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).
This antioxidant night concentrate with a maximized concentration of 1% pure, stable resveratrol, synergistically enhanced with 0.5% baicalin and 1% alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) boosts skin’s own antioxidant defense system to promote its natural nightly repair for improved radiance, elasticity, and density.
Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Caffeine, Sodium Chloride, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Resveratrol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract / Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium EDTA.
With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skin-care market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid. Company founder Dr. Sheldon Pinnell began the line after a falling out with the folks behind Cellex-C, a company for which Dr. Pinnell once served as spokesperson. The falling out had to do with both Cellex-C and Dr. Pinnell holding patents on L-ascorbic acid; Cellex-C held the patent on a formula with L-ascorbic acid (the original Cellex-C serum) while Dr. Pinnell's patent (now conspicuously absent from SkinCeuticals products) was only for the ingredient. The drama continued as, years later, the doctor who joined Pinnell to work on SkinCeuticals' vitamin C products began his own company, also selling products with vitamin C. Who needs Desperate Housewives when we have desperate doctors racing to be the authoritative word on the anti-aging properties of vitamin C?
The good news is that copious research has demonstrated that L-ascorbic acid (despite its stability issues, which, formula-wise, SkinCeuticals products do address) is a good, potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It has also been shown to provide photoprotective benefits when skin is exposed to UV light and is capable of stimulating collagen production - though don't take that to mean it is a cure for wrinkles (Sources: International Journal of Toxicology, 2005, supplement, pages 51–111; Experimental Dermatology, June 2003, pages 237–244; Dermatologic Surgery, March 2002, pages 231–236; Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics, May 1999, pages 453–461; and International Journal of Radiation Biology, June 1999, pages 747–755). Of course, other forms of vitamin C have equally impressive research, and some forms, such as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, have better stability profiles (Source: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, March 1997, pages 795–801).
As we've mentioned before, vitamin C is but one of many good antioxidants, and it's not the best approach to select any one or two antioxidants and bank on them alone to provide every conceivable skin-rejuvenating benefit. Instead, go for products that offer a cocktail of antioxidants because you'll get a greater range of benefits. Plus, some antioxidants in combination have a synergistic effect that surpasses what occurs when any of the ingredients are used alone. SkinCeuticals clearly knows this, because their vitamin C products also contain the antioxidant ferulic acid, and some add vitamin E to the mix as well. Above all, remember that as multifunctional as antioxidants are, they cannot stop aging, they won't eliminate wrinkles, and they do not replace the need for daily sun protection.
L'Oreal purchased SkinCeuticals in May 2005, and, for the time being, seems to be letting them stay on their course. That's a good thing, because despite L'Oreal’s considerable financial reserves and global R&D team, the skin-care products their brands produce consistently lag behind what current research indicates are state-of-the-art options. As long as they continue to let SkinCeuticals retain its stature, there are many good reasons to shop this line; however, that said, this line is far from perfect in terms of being able to assemble a complete skin-care routine. Focusing on what they do best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. Those who find the SkinCeuticals price tags to be a deal-breaker need to know that despite several notable products, they're hardly the only game in town; you can find equally superior products for less money, though not all of them follow the impressive concentration protocols of SkinCeuticals.
For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.