In Fiore Lucense Illuminating Floral Extract

The medicinal powers of herbs and botanicals have been touted for centuries. Most of these – blended within a face oil form - have been proven to improve skin’s inner health, but very few have been created specifically to work on those pesky age spots.

Age spots seem to be on everyone’s mind as products containing retinols and enzymes are de rigueur these days. Age spots (which are also known as liver spots or solar lentigines) are dark patches caused by years of exposure to UV rays. But, today’s high tech infusions make the results so easy to achieve. On the cusp of greatness is In Fiore’s Lucense ($65-$130); a serum that isn’t shy of boasting of over 250 nutrients from its proprietary blend of extracts, infusions, tinctures, hydrolates, and yes, oils.

This is unabashed, highbrow glamour in a bottle for the serious organic consumer who wants ingredients so rich in nutrients that are so intelligent in their work. Make no mistake, as this isn’t another face oil bringing the skin the requisite moisture that most are trusted to do.

Rather, it’s a fast-penetrating serum inspired by the India’s fabled Turmeric, which heals skin and attacks by environmental aggressors with curcumin. Curcuminoids (yellow phenolic compounds derived from turmeric roots) act as topical antioxidants to protect happy skin from oxidase injury and against a broad range of physical, chemical and biological factors injuring the skin.

But, Curcuminoids have also been found to inhibit the activity of tyrosinase, an enzyme that participates in melanogenesis, which is when the skin tries to protect itself by making more pigment causing age spots to get darker. Tyrosinase prevents melanin formation, which results in those dreadful age spots that we all know of all too well.

I spoke with In Fiore’s founder, Julie Elliott, who takes a curious pride in preciously rare ingredients and shared some research behind Curcuminoids:
According to two conducted clinical trials in Japan, turmeric applied to cultured melanocytes was found to cut melanin-producing receptor modules by 60%. A test using cultured human skin cells was found to reduce melanin production by 40%. Another test using skin tonic with turmeric resulted in faster recovery of suntanned skin.
The list of ingredients is as pretty as a picture. In Fiore delightfully blends complex yet harmonious ingredients in Lucense as an ode to the perfect juxtaposition of old world and new; the serum also has White Turmeric (for its antioxidant activity known to be stronger than vitamin E) and Saffron extracts (to brighten skin). An interesting fact about In Fiore’s production process - all herbal infusions are made with “live” herbs using a cold process in Safflower oil until the oil reaches a saturation level of 85%. No heat is used in this process, which maintains the vitality and integrity of the herbs.

In addition to more exotic extracts like Rumex, Licorice, and Bearberry, AHAs from Bilberry, Sugar Maple, Orange Fruit and Sugar Cane extracts get to work on softening the fine lines with added moisture while sugary Papaya and Pineapple Fruit extracts enhance the elasticity, resilience and softness of the skin through gentle hydroxy exfoliation that won’t irritate even the most sensitive skins.

Make no mistake as the oils are there; an impeccably composed backdrop of Rose Damascena, Rosehips, Calendula, Sea Buckthorn and Wheat Germ offer skin a cushiony base of moisture. Snuck into the layers of fatty oils is In Fiore’s signature tincture, which is Julie’s irreplicable blend of Jasmine Blossoms, Rosehips, and Calendula flowers infused in biodynamic Grape alcohol. And, Lavender’s calm tops it all off.

For full skin bliss, apply morning and night right after toning and don’t forget the neck to promote a luminous, glowing complexion all over. Repeated use will improve upon superficial darkness and while future spots are put on pause.

It’s quite clear that Julie has surveyed the globe to source the finest elements that seep into skin quickly. This truly unique, spot-targeting serum looks and feels like one; thin and tender enough to wear under a face oil or cream and smells of a fresh sprays of freshly plucked flowers with a touch of astringency. The splendor in the serum feels so quintessentially exotic that I felt like I’d tried a juice that was sourced some from long lost medicinal text with its untold history just now uncovered to help bring skin back to life.

There’s no question this is a choice treatment to add to whatever face oil fits your fancy.

Price: $$$$
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity