I finally finished the Premier Bio Liposome Gel Serum that I picked up in Jaffa, Israel in December.
The Gel Serum
It was nice. Hydrating without being heavy. But that was about all the benefits I saw. And as someone with aging skin, I’d like to see more.
So, when it was time to replace the gel serum, I decided to check out our local CVS for some new (and affordable) options. I finally settled on a serum by Lumene of Finland –mainly because I’ve seen Lumene products around, and read reviews of them, but have never tried them — and this serum came with a free sample of their SPF 15 day cream.
And it’s got Arctic Cloudberry… I’m sure that’s just what I need to brighten my skin the winter!
Bright Skin Radiance Nectar Ingredients: Aqua (water), butylene glycol, glycerine, biosaccharide gum-1, phenoxyethanol, dehydoxanthan gum, sucrose laurate, propylene glycol, peg-40, hydrogenated castor oil, cetylehtylhexanoate, enantia choranthia (bark) extract, ethylhyxyglycerin, sucrose dilaurate, menthyl lactate, carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract, algae extract, sucrose trilaurate, camellia sinesis extract, centella asiatica extract. aloe barbadensis leaf extract, rubus chamaemorus seed extract, oleanic acid, c1 19140(yellow 5), c1 17200 (red 33), gerniol, limonene, linalool, butyl methylpropional, parfum
It claims: Arctic Cloudberry for radiant skin. Unique formula with cloudberry nectar:
- strengthens the fluid and microcirculation of the skin
- gently exfoliates while taking care of the skin’s optimum thickness
- minimises the pores and makes the skin look smooth
- Result: Clear skin that glows with vitality!
Directions: Apply to the clean skin before using day/night cream.
Contains over 90% natural ingredients.
Beauty inspired by the purity of Arctic Nature. Lumene skin care and cosmetic products are specifically designed to enhance your own natural beauty.
Created from wild ingredients, hand-picked in the Arctic.
The last statement makes me envision migrant (possibly Norwegian) farm workers with baskets at cloudberry picking season… but I live in San Diego, so I guess that’s my frame of reference…
Anyways, I have been using the Radiant Skin Nectar for just over 2 weeks and I do detect some increased radiance.
As you can see, the product is orange…and it has a strong citrusy scent. Fortunately, both the color and scent disappear quickly when rubbed into the skin. My skin is slightly irritated by the serum, pinking up for about 10 minutes after application, but there is no burning or itching sensation, and once the pinkness goes away, my skin is soft and bright. I have been using this product as directed, twice a day before moisturizers. I suspect that the lactates and papaya extracts are chemically exfoliating my skin while the glycerin, algae and aloe ingredients add moisture. It does seem to be working. I’ll give an update when I finish the bottle.
The Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Day Cream SPF 15 promises:
Natural radiance & detox for brighter skin! Fresh cream gives your skin radiance while protecting it against the harmful effects of the sun. Optimal UVA protection.
Arctic cloudberry seed oil, which is bursting with natural antioxidants, fortifies the skin and protects it from both external and internal stress factors. The detox properties of cloudberry nectar help to make the skin look brighter and more radiant. Ideal for women, especially 25+ who are in the middle of the “rush years”. Suitable for all skin types. Paraben-free. Synthetic colorant-free: the colour of the cream comes from cloudberry. Product contains over 80 % natural ingredients.
Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Propanediol, Glycerin, Heptyl Undecylenate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG 100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Polyacrylamide, Mica, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Lecithin, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, PEG 8, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Laureth 7, Tocopherol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Serine, Sorbitol, TEA Lactate, Urea, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Chloride, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance
It’s a pale orange cream with a rich consistency and a very strong citrusy fragrance. Fortunately, the fragrance disappates quickly. I found the cream to be very moisturizing, but not so quick to absorb, especially after applying the serum. It was a great moisturizer for Aspen, CO where the temps hovered around 15F, the humidity was in the single digits and every room was heated. So far, the weather has been cold for San Diego and I have had no problems with this moisturizer, but I suspect that when the temps rise above 60F, this moisturizer will need to be retired.
I like that it has titanium dioxide, but find SPF 15 to be a joke. I don’t wear anything less than SPF 30, so I put additional sunscreen on top — which adds more moisture. During the dry winter months, this is OK. We shall see if my skin rebels with all these layers when things warm up.
All in all, I can report a promising start. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to steer clear of the Radiance Serum, but the Vitamin C+ Radiant Day Cream seems to be a winter winner as long as you don’t think of it as a real sunscreen.
Have you tried any Lumene products? What are your thoughts?