unlike spinning, oscillating head models. Why does this matter? A spinning brush head, such as those you can find on many brands selling similar tools, has a greater risk of causing irritation to skin. The question is, is the Clarisonic worth its cost? Does the expense mean you'll get significantly cleaner skin? Is Oprah Winfrey on to something by naming this device one of her favorite things? Read our review of the Clarisonic system to find out!

For more information about Clarisonic, call (888) 525-2747 or visit www.clarisonic.com.

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