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Serum Prep

Serum Prep - Perricone MD
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Serum Prep - Perricone MD
Formulated with Dr. Perricone’s proprietary DMAE, Serum Prep helps to firm and tone the skin’s appearance while refining skin texture leaving it perfectly prepared for treatment. Read More
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What It Is

Formulated with Dr. Perricone’s proprietary DMAE, Serum Prep helps to firm and tone the skin’s appearance while visibly refining skin texture leaving it smoother, softer and perfectly prepared for treatment.

What It Does
  • Tones the appearance of skin.
  • Smoothes the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles.
  • Refines skin texture and perfectly prepares skin for treatment.
What To Expect

Due to the science and compounds used in our products the feel and scent may vary.

Texture

Liquid

Consistency

Weightless

Scent

Fragrance Free

Key Sciences

DMAE: Instant Firming

Naturally produced by the human brain, DMAE helps visibly lift sagging skin over time. Easily and quickly absorbed, it visibly plumps skin to help support skin's surface and protect against drying environmental aggressors.

Neuropeptides: Uniting Surface Cells to Fight Wrinkles

Powerful, protein-like building blocks offer the ultimate visible antidote to wrinkles, sagging, dullness, and discoloration. Neuropeptides encourage surface skin cells to work together via a unique chemical structure.

Serum Prep Science

Ingredients

DMAE: Instant Firming

Naturally produced by the human brain, DMAE helps visibly lift sagging skin over time. Easily and quickly absorbed, it visibly plumps skin to help support skin's surface and protect against drying environmental aggressors.

Neuropeptides: Uniting Surface Cells to Fight Wrinkles

Powerful, protein-like building blocks offer the ultimate visible antidote to wrinkles, sagging, dullness, and discoloration. Neuropeptides encourage surface skin cells to work together via a unique chemical structure.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Diglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phosphatidylcholine, Copper Gluconate, Parfum (Fragrance), Sorbic Acid, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Benzyl Benzoate, Rutin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Neuropeptide), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Neuropeptide), Phaseolus Lunatus (Green Bean) Extract.

Application

Application

Dr. Perricone recommends applying onto cleansed skin by saturating a cotton pad and smoothing all over face and neck in the morning and evening. Allow a few moments to dry and then follow with your Perricone MD treatment and moisturizer.

Application Process

Area

Face and neck

Amount

1 saturated cotton pad

Frequency

2x / Day

Duration

8 Weeks

  1. Shake well before use.
  2. After cleansing skin, saturate a cotton pad with Serum Prep.
  3. Smooth all over face and neck.
  4. Use in the morning and evening.
  5. Follow with a Perricone MD treatment and moisturizer.

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  • Q:

    I just recently received serum prep with my order because I want to try it. My question is I am using the firming pads. Can I use both together? And if yes what order is best? Thanks!
    Asked on 12/19/2015 by Krissy the happy customer from San Jose, CA

    1 answer

    • Perricone MD Skincare Specialist

      A:

      Great question. Yes you can use them together or use one during the day and one at night. If you are going to use them together I would first use the DMAE pads, smooth over entire face and neck to tone, tighten and gently exfoliate and then tap the Serum Prep on top. Enjoy!

      Answered on 3/9/2016 by Perricone MD Skincare Specialist
  • Q:

    if i am using Blue Plasma at night, do i apply a serum afterwards on top?
    Asked on 11/10/2015 by Christina from United States

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Great question!

      The Serum Prep should be applied before the Blue Plasma, followed by your favorite Perricone treatment and a moisturizer should always follow last.

      Have a nice day!

      Answered on 11/16/2015 by Perricone MD Customer Care Specialist from Perricone MD Customer Care
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Great question!

      The Serum Prep should be applied before the Blue Plasma, followed by your favorite Perricone treatment and a moisturizer should always follow last.

      Have a nice day!

      Answered on 11/16/2015 by Perricone MD Customer Care Specialist from Perricone MD Customer Care
  • Q:

    Do i use the Serum Prep after the firm facial toner or instead of the firm facial toner?
    Asked on 10/28/2015 by Mela

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Great question!

      There are five steps to following the Perricone regime and they are:

      1a. Cleanser
      1b. Treatment Mask
      2. Toner or Serum
      3. Exfoliant
      4. Treatment
      5. Moisturizer

      If you have both the Serum Prep and the Firming Facial Toner it is not necessary to layer them; I would recommend alternating, use one in the AM and the other in the PM.

      Have a nice day!

      Answered on 10/29/2015 by Perricone MD Customer Care Specialist from Perricone MD Customer Care
  • Q:

    What is the percentage of glycolic acid in this product?
    Asked on 10/23/2015 by Ghotsibi from Fresno, Ca

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Thank you for your interest in Dr. Perricone's products.

      It is a long-standing company policy that we cannot disclose the percentage of product ingredients, as this is proprietary information. Research has shown that it is not the concentration , but rather the combination of ingredients that determines a product's effectiveness. We do list all ingredients on our website: www.perriconemd.com

      The active ingredients Dr. Perricone uses in his products are carefully combined with other ingredients to create the most effective products possible. The Alpha Lipoic Acid that Dr. Perricone uses in his products is exactly the same as the one produced by our bodies and therefore an incredibly concentrated and potent form. The DMAE is of the highest quality and is delivered by his patented NTP complex, allowing maximum penetration to the cells. The Vitamin C Ester is patented by Dr. Perricone and is fat and water soluble, giving benefits that outweigh Ascorbic Acid Concentrations.

      Keep in mind that all percentages are relative and easily manipulated since they correlate to the amount of other ingredients. I can assure you that Dr. Perricone has worked very hard to create a blend of ingredients that make the products more than the sum of their parts.

      Have a nice day!

      Answered on 10/23/2015 by Perricone MD Customer Care Specialist from Perricone MD Customer Care
  • Q:

    can you use serum prep before the restoration cream
    Asked on 10/15/2015 by Wendy

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Great question!

      There are five steps to following the Perricone regime and they are:

      1a. Cleanser
      1b. Treatment Mask
      2. Toner or Serum
      3. Exfoliant
      4. Treatment
      5. Moisturizer

      The Serum Prep should be applied first then follow with the Concentrated Restorative Treatment and a moisturizer always follows last.

      We also have an Application Protocol Sheet listed on our website: www.perriconemd.com; simply click at the top of the page on Customer Service, and to the left you will see a drop down menu, click on "Application Protocol".

      Have a nice day!

      Answered on 10/16/2015 by Perricone MD Customer Care Specialist from Perricone MD Customer Care
    • A:

      Yes... You apply serum prep then follow with your treatment then your moisturizer.

      Answered on 2/22/2016 by Tiff from Yorba Linda
  • Q:

    serum prep, should ovum be applied after in the AM
    Serum prep, should the restoration be applied after or before in the evening
    Asked on 10/12/2015 by Wendy

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Thank you for contacting Perricone MD.

      There are five steps to following the Perricone regime and they are:

      1a. Cleanser
      1b. Treatment Mask
      2. Toner or Serum
      3. Exfoliant
      4. Treatment
      5. Moisturizer

      The Serum Prep (STEP 2) should be applied first both AM & PM, and the OVM (STEP 4) is an AM treatment and should be applied next and a moisturizer should always follow last.

      The Concentrated Restorative Treatment (STEP 4) is a PM treatment and the Serum Prep (STEP 2) should be applied first, then your treatment and a moisturizer always follows last.

      We also have an Application Protocol Sheet listed on our website: www.perriconemd.com; simply click at the top of the page on Customer Service, and to the left you will see a drop down menu, click on "Application Protocol".

      Have a nice day!

      Answered on 10/16/2015 by Perricone MD Customer Care Specialist from Perricone MD Customer Care
  • Q:

    Hi, I just ordered the acyl-glutathione cream and received a sample bottle of the serum prep. Should I use the serum prep before the acyl-glutathione? I was planning to try the acyl-glutathione serum. Would this be better paired with the acyl-glutathione cream?
    Thanks!
    Asked on 9/29/2015 by GC from NJ

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Great question!

