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Blake Lively’s Per-fekt Secret

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Dry Skin, Oily Skin
August 13, 2011 Reviewed by admin 8 Comments
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.
  • August 14, 2011

    by Debbie B

    Hi Doris:

    I am curious as to what your skin care/makeup products are. I'm sure TIA would appreciate your input since what Marta is trying to do is to inform consumers, and I'm sure she would love to know the products you are using so she could perhaps include them on TIA.


  • August 14, 2011

    by Doris

    Susan, I agree. I most certainly wasn't trying to be pleasant and my first comment was maybe a touch too scathing, but the points I raised in this and other comments are valid.

    I think some of the reviews here are already venomous enough so there most certainly is no need to spew more venom and I will refrain from doing so in the future. I only ever weigh in if I think a review overstepped the line or is mind-boggingly and infuriatingly brainless but I have enough on my plate without adding unnecessary online feuds about vital topics such as cosmetics to it.

  • August 13, 2011

    by Susan

    It's been unpleasant reading Doris's comments. While I welcome and even enjoy reading dissenting or critical views, I firmly believe sincere contributors will advance such views in a civil manner.

    I do not understand the necessity for TIA to give hostile contributors any type of platform to spew venom. Generally, my days are tough enough without feeling the desire to subject myself to unwarranted hostility.

  • August 13, 2011

    by Doris

    Gee Marta, you got me. You really did your homework. Alex is alive and well. Alexandra in fact, Doris is my second name and I tend to use it on the web sometimes to maintain some form of anonymity/privacy. No such luck with a cosmetic cop such as yourself though, I guess. Care to post my last name too?

    The Mini-Martas on the other hand don't seem to have your knack for investigative journalism, I'm afraid, judging from the quality of their output, so maybe you should focus less on the private data of commentators and more on quality control of your content.

    Darrell, I generally prefer to have no preservatives in my products as most preservatives are highly reactive phenolic compounds or organohalogens which don't have such a great track record when it comes to toxicity. I use several brands that forego the use of preservatives either due to their composition or airless packaging. I'm aware that it's hard to make preservative-free products with a high percentage of natural ingredients though.

    I don't have a problem with YBF products per se or niche brands using effective preservatives, not at all, if you believe in the antioxidant theory and the power of peptides your products probably are a really good option, I was just using your brand as a an example since it's mentioned a lot here even though your products contain a not clearly labelled (paraben du - unless you look it up) formaldehyde-releasing preservative that would set off a storm of indignation here if it was used by a mainstream brand.

    Contributors to this site have been continuously spreading misinformation and slandering other brands (not sold on this site) for no reason while mostly ignoring "problem" (in their opinion) ingredients in products hyped on this site and they've been doing this over and over again and I've only commented on some of the more extreme and ridiculous examples.

  • August 13, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Doris, I've just noticed you are commenting from the same address as Alex. We haven't heard from Alex in a while - do pass on my regards.

  • August 13, 2011

    by Darrell

    Thank you Doris,
    I'll take your comment as feedback about ingredients and their selection.

    Many readers know we take feedback more seriously than other companies -- even when it's delivered in the form of a jab.

    We're by no means a perfect company with perfect products, but we work harder than other brands to create better, safer and more effective products and a more responsive and personal experience for those who enjoy YBF.

    We have and will always continue to improve our formulas and products (much as a result of TIA members).

    If you have alternative preservative techniques you favor, please share. We've always stated that for our products and customers, we have yet to find an alternative with which we feel comfortable using. For us to switch, the preservative system would need to be undisputed as safe or safer than what we currently use and not cause an increase in allergen risk.

    All my best Doris,
    Darrell Owens, YBF

  • August 13, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Doris, I'm not sure this qualifies as "hysterical". But you have fired a fair warning shot across our bows. We should strive to avoid double standards and when we sell stuff we should still point out the ingredients that are less than perfect - I think mostly that we do. But I hear you and thank you for the comment.

  • August 13, 2011

    by Doris

    Please stop "busting" beauty products for having the same ingredients as products sold in the TIA-store! Questioning beauty products and their ingredients is ok, having double standards isn't. It's really funny how hysterical some of the contributors get when it comes to comparatively harmless ingredients but how they turn a blind eye to anything Marta endorses (because anything sold on TIA will take years off of your appearance, you know, unlike all those fraudulent department store potions!)

    Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel is a standard silicone primer with a bunch of vitamins and some pigments. Nothing special but probably less risky than many of the products endorsed here (diazolidinyl urea in YBF "because it's the best solution" anyone?).

    "Vitamin E comes from Tocopheryl Acetate which has been linked as a human skin toxic." Oh puleeze!

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