So, it’s the review you’ve all been waiting for – The Allies of Skin Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment Review! Wheeewwww, she’s a mouthful but my god, she’s worth every word! Let’s dive right in to this one! 🖤
If you want to refresh your mind on what peptides do, you can take a look at my blog post ‘Everything You Need To Know About Peptides’.
BRAND: Allies of Skin
PRODUCT: Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment
INGREDIENTS: I have decided to move the ingredients list to the bottom of the page because some of the INCI lists are very long (like this products one!). However, I didn’t want to completely remove the list with the ratings and categories of what the ingredients are as I believe some of you may find it helpful? Let me know in the comments section if you do!
- pH of 5.0-5.4
- Contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and a probiotic
- Packs in multiple peptides, 7 Brighteners and 9 Antioxidants
- Contains medical-grade Manuka honey
- Alcohol- free
- Essential oil-free
- Synthetic fragrance-free
I’ve Got *Insert Skin Type Here* Skin, Can I use It?
Allies of Skin state that this daily treatment is for “all skin types – especially fatigued, dehydrated, and premature ageing”.
I have normal-to-dry skin and I find this daily treatment hydrating enough for me throughout the day. It’s not matte but it’s not greasy on the skin either, I find it gives me a bright dewy glow. If you have very dry skin, you may find you either want to mix in a facial oil with this product or apply another moisturiser over the top.
Of which there are many but I’ve selected a few that stand out to me!
This daily treatment has a pH between 5.0-5.4. Our skin, naturally, is mildly acidic with a pH range of 4.7 and 5.75. So, this treatment’s pH range basically makes our skin very happy!
I feel like at the end of your skincare routine, after you may have used acids and vitamin C, applying this will bring your skin right back to it’s pH happy place. It soothes and settles it, ready to go forth into the rest of your day.
This is a powerful non-living, lab-created probiotic. It’s properties include being antibacterial and antimicrobial, as well as being able to protect the skin from environmental aggressors.
It’s made by fermentation of the Lactabacillus microorganism and has shown to be helpful in killing harmful bacteria and maintaining a healthy, balanced skin microbiome. Lactobacillus ferment has also shown promise in the treatment of rosacea and acne. Studies from 2012 showed that 5% was needed to show effectiveness with acne, but for reducing skin sensitivity 1% showed good results.
This is the kind of ingredient I like to see in my INCI lists!
A Mix Of Peptides
We’ve got: Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-40 and Glutathione. If you read my blog post on ‘Everything You Need To Know About Peptides’, you will know that it’s best to have a mix of peptides in a product, rather than just one.
This lot will help to stimulate the production of collagen, sooth irritated/inflammed skin and protect and repair tired skin whilst also, strengthening the skin’s delicate barrier.
Praaaise the peptides! 🙏🏻
Contains My Beloved Niacinamide
Niacinamide, the hero ingredient that just can’t do wrong in my eyes! We don’t know the percentage contained but it’s placed fairly high up on the INCI list and so we can assume that it’s in a good range!
A quick summary of niacinamide’s benefits:
- Improves the appearance of enlarged pores
- Softens fine lines
- Increases ceramide levels in the stratum corneum (outermost layer of skin)
- Decreases TEWL (transepidermal water loss) in dry skin
- Improves the appearance of uneven skin tone/hyperpigmentation
- Brightens dull skin
- Strengthens a weakened skin barrier
- Reduces the damage from UV light and environmental attackers
- Repairs past damage done from the above ⬆️
- Protects the skin from bacterial attack (good for acne sufferers!)
I mean, niacinamide, you are more than welcome around here! 🙌🏻
*If you would like to know more about niacinamide, you can check out my dedicated post to it here*
Contains Pure Hyaluronic Acid
We’ve looked at this ingredient before, HA is a great humectant which forms a gel-like barrier with water, on the surface of the skin to keep the skin hydrated and to prevent water-loss.
Hyaluronic acid can also provide a defence against environmental assault due to it being an antioxidant. It is also anti-inflammatory to the skin.
Pure hyaluronic acid is not often found in products due to the cost. We usually see sodium hyaluronate in the INCI list, which is the salt derived from HA. So, it’s another reason that helps me to understand the costing of the product!
*If you would like to know more about hyaluronic acid, you can check out my dedicated post to it here*
A Plethora Of Antioxidants & Brighteners
9 antioxidants and 7 brighteners to be precise!
Antioxidants work to protect your skin from the oxidative stress and damage that can be caused to our cells by free radicals, such as oxygen. The selection contained within this daily treatment really work to provide superior protection to the skin.
Thiotaine, for example, protects skin from the damaging rays of the sun (and free radicals), ultimately reducing signs of premature ageing. Astaxanthin, increases moisture, elasticity and works to reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Raspberry seed oil and acai oil feeds the skin with essential fatty acids, hydration and trace nutrients.
This is only 3 out of the 9 antioxidants that are working it for your skin!
We then have brighteners such as tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (TDH) which is a fat-soluble form of vitamin C. It penetrates the skin to stimulate collagen production, brighten dark spots and provide free radical protection.
Once again, this is just 1 out of 7 brighteners within this daily treatment!
Contains Medical Grade Manuka Honey
Allies of Skin state that they source their honey from a sustainable bee farm in New Zealand. Medical grade Manuka honey has powerful antioxidant abilities and provides natural antibacterial properties, reduces inflammation and stimulates cellular repair of damaged skin.
Clearly, honey is a really great ingredient to have within an ingredient list and one that I’ve never tried before! 🍯
We also then have:
- Ceramides – Replenishes declining natural lipids and moisture in skin, as it protects against harsh environmental aggressors
- Moringa Extract – Prevents pollution particles from sticking to the skin and doing damage
- Hydrolysed Verbascum Thapsus Flower – Protects the skin against harmful light energy sources like UV and blue light. Absorbs harmful UV radiation and transforms part of the absorbed energy into visible light to brighten skin
- Marrubium Vulgara Extract – Enhances softness and smoothness of skin and refines skin texture. Helps make blackheads less visible
- Caffeine – An antioxidant that can protect cells from free radical damage and improves the micro-circulation of blood vessels
Can we just take a moment to appreciate all of these amazing ingredients in one product! Can you see why I’m impressed?!
The only one singular downside for me is that it can pill, ever so slightly. Not whilst applying it and not everywhere on my face. It seems to just pill around my hairline and on my temples, strangely enough!
I tend to notice it once I’ve walked away from my mirror to grab my SPF and once I come back I can see little flakes of it around those areas. So I’m guessing it’s drying in the time it takes me to get my sunscreen.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s nowhere near as bad as some products pill so it’s definitely not a reason for me to stop using it. More an observation that I wanted to pass on to you guys! And if I’m totally honest, I do notice it more when I’m rushing in the morning so it could be because I’m not letting my previous products sink in enough before I apply this!
Another point to mention is that this product smells a little funky! I’m awful at describing scents but it just smells a bit odd. Allies of Skin don’t use any synthetic fragrance in their products and so it will just be the chemical smell of all the ingredients. I’m in no way sensitive to smells so it doesn’t bother me but again something to point out!
Other than that, it simply is *chef’s kiss*.
How Do I Use This Product?
Allies of Skin advise to use this product daily AM/PM, after cleansing and after using their molecular mist. Of course, you can use their mist or any other hydrating mist you want! The key is applying this product on damp skin to get that dewy, glazed skin. I, also, only use this product in the AM because I like to use my beloved CeraVe cream in the evenings.
So, after cleansing in the morning, I use their mist as a toner, an essence and then apply any serums that I want to use that day. Then I apply the daily treatment last and onto damp skin (I make my skin damp again by using the same mist I used at the beginning of my routine), before moving on to my SPF. The idea is to treat this daily treatment as your moisturiser! Don’t let the name fool you!
Application-wise, this product applies like a dream, it’s silky and hydrating. Blends into the skin seamlessly and leaves a lovely glow behind. I’ve seen some people, with oily skin types, say that this product leaves a film-like feeling on the skin, I’ve not experienced this myself. It actually sinks into my skin very quickly but as mentioned, I am on the drier side of normal skin.
FYI, there’s no ingredients that you need to avoid using this daily treatment with! Annnd, makeup applies beautifully on top of it! Tick, tick, tick!
Gimme The Deets…
Price-wise, she’s hella pricey. There’s no denying that but as I’ve said countless times, Allies of Skin pack a punch with every single product they formulate. Each and every product contains a wealth of incredible ingredients as you can see from the INCI list down below. Plus, if you’re ingredient savvy, you may be be able to cut out other products that you are currently investing in, if you find they are already contained within this product. For example, if you’re using this product, do you also need a separate niacinamide serum? The same could be said for hyaluronic acid and peptide serums. So when you consider it that way, is this product pricey?
When I use Allies of Skin products, I really study the INCI lists of all products I’m currently using in my routine so that I’m not doubling up on ingredients (or tripling up in some cases!).
So without further ado, 50ml = £105.
There’s worldwide shipping on alliesofskin.com. Alternatively, you can find this product on Space NK, Cult Beauty, Amazon, Beauty Bay and Feel Unique to name a few.
