Purito Centella Green Level Calming Toner isn’t the only Purito product to have undergone a makeover. The star product of the line, Purito Centella Unscented Serum had one too.
It still contains a whooping 49% Centella Asiatica, one of highest concentrations of this soothing plant you’ll see in skincare products.
But out are the essential oils that made the original version problematic for sensitive skin. Should you make the switch?
Heck, yeah! Here’s why:
What’s In Purito Centella Unscented Serum?
CENTELLA ASIATICA TO SOOTHE SKIN
Centella Asiatica. Gotu kola. Indian pennywort. Same thing. It’s a small plant that grows in damp areas all over the world, from India and China to South Africa and Mexico.
Here’s everything Centella Asiatica does for your skin:
- In a small study on real skin in humans, asiaticoside (a component of centella asiatica) reduces crow’s feet
- In human skin in vitro, madecassoside (another component of centella asiatica) prevents UBV-induced hyperpigmentation
- In rats, centella asiatica helps heal wounds by boosting collagen production
- In rats, madecassoside shows powerful anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritations
- Centella asiatica contains antioxidants that fights free radicals and boost collagen
P.S. Purito Centella Unscented Serum doesn’t just contain a whooping 49% Centella Asiatica extract. It also has 3 of its most soothing components: Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid. It’s Centella Asiatica on steroids!
Related: I’ve Tried A Centella Asiatica Facial And Here’s What Happened
NIACINAMIDE TO… EVERYTHING
Niacinamide wins the award for the “Most Versatile Skincare Ingredient.”
I’m not exaggerating. Here are all the things science says this form of vitamin B3 can do:
- It hydrates skin: it’s more effective than petrolatum at preventing water loss
- It soothes skin: it alleviates the symptoms of rosacea and irritations
- It lightens skin: it reduces dark spots, blotchiness (redness) and sallowness (yellowing)
- It helps treat wrinkles: preliminary research shows it can boost the production of skin-firming collagen
- It treats acne: its effects are similar to those of 1% clindamycin gel
Told you, it did everything! No matter what your skin type is, niacinamide can only benefit your skin.
Related: The Complete Guide To Niacinamide: What It Is, What It Does, And How To Use It
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SODIUM HYALURONATE TO HYDRATE SKIN
Sodium hyaluronate is a form of hyaluronic acid that attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. Plus, it works well both in high and low humidity conditions.
When skin has that much moisture, it plumps up. This alone is enough to make your fine lines look smaller – temporarily. Hydration also makes skin soft and gives the complexion a dewy glow (think Korean skin).
P.S. Sodium Hyaluronate isn’t the only moisture magnet here. Glycerin does the same thing, but on a smaller scale.
Related: Why You Need Hyaluronic Acid In Your Skincare Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type
PEPTIDES TO FIRM SKIN
Peptides are the anomaly in the skincare world. In theory, they’re too big to penetrate skin and work their magic. In practice, studies show they do something even when left on top of your skin.
What do they do? Every peptide has its own superpower. Purito Centella Unscented Serum contains these 4:
- Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12: According to the manufacturer, using it twice a day for a month improves skin firmness by 33% and skin tone by 20%. Take it with a pinch of salt.
- Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1: Part of Matrixyl 3000, it helps stimulate the production of collagen and firm skin.
- Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7: Part of Matrixyl 3000, it helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and soothe sensitive skin.
- Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10: A synthetic peptide made of palmitic acid and dipeptide-10, it makes skin softer and smoother.
The catch? Most of these studies are done by the manufacturers. That does’t mean they lied to us. Just that we need to wait for more studies to confirm these claims.
Related: The Truth About Peptides In Skincare: Do They Really Work?
A clear gel. It feels slightly tacky when you apply it, but it absorbs really quickly.
How To Use It
Morning and/or night, before moisturiser. If you’re using a retinol or Vitamin C serums, they go first.
Related: The Art Of Layering Serums: How To Do It Right
Performance & Personal Opinion
Purito Centella Unscented Serum has such a lightweight texture, it’s easy to add it into your skincare routine for that extra burst of hydration without feeling like you have too many layers on.
The first thing I’ve noticed is how incredibly hydrating it is. It strengthens your skin’s protective barrier, slowing down water loss, and making your face so much softer and smoother.
I know we’re not travelling much right now, but this would be perfect to bring on long-haul flights to keep your skin soft and supple until you reach your destination.
It’s also a godsend for anyone with sensitive, irritated skin. If you went overboard with retinoids and now your skin is peeling like crazy or you live somewhere cold, your skin easily gets red and sensitive, this can help you nurse it back to health.
Did I mention it makes a good base for makeup, too? I’ve never experienced any pilling with it.
Related: What To Do When Your Skincare Pills Or Balls Up
Who Is This For?
Anyone can use it, but it’s more suitable for damaged and sensitive skin that’s both dry and easily irritated.
Who Is This NOT For?
Unless you’re allergic to one of the ingredients, there’s no reason to avoid it.
A see-through bottle with a pump applicator. Practical, if not the prettiest.
Does Purito Centella Unscented Serum Live Up To Its Claims?
|The synergistic effect of 49% Centella Extract, which promotes the synthesis of collagen, and Niacinamide provides excellent effects of skin regeneration and skin problem/scar soothing.||Notice how they claim that Centella Extract – NOT the serum – promotes collagen. The rest of the claim “skin regeneration” is very vague and could mean anything. What this does is soothe and moisturise skin, which is what damaged, sensitive skin needs.|
|In addition, the Ceramide, Sodium Hyaluronate, and Peptide ingredients strengthen the skin barrier, which is the skin’s first line of defense, making the skin strong starting from the inside.||All true, apart from the last line. These ingredients stay on the surface of your skin, so they fortify it from the outside.|
|Give the gift of comfort and rest to skin that has become tired and sensitive due to external irritation.||True.|
Price & Availability
$20.00/£12.32 at Yes Style
Do You Need It?
If you’re looking for a hydrating or soothing serum (something you can use on flights or to help your skin better tolerate retinoids for example), this is a great option to consider.
Dupes & Alternatives
Centella Asiatica Extract(49%), Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol,Glycereth-26, Ceramide NP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid,Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10,Carbomer, Arginine, Sclerotium Gum, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Panthenol,Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract,Pancratium Maritimum Extract,Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine