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The new PerfectSkin line by the Kardashian sisters

Reviewed by Marta June 16, 2010 25 Comments
Tomorrow (June 17th) the lovely Kardashian sisters will launch their new skincare line, PerfectSkin. I took a sneak preview to see if the products live up to the claims likely to be made in the barrage of infomercials.

Behind PerfectSkin is the inevitable scientific expert. Oddly, given that the Kardashians don’t have hair care products in their line, they have teamed up with one Dr Ron Disilvo, a chemist who has worked for coiffing companies, Redken and John Paul Mitchell.

The formulations themselves are not outstanding but certainly pass muster with a handful of botanicals with good pedigrees. Actually, I’d say they have gone out of their way to make flagship product, Repair and Protect, look very appealing  with just a few silicones and other fillers. The rest, especially and mask and the toner, are rather overpowered by harsh preservatives.

Of course, the Kardashian girls have a revolutionary new ingredient: “a newly discovered exotic plant enzyme, OGG-1 (8-oxo-guanine DNA glycosylase)”.  In humans OGG-1 has been widely researched and is recognized as an important antioxidant that repairs a specific kind of mutated lesion in DNA that is caused by free radical damage. However, studies on OGG-1 are somewhat contradictory. Research on mice lacking in OGG-1 found that they lived a perfectly normal lifespan. Whilst, Australian skin cancer researchers tentatively concluded that a weak presence of OGG-1 “may lead to a lack of DNA repair”.

PerfectSkin isn’t the only skincare company to feature OGG-1. It is also used by Remergent, whose clinical trials claim that “the delivery of this enzyme into fibroblasts increases the rate of repair of 8-oxo-G, and reduces mitochondrial toxicity”.

PerfectSkin doesn’t say from which “exotic” plant its OGG-1 is obtained from, but I suspect that it is arabidopsis thaliana. In 2005, French company claimed that it had cloned OGG-1 from this plant. Plus, I found another skincare company called Trivani that specifically says that it uses OGG-1 from arabidopsis thaliana in its Day Protection Serum.

Arabidopsis thaliana is a wee plant that is sometimes called mouse cress. In case you were wondering how it got involved in all this OGG-1 stuff, it turns out to be the have the smallest plant genome and was the first plant genome to be sequenced. Ironically, for something being associated with longevity by cosmetic companies, it has entire lifespan of only six weeks.

Should you be intrigued by PerfectSkin, be warned that it is one of those give them your credit card and get charged every 60 days numbers. The five piece set, which includes Repair & Protect, cleanser, toner, mask and eye cream, costs about $80 every two months. Having said that, there does seem to be a no fuss 60-day return and refund policy.

Ingredients in Repair & Protect

Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Trisiloxane, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid/Orange/Citrus Limon/Citrus Aurantifolia Polypeptides, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Spirulina, Platensis Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Bioflavonoids, Lecithin, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance (Parfum)

Ingredients in Cleanse

Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, PEG-150 Distearate, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ulmus Fulva Bark Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Thioctic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum), Red 40 (CI 16035), Annato (CI 75120)

Ingredients in Toner

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Kaolin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, PEG-100 Stearate, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)
  • November 14, 2011

    by Marta

    Would You Sign This Petition To Get The Kardashians Off The Air?
    http://crushable.com/entertainment/would-you-sign-this-petition-to-get-the-kardashians-off-the-air-888/

  • January 5, 2011

    by Amber Guerra

    Perfect Skin is a scam!! Perfect skin is owned by Joe Francis, the same "douchebag of the decade" that owns girls gone wild. The product does NOT do anything. Worse is the fact that he is doing the same scam he did with his videos, once you purchase his skin care products he continues to charge you until you cancel! http://gawker.com/5432310/joe-francis-gawkers-douche-of-the-decade

  • October 4, 2010

    by Rachael

    DO NOT ORDER THIS PRODUCT IF YOU HAVE ACNE OR ACNE PRONE SKIN! These products are a joke! It made my face break out so bad, it was unbearable. I’m returning this shit right away and getting my money back guarantee. I've read alot of reviews about how bad the customer service was...I myself didn’t have a problem receiving my products, but what does that matter anymore?! I knew this would be a rip off, but I just had to try it. If you have bad customer service just cancel everything…it’s not worth it!

  • October 3, 2010

    by Christina

    I literally just watched the infomercial for this product and I was considering buying, when I read the post here that said it wasn't really for acne it stopped me from trying the system. I could care less about celebrity endorsement and I personally do not find the Kardashian sisters to be attractive or entertaining. I'm not jealous or 'hating', everyone has a idea of what is attractive. It looks like they get professional procedures and a lot of makeup, if you can do that does it matter what skincare you use really?

  • September 22, 2010

    by deb

    just so i don't end up looking like Bruce Jenner....yikes!

  • September 17, 2010

    by Junko

    Thanks for posting that link and lightening my day. She doesn't even need Botox and still 20-something?

    I love the last 2 lines of the article:
    Did the procedure actually make Kim look any younger?

    Yes, her sister Khloe said, "three to five days."

