3RIFIC: Brightening Serum Concentrate & Radiance Revitalizing Cream

3RIFIC is a small batch natural skincare brand made in Japan. They have a small line of three products inspired by nature (serum, moisturizer & facial oil).

3 R I F I C combines the symbolic number three with the word ‘terrific’. Representative of balance and wholeness. The number “3” resonates with the energies of optimism, kindness and creativity.

The word “Terrific” reflects our commitment to provide exceptional, exciting and news-worthy products.

When these two elements are merged, “3 R I F I C” reflects how exquisite collaboration and formulation are blended to create a new product based in purity, simplicity and efficacy. We offers only what is essential, balanced and exceptional, from the ingredients within to the bottle that travels with you.

I was graciously given the Brightening Serum Concentrate & Radiance Revitalizing Cream to play with by the brand. I was immediately intrigued by 3RIFIC as they have won a few Beauty Shortlist Awards. If a brand wins a Beauty Shortlist Award you know it’ll be good.

Brightening Serum Concentrate

“Brightening Serum is made using our exclusive ALCIV-5C™ complex, a potent blend that brightens, lightens and restores your natural skin tone by reducing the appearance of uneven complexion, and dark spots. Enhanced with biotechnologies derived from sea fennel and wild thyme, this highly concentrated serum helps repair skin by stimulating the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle to reveal clearer, more luminous skin.

Use Brightening Serum to fortify your skin’s natural protective barrier and balance the skin’s natural moisture for a brighter, healthier-looking, luminous, and more even complexion.”

 

Benefits:

  • Brightens complexion and lightens dark spots.
  • Improves skin clarity and luminosity for a more radiant appearance.
  • Strengthens the skin’s natural moisture barrier to enhance suppleness.
  • Enhances the skin’s natural ability to repair and renew.

 

Active Ingredients:

ALCIV-5C™

This exclusive powerful blend of Amitose DGA™(non-ionic Vitamin C derivative), Niacinamide, and α-arbutin increases collagen production, minimize the appearance of dark spots while increasing hydration and strengthening the skin’s barrier on multiple levels.

Sea fennel 

From a  plant stem cells technology, this aromatic medicinal plant helps to boost hydration, reinforce the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle to reveal clearer, more luminous skin.

Wild thyme

This potent herb helps target melanin-transporter production and control of circadian rhythm related melanin production to improve the appearance of dark spots.

 

Ingredients

AQUA, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, BIS-GLYCERYL ASCORBATE (VITAMIN C), NIACINAMIDE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, ALPHA- ARBUTIN, GLYCERIN, CRITHMUM MARITIMUM CALLUS CULTURE FILTRATE (SEA FENNEL), THYMUS SERPYLLUM EXTRACT (WILD THYME), ALGAE EXTRACT, POLYACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER-6, XANTHAN GUM, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL

 

This serum has a very lightweight fluid texture. It’s dispensed by dropper and I used 3 drops morning & night. This vitamin C brightening serum is actually fairly simple. It contains vitamin C, niacinamide, alpha-arbutin, sea fennel, wild thyme & algae. The main powerhouse ingredient in this serum is the ALCIV-5C complex. This complex has a vitamin C derivative, niacinamide & alpha-arbutin. Amitose DGA is a new vitamin C to me and to be honest there’s not a whole lot about it online as well. So I’m guessing it’s a newer vitamin C derivative. It looks like it’s just ascorbic acid bonded with glycerin. That makes it a hydrating vitamin C as well. It’s supposedly non-ionic. I’m not a chemist I can’t get into what that means for you. I saw one snippet saying a low pH makes vitamin C non-ionic which makes it more stable and doesn’t oxidize. That’s the most I can find on the subject.

Niacinamide is your do it all ingredient. It helps with aging and pore size, it’s anti-inflammatory & evens skin tone. Alpha-arbutin is a skin lightening ingredient that’s a form of hydroquinone. It’s effective with less side effects. Sea fennel helps with the skins cell renewal abilities. This promotes an improvement in tone and radiance. I loved the texture of this serum, it’s so lightweight & absorbs quickly. Plus it’s not irritating at all. This was brightening to some degree. I have terrible luck with vitamin C derivatives. While they’re all gentle and don’t oxidize they don’t work on my skin that well. I know they work really well for a lot of people. Especially those who can’t tolerate l-ascorbic acid. My skin loves and tolerates ascorbic acid just fine so that’s what I tend to prefer. I think the derivatives do a good job at stimulating collagen production if they don’t work on brightening for your skin. This serum has a few other brightening ingredients as well so it’s well rounded. It’s also a nice natural brightening skincare serum.

Radiance Revitalizing Cream

This advanced anti-aging and firming moisturiser created from an exceptional blend of argan and swiss apple stem cells biotechnology combined with new “Haskap” berries from Japan helps to balance hydration levels and fight the signs of aging.

The unique tara fruit, red algae, cassava plant and fermented soybeans intensively help to improve the appearance of skin firmness and elasticity while also protecting the skin from the aging effects of environmental pollution.

The skin remarkably feels more lifted – tighter and more toned – and you can visibly see a youthful radiance and flawless perfection.

 

Benefits:

  • Reduces and smoothes the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles. Improves skin tone and texture.
  • Help to improve the appearance of skin firmness and elasticity, promote a more toned, and visibly sculpts facial contours.
  • Anti-pollution benefits to helps fight damage caused due to external pollutants and restores skin’s youthful vitality.
  • Boost the skin’s moisture. Keeps skin supple, soft, healthy looking & radiant.

 

Active Ingredients:

HASKAP BERRY

New superfood from Hokkaido, Japan, rich in antioxidant and vitamins help restores skin hydration and boost radiance.

FERMENTED SOYBEANS

Redefines facial contours around neck and jawline with the mechanism to mimics mimics the effect of endurance exercise training.

ARGAN STEM CELLS

Antiwrinkle effects, increase skin firmness and density, rejuvenation of the skin. In a clinical study, the results reveal a reduction in wrinkle depth by remarkable up to 26 % over 56 days*.

RED ALGAE AND TARA FRUIT COMPLEX

It forms breathable shield to protects the skin from harmful exogenous agents such as pollutants.

APPLE STEM CELLS

Protect the longevity of skin stem cells, keeping the skin more vital appearance. In vivo study reduces wrinkles and fine line depth upto 15% (after 4 weeks) and stimulate cell proliferation by 80%*.

 

Ingredients

AQUA, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS SEED OIL (JOJOBA), ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL (EMOLLIENT), STEARIC ACID, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE, HYDROLYZED MANIHOT ESCULENTA TUBER EXTRACT (CASSAVA), LONICERA CAERULEA FRUIT JUICE (HASKAP BERRIES), BACILLUS/SOYBEAN FERMENT EXTRACT, CAESALPINIA SPINOSA FRUIT EXTRACT (RED ALGAE) , ARGANIA SPINOSA SPROUT CELL EXTRACT (ARGAN), KAPPAPHYCUS ALVAREZII EXTRACT (TARA FRUIT), MALUS DOMESTICA FRUIT CELL CULTURE EXTRACT (APPLE) , BEHENYL ALCOHOL (EMOLLIENT), PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL (ORGANIC AVOCADO), GLYCINE SOJA OIL (SOYBEAN), POLYGLYCERYL-3 STEARATE, OLEA EUROPAEA FRUIT OIL(ORGANIC OLIVE), HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL(ORGANIC SUNFLOWER), PENTYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHEROL (VITAMIN E), 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, POLYACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER-6, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL (GERANIUM FLOWER), HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, ROSA CENTIFOLIA FLOWER EXTRACT (ROSE), GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYLAMIDOETHYL METHACRYLATE/STEARYL METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, XANTHAN GUM, LECITHIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE

This cream has the most delicious gel creme texture. I found it to be the perfect day cream. It smells a bit like natural roses. It’s got a floral scent overall. Haskap berries are the most interesting ingredient in this cream. This Japanese grown superfruit is rich in antioxidants. Fermented soybeans soothe, brighten and hydrate the skin. Fermentation breaks the ingredient down further which makes it easier for the body to absorb it. I love fermented ingredients. Argan stem cells are regenerative and help improve elasticity of the skin. Red algae is hydrating and an antioxidant as it contains beta carotene. Tara fruit is an antioxidant and it contains tannins which makes it anti-microbial/anti-bacterial.

Apple Stem Cells are an ingredient that hasn’t won me over yet. Supposedly these Swiss apples live longer than normal apples and their stem cells are supposed to help us with anti-aging. It’s not an ingredient I would solely buy a product for. But as it seems everyone has jumped on the plant stem cell wagon I see it a lot. All of that aside I did really like this cream. It’s lightweight yet hydrating and nourishing. It’s a great day cream and it could be a night cream for more oily skin types. It’s not enough for me a night. It’s got a nice antioxidant profile which makes it great for day use. I love the square packaging as well. In general I liked the 3RIFIC line. They are small only have three products. I really want to play with the facial oil next. It’s on my wishlist. They have a very limited availability. You can order direct from their site (they ship to the US) and they have one US stockist-AHAlife (sets only).

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