Youth Dew

What is it: Well, it’s not just another face oil, but one that is hand blended by LA-based 'skin chef' May Lindstrom and includes 20 botanical and plant oils ($120) along with the scientific fave – coenzyme Q10. In short, it’s the first face oil that I’ve been seen uses this supercharged anti-ager.

Why it matters: Sure, the oils in this moderately viscous oil are aplenty; Avocado, Seabuckthorn and Rosehip transport skin back to its balanced health by plumping in good moisture. But, different in this serum is Plum Kernel; it’s a new specialty oil that I also haven’t seen in any other face oil. Highly moisturizing, Plum Kernel absorbs easily and complements Rosehip’s high content of Vitamin A to help refresh skin's cell turnover rate and keep it from looking lackluster and lifeless.

Why it impresses: The CoQ10 is what had me at hello. A handful of studies have shown that coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may have an effect on skin and the appearance of wrinkles, most notably by reducing UV damage, stimulating healthy collagen production, and reducing substances in damaged skin that wreck havoc on its support structure (Sources: Biofactors, Volume 32, 2008, pages 237–243; and November 2005, pages 179–185;Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2006, pages 30–38; and Studies also show how UV light may deplete this precious free radical fighter as you age on, which is reason enough to start wearing the enzyme in your serum. Sci-speak aside, it’s an antioxidant that has been proven to penetrate through the epidermis and really does deliver intense moisture deep into the skin for increased softness and suppleness, folks. Give the oil a few extra seconds to sink in, especially overnight. It's a great one to practice your facial massages with, actually.

The Final Word: If the enzymatic action doesn’t impress upon you, the dusted, incensey potpourri of Geranium, Bulgarian Rose, and Rose absolutes (all certified organic) will trail about the skin in a way that isn’t flashy or loud, but mellow and restrained and fully gratifying. May was vigilant on this blend; it’s not too sweet or too granny, but richly plotted and fantastically feminine.

Ok, a few extra words…forgive the love for another great oil.