Tested on animals:Yes
SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E is the latest product to capitalize on the "resveratrol boom" of the past few years–and with good reason. Resveratrol is an excellent antioxidant, with a growing body of research demonstrating its considerable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefit for skin. However, the question is whether or not resveratrol is so good that it's worthy of a product dedicated solely to it?
The research isn't there to suggest that resveratrol is the be all and end all of antioxidants, but it's for certain that Resveratrol B E is overpriced for what you get. OK that was an understatement: The price really approaches ridiculous!
There are plenty of resveratrol-containing products on the market, but Resveratrol B E is a disappointing option owing to its basic formula, which contains only a 1% blend of its namesake ingredient, along with a few other notable antioxidants like niacinamide (B vitamin), tocopherol (vitamin E), and caffeine. All of these ingredients, including a higher amount of the anti-aging ingredient niacinamide, are present in other, less expensive products (Olay Regenerist is but one brand that comes to mind).
The formula does contain a small amount of alcohol (likely not an issue for skin damage), but it's disappointing that it contains more alcohol than it does the ballyhooed resveratrol.
Along with the hype over resveratrol, SkinCeuticals makes much ado about the ingredient baicalin, which is listed as Scutellaria baicalensis. Also known as skullcap extract, it has some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin, but it's no more impressive than dozens of other antioxidants that have the same effects.
The bottom line: Resveratrol B E doesn't rise to the level of must-have status to justify its cost, and the simple blend of ingredients is far less than your skin deserves (and needs) to fight multiple signs of aging. Instead, consider any of the better-formulated options on our list of Best Serums in Beautypedia.
One more comment: SkinCeuticals claims that this product boosts skin's nightly repair cycle. We want to point out that your skin is attempting to repair itself around the clock and needs help doing that. It's not as though special repair work happens only when you're sleeping or that you need specific ingredients at night to assist this process, and there isn't a shred of research showing otherwise. A well-formulated serum can be applied morning and evening. The only difference between daytime and nighttime is sunscreen!
- Contains some beneficial antioxidants, including resveratrol, caffeine, and niacinamide.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- A basic formula that doesn't live up to the exaggerated claims.
- Ridiculously overpriced; there are far better options available (in the drugstore and at the cosmetics counter).