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Reviewed and Recommended: Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum

Reviewed by Marta June 7, 2009 8 Comments

If you would put a check against any of the following, then Juice Beauty's Antioxidant Serum ($45) is for you: you are 30-something in need of a fresher complexion; you want to start using antioxidants to ward of the early signs of aging skin; your skin is on the oily side; you have a tendency towards ruddiness.

The thing I like best about this serum (part from the fact that a good portion of the ingredients are organic) is that is has borage and flax (linseed) seed. A German study recently found that both (taken as oral supplements) improved the quality of skin. After 12 weeks, participants saw a decrease in reddening of the skin in the flaxseed and borage oil groups of 45% and 35% respectively. The researchers also recorded greater blood flow to the skin. The flax group also lost less moisture from the skin and both groups saw declines in rough and peeling skin. I read about this research a few months ago and have been taking flax capsules (they are a great source of omega 3) every day ever since.

Evening primrose (a source of omega 6) also has a good research pedigree. The majority of data suggests that GLA application enhances the epidermal barrier. Because of its ability to dilute sebum production, evening primrose oil is good at calming acne flare-ups, while at the same time hydrating skin. The astringent properties of the plant’s juice can soothe skin irritations and inflammations.

In the peptide department, there is dipetide-2. As an NAs an NMF, it helps keep the intercellular structure of the epidermis intact, facilitates the skin’s healing process, prevents dermal irritation and may even regenerate the skin. In fact, several animal studies suggest that the topical application of dipeptide-2 may act as a growth promoter because of its ability to increase the skin’s protein synthesis and amino acid uptake. There is also palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3 (although note that this has apparently changed its name to palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7). It is one of the two peptides in Matrixyl 3000 and Studies have shown that Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 can slow or suppress the production of excess interleukins, therefore inhibiting unnecessary inappropriate inflammatory responses and glycation damage.

I found that Juice Beauty's trademark juices (grape, orange and aloe), as well alpha-lipoic acid did a good job of making my complexion look fresher. However, my 49 year-old skin found it a bit on the drying side. I really think though that oily sensitive skins that don't yet need the anti-wrinkle heavy guns will respond extremely well to Juice Beauty's serum.

Ingredients


Organic Juices Of Vitis Vinifera (White Grape) Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Juice & Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Organic Essential Fatty Acids Of Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed & Borago Officinali (Borage) Seed, Organic Algae Extract, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Thioctic Acid (Alpha-Lipoic Acid), Magnesium Ascorbyl Pho (Vitamin C), Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Tocopheryl Acetate & Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Sclerotium Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Phospholipids, Hyaluronic Acid, Dimethylaminoethanol(DMAE), Potassium Sorbate, Amyris Balsamifera & Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Pure Essential Oils.

  • February 2, 2012

    by Lynn

    This serum sounded sooo good but then the ingredients were a concern. I know that benzyl alcohol can be an allergen too, and phenoxyethanol I don't like what I have read of. I am going to try Sevani instead, love that their products are so super natural and rated a 0 on the database for safe cosmetics.

  • January 5, 2010

    by Lindsay

    Thanks for the info, Marta! I'm in love with JB's Antioxidant Serum and Full Strength Peel, so I'll continue to use. Hopefully, they'll phase out the phenoxyethanol due to consumer awareness/demand.

  • December 22, 2009

    by marta

    Lindsay, As far as I can tell there isn't a difference between "synthetic" or "natural" phenoxyethanol. Phenoxyethanol is the product of the reaction of ethylene oxide and phenol. Phenols are found in plants, but are (according to Wikipedia) toxic. I'm not entirely sure what Juice Beauty means by "food grade" phenoxyethanol. I believe that the FDA has only approved phenoxyethanol as indirect food additive. Indirect food additives are additives that may become part of the food in trace amounts due to its packaging, storage or other handling. For example, minute amounts of packaging substances may find their way into foods during storage.

  • December 22, 2009

    by marta

    Lindsay, that is a great question. Rather than give you a glib answer, I am going to do some research on this. So give me a few days.

  • December 21, 2009

    by Lindsay

    I love this serum, too! I got it after reading on Juice Beauty's web site that it reduces free radical damage in skin cells up to 85%!! Makes my oily, breakout-prone skin smooth, glowing and nearly poreless.

    But question, though: I read your post against the preservative phenoxyethanol. Juice Beauty uses phenoxyethanol in their products but says that their's is food-grade and derived from sage essential oil. Is there a difference between synthetic phenoxyethanol and naturally-derived phenoxyethanol?

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