Peeling Groovy Facial Serum
It’s interesting that a product claiming to be a triple threat against aging and that costs this much money could be so unimpressive. It isn’t even a single threat against aging; the only threats are to your budget and intelligence. This is a water-based serum that cannot exfoliate as claimed, but it does have modest hydrating ability thanks to the presence of urea, which is a good, albeit ordinary, ingredient for skin. The ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is a worthwhile ingredient, but it won’t stay potent for long unless you take steps to keep this product’s clear bottle packaging away from light.
The ingredient in Peeling Groovy Facial Serum that they claim will exfoliate skin is something called polyamino sugar condensate. Bliss purports this is a gentle alternative to AHAs, but there’s no research supporting that claim or showing its efficacy for exfoliating skin anywhere. In fact, comparing its ability to that of AHAs is like comparing a car to roller skates, you're not going to get anywhere near where you really want to go. Polyamino sugar condensate is a water-binding agent and is used most often in the food-flavoring industry (Source: www.cosmeticsinfo.org). By the way, toxicology testing of this ingredient reveals it is not quite as mild on skin as Bliss claims. For the money there are far better formulated exfoliants to consider if you can’t use AHAs, such as salicylic acid (BHA) or polyhydroxy acids (such as gluconolactone).
This gently exfoliating formula is a triple threat against aging: it simultaneously perfects skins texture, lightens dark spots (from sun, breakouts or other complexion-related mishaps) and lessens the look of lines and large pores. With moisture-magnetizing AFAs (Filaggrin-based amino acid antioxidants) instead of irritating AHAs, its A-OK even for those who skew sensitive. Good for all skin types and gentle enough to use day and night!
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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