Herbivore Botanical’s PRISM Exfoliating Glow Potion is probably the first (and only!) exfoliating serum I’ve used. There are quite a few exfoliating serums out there in the market nowadays, but I’ve never dared to try chemical exfoliation previously because it sounds so intimidating. I’ve also heard tons of cautionary tales from my friends telling me that their skin sometimes gets irritated from the large dose of chemicals present in these products, so I always stuck to my favourite face scrubs for exfoliation instead.
Earlier this year, I decided to take the plunge and try PRISM because I am such a sucker for Herbivore’s packaging. I absolutely love their minimalist branding of having just clear glass bottles with fuss-free white labels. Also, PRISM feels quite lightweight and it isn’t sticky upon application - I thought that this might be a good choice for my first exfoliating serum.
I usually use PRISM after toner and before I put on any moisturiser/serum, just so I start my skincare routine on a clean and smooth canvas. Some guides advise to wait 30 minutes after applying these exfoliators and before applying moisturiser so that the product can work its magic, but I usually wait around 10 minutes and I think that is good enough. I proceed to then put my usual serum, moisturiser, and facial oil, and so far this routine has yet to irritate my skin.
Initially, I felt like it wasn’t making any significant difference to my face. But after 1-2 months of consistently using it, I can confidently say that my skin has a more noticeable glow. I love it when I have no makeup on and my skin still looks radiant and healthy throughout the day. I usually have dull and dry skin because of my bad sleeping habits, so this product was really a lifesaver.
However, one thing about PRISM that bugged me was its discolouration over time. When I first bought it, it was a clear liquid in a glass bottle. After 3 months, the product turned into a deep amber. The discolouration was misleading because I felt as though it was turning bad, but thankfully the discolouration doesn’t affect its quality.
Another thing that bugs me a little would be PRISM’s very steep price point ($62 USD, $87 SGD) when compared to other exfoliating serums like Pixi’s Overnight Glow Serum ($24 USD, $36 SGD). These two products might not necessarily serve the same target audience, but just knowing that there are cheaper alternatives out there makes it difficult for me to justify buying PRISM. But I am leaning towards repurchasing this in the future because my skin really does look better after consistent usage. I would, however, suggest buying this when there is a sale so that you can save a little bit of cash.