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Fourth Ray Beauty

Raydiate Vitamin C Serum

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 16.00
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Fourth Ray Beauty’s Raydiate Vitamin C Serum gets into trouble with its fragrant extracts that have the potential to irritate skin. Complicating matters, the clear packaging compromises the vitamin C, as well as other light-sensitive ingredients. Feel free to stop right here and peruse our top-rated vitamin C serums instead. If you’re curious, read on...

Raydiate Vitamin C Serum is a bi-phase (oil in water) liquid that needs to be shaken before each use. In the bottle it has an orange/yellow hue but once blended into skin, it sheers out to a clear, healthy-shine finish. The formula’s replenishing humectants boost its hydrating properties, making this ideal for normal to dry skin.

The forms of vitamin C in this serum are tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and 3-0-ethyl ascorbic acid, both of which are proven skin brighteners. They also deliver potent antioxidant properties, as well as anti-wrinkle benefits. Fourth Ray Beauty is using a 15% combination, which is an efficacious amount to help fade discolorations and enhance skin’s radiance overall.

Our concern is that the clear bottle allows those delicate vitamin C ingredients to break down prematurely due to ongoing exposure to light. You can deter this by keeping the bottle tucked away in a dark drawer between uses, but opaque packaging would have been a better choice for the formula from the get-go. This is also an issue for the many other antioxidant-rich extracts and oils in this serum, including turmeric, argan and rosehip.

The sensitizing extracts (including grapefruit, orange peel, jasmine and lavender) that create this product’s scent aren’t doing skin any favors either. See More Info below to find out how fragrance ingredients impair skin’s health.

The bottom line: As pretty as it may look on the outside, we’d pass on this vitamin C serum in light others that don’t have the issues.

Pros:
  • Contains effective forms of vitamin C at 15% concentration capable of brightening skin.
  • Replenishing humectants join forces with antioxidant-rich plant oils to moisturize and hydrate.
Cons:
  • Clear packaging compromises the efficacy of vitamin C and other antioxidants in the formula.
  • Formulated with fragrant extracts that put skin at risk for irritation and inflammation.

More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Raydiate Vitamin C Serum is a specially designed bi-phase serum + oil that is powerfully formulated to enhance skin radiance for a brighter, more luminous complexion.

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Schinus Molle Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Chloride, Gluconolactone, 5-Lactone, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

With as much focus on the metaphysical as on the scientific, Fourth Ray Beauty is the brainchild of Seed Beauty, the creator of social-media savvy lines like Kylie Cosmetics and ColourPop. The brand says its focus is on wellness-inspired skin care, and that the name Fourth Ray is derived from the fourth ray of the rainbow, which represents “beauty, harmony, purity, wholeness, and integration.”

Its lineup consists of mainly the basics when it comes to a skin care routine: cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and acne treatment. The formulas are largely unremarkable, with a lack of impressive ingredients, and most of its products contain fragrance. The standout is their cleansing oil which bypasses most of the pitfalls of its competition.

When it comes to its approach to acne and oily skin though, this brand with a New Age philosophy has a decidedly old-school approach by including witch hazel, alcohol, and other irritants that can make acne and oily skin worse.

Fourth Ray infuses each of its products with crystals to, as stated on its website, “cleanse not just your skin but your energy.” This is just marketing, though; there’s no scientific research proving that crystals can do anything for skin.

You can learn more about Fourth Ray Beauty on its website, fourthraybeauty.com.

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