In regards to the time you have to use the product in, once opened, it lasts 9 months. I’ve been using this every morning for 4 weeks and I’m not even half way through yet. I’ll be sure to come back and update here, how long it took me to empty the tube!
In terms of storage, it doesn’t require anything special (unless of course you would like to place it upon a little silk pillow as she is pure luxury!!).
Stick Or Spin Again?
This product has my heart 100%, I adore it, in case you can’t already tell! I will forever be a fan of Allies of Skin.
After this product has finished I’m going to try their Molecular Multi-nutrient Day Cream which is geared more towards breakout-prone skin (hello, that’s me…) and compare the two. I will then decide which one I will purchase again! Watch this space…
As for you guys, if you can afford to invest in this product and this brand – do it! You will not be disappointed, in my opinion. Be mindful though, if you try it and like it, your heart may be broken if you can’t afford to continue purchasing it so I would be sensible before clicking *add to cart*.
I’m always mindful of advising products to other people as we are all so different and so is our skin! Of course, I tell you the upsides and downsides of a product and which skin types it’s suitable for but ultimately I can’t tell you if it will 100% work for you and if you will enjoy using it! Just something to bear in mind.
Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster, 20ml = £48
The Inkey List Peptide Moisturiser, 50ml = £14.99
The Ordinary Buffet Serum, 30ml = £12.70, 60ml = £24.10
Next time I will be telling you everything you need to know about the Queen – SPF. Subscribe here so that you don’t miss that one!
In the meantime leave me some comments below, I’ll always get back to you. Tell me what you think about Allies of Skin. Have you tried any of their products? Have you tried this one? Let me know!
Love & Knowledge,
S A M A N T H A
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INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Glycerin (skin-replenishing/restoring – best), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient – best), Isononyl Isononanoate (emollient – good), Caffeine (antioxidant – average), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (texture enhancer/emollient – good), Niacinamide (vitamin/antioxidant/skin-soothing/restoring – best), Lactobacillus Ferment (probiotic/hydration – best), Cetearyl Olivate (emulsifier/texture enhancer – good), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer – good), Polysorbate 60 (cleansing agent – good), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stable form of vitamin C/antioxidant – best), Marrubium Vulgare Extract (herb/skin-conditioning/soothing – no rating), Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract (antioxidant/antimicrobial/antibacterial – goodie), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (peptide/skin-restoring – best), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-40 (peptide/skin-restoring – no rating), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8 (peptide/skin-restoring – best), Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower (antioxidant – no rating), Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract (emollient/antioxidant – best), Teprenone (skin-conditioning/cell-communicator – goodie), Phospholipids (emollient/skin-replenishing – best), Hyaluronic Acid (antioxidant/skin-replenshing/restoring – best), Syringa Vulgaris Leaf Cell Culture Extract (lilac extract/skin-conditioning – no rating), Sphingolipids (lipids/skin-replenishing/restoring – best), Astaxanthin (antioxidant – best), Bisabolol (from chamomile/skin-soothing – best), Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil (from acai/antioxidant – best), Rubus Idaeus Seed Oil (from rasperberry/antioxidant/emollient – best), Honey (skin-soothing/antioxidant/humectant/antimicrobial/antibacterial – best), Dimethyl Isosorbide (uncatergorised – good), Ceramide NP (skin-replenishing – best), Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (antioxidant – no rating), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant – best), Glutathione (tripeptide/antioxidant/skin-restoring – best), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (from curcumin/antioxidant/skin-soothing – best), Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant/skin-soothing – best), Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant – best), Ergothioneine (antioxidant/skin-soothing – best), Xanthan Gum (emulsifier/thickener – good), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative – good), Carbomer (texture enhancer – good), Sorbitan Olivate (emulsifier/cleansing agent – good), Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Polymethylsilsesquioxane (cosmetic colourant – no rating), Mica (colouring agent/pigment – good), Dextran (skin-replensishing – good), Citric Acid (pH adjuster – good), Sodium Hydroxide (cleansing agent – average), Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer (thickener/emulsifier – good), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) (sunscreen active/colouring agents/thickener/emulsifier – best), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative – good), Isohexadecane (thickener/emulsifier – good), Maltodextrin (thickener/absorbant – good), Polysorbate 80 (cleansing agent – good), Acetyl Tributyl Citrate (film-forming/holding agent – average), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent – good), Sorbitan Oleate (thickener/emulsifier – good), Sodium Benzoate (preservative – good), Potassium Sorbate (preservative – good), Sodium Glycolate (buffering – no rating), Polysorbate 20 (cleansing agent – good), Phenoxyethanol (preservative – good), O-cymen-5-OL (preservative – good).
*Ingredient info & ratings from Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary & Incidecoder (my personal faves for ingredient ratings)*