Joanna Vargas Super Nova Serum & Bright Eye Firming Mask

Joanna Vargas skincare has been on my wish list to try for a while. I have been playing with two items the Super Nova Serum & Bright Eye Firming Mask. Joanna Vargas has a nature meets technology approach to skincare. She was a facialist in NYC spas and a top dermatologist’s office before coming out on her own.

Super Nova Serum is the star product from the line. Details per Joanna Vargas:

A multidimensional Retinol serum that visibly improves firmness, enhances clarity, and restores youthful vitality. Supernova Serum is a powerful yet skin-soothing treatment for rapid cell turnover to quickly reveal younger looking skin. Healing ingredients such as Vitamin A, Fatty Acids, and Chamomile will help soothe and condition on contact. It can also help reverse skin glycation due to alcohol consumption and sugar, which accelerates the aging process. This is the most effective treatment in the Joanna Vargas high-performance skin care collection to quickly transform the skin to achieve a youthful, lasting glow.


Active Ingredients:

APPLE FRUIT CELL CULTURE EXTRACT Helps reverse signs of aging, increase the life of skin cells and stimulate new skin cell generation.
SUMMER SNOWFLAKE FLOWER EXTRACT Antioxidant skin lightener.
PERSIAN SILK TREE EXTRACT Anti-inflammatory, and helps prevent the aging of collagen. Detoxes skin for a rejuvenating glow.
PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE A retinol alternative that stimulates collagen and stabilizes skin cells, without side effects.


Water (Aqua), Malus Domestica (Apple) Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Leucojum Aestivum Bulb Extract, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Limoleate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phospahate, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch, Retinol, Salicylic Acid, Darutoside, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria)

This serum comes packaged in a white glass bottle. It has a stout bottle with a cool silver top. The aesthetic and packaging overall has a modern luxe feel. I really like it. I love black and white minimalist. The dispenser is a pump which is perfect. The serum has a light fluid serum texture which is much appreciated. I’m not into the thicker, creamy retinol serums. This serum has a pleasant light floral and fruity scent. I love it. The serum is hydrating, layers well and sinks in quickly.

Super Nova Serum has apple fruit cell culture extract (helps regenerate the skin), Summer snowflake extract (brightens skin), Persian silk tree extract (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, can detox due to effects against glycation), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide & Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (peptides for stimulating collagen production), Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract (protein derivative with ability to regenerate and protect skin by retaining, heal wounds, increase collagen and elastin production, and improve hydration), vitamin E (antioxidant), Retinyl Palmitate (weak form of vitamin A), Sodium Ascorbyl Phospahate (vitamin C derivative to brighten and help increase collagen production), retinol (gold standard for anti-aging to help with wrinkles, fine lines, texture and pigmentation plus collagen production), Darutoside (plant with anti-inflammatory and healing effects) & chamomile (soothing, anti-inflammatory).

This is a nice twist on a retinol serum by combining an anti-aging serum with retinol. It has a pleasant all natural scent (no essential oils or fragrance), great texture that’s easy to work with, plus you have the gold standard king of anti-aging retinol combined with antioxidants & vitamins, anti-inflammatory & regenerative extracts and peptides for a powerful night serum. The retinol is non-irritating yet effective. I was able to use it everyday with no side effects. My skin was healthy and just glowed while using this product. It did help with my texture and fine lines from the retinol.

I was pretty sad when the bottle was empty. It is a pricey product so I really wanted to test it good for you. I used the entire bottle and have now been off of it for two weeks. I find that’s truly the best way to test a product like this. Sometimes it’s hard to see how much of an effect it has on your skin while using it. When you stop using it and notice the difference that’s when you know if it had a positive effect or not. My skin feels just a bit less radiant and not quite as glowing and smooth since I ran out two weeks ago. So I would say yes this serum is effective. Plus it really has a great texture and scent. I put this up there with a few of my other favorite retinol serums (Renee Rouleau & Zelens) and would purchase it.

The Bright Eye Firming Mask has such a soothing & hydrating effect. Details per Joanna Vargas:

Concentrated specialty treatment masks that deeply moisturize and revive the delicate area around the eyes. Formulated with powerful ingredients, these under eye patches stimulate collagen production to firm and lift skin, while brightening the eye area. This concentrated specialty treatment mask deeply moisturizes and revives delicate skin to reveal refreshed, youthful-looking eyes.


Active Ingredients:

HYDROLIZED SILK PROTEIN Brings hydration to the skin by holding 10,000 times its weight in water.
HEXAPEPTIDE 8 A peptide that prevents formation of wrinkles.
MATRIXYL 3000 A powerful regenerating ingredient that mimics human collagen, in turn stimulating collagen production.
CHAMOMILE EXTRACT Soothes and depuffs skin.
ALGAE EXTRACT Contains chlorophyll for oxygenation.
HYALURONIC ACID Hydrates skin, repairs tissue and holds together the structure of the skin, collagen and elastin.
ALLANTOIN Soothes skin and addresses cell repair.


Pure Water, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hydrolyzed Silk, Panthenol, Glycerin (vegetable derived), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, 1,3-Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Tranexamic Acid, Bis-Glyceryl Ascorbate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Algae Extract, Chitosan, Hyaluronic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

We all love a good patch eye mask. They’re just so refreshing and hydrating. These ones by Joanna Vargas are a clear eye patch and they are what they say-a hydrating, de-puffing and brightening eye patch. These patches hydrate with silk extract, hyaluronic acid and algae, soothe with chamomile & allantoin while peptides Hexapeptide 8 & Matrixyl 3000 help reduce wrinkles and stimulate collagen production. These really firm up the eye area while hydrating and de-puffing leaving eyes brighter and they look like you got eight hours of sleep, even if you didn’t.


*Products gifted by brand but all thoughts are my own


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