Saturday Skincare – February 2017

The Products: Immunocologie Body Serum, Verso Super Eye Serum, Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Serum, Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, Huxley Secret of Sahara Anti-Gravity Cream

Please know that I’m not trying to start a “color blocking your skincare regimen” trend here but the white bottles do feel very clean and airy which is perfect for a Saturday morning.

I’ve been making an effort to keep my skincare focused on moisture for winter even though it has  been kind of strange, relatively warm for the most part with sudden, drastic freezing.

Immunocologie is a natural line focused on skin immunity that our team has been playing with for the past few weeks. As someone who loves herbal/medicinal products, I’ve become a fan of everything that I have tried. We received an advance of their newest product, the Body Serum that was just released. This body serum is quite remarkable: it is dispensed via a spray and has a light yet present feel that won’t leave arms and legs looking greasy but will make sure that skin remains soft. The organic ingredients (including African Desert Date Seed Oil and Brazilian Evergreen Resin) not only moisturize skin but also function as a broader anti-inflammatory treatment. The beautiful white ceramic glass is also quite gorgeous on any bathroom counter.

Verso hails from Sweden, the land of Byredo and Acne Studios. True to form, the entire Verso range is eye catching in a unisex, modern way. Their line is built on the anti-aging promise of their unique Retinol 8 ingredient which is said to be more potent and less irritating than regular retinol and is proclaimed to be one of the most potent and effective complexes for skin rejuvenation. Verso Super Eye Serum contains the Retinol 8 complex as well as turmeric root extract for antioxidant support and niacinamide which improves epidermal function. The light cream texture is easy to apply and immediately makes eyes feel nourished.

Hyalamide is one of the sub-brands of DECIEM/The Abnormal Beauty Company who also produces NIOD, The Ordinary, Fountain, AB CREW, and the list goes further with time. They’re positioned between NIOD and The Ordinary. SubQ Anti-Age initially caught my eye as the ingredients seemed to be a good mix of two NIOD serums: the Copper Isolate and Hyaluronic Acid serum. With a price point under $40, I had to give it a shot and I’m glad I did. If you follow our Instagram, you’ve probably seen me rave about how amazing this is at not only hydrating skin but just giving it a boost in glow and rejuvenation.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser has been reviewed before, and all these months later, I’m still a fan. The texture is perfect for winter when skin can easily dry out from cleansers. Milky Jelly is really a much improved version of the ubiquitous Cetaphil cleanser only without the crap ingredients. Super low maintenance, easy to use with a pleasant rosewater aroma at $18, it’s tough to find fault.

Huxley Secret of Sahara Anti-Gravity Cream comes from Korea and I had to have it because anything that calls itself “anti-gravity” is a must try. Also, unlike a lot of moisturizers, this is not just a bunch of fillers as 51% of the cream is pure Sahara Cactus Extract. I did not like it at first due to its synthetic fragrance and extremely thick texture. Then I searched around and many people compared this to La Mer’s classic moisturizer (the one going for over $300 a jar). That is when I appreciated this $40 cream more as it even has better ingredients. I’m still not using this all over my face but it does come in very handy in taking care of persistent dry patches where even balms can be a little underpowered.

– Eddie