I had high hopes for B Kamins, recommended to me by Dana. But they were, I am sorry to say, quickly dashed. I got a breakout just looking at B Kamins Revitalizing Booster Concentrate ($75 for 1.7oz). And bear in mind that Revitalizing Booster is supposed to be for the hypersensitive, sunburned or sufferers from rosacea.

B Kamins' signature ingredient is a derivative of sugar maple. Now, its role in skin care is fairly specific. It is a natural alpha hydroxy acid and exfolliant. As a long time rosacea sufferer, I have learned the hard way that peelers and exfolliants can make matters a lot worse. Some rosacea experts would go so far as to say AHAs can cause roscacea.

There is also a Ph balancer in this product called triethanolamine. This can be an irritant and, according to one study, is a possible carcinogen.

The sunscreen ingredient, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate is a particularly unpleasant one. It can produce excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease. Nice. A study published in Contact Dermatology associates it with causing allergic reactions.

Ingredients in B Kamins Revitalizing Booster Concentrate

Water (aqua), Bio-Maple (Acer Saccharum) (Maple Isolate), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, PEG-400, Cetyl Alcohol, Coco Caprylate/Caprinate, Squalane, Pheoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Ceteareth-12, Cyclomethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 80, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Bisabolol, Disodium EDTA