I think of Bliss as trendy brand for fashion conscious 20 and 30-somethings and so I would expect to see The Youth As We Know It Concentrate ($70) to have more than one example of designer skin wear. If marine extracts are the new black, microspheres this year's gladiator sandals and hydrolized pearl the It Girl staple, then Bliss is as well dressed as it gets.

Or is it the Emperor's new clothes?

For the sensitive of skin, The Youth As We Know It Concentrate could be as uncomfortable as a hair shirt.  Sodium dihydroxycetyl phosphate is proven to cause severe contact dermatitis, as is pentylene glycol, according to several recent studies, and urea. Sodium hydroxide will cause irritation even at low levels. Benzethonium chloride is an irritant that may be carcinogenic and then there is phenoxyethanol (irritant and suspeted neurotoxin) and sodium benzoate, which destroys DNA.

If your hide is strong enough to withstand all of that, the designer skin wear elements of Bliss are worth trying on for size. Pearl powder is made up of calcium carbonate crystals and the protein conchiolin, the stuff that makes pearls look pearly. The proponents of pearl say it stimulates DNA, and thus can promote and accelerate cell renewal. This action involving the function of DNA is similar to a starfish losing one of its arms and growing a new one. Research to back this up though is scanty. Not for nothing are algae suddenly so fashionable: chlorella vulgaris is believed to have powerful anti-aging benefits, mainly due to the fact that it’s a rich source of carotenoids- a family of nutrients that, when ingested, deposit into the skin and protect it from the harmful effects of UV rays (i.e. pigmentation, sunburn, cancer. In fact, Korean researchers have discovered that when Lutein (a carotenoid) was extracted from chlorella vulgaris, it blocked the growth of human colon cancer cells. Glucasamine HCI is an amino sugar and one of the most abundant monosaccharides, often used to treat psoriasis and help with skin rejuvenation.

Although neither shabby nor threadbare, Bliss The Youth As We Know It Concentrate still doesn't add up to much and for $70 there is far better to be had.

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Water (Aqua), CyclopentaSiloxane, Pentylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG 3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Dimethicone/Vinyltrimethylsiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Sodium Dihydroxycetyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Sodium Hyaluronate, Algae Extract, Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Urea, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Yeast (Faex) Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Carbomer, Saccharide Isomerate, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, OctenylSuccinate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Ceteareth 20, Glycoproteins, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Hydrolyzed Algin, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Polyquaternium 67, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Lauryl Laurate, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Polyquaternium 51, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Benzethonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide (CI 7789), Mica