Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Moisturizer
Bliss’s Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Moisturizer is a face cream that’s not without merit but isn’t one we recommend for a couple of factors.
First, the positives: its texture is light yet creamy, and richly hydrating for normal to dry skin. It’s smooth and spreads across skin with ease, absorbing quickly to a non-greasy finish.
There’s a lot to like as far as ingredients go; shea butter and non-fragrant, antioxidant plant oils including meadowfoam, avocado, jojoba, and argan oils provide long-lasting moisture.
As the name states, there’s a high amount of vitamin C (in the form of 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid, a newer, more stable form of C that’s good, but doesn’t yet have enough research behind it to make it quite as magnificent as Bliss claims), plus licorice extract and niacinamide for an extra brightening boost. Add to that the palmitoyl tripeptide-5 that’s also in this cream’s name and a ceramide, and you’re left with a product that can moisturize while brightening and strengthening skin.
Problematically though, it’s packaged in a jar, which exposes most of this cream’s good ingredients (particularly the antioxidants, like the vitamin C and plant oils) to light and air, diminishing their effectiveness (see More Info for details). As mentioned above, however, the form of vitamin C used is more stable so better able to withstand such exposure, but it’s not impervious to these elements, so you can still expect some diminished efficacy.
Another issue: this contains fragrance and a fragrance ingredient, limonene, that pose a risk for skin irritation.
As pleasing as the aesthetics and ingredient lineup of this cream are, it’s best to select an alternative from our list of best moisturizers.
- Whipped, creamy texture is hydrating for normal to dry skin.
- Includes moisturizing shea butter + non-fragrant, antioxidant plant oils.
- Contains brightening vitamin C, licorice, niacinamide and a skin-replenishing peptide.
- Packaged in a jar, which compromises its beneficial ingredients.
- Contains fragrance and a fragrance ingredient which pose a risk of skin irritation.
Jar Packaging & Beneficial Ingredients: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.
References for this information:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10
This vegan, high-tech moisturizer contains the most effective, non-irritating form of vitamin C and a patented tri-peptide to boost skin's natural elasticity while delivering intense hydration.
The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.
Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Bliss's iconic white with splashes of color packaging.
Bliss's biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Bliss's offerings you just have to know where to look.
For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.
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