Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate
Any skin care product that uses the word "miracle" in its name is going to get noticed (who doesn't want miraculous results for their skin?). Oftentimes, the product doesn't live up to that level of hype, something that's true for belif's Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate.
The packaging certainly looks nice; a frosted green glass bottle with a dropper applicator. The serum is a clear fluid that absorbs quickly into skin and true to claims, it makes skin feel softer and appear slightly plumper after it sinks in.
The formula is very heavy on the herbal ingredients belif includes in all its products; many of these are plant extracts, such as raspberry leaf and chickweed extract, that have antioxidant properties, but no solid proof that they're any superior to any other number of other antioxidants.
The star of the show here is a 20% concentration of peat extract. Peat is a type of soil made up primarily of organic material (such as dead vegetation and animals) that's rich in nutrients. While it has many uses, there isn't a large body of research proving its effectiveness in topical skin care products. That means you're largely taking belif's word for it that it's going to revitalize your skin.
belif also claims this serum can gently exfoliate skin and encourage cell turnover (though it doesn't say how), but this lacks tried-and-true exfoliating ingredients, such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid.
While that isn't necessarily terrible, what is bad is the relatively high amount of drying denatured alcohol in this formula, along with potentially-irritating rose and horsetail extracts, plus fragrance and fragrance ingredients known to irritate skin.
Despite the appealing name, it's best to skip Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate and go with a more effective option you'll find on our list of best serums.
- Makes skin feel softer and smoother.
- Contains several antioxidant-rich plant extracts.
- The benefits of peat extract are overstated.
- Cannot exfoliate skin as claimed.
- Contains denatured alcohol, fragrance, and fragrance ingredients that can irritate skin.
Formulated with 20 percent Peat extract, Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate features a potent blend of 80 different herbs that protect skin from free radicals and preserve a youthful-looking glow. This concentrated serum gently exfoliates and supports natural skin turnover for a healthy, radiantly glowing complexion.
Owned by South Korean corporate giant LG (yes, the electronics company), belif is a natural skin care brand whose main selling point is the fusion of the sensibilities of Korean skin care – sheet masks and essences are featured prominently - with the philosophy of an old-fashioned European apothecary.
The result is an offering of skin care products that is best described as hit-or-miss. Most of them contain a mix of herbs based off “Napier’s Formula,” a blend of herbs concocted by Scottish apothecary Duncan Napier in the mid-19th century. Anecdotal stories tell of its miraculous effect on skin, though there’s no hard research showing this specific blend of ingredients is better than any other beneficial skin care ingredients.
There are some good products with a robust blend of antioxidants to be found, but most of belief’s lineup contains fragrance (or additional fragrance ingredients), and the brand usually packages its moisturizers in jars (which puts beneficial air- and light-sensitive skin care ingredients at risk because of exposure to both). Were it not for these two missteps, we’d be much more enthusiastic to recommend this brand as an option.
You can find out more about belif by visiting the brand’s website at https://www.belifusa.com/.
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