      These 2 serums address different concerns:

      The Acyl-Glutathione Deep Crease Serum is recommended for deep lines, creases and wrinkles.

      The Serum Prep is recommended for tightening, toning and firming the skin.

      Depending on your skin concerns you will be able to determine which serum will best meet your needs; and they both can be used in combination with all of Dr. Perricone's treatments including the Acyl-Glutathione cream.

      Have a nice day!

      Answered on 10/5/2015 by Perricone MD Customer Care Specialist from Perricone MD Customer Care
  • Q:

    After I cleanse my face with Nutritive Cleanser, then apply Serum Prep, can I also apply Deep Crease Serum, then the Face finishing moisturizer?
    Asked on 9/10/2015 by Barb

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Great question!

      That is absolutely correct.

      You see there are five steps to following the Perricone regime and they are:

      1a. Cleanser
      1b. Treatment Mask
      2. Toner or Serum
      3. Exfoliant
      4. Treatment
      5. Moisturizer

      I hope this is helpful.

      Answered on 9/17/2015 by Perricone MD Customer Care Specialist from Perricone MD Customer Care
  • Q:

    Which should I apply first: Blue Plasma, Cold Plasma or Serum Prep?
    Asked on 5/24/2015 by GiGi

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Thank you for contacting Perricone MD.

      There are five steps to following the Perricone regime and they are:

      1. Cleanser
      2. Toner or Serum
      3. Exfoliant
      4. Treatment
      5. Moisturizer

      The Serum Prep (Step 2) is a serum and should be applied after cleansing.

      The Blue Plasma (Step 3) is an exfoliant and should follow your serum or toner.

      The Cold Plasma (Step 4) is a treatment and a moisturizer should be applied last over this product.

      I hope this is helpful.

      Answered on 6/12/2015 by Perricone MD Skincare Specialist from Perricone MD Customer Care
  • Q:

    can I use this with the Vitamin C Day serum, and if so, which one would I apply first?
    Asked on 1/9/2015 by Perricone Fan

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Great inquiry! The Serum Prep would be applied first followed by the Vitamin C Ester Serum.

      Answered on 1/11/2015 by Anonymous
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Serum Prep
 
4.5

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Non-greasy (18)
  • Lightweight (17)
  • Softens skin (12)
  • Smells great (9)
  • Soothes skin (9)

Cons

  • Bad smell (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (16)
  • Enlarged pores (10)
  • Fine lines/wrinkles (9)
  • Uneven skin tone (7)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (8), Beauty expert (5), Survivalist / minimalist (4), Brand buyer (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (10), Normal (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I now endorse the 'synergy' concept

I bought a bottle of this 2 years ago because a sales rep convinced me it was a great product and would last a long time. She was right about it lasting but I...Read complete review

I bought a bottle of this 2 years ago because a sales rep convinced me it was a great product and would last a long time. She was right about it lasting but I was underwhelmed by the results. I noticed a bit of tightening and smoothness but nothing dramatic.

HOWEVER. The part of her advice I had discarded - and it's funny, because it's built right into the name of the product - is its use as a pre-serum activator. She insisted it would intensify the effects of the DMAE and ALA, etc. contained in Perricone's other serums and moisturizers when applied beforehand. That didn't make sense to me on some logical levels. Why put 1 product on top of another if both contain the same ingredients? Doesn't it make more sense to choose the more effective treatment and let the other one go?

Well, I'm here to tell you I recently gave it another shot - as part of a regime with other serums - and I've been converted to this philosophy. The serum prep is so-so on its own. But when you apply it under the serums (such as amine face lift or evening repair or plasma) it really, truly intensifies the results.

I am very confident making this statement because I've been using his serums for 5 years without the serum prep, and when I began combining the 2 (prep and serums) the results were NOT simply additive. They were/are synergistic. It's worth the cost because you don't need to use as much product for your potency. It reminds me a bit of the value of foundation primer for foundation... it might seem like a marketing hoax but it actually does make the product work better and you need less of it to have the desired effect.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Has begun to have a NASTY smell.

