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Fourth Ray Beauty

Avocado + Aloe Double Shot Serum

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 14.00
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Fourth Ray Beauty’s Avocado + Aloe Double Shot Serum claims to be formulated with phytonutrients that work cohesively to restore and hydrate skin. The formula starts out by living up to that promise, but things go downhill once skin-sensitizing fragrance enters the picture.

Packaged in a clear glass bottle with dropper dispenser, Avocado + Aloe Double Shot Serum is a green-hued, bi-phase, oil-in-water liquid that needs to be shaken before each use. Once absorbed, this leaves a clear emollient finish on skin that feels moisturizing without being overly slick.

We’re happy to see replenishing ingredients front and center, along with a generous dose of non-fragrant plant extracts and oils (including this product’s namesake avocado oil) that support skin with beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants. Soothing aloe is another welcome addition, as is the mega-hydrator sodium hyaluronate.

We’ll pause here to mention that the see-through packaging isn’t ideal for protecting the stability of this formula’s key antioxidants (light exposure allows them to break down prematurely). You can deter this to a certain degree by keeping the bottle stored in a dark place (such as a drawer) to limit light exposure… although opaque packaging would have been better to avoid the issue altogether.

As for the fragrance, it’s potent enough to linger, which is a red flag for skin inflammation. The tricky thing is you won’t always see or feel this kind of irritation even though it’s wreaking havoc below the surface (see More Info below for the full scoop).

Without the fragrance and packaging downfalls, Avocado + Aloe Double Shot Serum would have been a good option for nourishing dry skin, but as is, you’re better off pursuing our top-rated facial oils and best serums.

Pros:
  • Nourishes skin with replenishing ingredients and moisturizing plant oils.
  • Delivers beneficial fatty acids and soothing antioxidants.
Cons:
  • Formulated with fragrance that puts skin at risk of irritation.
  • Needs to be stored away from light to avoid exposure that could degrade key ingredients.

More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Give your skin a super shot of good-for-you greens. Fourth Ray Beauty's Avocado + Aloe Double Shot Serum does double duty, nourishing, and replenishing skin with vitamin-rich phytonutrients. Avocado, Aloe, and Cucumber work in harmony restoring and hydrating skin. Your skin will be all about these greens!

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Brassica Oleracea Acephala Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sirulina Maxima Extract, Gluconolactone, Sodium Chloride, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Calcium Gluconate, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Red 4 (Ci 14700), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140).

With as much focus on the metaphysical as on the scientific, Fourth Ray Beauty is the brainchild of Seed Beauty, the creator of social-media savvy lines like Kylie Cosmetics and ColourPop. The brand says its focus is on wellness-inspired skin care, and that the name Fourth Ray is derived from the fourth ray of the rainbow, which represents “beauty, harmony, purity, wholeness, and integration.”

Its lineup consists of mainly the basics when it comes to a skin care routine: cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and acne treatment. The formulas are largely unremarkable, with a lack of impressive ingredients, and most of its products contain fragrance. The standout is their cleansing oil which bypasses most of the pitfalls of its competition.

When it comes to its approach to acne and oily skin though, this brand with a New Age philosophy has a decidedly old-school approach by including witch hazel, alcohol, and other irritants that can make acne and oily skin worse.

Fourth Ray infuses each of its products with crystals to, as stated on its website, “cleanse not just your skin but your energy.” This is just marketing, though; there’s no scientific research proving that crystals can do anything for skin.

You can learn more about Fourth Ray Beauty on its website, fourthraybeauty.com.

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