Actress Blake Lively recently released one of her beauty secrets, Skin Perfection Gel from maker Per-fekt. The brand promises that it will “instantly improve skin tone, help maintain hydration, and reduce the appearance of redness and discoloration, enlarged pores, fine lines and shine.”

From afar, it looks like a solid product, claiming that it’s full of antioxidants, alpha lipoic acid, and Vitamins A & E. A closer look at the ingredients tells a different story. Retinyl Palmitate shows up as the third ingredient and is the form of vitamin A in this product. Unfortunately, once exposed to sunlight, it is said to produce toxic free radicals can cause gene mutations. The FDA also raised a concern that extensive, daily skin application of vitamin A creams. Too much may build up in a woman's body, so much so that a high enough level of Vitamin A that may be toxic to the developing fetus. Vitamin E comes from Tocopheryl Acetate which has been linked as a human skin toxic.

Titanium Dioxide makes an appearance, most likely as a whitening agent since it says nothing about SPF properties on the packaging. Despite Per-fekts claims to “protect the surface of the skin from free radical damage,” titanium dioxide can be absorbed into the skin (depending on the particle size) and cause free radical damage.

Per-fekt doesn’t seem to be the ideal brand for a young actress like Lively as it could be doing more harm than good, a simple sunscreen and nights rest may be all she needs to look good on any given day. While many may consider this $57.50 gel her “beauty secret,” the fact of the matter is that being 23 is her beauty secret. She’s young and still has great skin, and she should follow the less is more approach or at least read the label on her cosmetic products before purchasing.


Isododecane, Polysilicone - 11, Dimethicone, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Montmorillonite, Thioctic Acid, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491.