Bioelements Quick Refiner- reviewed and recommended
The approach to product formulation combines nature and science. The ingredients are a blend of naturals, such as botanicals and oils, combined with cosmeceutical ingredients like time-released retinols. The line is also free of artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances, and parabens. Bioelements also offers an all-natural organic skincare line called All Things Pure.
Bioelements Quick Refiner ($46) is an overnight liquid gel exfoliator that eliminates dead surface cells. It smoothes skin texture using a 5% concentration of Alphablend, a blend of five fruit acids. While alcohol is the second ingredient listed, strangely enough, I didn’t find the product to be particularly drying. Perhaps that’s due to the buffering properties of aloe vera and plant extracts. The formulation also includes mild proteolytic (protein-eating) orange and lemon enzymes.
As the product name indicates, it’s designed to reveal rapid results for all skin types, from very dry to very oily. Bioelements claims that with sustained use, Quick Refiner visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and eliminates clogged pores. I can’t confirm the reduction of fine lines just yet but I did see results within a few nights of use! My pores seem to be tightened and skin texture is extremely soft and smooth. My esthetic friend attests she notices reduced blackheads with just one use and has found it useful as a spot treatment as well.
The instructions indicate to smooth a thin coat over clean skin, day and/or night and to layer a moisturizer or sunscreen on top. I wouldn’t recommend using an acid product during the day as it increases sun sensitivity and risk of sunburn. Moreover, depending on your skin type/sensitivity, I wouldn’t necessarily use it every night. This is a relatively gentle product for me, but some sensitive skin types will require acclimation - wait 20 minutes for skin to totally dry and use sparingly. It is recommended for use in intervals of four weeks with one break in between. Personally, I feel that many people have a tendency to over-exfoliate and if this includes you, I would recommend using Quick Refiner as needed. I plan to use it maybe a few nights a week or every other week for a few nights, depending on skin conditions.
There is a slight tingling when first applied to skin, which I find refreshing, but it quickly dissipates as the Refiner is absorbed. Some may find this gel to leave behind some stickiness. Like any product with fruit acids, do not apply to rosacea or aggravated/irritated skin (Quick Refiner will not help with cystic acne) and avoid combining with retinol/retinoids. I don’t apply the gel on my nostrils and apply it approximately a quarter inch away from the mouth and eyes, avoiding eyelids - these sensitive areas tend to peel easily. A little really does go a very long way and two pumps are all I need to smooth the clear gel over my face, neck, and décolleté. I feel the amount of product you get for the money is considerable and I’d estimate one bottle easily lasting 4 to 6 months.
I don’t love the glass bottle packaging (I have a tendency to drop items from the medicine cabinet), but Bioelements intentionally uses amber glass to maintain product integrity and because it is 100% recyclable. Good intentions are not lost on me and I will learn to live with the packaging because I’ll be adding this product to my regimen!
Quick Refiner can be purchased at a spa or online.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua) (Eau), SD Alcohol 40-A, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Salicylic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract (Extrait de canne a sucre), Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Extract, Citrus Medica (Lemon) Extract, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis (Dong Quai) Root Extract, Rhus Glabra (Sumac) Extract, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone