Nourish Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum is a light facial serum, which gives a radiant appearance to a tired skin, delivers hydration and works nicely as primer under mineral make up, especially during summer days.
As you know, I am a fan of facial serums: they are concentrated quick-pick-me-ups: when in need of quick hydration or when you need something to make your skin youthful fast. At the same time, serums, containing concentrated active ingredients, they work deep under your skin and promote a younger looking skin in the long run.
Nourish Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum comes in an appropriate glass bottle with a pump: this way, the contamination of the serum is minimized, as well as oxidation of the ingredients. It has a gentle non-overpowering scent of roses – so you know I like this scent.
Nourish Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum’s texture is gel based, which means the absorption is faster than with oil-based serums, so it’s a great serum to be used before sleep when you don’t have enough time to wait for the product to be absorbed. This serum, upon application, does leave a sticky feeling for about 5 minutes, but the glow remains, and the skin looks radiant. When using it as a night treatment, the skin in the morning looks rested and soft to touch. When used alone during the day, I’ve noticed my skin getting oilier after about 5 or so hours of wearing this serum.
But I mostly use this serum before applying Green People Pressed Powder – this combination proved to be a winning one during these hot summer days. The pressed powder applies evenly and easily over the serum, and after a while, it gives me this nice healthy glow. The serum also works great as a primer under tinted moisturizers (BB, CC and DD creams), which may not perform application-wise as nicely without a moisturizer or a primer, as well as under liquid foundation: the foundation application is easy, lines are minimized and the foundations stays in place longer.
Nourish Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum is mainly targeted for normal skin, as well as the skin in need of rejuvenation.
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How about the ingredients?
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Arctostaphylos uva ursi extract*, Aloe barbedensis leaf juice powder*, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Glycerin**, Lactobacillus/Dipteryx odorata seed ferment filtrate, Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate, Xanthan gum, Sodium levulinate, Levulinic acid, Sodium hyaluronate, Potassium sorbate, Rosa damascena flower extract, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool *Organic. **Organic origin. Naturally present in essential oils.
Aloe vera has hydrating and calming properties. Arctostaphylos uva ursi extract is a natural source of hydroquinone, which inhibits the production of melanin. With its astringent properties, it tightens the pores, making the skin appear smother. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as being an antioxidant. Sodium hyalurante promots skin hydration. Sodium hyalurante has the ability to penetrate deep into the dermis of the skin, maintaining and attracting water, thus promoting a softer, smoother skin with less visible wrinkles and fuller appearance. Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 is a peptide, skin-communicating ingredient, promoting collagen production.
At the end of the ingredients list, there’s a Rosa Damascena extract.
Potentially problematic ingredients? There aren’t that many ingredients in this serum, but there are five preservatives.
- Sodium Levulinate, derived from levulinic acid, is an antimicrobial preservative.it is important to note that the Cosmetics Database does find this ingredient to be an irritant, even at low doses. There’s not enough data regarding potential effects it has on the skin as of yet.
- Potassium sorbate, preservative. Skin toxicant and/or allergen.
- Lactobacillus/Dipteryx odorata seed ferment filtrate, a preservative. Marketed as natural preservative, it contains a synthetic anti-fungal preservative called undecylenic acid (mostly found in products targeting fungal infections).
- Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate, a preservative. Similar to Lactobacillus/Dipteryx odorata seed ferment filtrate. While EWG, as of yet, has no listed health concerns, what is known about these ferment filtrates does not make me too optimistic regarding the safety of these preservatives.
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My final word?
Nourish Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum performs well as a rejuvenating and hydrating serum; it especially works nicely as a makeup primer. It leaves the skin quite visibly radiant and soft. You only need one pump to apply it over the face and neck, so in this regard, the 30ml bottle would last for quite a while. However, the ingredients in this serum do not support a claim this serum is (much) natural, given quite a lot of preservatives, with only aloe vera, and two extracts – the uva ursi extract and Rosa Damascena extract (given it’s at the end of the ingredients list and given this serum contains water, there’s not much of this extract in the serum). The peptide, while promoting skin’s regeneration, is a very cheap ingredient. So, the price of £20 is more than enough for 30ml of this serum. You can get it for £16 at the moment at Onlynaturals.
Would I buy it again? As I mentioned – performance-wise it does a good job, but the ingredients leave a lot to be desired, especially that many preservatives.
I might be tempted to try Nourish Balance Nutritious Peptide Serum, even though I do have an issue with a few ingredients in this serum as well.
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Have you tried Nourish Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum? How did you like it?
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Nourish Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum has been provided to Nature of Europe by Onlynaturals for the purpose of an honest review.