Reviewing Dr. Perricone’s SUPER Detox Elixir [In Our Makeup Bag]

What It Is:

SUPER by Dr. Nicholas Perricone Detox Elixir

Why This Should Be in Your Bag:

Face mists have been popping up for a couple years now, but I’ve never indulged. People rave about them for a plethora of reasons: they set makeup and help it hold to your skin, they refresh your skin even under a heavy face of foundation or they simply wake you up!

SUPER by Dr. Nicholas Perricone is a great skincare brand that focuses on sourcing ingredients from “super” foods! The packaging is fun, spunky and youthful, and even though you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, SUPER’s cover looks just as good as the products work. Their version of a face mist, Detox Elixir, is supposed to come with the added benefit of refining the appearance of pores, which is one of my skincare concerns.

How To Use It:

The only instructions that come with the product say to “spray throughout the day to give your skin a reset.” I like to spray it on after applying my liquid foundation or prior to applying a dusting of powder. I find 3-4 sprays, holding the bottle about 1.5 ft away, covers my whole face.

I decided to do some research on the “super” ingredient in this product, sulforaphane. It’s known for it’s detoxifying properties, especially on the liver. Broccoli and cabbage are both great sources of sulforaphane. Even though watercress is the “super” food being featured in this product, many of the sources I read didn’t list it as high in sulforaphane. It’s an interesting compound, because it’s actually not found anywhere in vegetables that are eaten for its benefits; two other compounds must be combined to create it! When the enzyme, myrosinase, mixes with glucoraphanin, sulforaphane is created! Since it’s not easy to come across this compound, it makes the Detox Elixir even more special.

(a whole bunch of sulforphane, just waiting to be released!)

CC Rating: B

I really, really wanted to love this product, but alas, I don’t find it necessary in my routine. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy using it; I find the spray to be extremely refreshing and I can feel my skin tighten slightly after it’s dried. However, I didn’t see any long-term benefits like I had hoped for. I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t have much of a place in my skincare routine for a spray. If I need to make sure my makeup stays in place, I use a spray meant to set makeup on oily skin. As for the detoxifying properties of Detox Elixir, my skin didn’t feel any more healthy or any less toxic, although I don’t know if I would notice if it was.

The reason I didn’t score this lower is because I think it may be of legitimate use to some. If you suffer from dry skin, even in the hot, humid months, you may enjoy this. I have oily skin and don’t like to add any extra moisture to my skin, even in the summer when I could use a refreshing spritz. I can’t speak to the benefits for those with dry skin, but I imagine it may refresh their makeup and give them a dewy look! I, on the other hand, seem to perpetually “glow” (aka get greasy) and, like I said, don’t need any help appearing dewy.

If you’re in the market for a face spray, particularly if you’re dry-skinned, Detox Elixir from SUPER may be perfect for you! It retails at $30 for 4oz on the SUPER website, which should last at least 4-6 months.

[Need some new makeup but not sure what to buy? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

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