Glow & Hydrate Niacinamide + Hyaluronic Acid Day Serum
Bliss’ Glow & Hydrate Niacinamide + Hyaluronic Acid Day Serum is a good option for plumping skin and overall, it’s one of the brand’s stronger skin care offerings.
This serum comes in an opaque, bright pink bottle with a pump dispenser, and has a lightweight texture that absorbs quickly without a sticky feel. This type of finish works well both over and under other skin care products.
One note: there’s nothing special about this serum that makes it specific for “day” use; like most serums you can use this day or night, and since this doesn’t contain sunscreen, if you do use this during the day make sure you’re following up with a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
That aside, this has what it takes to restore and hydrate skin as claimed. This serum contains a high amount of niacinamide, a multitasking ingredient that can brighten skin, refine pores, has antioxidant benefits, and can help strengthen skin’s surface. Bliss says the form of niacinamide used here is “special grade,” but niacinamide is niacinamide. Unlike some other brands, Bliss doesn’t specify the concentration of niacinamide, but based on its placement on the ingredient list, we suspect it’s at least 5%.
Serving in a supporting capacity is skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate, as well as two forms of antioxidant vitamin E. There’s also soothing licorice extract, and tried-and-true hydrators including aloe, shea butter, and soybean, sunflower, and oat kernel oils (though as mentioned above, this has a lightweight texture and isn’t oily in the slightest).
In fact, the only negative about this product is the inclusion of a small amount of fragrance. The scent it imparts is light and dissipates quickly, but fragrance in any amount poses a risk for skin irritation.
That aside, this is a good addition to Bliss’ skin care lineup.
- Lightweight serum texture absorbs quickly.
- Contains a high amount of multitasking niacinamide.
- Includes skin plumping sodium hyaluronate + antioxidant vitamin E.
- Includes skin soothing and hydrating ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Includes a small amount of fragrance, which isn’t the best for skin.
This multi-action, power serum contains special grade niacinamide (a potent antioxidant also known as vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to replenish and defend skin for the ultimate everyday glow.
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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