Posted by James

I've now had over four weeks with Bliss' The Youth As we Know it Anti-Aging Concentrate. I liked it and it's okay. But beyond that, it doesn't know what to be, and that detracts from its better qualities.

The box has a sticker on it saying that it "doubles as a lighweight moisturizer." It's interesting to me that this is a sticker--was that a purposeful packaging decision, or was it an after-thought? One whole side of the box waxes about "Hydroplex3" which apparently moisturizers immediately, and thereafter, for six hours.

The reality is that I found it to be a mediocre moisturizer, which is funny considering the fact that its second ingredient (after water) is a moisturizer (as are the third, fourth and fifth ingredients.) I gave up on using it as my sole-moisturizer after less than a week.

My usual anti-aging serum is Olay Regenerist--not a great product, but at least it's cheap. Youth As We Know it provides smoother, brighter skin, but I feel other products can do that, and for cheaper. (I don't know what to attribute the smoother/brighter skin to--is it due to the nifty anti-aging ingredients such as pearl powder, chlorella vulgaris and glucosamine HCl, or is it due to less exotic ingredients like salicylic acid and mica?)

I can say that it has a nice citrus smell, something like a combination of lemon and mandarin (with more lemon than mandarin.) A little bit of it goes a long way, and it absorbs into the skin fairly quickly. I had an acne-sufferer borrow it, and it didn't make her acne any worse (and it didn't seem to irritate my eczema, at least after the first week.)

It comes in nifty looking premium packaging, but the bottle is heavy, probably not particularly environmentally conscious, and worst of all, you can't tell how much is remaining.

I wish this product didn't try to be all things to all people, and just concentrated on being an anti-aging serum. In the end, there are about five or six anti-aging ingredients, surrounded by 50 different moisturizers, fillers and preservatives.

If a lot of the ingredients were eliminated and the focus were solely on being an anti-aging serum, it might be an awesome product, (like a premium Olay Regenerist.) As it stands, it's not a bad product, just an expensive okay one.

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Ingredients:

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, 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 77891), Mica (CI 77019)