    Always some truth in humor!!!! Love It!!

  • September 17, 2010

    by marta

    Even more amusing is the video of Kim K post-Botox
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20016474-10391704.html

  • September 17, 2010

    by marta

    Well, in this case they are so obvious - Sonya, you know who you are - that I almost find them funny. But I should probably draw a line on this post. Certainly, I am ruthless about sending the Revitalash marketing people into spam. After, all they are hawking a product that has harmful side effects.

  • September 17, 2010

    by Junko

    Marta, In response to Andrea's comment, I know TIA does what it can to stop paid posters from easily posting on the site but unfortunately they still come thru. Other than putting a commenter's name into the search field to see how many times they've posted (which is what I sometimes do), do you have any other tips to offer us on how we can identify them? I suspect that there are a few commenting here on this post.

  • September 16, 2010

    by Sonya

    I love This product. i have the worst skin from the sun. really bad sun damage i use to never wear SPF ever and its fixed my large pore problem, sun damage, and bumps and wrinkles. it really works and is fantastic and ive only been using it for about 2 weeks :)))) thank you kardashian ladies. you saved my skin :D:D:D:D:D!!!

  • September 9, 2010

    by Janise

    I have to say that I've been using Perfect Skin for about a week now and I'm in love with it. I didn't by it because of the Kardashians. I barely know who they are. I was channel surfing and saw the infomercial, was intrigued, and figured, for $40, what's the harm? I have a cleanser that costs more than the whole system. I have off the charts oily skin and this stuff really does control it better than anything I've tried. I've spent a small fortune trying not to look like an oil slick within an hour of putting my makeup on. This really is the best stuff I've tried. Love those girls or hate them...the skin care is great. I'm not sure how it would work on dry skin but it says it's for every skin type...

  • August 22, 2010

    by B

    I use Perfect Skin and it works great! I have used it a little over a month now and my skin has improved a lot. It is a lot softer, I have less lines in my face and even my bags under my eyes are much lighter. However Perfect Skin isn't an acne treatment it is supposed to be used with other face cleansers which I didn't know when I ordered it but I don't regrett ordering it after all.

  • August 19, 2010

    by Carrie

    Sorry to break it to you Andrea.. your post is poorly worded as well.

  • August 15, 2010

    by Andrea

    Wow, does anyone else think "Natalie" and "Roxy" are the same person? Posting damn near a minute after each other basically saying the same (poorly worded) thing?

    Geez...I hate those paid posters who troll the internet adding positive/glowing reviews about trifling people and products to various sites. Yeah, paid posters exists. They get paid to put good PR on the net. Sad, huh?

  • July 28, 2010

    by Roxy

    Stop hating on the k Girls! Three beautiful women succeeding in their careers trying to become better (as most of us try to do) and as a response they get haters bashing on them???!!! Seriously don't hate them cause their beautiful!!! Women cannot stand seeing gorgeous girls succeed in life! A simple quest about the product and u haters start bashing on their looks and lives.....lol its not their fault their good looking and famous....

  • July 28, 2010

    by Natalie

    I love perfect skin! I have only used it for two days and I already see an improvement in my skin! Thank you kardashian sisters! Its amazing! So everyone who says they only want money is crazy because I am proof that it actually works.

  • June 20, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    I have to put up some defence for these girls. I think within the firestorm within they exist, they call it "live," I think they hold it together fairly well. I have no stone in my hand to throw their way, and I'm not forced to buy any of their products. But one of their jobs is to market their product: themselves. More power to them. ~jk

  • June 19, 2010

    by Mark

    Patrice - you got it in a nutshell and I agree with Jaysie - just a way to fund their 'lifestyle'.

  • June 19, 2010

    by Darrell Owens

    Hi Julie!
    I do remember him - that's going back just a few years for me. What a strange leap...Olympian to reality TV personality.

    But stranger things have happened in people's careers!

    -Darrell

  • June 18, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    Darrell- Do you remember the Olympian gold medal winner, Bruce Jenner? He's married to the Kardashian girls' mother, Chris. No, I don't watch the show, never have. Just picked it up somehow and found that factoid intriging. ~jk

  • June 18, 2010

    by marta

    Thanks for the chuckles Jaysie and Darrell. Who knew that the K girls would bring out your inner stand up comics.

  • June 18, 2010

    by Darrell Owens

    Wait.

    I knew there was a TV show, but I always thought The Kardashians was a spoof about aliens. Like, Third Rock from the Sun. Maybe it is. Hmmm.

    Anyhow, the formulas do look interesting though!
    -Darrell

  • June 17, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Sex, skimpy clothes, sleeping around, and now skin care. All these S's only mean one thing to these sisters: $$$.

  • June 17, 2010

    by tango

    And considering everytime I see the Kardashian sisters, they seem to be dripping in heavy makeup rather than fresh faced, it seems their "beauty" is from skilled cosmetic application verses great skin care products.

  • June 17, 2010

    by patrice

    I don't think I will be one who will be trying out Perfect Skin. Somehow the fact that it is attached to the hedonistic Kardashians' is a big turnoff.

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