10 May 2017

Review: Belif Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate


Honestly, this isn't among my wishlist when I first encountered Belif products. I mean... let's be realistic, I am just in my mid-20s so I am not ready to fork out some RM 260 on a 30ml product that claims to have some kind of wrinkles-repairing benefits for the skin. I won't know even if it does work because I don't have any visible wrinkles on my face yet. And why should I pay that much of money on a serum that might work rather than investing on serum with scientifically proven ingredients that will work like vitamin A and vitamin C, right?

It was not until last year that I finally gave this peat serum a try. I ran out of new things to try at that time and I had a voucher that I must use within a month so I thought... well perhaps I can give this serum a chance.



This is a beautiful serum. Belif claims that it is made of 20% concentrated peat extract that is able to accelerate cellular turnover of the skin, making it younger-looking and bouncier. Major claimed benefits are wrinkles-reducing, texture-refining, moisturizing and elasticity-improving. Basically, this is a anti-aging serum with naturally-derived active ingredient that can visibly repair multiple signs of aging of the skin.


The serum is packed in a rectangular box where its dropper is separated from the product. I think they do this to preserve the freshness and quality of the serum.


Unboxing is pretty simple. You just basically take off the cap and put the dropper inside. Normally you just dispose the cap, but you can also keep it for later use. 


The serum has a wonderful texture. It looks like a gel but actually gets absorbed really fast like an essence and you can feel it penetrating deep like an oil. Suitable for all skin types. It also has a relaxing herbal scent to it.

INGREDIENTS

Water, Peat Extract (20%), Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-150, Aminobutyric Acid, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract*, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract*, Viola Tricolor Extract*, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract*, Nepeta Cataria Extract+, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract+, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract+, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract+, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract+, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract+, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract**, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract**, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract**, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Leaf Extract**, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract**, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract**, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract**, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharomyces/Potato Extract Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Barley Seed Ferment Filtrate, Panthenol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Polyacrylate, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance++, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool.

*Napiers moisture formula (oil-moisture balance)
+Napiers original formula (clarification and hydration)
**Napiers formula AA (anti-aging)


INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS
(CosDNA)

Major ingredient used here is peat extract. Other ingredients are mainly Belif's Napiers moisture, anti-aging and original formulas. Most of the ingredients here are safe for the skin. There is also alcohol inside which I think is used as a solvent so it is quite unlikely to cause allergic reactions to the skin.

Peat extract is quite novel. Not a lot of products use peat extract in their products, not to mention that the peat that Belif uses comes from the uncivilized Peatlands in Finland. Belif claims that the peat extract used here is taken from the peat land where 80 different herbs are deposited and preserved for thousands of years in the uncivilized peat land with uncontaminated ice water. The efficacy of peat to retain youth also derived from the discovery of a mummy whose body remains well-preserved by the peat bog in the Netherlands.

Scientific studies also found ample evidence of cosmetic values of peat extract. Peat is a natural source of humic substances. Humic substances are organic compounds with humic acids, humin, fulvic acids, pectins, cellulose, resins and so on. Humic substances are chemically active with antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, and photoprotective properties. Among which, their ability to protect the skin against UVB is remarkable as uv damage is the worse cause of skin aging. These amazing benefits are also supported and complimented by the aminobutyric acid (GABA) added inside this serum, which is found to have collagen-stimulating effects on human cells.

Other ingredients are often discussed in other Belif product reviews so I don't want to elaborate too much on that here. Basically, there are three major Napiers formula that we see. The Original Formula focuses on skin clarifying, hydrating and soothing. This formula uses rose flower extract, althaea flower extract, meadowsweet flower extract and pansy flower extract to achieve that purposes. Their combined skincare benefits are skin conditioning, moisturizing, antibacterial and soothing.

Napiers' Moisture Formula features oat kernel extract, lady's mantle extract, catnip extract, raspberry leaf extract, calendula flower extract, chickweed extract and wild indigo extract. These are stuffs found in a lot of Belif products with moisturizing, blood circulation-improving and soothing benefits. They are also antioxidants, astringent and anti-inflammatory with balancing, purifying, protecting and toning benefits. My favourite Napiers formula so far because most Belif products formulated with these herbs are feel soothing and nice on the skin, especially during when my skin feels extra sensitive and irritated.

