Beauty Shroom Plumping Jelly Serum
Moon Juice’s Beauty Shroom Plumping Jelly Serum has great ingredients that can do exactly what they say, right alongside other ingredients that do skin more harm than good, making it a mixed bag that’s not easy for us to recommend.
This serum is packaged in an opaque bottle with a pump dispenser, so its good ingredients are protected from light and air. Among those good ingredients are hydrating silver ear mushroom extract and hyaluronic acid, both of which can make skin appear rejuvenated and plumped as claimed. The mushroom works as an antioxidant, too, but other antioxidants are also included.
As far as the texture of this product, it is interestingly jelly- and serum-like all at once, with a slightly viscous feel. While that sounds like it might be unpleasant, it sinks in quickly for a finish that makes skin look instantly refreshed and hydrated.
But not all the news here is good: mixed in with the beneficial ingredients are fragrant rose (Rosa damascena), sandalwood, (Santalum austrocaledonicum) and patchouli (Pogostemon calbin) oils, which have strong potential to cause irritation. If used daily, fragrant ingredients can sap skin of its vital moisture and cause other issues, the opposite of this serum’s goal (see More Info for details).
Despite the positives this serum has, there are far better serums available that skip the problematic ingredients.
- Contains hydrating silver ear mushroom extract and sodium hyaluronate.
- Includes antioxidants.
- Packaged in a container that protects its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains fragrant rose and sandalwood oils, which can trigger skin irritation.
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:
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
This intensive, adaptogenic serum works instantly to smooth, fill, lift, and plump. The light, jelly texture works deep within the skin's surface to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while creating a lasting hydration barrier for super supple skin with resilience and bounce.
Moon Juice is the brainchild of Amanda Chantal Bacon, a California-based chef who sought to create her own holistic brand after changing her diet to treat hyperthyroidism. A chef creating a skin care line might seem an odd segue, but it makes sense given Moon Juice also sells plenty of oral supplements, too.
The products from Moon Juice focus on “raw, medical foods”, a topic that covers a lot of ground. Bacon refers to these ingredients as “adaptogens,” claiming they help your body better handle mental, physical, and emotional stress. There’s some research supporting this, mostly in terms of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, but Moon Juice is hardly the only company whose products tout such benefits.
Moon Juice offers everything from pressed juices and cocoa powder to probiotics and dried fruit. The brand also recently started selling a small number of skin care products based on Bacon’s views on the best ways to approach all-over health.
Our take on Moon Juice is that the line has some good ideas but doesn’t quite hit the mark when it comes to what research says is good for skin. Antioxidants are included (many of them tied in to mushrooms and other “raw” foods), and the brand’s leave-on exfoliant contains both AHAs and BHA at a pH that’s optimal for them to be effective.
The issue, though, is that Moon Juice’s holistic philosophy also means emphasis is put on “natural” essential oils. Though essential oils smell nice, and research has shown that smell can improve a person’s mood, but these oils do not do skin any favors; they can cause irritation. In skin care, what’s best for skin’s health should be paramount. You can achieve the mind-body connection via aroma with options that don’t have to touch your skin; for example, an essential oil diffuser or scented candle.
To learn more about Moon Juice, visit https://moonjuice.com/.
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