juice beauty serums guide

Truth bomb: I’m not a big of Juice Beauty.

There, I said. I get a lot of requests to cover this brand and I totally get why. At first glance, they’re one of the few natural brands that walk their walk.

Every product is packed to the brim with natural oils and antioxidants that promise to banish dryness, fight off wrinkles, and get rid of dark spots. But they cost a pretty penny, too.

You want to be sure they’re the real deal before splurging, you know what I mean?

But, there’s a catch…

Juice Beauty is too fond of citrus extracts, a family of ingredients that can cause havoc on the skin. Case in point: their serums. Only one passes the non-irritation test. And even then, only narrowly.

Here’s the complete guide to all Juice Beauty serums. Find out what to buy and what to avoid like the plague:

Best Juice Beauty Serums

Best For Dry Skin: Juice Beauty Signal Peptides Firming Serum ($110.00)

Let’s be clear on something: there’s nothing in Juice Beauty Signal Peptides Firming Serum that justifies the outrageously high price tag. It doesn’t even contain peptides! Instead, it’s a moisturising cocktail of squalane, shea butter, and natural oils. They strengthen your skin’s protective barrier, making it more resistant towards harsh weather and germs, and keep skin soft and plump for hours. Plus, it has a sprinkle of antioxidants to help prevent premature wrinkles. Just what the doctor ordered for dry skin. What it could do without is the citrus extracts – but at least here, they’re present in tiny amounts. I’d avoid them only if your skin is very sensitive to them.

Available at: Neiman Marcus

Related: The Best Skincare Routine For Dry Skin

Juice Beauty Serums To Avoid

Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum (£48.00)

At first glance, Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum is a godsend for mature skin. For starters, it’s loaded with every antioxidant you can think of. Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and grape seed oil are just a few of the antioxidants proven to fight free radicals, the nasty molecules that destroy collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep your skin firmer and wrinkle-free for longer. Plus, you get your fair share of moisturising oils that can soften dry skin and keep it plump for hours. So, what’s the problem with this serum, then? It has a huge dollop of orange juice (it’s 2nd place on the list!). Citrus extracts may have antioxidant properties, but their fragrant components makes them terribly irritating for skin. If they’re high on the ingredient list, I avoid them.

Related: How Do Antioxidants Work?

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum ($80.00)

First things first: stem cells don’t work. Not as brands claim anyway. Stem cells are mother cells. They have the potential to become any type of cell in that organism. For example, an apple stem cell can turn into an apple leaf or the branch of an apple tree, regenerating the plant. But there’s no way that an apple stem cell can turn into a human skin cell. And if it can’t do that, how can it rejuvenate human skin? It can’t. Truth is, plant stem cells are just glorified antioxidants. They fight free radicals. That’s it. But that’s not the only reason why I don’t recommend Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum. Like the other serums in the “to avoid” section, it has way too much lemon juice for your skin’s comfort (don’t use much of citrus anything on your skin, ladies!).

Related: The Truth About Stem Cells In Skincare: Do They Really Work?

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum ($30.00)

If you’re a regular here, you’ve heard me say this a thousand times: if you’ve got pimples/blackheads, you need an exfoliant with salicylic acid. Once it’s done removing dead cells on the surface of your skin, it gets inside the pores, removing all the crap that’s clogging them up and giving you blemishes. The optimal dose to get the job done? Between 1 and 2%. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum only contains 0.75%. Bummer! If that weren’t reason alone to leave it on the shelf, hear this: Lemon juice is in 4th place on the ingredient list. That’s another irritation hazard!

Related: The Complete Guide To Salicylic Acid: What It Is, What It Does, And How To Use It

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum ($58.00)

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum claims to “visibly reduce and correct the appearance of dark spots and discoloration with an age-defying cocktail of alpha lipoic acid, CoQ10 & Vitamin C.” Sound awesome, right? Problem is, that vitamin C comes from a blend of citrus extracts. Do I have to repeat again how damaging they are for skin? Sure, citrus extracts can fight free radicals and fight discolourations – but that comes at a cost. A high risk of irritation and more sun damage (yes, citrus extracts make your skin more prone to UV damage). For the love of your skin, stay away!

Related: 7 Irritating Natural Ingredients To Avoid In Skincare Products

What do you think of Juice Beauty serums? Share your thoughts and experience in the comments below.