02.26.2014
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C the Change Ester C Serum for All Skin Types
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1 fl. oz. for $21
Last Updated:02.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This serum contains a stabilized form of vitamin C and is packaged to ensure stability, but it contains far too many potentially problematic irritating ingredients, including lemon and grapefruit oils. Irritation is bad for all skin types because it damages the skin’s protective barrier and causes collagen fibers to break down. Those ingredients are indeed natural, but being natural has nothing to do with whether or not it is good for your skin.

Claims

Potent antioxidants with organic ingredients repair and help prevent the signs of aging. A generous mix of potent antioxidants including vitamin Ester C, help rejuvenate and revitalize skin. Natural and certified organic plant oils contribute to the effectiveness of this powerhouse serum.

Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Calcium Ascorbate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Caprylic Acid, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Rosa Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Extract, Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Fruit Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Leaf) Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia (Echinacea) Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, Glycine, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Squalene, Potassium Sorbate

Brand Overview

Kiss My Face At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; generous sizes; some very good sunscreens, occasional use of antioxidants without troublesome plant extracts; some fragrance-free products.

Weaknesses: Nearly all products contain one or more problematic plant extracts or volatile plant oils; the Obsessively Organic line is a dud; no products to treat acne or lighten skin discolorations; several bar soaps; no reliable AHA or BHA products; irritating toners; problematic self-tanner.

Lining the shelves of many health food stores and the "natural" skin-care aisles of quite a few national grocery store chains is this sweetly named line of skin-care products. Similar to competitor Burt's Bees (where Burt himself sold handmade products out of the back of his pickup truck), the owners of Kiss My Face are also vegetarians. (What does dietary preference have to do with skin care? We don't know, but it's mentioned several times in the information about this company.) Also similar to Burt's Bees, the founders of Kiss My Face started on a farm and took their products and concept to the big city, where it was well received.

Of course, the farm setting juxtaposed with the urban success speaks to the company's desire to maintain their natural image, despite using several ingredients that aren't natural in the least. If anything, many of the natural ingredients Kiss My Face chooses are a problem for skin because they cause irritation. Even more upsetting is that they do so without exerting a benefit. The company claims to use the latest scientific research mixed with the best nature has to offer, saying that doesn't leave any room for "unnecessary chemical additives," but there is a lot of research about all kinds of ingredients, natural and synthetic, that indicates they are excellent for skin. Kiss My Face must be doing some inadequate or extremely limited research.

What Kiss My Face lacks is a product range that keeps up with state-of-the-art options from neighboring lines in the mass market. We are leery of any skin-care company that claims to be using the latest research and yet sells sunscreens without reliable UVA protection, toners with irritants, and far more bar soaps, which are also a problem for skin, than water-soluble cleansers. Again, what research are they using? Although the natural slant here is more a front than factual, there are some winning products to consider, and the price point is very attractive, as is the simple packaging. Shopping Kiss My Face carefully can result in some great beauty bargains.

For more information about Kiss My Face, call 845-360-2060 or visit www.kissmyface.com.

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