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Dermalogica

Biolumin-C Serum

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 87.00
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Dermalogica's Biolumin-C Serum is an overall impressive anti-aging treatment for all skin types, but the inclusion of fragrant irritating grapefruit oil (the most potent part of the fruit) kept it from earning a better rating.

On the plus side, this water-based serum's lightweight texture slips easily over skin and absorbs quickly. It layers well with other products, too; no pilling/balling or flaking.

As for Biolumin-C Serum's anti-aging benefits, Dermalogica confirms it contains 4.7% of two forms of vitamin C: ascorbyl methylsilanol pectinate and aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate. The brand maintains that this specific blend outperforms other vitamin C products, including those that contain higher amounts of C.

The problem? There isn't any independent research proving the forms of vitamin C chosen are the best, nor that the amount this serum contains is, in fact, better than higher-strength C treatments. In essence, you need to take the brand's word for it.

Despite these somewhat misleading claims, the vitamin C, peptides, exfoliation from lactic acid, and additional antioxidants this serum contains should deliver visible results on wrinkles, loss of firmness, and skin tone issues. But you can get those results from other vitamin C treatments that don't expose skin to all the problems grapefruit oils presents. You'll find them on our list of best vitamin C products.

Side note: You'd think this serum would smell like fresh grapefruit, but its scent is actually reminiscent of pears!

Pros:
  • Lightweight texture applies easily and absorbs quickly.
  • Contains a great mix of vitamin C and replenishing ingredients.
  • Contains a potentially helpful amount of skin-smoothing lactic acid.
  • Packaged to minimize light and air exposure so antioxidants remain stable.
Cons:
  • Contains grapefruit oil, which can irritate skin.
  • Claims of superiority to other vitamin C serums aren't substantiated.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

A high-performance Vitamin C serum that works with skins own defenses to brighten and firm. Advanced bio-technology fuses ultra-stable Vitamin C and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, helping to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Outperforms other Vitamin C products (including those formulated at higher concentrations). Other key ingredients include Vitamin C Complex for brighter, firmer, more radiant skin, Lactic Acid to accelerate cell turnover, Sophora Japonica Flower Extract to help return skin to a calm state after experiencing oxidative stress, and Salvia Hispanica (Chia Seed) Oil to hydrate and help quench free radicals.

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems.

The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.

For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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