I actually love this product, but...lately about every other bottle has had a TERRIBLE odor to it. The product never smelled that great to begin with, but this is a nasty...Read complete review

I actually love this product, but...lately about every other bottle has had a TERRIBLE odor to it. The product never smelled that great to begin with, but this is a nasty urine-like smell. I have reported it to Perricone several times, but no one seems to pay attention. I'm not looking for any kind of fantastic smell, but a urine-like smell on my face is not the highlight of my day. Yes, I shook the bottle before I used it. The problem seems to be hit or miss, but is becoming more frequent. It's a great product, so PLEASE FIX THE SMELL!!

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1.0

It smells like its rotten. Horrible smell!

By Di

from Pelham NH

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Bad Smell
    • Irritates Skin

    Best Uses

      Comments about Serum Prep:

      I used it the first time and the smell was so bad I thought maybe something was wrong, maybe I hadn't shaken it enough, just wasn't sure. I have used it several more times and the smell is just atrocious. It smells like something is rotten. I bought it on sale for half price and I would like to get my money back. It must have been on sale because of its problem. I use the Preempt series of Perricone twice a day and love those products.
      Not sure what happened with this product!

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 60+

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Never thought I would need this..Now I can't live without it

      By Joseph

      from Petaluma, Ca

      About Me Beauty Expert

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
        • Uneven Skin Tone

        Comments about Serum Prep:

        Perfectly prepares my skin for my routine. It has made a huge different in how my other products work and has really smoothed my skin out. Love, Love, Love this!

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 45-59

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Imperative FIRST REGIMEN

        By honeylady

        from Shenandoah Valley VA

        About Me Minimalist

        Pros

        • Non-Greasy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about Serum Prep:

          I first tried this because of some other reviews and thought the idea of PREPPING the skin for further treatments of other products was a good first step. I used it for about a year and then ran out of it for a few months and I noticed my skin didn't look as good. So after beginning its use again, I again noticed it looked much smoother. It seems to allow the other products to absorb better. I follow with Skin Conformer and use these two products morning and night plus an eye area formula.

          • Skin Type:
          • Normal
          • Age:
          • 60+
           
          5.0

          Serum prep

          By None

          from Texas

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Helps make other products more effective
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Enlarged Pores

            Comments about Serum Prep:

            None

            • Skin Type:
            • Normal
            • Age:
            • 60+
             
            5.0

            Works

            By Kathleen79

            from Concord, CA

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Moisturizes
            • Non-Greasy
            • Softens Skin
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

            • Bad Smell

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Enlarged Pores
            • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
            • Redness/ Blotchiness
            • Sensitive Skin
            • Uneven Skin Tone

            Comments about Serum Prep:

            I use twice daily and yes it smells but it goes away quickly. I can see a difference since I started using it.

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 45-59
             
            5.0

            works great, but initial smells not too great

            By m13ds

            from New York, NY

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Bad Smell

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about Serum Prep:

            remove dirt that the face wash did not eliminate. smells bad, but leaves the skin smooth and hydrated

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 30-44
             
            4.0

            Totally worth it!

            By Beauty within

            from San Diego, ca

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Pros

            • Non-Greasy

            Cons

            • Bad Smell

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
            • Uneven Skin Tone

            Comments about Serum Prep:

            Totally would recommend this product

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 30-44

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            just feels good

            By roberta

            from Bellevue, ID

            Comments about Serum Prep:

            Serum Prep is the best product of its kind I've found so far and I'm always looking for something that feels right for my skin. I start with PERRICONE Nutritive Cleanser and then use the serum prep. My face feels clean and ready for whatever regimen follows. I've been using it for over a year and in spite of the price I'm not allowed to talk about here I love it.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            must have first step

            By workingmom290

            from Georgia

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Serum Prep:

            I use it first thing after cleansing, then apply my other treatments. Improves texture and softens wrinkles in seconds.A keeper. The only down side is a temporary mildly unpleasant smell. It lasts a few seconds. And I don't care. This stuff works. I signed up for automatic deliveries it works so well.

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Immediate results

            By Farmefatale

            from St. Louis

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Serum Prep:

            I think I saw results the first day! Goes on smooth, absorbs in....fewer wrinkles already. Thumbs up.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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