REVIEW: Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum

Juice Beauty touts its Green Apple Age Defy Serum as a quick-absorbing serum that brighten, lighten, and tightens.  When I read that description, I was sold! Hyperpigmentation be gone!

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This had the hallmarks of a great serum.  It is lightweight with lightning-fast absorption.  Like your skin is just drinking it up.  Within seconds of application, your skin feels soft and hydrated.  I loved using it in the morning as a refreshing wakeup for my skin and as a primer under makeup.  The smell is very natural and apple-y.  The list of ingredients is impressive, with standouts such as a slew of antioxidants, vitamins, peptides, CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, and hyaluronic acid. Plus, the serum comes with a responsive airless pump to keep all that goodness sealed in. So far so good.

Juice Beauty Age Defy Serum

Juice Beauty Age Defy Serum

The Juice Beauty Age Defy Serum is a lightweight, fast-absorbing serum that is a little on the runny side.

Alas, hopes that this would help me get rid of some hyperpigmentation spots on my cheeks were not answered.  I’m realistic.  I do think hyperpigmentation takes a while to lighten, especially if one is trying to stay away from harsh chemicals.  But I didn’t see any difference by tube’s end.  While it otherwise felt like a great, refreshing serum and served as a very pleasant primer, it left me a little disappointed at $52 a pop.

Still, I would reconsider purchasing even as a primer since it did offer great, lightweight moisturization.  This is especially true because I like having a skin-beneficial barrier between my skin and whatever else I might put on my complexion, whether it be sunscreen, a tinted moisturizer, or foundation.  That is, until a good CC cream hits the market.  (Ironically, Juice Beauty’s offering is close, with its natural formulation and physical sunscreen, but its ultra-dewiness and odd scent are too off-putting at the moment).  When that happens, I probably wouldn’t have a hard time leaving this serum behind.  Still, if you’re looking for a simple, natural serum with great ingredients and otherwise don’t need much else other than lightweight hydration, I would recommend you give the Green Apple Age Defy Serum a try.

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REVIEW: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer

The thing with being a product junkie is that, if you’re going to really give something a good try so as to formulate a trustworthy review, it will take you a long time to rotate through your products.  But I’m here now after getting to and through my Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer!  (I also got through the Green Apple Age Defy Serum and the Green Apple Peel Full Strength.  Reviews on those products are in the works.)

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Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer

Cute “AGELESS” packaging

I’ve been keenly interested/obsessed with finding more natural products these days.  The way I figure it, if I can find something that is free of purported or probable toxins while sacrificing little in the effectiveness department, then why not?  So I was very happy to find a brand like Juice Beauty that uses a lot of organic ingredients and fruit-based actives in their products.

The Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer is no exception.  It is packed with organic fruit oils and antioxidants, with vitamin C, resveratrol, and fruit stem cells rounding out the formula.  The moisturizer has a light lemony scent and it comes out from a fantastic airless pump.  I’m a big fan of airless pumps since I do think they keep creams fresher and protect the ingredients from light and air.  The consistency is fairly light and it absorbs nicely without leaving an oily residue.  In fact, with the absence of the usual grease film that are characteristic of many night creams, I was starting to doubt whether this product was being effective at all.

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The Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer (exaggeratedly swatched here) leaves your skin plump and moisturized without the look or feel of an an oil slick.

The Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer (exaggeratedly swatched here) leaves your skin plump and moisturized without the look or feel of an an oil slick.

But, sure enough, my skin was consistently plumper in the morning and looked more refreshed.  And I love that it did so without any silicones in the formulation.  The product is touted to produce other great clinical results, whereby women have allegedly reported:

  • 100% improved hydration
  • 96% improved dark circles and puffiness around eyes
  • 88% reduction in 3D visual analysis of fine lines and wrinkles
  • 88% improved skin tone and luminosity
  • 75% improved elasticity of the skin

To be honest, I think I was a little overeager in purchasing this $65 jar of fruity heavy-hitters.  Fine lines and wrinkles aren’t really my concerns at this point; I was more intrigued by the skin tone and luminosity claims.  With that said, after going through the whole jar, I didn’t really notice much improvement in the skin tone and luminosity department.  My skin did feel plumper every morning, but I didn’t really see much improvement in terms of hyperpigmentation or with my dark circles.  Finally, for a brand that markets itself as green, I did not appreciate the inclusion of sodium benzoate in this moisturizer, especially given the presence of vitamin C in the formulation.

So, the verdict?  For my current needs, I decided to go hunting for something that is more targeted towards my specific concerns (hyperpigmentation and exfoliation).  (Spoiler: I think I might have found something I really really like!  More to come…)  I might give the Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer another try in later years, but definitely not before a tweak in the formulation.

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