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Bliss

Ex-Glow-Sion Super Rich Moisturizer for Dewy, Radiant Skin

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 20.00
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Bliss' Ex-Glow-Sion Super Rich Moisturizer for Dewy, Radiant Skin has a lot of likeable aspects, but a few foibles keep it from getting our most glowing recommendation.

First, the good: this cream has a remarkable soufflé-like texture that's light and airy, yet still feels moisturizing. Best for normal to slightly dry skin, it melts into your skin, leaving it noticeably softer and smoother.

The "radiant" aspect of Ex-Glow-Sion's name refers to a slight opalescence that's apparent as soon as you open the container. The shine comes from the mineral pigment mica, but sheers out quite a bit, so the result is a natural-looking glow as opposed to obvious shimmer or sparkle.

Ingredient-wise, this contains reliable emollients shea butter and squalene, alongside antioxidants including the vitamin C (in the form of tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) advertised in this product's claims.

Unfortunately, that's where the good ends. None of these beneficial antioxidants will remain potent for long because this cream's jar packaging exposes them to light and air, reducing their effectiveness (see More Info for details).

Strike two? This formula also contains two different forms of fragrant lavender alongside the fragrance ingredient linalool and pose a strong risk of irritating skin.

It's a shame, because this moisturizer is so aesthetically pleasing and has some beneficial ingredients to boot… but the packaging and fragrance ingredients mean you're better off selecting another option from our list of best moisturizers.

Pros:
  • Souffl-like texture is lightweight and moisturizing.
  • Absorbs quickly for softer and smoother skin.
  • Contains emollients and a number of antioxidants.
Cons:
  • Packaged in a jar, so its most beneficial ingredients won't remain effective over time.
  • Contains fragrant ingredients likely to irritate skin.
More Info:

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: 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 also is 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, 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:

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

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

This velvety, skin-brightening cream with stabilized vitamin C takes skin from dry and lackluster to dewy and luminous in seconds.

Water (Aqua) (Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Xylitylglucoside, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Mica, Anhydroxylitol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Methicone, Propanediol, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sodium Phytate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Xylitol, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate Succinate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Isohexadecane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

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 Blisss iconic white with splashes of color packaging.

Blisss 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 Blisss offerings you just have to know where to look.

For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.

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