If you’ve stumbled here in the process of doing some research on the Naked and Thriving Renew Serum, also known as Naked & Thriving Renew Resurfacing Night Serum, you are in great luck. This article is exactly what you need to read before you make a purchase.
One highly crucial step in any skincare product research journey these days is to pop the product into the SKINSKOOL ingredient-list similarity tracker. The search results that come up, give you a lot of contextual information about a product’s similar competitors in the market but also, in some cases, reveals a similar product that you might actually want to try instead.
If you are a smarty pants who has already put the Naked and Thriving Renew Serum into the SKINSKOOL dupe finder, then you’ve probably seen that there is indeed a 98 pts Match Score INCI list comparable as against the Naked and Thriving Renew Serum revealed to be none other than the highly popular Herbivore Botanicals Prism 12% AHA + 3% BHA Exfoliating Glow Serum.
What ingredients does the Naked and Thriving Renew Serum contain?
Before digging into this specific compare of the Naked and Thriving Renew Serum to the Prism Exfoliating Glow Serum, let’s look at what’s inside the Naked and Thriving Renew Serum. The Naked and Thriving Renew Serum ingredients are as follows:
Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Ferulic Acid, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Citric Acid
From this list, we’d probably glean that Ferulic Acid, Glycerin, Saccharum Officinarum Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate are the key ingredients responsible for the effect this product claims to deliver. That is to clear away dull surface cells to help refine skin.
What ingredients does the Herbivore Botanicals Prism Glow Serum contain?
Now let’s take a look at the Herbivore Botanicals Prism 12% AHAs + 3% BHAs Exfoliating Glow Serum. It claims to be a lightweight facial serum that exfoliates and brightens the skin. Sounds mighty similar to the claims above.
Ingredient wise, it contains:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Leuconostoc/radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Gluconolactone, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Sodium Phytate
We’d say that the key ingredients here are Gluconolactone, Glycerin, Saccharum Officinarum Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate.
So in terms of a comparison, you can see quite a few similarities in the two INCI list, hence the 98 pts Match Score. Kakadu Plum, Sugar Maple, Aloe are present in both. Of the key ingredients, the only key ingredient missing from the Herbivore Botanicals Prism Glow Serum is Ferulic Acid. Instead of Ferulic Acid, Herbivore Botanicals contains Gluconolactone. This is arguably the main difference between the 2 products and the reason we’d actually choose to pick the Prism Glow Serum instead.
Gluconolactone is one of the more talked about ingredients currently in the market lately. You may have heard it referred to as a polyhydroxy acid or PHA. It’s pitched as a gentler cousin to AHA. It is said to help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can stimulate production of skin's own hyaluronic acid resulting in improved hydration levels. There is no knocking the ferulic acid contained in Naked and Thriving Renew Serum but generally ferulic acid seems less exciting to us, it may have antioxidant effect but more scientific evidence is required to back this up.
Interestingly, an earlier version of the ingredient list for the Naked and Thriving Renew Serum published on the brand’s website differed slightly from the current one and in fact, did also contain gluconolactone at that one point. But it’s not there now.
So definitely the presence of the Gluconolactone in the Prism Glow Serum excites us more and we would definitely choose the Prism Glow over the Naked and Thriving Renew Serum for that reason alone with all the other ingredients, especially the key ingredients, being so similar.
Is there a price difference?
The price differential between the 2 products is somewhat significant depending on your budget. Naked and Thriving Renew Serum sells for $68 for 30mL while the Herbivore Botanicals Prism 12% AHAs + 3% BHAs Exfoliating Glow Serum sells for $54 for 30mL. So not only is Prism Glow a tad more exciting in terms of ingredients, it's also cheaper.
For us, the Herbivore Botanicals Prism 12% AHAs + 3% BHAs Exfoliating Glow Serum would be our choice over the Naked and Thriving Renew Serum.
You can do your own product comparisons using our SKINSKOOL tool and maybe discover an even better alternative that fits your needs, values and budget.