Dry skins wanting to turn back time will want to reach for a bottle of Scientific Skin Intensive Repair Serum ($88). But, then again, why should normal skins wait around to get those dreaded crow’s lines? Instead of spying over every enlarged pore and fold of skin in your magnified mirror, let’s talk science. If the name of the product doesn’t hint at its serious pedigree, then maybe Martha Stewart’s endorsement of Dr. Kenneth Beer will – her words, “He does magic to people’s faces!” And, yes, she exclaimed this point, not me.
To help repair city-ravaged skin, Dr. Beer uses a complex formulation of botanical elements that treat every layer of skin with targeted benefits, not simply the layer atop. Dr. Beer's serum doesn't spackle your wrinkles, but rather works on them from underneath. Surprisingly, his dermato-pathological philosophy mimics very much that of the organic ones you have come to covet. The serum is paraben, petro-chemical, pthalate, GMO, hydroquinone, synthetic dye, fragrance free and is never tested on animals. This breaks through the mold, as most consumers are slow to toss out their preconceived notions about derm-created lines, quickly assuming the serum (and rest of the product line) must be filled with largely lab-synthetic, cheaply acquired ingredients. Not here. Squalane is the prime anti-ager.
Suddenly in vogue is Squalane, a natural component of human sebum, which is a mixture of lipids produced by glands in the skin. The quickly penetrating ingredient with its small molecular structure does soften the appearance of laugh lines and crepiness around the eyes, but some still fear the name from the old shark liver varieties, which have been long banned. Dr. Beer uses Squalane derived from olives, which shows the artisanal pursuit of the serum. Its longstanding, non-irritating benefits mimic very closely those derived from oils, too:
- Provides antimicrobial germ killing activity
- Enhances skin elasticity and moisture retention
- Helps to heal and soothe many skin irritations, such as eczema, psoriasis, dry/rough skin.
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles by delivering deep hydration in the dermis.
- Relief to dehydrated and ultra-sensitive skin
- Softens the most rough-textured irritated skin and while leaving no oily residue.
- Boost new cell growth
- Conditions and moisturizes our skin
The completely clear, shine-free ultra-lightweight serum has zero scent. And, not even a trace of any chemically preserved ingredient. It’s the working woman’s answer to a treatment, as the serum gives a good slip to foundation and makes for a truly smooth primer for any under eye skin in crisis. One to two drops over face and you’ll feel the perfect balance of scientific practicality and botanical modernity. And, to help skin regain its elasticity and feels exceptionally comfortable, pair it with his White Bamboo Exfoliator ($68). This scrub turns into a soothing wave of warmth as soon as water meets the clay base, stimulating circulation while you flake off dead skin with White Bamboo crystals & Acai Fruit extracts. The good doc recommends you leave the scrub on skin for another 3 minutes after a vigorous circular massage to suck out any deeply embedded impurities. Using it before the serum left my skin buttery soft & primed up for hydration. Skin morning after had a glow from within, I swear.
I’m so in awe of the beauty tide changing. Today’s naturally based options are no longer limited to the green-happy brands that take pride in their wildcrafted or fair trade harvests when even highly renowned dermatologists are excitedly launching a new arsenal of exquisite, botanically inspired products that move beyond the usual eco-conscious hyperbole. Combining the best of nature with technology, expect Dr. Beer's serum will twist your accepted definitions of organo-friendly skincare. Do try...as you won't feel like you're wearing an oil at all.