Subsequently, we have the Napiers Anti-Aging (AA) Formula with licorice root extract, yarrow extract, eyebright extract, horse chestnut extract, rhodiola root extract, bilberry extract and horsetail extract. Among these, my favourites are licorice root extract, yarrow extract, and bilberry extract. I have freckles and sun spots and these are really potent herbal ingredients that are found to have melanin-synthesis and dark spots-reducing effects. Of course, there are also pores tightening, texture-refining and elasticity-improving benefits too, but my major targets remain my dark spots.

This is indeed a long list of amazing ingredients. It is effort-taking how they manage to pack these ingredients into a tiny bottle of 30ml yet still manages to keep it stable. I have been using the serum for the past 10 months and did not notice any deterioration in its quality. Not even in its scent. Normally, you can tell whether or not a product has deteriorated from its scent and texture but this Belif serum despite its potency remains as good as the day I first opened it.

PERFORMANCE


Now comes the most important part of the review - is it effective?

For me, this is a nice preventative serum with amazing ingredients and consistency. I like how fast it absorbs, and I like how my skin feels so revitalized and hydrated after using it. I didn't notice any wrinkles-repairing benefits but I do feel that my skin is much more energized and bouncier after adding this into my routine. But my opinion might be biased because I am not using it everyday to really notice a difference. I use it quite sparingly given its price but I do feel comfortable and good everytime when I use it. I recently introduced the Rose Gemma Oil from Belif into my routine and I somehow think that the Rose Oil works amazing and the difference can be touched and felt. But for the Peat Serum, it is hard to tell unless if you give it a few years of trying.

For my mom, this serum is her holy grail life-saver. It didn't actually diminish her wrinkles or fine lines by a lot (that's what retinol does, right?), but it makes her skin so resilient that new ones stops popping up. This makes her makeup adheres better and her skin appears dewier and less dull. She has combination and sensitive skin so she also enjoys how lightweight and soothing this feels on her skin. Even after she stops using most Belif products (as she is slowly moving over to Sulwhasoo), she still uses this and the Aqua Bomb.

I have 2 other friends who are using this serum as well. Friend A tells me that she enjoys this very much. She has normal-combination but extremely sensitive skin that is prone to dullness. Ever since adding this into her routine, she reports lesser breakouts, brighter-looking and also more balanced skin. Her acne scars also heal better with this serum.

Friend B, however, doesn't feel a thing. Her friend (friend C) whom I just met once, also says the same. They feel that this despite its price, is kinda obsolete for individuals in their late 20s and early 30s. In other words, average people might not need this.

CONCLUSION


This is a very expensive product, or at least, one of the most expensive ones I have ever bought, after SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, so it is quite natural for me to want it to work wonder. I am not saying that it is not a good product. It is good, but not great. All its benefits can only be seen if you use it for longer time, unlike SK-II or IOPE which you can see after using them for about 2-3 months.

If you are patient and you appreciate the ingredients in here, you will love this serum. It is really cosmetically elegant to use, given how lightweight and hydrating it is. However, if you are looking for visible results, then this might not deliver those. It is a really gentle product so it will suit a lot of skin types and concerns but its major downside would be how slow it works. My mom with sensitive skin adores this but she still doesn't see a lot of wrinkles-repairing benefits having used 3-4 bottles of this. She did notice more resilient and firmer skin with this serum though, and she likes this better than the The True Decoction - Firming Essence, so this is a bae for her because it happens to suit her skin type but I can definitely see why some people find this "meh".


packaging: ★★★★☆
scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★★★
ingredients: ★★★★
performance - hydrating: ★★★★
performance - wrinkles repairing: ★★★☆
performance - resilience/elasticity-improving: ★★★★
general impression: ★★★★ (great ingredients used; cosmetically-elegant to use but the results might be slow)

You can get this from: Belif Malaysia
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Product is purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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