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Excellent Future Age-Defying and Repairing Serum
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1 fl. oz. for $29.99
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:04.01.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a very poorly formulated serum whose promise of an excellent or even mediocre future for your skin is not remotely possible. Actually, the entire ingredient list is pathetic; it contains more preservative than anything proven to be anti-aging or “age-defying”.

The apple stem cells in this product have no ability to do anything for skin, let alone stimulate human stem cells. The whole idea sounds compelling but it little more than science fiction. It’s impossible for a skin-care product, or even a medical treatment, to stimulate your stem cells to become skin cells because for a stem cell to have any capacity to do anything it must be alive—and in a skin-care product it’s long dead and gone.

The final absurdity of this product is that it’s packaged in a jar, so any hope of getting any beneficial ingredients, of which this product has very few, to the skin is as dead as the supposed stem cells this product contains.

This water-based serum contains PVP, a film-forming agent often seen in hairstyling gels. It has a mild tightening effect on skin, but we’re talking really mild and short-lived. In other words, sagging skin won’t be lifted and wrinkle depth will still be noticeable.

Claims

Latest scientific innovation against the aging of skin! Aging and exposure to various external factors, such as UV radiation, pollution and stress, are visible on the skin. In addition to lines and other signs of aging on the skin, there is invisible damage below the surface. This invisible damage below the surface of the skin can be prevented, delayed and repaired with new, innovative cell culture technology before it becomes visible.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Heyptyl Undecylenate, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Berry Cell Culture, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloydimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Xanthan Gum, PVP, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propanediol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyisolbutene, Ethyhexyl Cocoate, Disodium EDTA, Lecithin, PEG 7, Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Glucose, Peat Extract, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Glycolipids, Ethyl Pyrrolidone Cellulose Gum.

Brand Overview

Lumene At-A-Glance

Strengths: Relatively inexpensive; a handful of good options for sensitive skin; one good eye cream, though you don't need an eye cream—you can use any well-formulated moisturizer around the eye area; every SPF-rated product provides reliable UVA protection; Blueberry Curl Mascara has a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding way to enhance lashes.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging is pervasive; the Excellent Future products and most of the Time Freeze products aren't helpful for antiaging or wrinkles; several products contain more preservative or film-forming agent than the ingredients your skin really needs to look younger and healthier; no products for acne or effective products for those struggling with uneven skin tone or discolorations; no exfoliants.

The Cosmetics Cop Team strongly suspects that the interest in this product line from Finland is its prestige packaging, coupled with a relatively attractive price point. This is an eye-catching brand that really stands out on drugstore shelves; however, these products aren't really all that inexpensive, especially in comparison to products from Olay, Neutrogena, or RoC. In the United States, you'll find Lumene products at most CVS drugstores as well as at Ulta, Target, and Walgreens. Although the Cosmetics Cop Team loves to find and recommend inspired skin-care and makeup products at reasonable prices, this line isn't one of them.

Two major shortcomings are: (1), the jar packaging, which means any state-of-the-art ingredients in those products won't remain stable once the jar is opened because they deteriorate in the presence of air, and (2), most of Lumene's formulas contain only a dusting of the superstar ingredients they brag about. Vitamin C, ceramides, antioxidants, peptides, and the like are all essential, brilliant ingredients for skin, but when only minute amounts are included, your skin isn't getting much of the good stuff.

What it comes down to is this: Shopping Lumene shortchanges your skin, leaving it needing, and deserving, far better. A bargain isn't a bargain if it isn't the best possible care for your skin. What good is saving money on skin care if your skin is left wanting and, in fact, needing more?

Aside from the jar packaging and the paltry amount of important skin-care ingredients, there are other limitations, adding to this line's woes. If you have acne, skin discolorations, or uneven skin tone, you need to look elsewhere.

From a marketing point of view, Lumene capitalizes on the erroneous notion that age is a skin type, so they group their products according to decades. Complete nonsense! Age is not a skin type, nor is race, height, weight, or ethnic background. Regardless of your age, if you have acne, rosacea, dry skin, oily skin, sun damage, or blackheads, the same ingredients that work for someone in their 30s will work for someone in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. There isn't a single piece of research showing that any specific ingredients or formulations are better for skin depending on your age.

Like a vast number of cosmetics companies, Lumene leads you to believe their products are all natural and loaded with beneficial plant extracts, in this case, from the remote wilderness of Finland. Nothing could be further from the truth. These products are loaded with synthetic ingredients. That doesn't make them inherently bad, it just makes the marketing claims obnoxious and misleading.

For those intent on exploring what this Finnish line has to offer, despite the fact there isn't much here worth your attention, your best bet is to stick with the products for sensitive skin, which are truly fragrance-free, and the cleansers. Oh, and if you want to find out if the cult classic status of Lumene's Blueberry Curl mascara is deserved, look no further: It most certainly is!

One more comment: Many Lumene products contain an extract or oil from the Arctic cloudberry plant. Although there is research proving this plant has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is far from the only one, and isn't even close to being the best for skin. The fact that Lumene chooses to highlight this plant is about marketing nonsense, because stories sell better than reality. Whether it is from the Amazon, the Swiss Alps, or the Himalayas, geographic location is not what makes a plant extract of any kind superior for skin.

For more information about Lumene, call (888) 253-8916 or visit www.lumeneusa.com.

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