Facial Radiance Serum

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$44 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
7/31/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

The key benefit to this water-based, moisturizing serum for normal to dry skin is its alleged ability to brighten the complexion and fade brown spots. To that end, it contains a stabilized form of vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) along with a teeny-tiny amount of licorice root extract. These are fairly standard ingredients in this type of product, but our concern is the amounts used. The vitamin C is likely around 1% or so, which is really too low to have a considerable impact on a dull, discolored complexion. Even in low amounts, though, vitamin C has antioxidant ability, as do the plant extracts in this serum.

For the money, this isn't the powerhouse formula it should be, though it can be an OK serum-like moisturizer if dark spots and an uneven skin tone aren't your concerns. This product is fragrance-free.

One more comment: Facial Radiance Serum also contains a novel ingredient, listed as dimethylmethoxy chromanyl palmitate, a peptide (its trade name is Chromabright), with limited but intriguing research on how it interrupts the pathway that synthesizes melanin (skin pigment). There's not much research to go on, but it appears promising (Source: www.healthestatejournal.com/Print.aspx?Story=4710). Still, it's the last ingredient in this product, so it's a classic example of not getting much of the good stuff.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free formula.
  • Moisturizes and smooths dry skin.
  • Contains some tried-and-true antioxidants and plant extracts.
Cons:
  • Unlikely to have much impact on dark spots or a dull, uneven complexion.
  • Unlikely to fade red marks from acne, though it may help a little.

FAB Facial Radiance Serum is formulated with a powerful triple brightening complex that addresses uneven skintone and dark spots caused by aging, sun damage, and acne discoloration. Licorice root naturally brightens skin, chromabright brightens the skin and reduces photoaging, and vitamin C reduces unwanted pigmentation and discoloration. With daily use, dark spots are noticeably reduced, skin clarity is improved, and the complexion is luminous.

Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phytate, Cyclopentasiloxane Dimethiconol, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate.

With a name like First Aid Beauty (FAB for short), it's obvious this line is meant to rescue your skin from distress, and, indeed, these products are targeted toward those who have sensitive, easily irritated skin, but who still want an elegant, department-store flair. Ironically, FAB falls short on both ends of the spectrum.

Despite the company's claims of providing "therapeutic action" for "tough skin conditions," some of the products contain irritating ingredients that are extremely problematic for any skin type, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It was disappointing to see known irritants like sulfur, balsam resin, and witch hazel in products claiming to calm your skin and reduce redness. "What were they thinking?" was a question that came up more than once while reviewing this line!

On the bright side, First Aid Beauty does have a very good fragrance-free body wash. There are also a few products that omit the fragrance, which is a definite must for sensitive skin, although, in fact, all skin types do best with fragrance-free products. Unfortunately, the fragrance-free formulas in this line come up short on important ingredients, like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.

It is best to avoid their Ultra Repair Cream, the SPF 30 sunscreen, Detox Eye Roller, Blemish Eraser, and the Anti-Redness Serum because they all contain enough irritating ingredients to make conditions like acne, redness, and sensitivity worse.

For more information about First Aid Beauty, sold exclusively at Sephora in the United States, call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.

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