Product Review – Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer

Hey lovely people,

it’s time for another product review – yay! I featured this product in my last blog post where I spoke about ‘how to switch up your skincare for fall and winter.’ I have been using the Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer for several weeks now as part of my bedtime/pm routine. Keep reading for a full product review below…

PERRICONE MD FACE FINISHING MOISTURIZER

Product Claim: “A lightweight, superior moisturizer loaded with antioxidants to help firm skin’s appearance and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with Vitamin C Ester to impart a visibly radiant, smooth and porcelain-like appearance.”

RRP – 15mL – $28; 59mL – $110

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Pros:

✔️ Lightweight and spreads very smoothly on the skin

✔️ Feels velvety, hydrates effectively, evens out skin tone and gives a natural glow to the skin

✔️ Formulated by a board certified dermatologist (Dr. Nicholas Perricone) and anti-ageing expert which may increase credibility of product and it’s ingredients

✔️ Includes some great antioxidants – i.e. DMAE and alpha-lipoic acid. The dimethyl MAE or DMAE is what claims to firm and lift the appearance of the skin, whereas, the alpha-lipoic acid claims to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores

✔️ Contains Vitamin C Ester referred to as ‘tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate’ in the product ingredient list. This is a positive as it is a more stable form of vitamin C compared to other forms. This means it is less likely to break down due to environmental exposure. It is also a fat soluble form of Vitamin C which means it can penetrate deeper into the skin and therefore provide better results

Cons:

✖️ Expensive

✖️ Strong medicinal smell/rose scent – may be unpleasant for some and may not be suitable for sensitive skin

✖️ Product is packaged in a jar which may make it more prone to build up of bacteria from constant handling/tampering – would have preferred a pump delivery system

✖️ Does not contain SPF so will need to use sun protection if using it as a day moisturizer (The tint version of this product does contain SPF so might be a better alternative during the day)

✖️ Contains alcohol which may be irritating for sensitive skin types or may potentially dry out the skin

✖️ Some experts argue that the benefits linked to DMAE included in cosmeceutical formulations is controversial. They argue that the results from this ingredient may be short-lived and may not be stable in formulations due to high alkaline pH (pH ~ 10) levels.

Would I re-purchase?

Yes. I’ve underlined claims in the pros section as I can’t really comment on these particular claims. The reason being is because I don’t have many wrinkles (not yet anyway) or really large pores where I was able to see a clear benefit to discuss. I have reserved the use of this product in my night time routine as it doesn’t contain SPF and was impressed with the results after a few weeks. I have noticed that I’ve definitely woken up to more hydrated, firm and glowing skin in the mornings. Also, I found my skin to be more even toned and although it is winter my skin hasn’t been flaky or dry. It is a quite expensive product but if you have the luxury to splurge on a good moisturizer this is a good one to try. The formulation and combination of ingredients is definitely well thought out and proven to have beneficial results for skin. I am looking forward to trying the ‘Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint with SPF 30.’ I believe this would be a great addition and the perfect finishing touch to my morning routine (no pun intended).

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xoxo, B.

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