12.16.2014
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Resveratrol B E
1 fl. oz. for $145
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Last Updated:12.16.2014
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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!

Pros:
  • Contains some beneficial antioxidants, including resveratrol, caffeine, and niacinamide.
  • Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
Cons:
  • 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).
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Claims

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.

Ingredients

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.

Brand Overview

SkinCeuticals At-A-Glance

With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skincare market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C).

There are many good reasons to shop this line; it boasts a lineup up impressive vitamin C products, as well as some good retinol options and sunscreens. Even better is that the majority of its anti-aging products are packaged in containers that will protect their contents from light and air. Focusing on what Skinceuticals does best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. The main drawbacks of this line are some products that contain fragrance ingredients, as well as potentially-drying alcohol, though they represent the minority of the brand’s offerings.

For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.

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SkinCeuticals At-A-Glance

With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skincare market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C).

There are many good reasons to shop this line; it boasts a lineup up impressive vitamin C products, as well as some good retinol options and sunscreens. Even better is that the majority of its anti-aging products are packaged in containers that will protect their contents from light and air. Focusing on what Skinceuticals does best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. The main drawbacks of this line are some products that contain fragrance ingredients, as well as potentially-drying alcohol, though they represent the minority of the brand’s offerings.

For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.